They make the worst and the best. A wide variety of CFLs are produced by the unorganised and the small-scale sector. They range from the 11 watt lamp to the 20 watt lamp. They cost between Rs15 to Rs 60. The profit margin could vary between Rs 5 to Rs 20, per CFL assembled.
But surveys have shown that low priced, low wattage CFLs are the more popular choices at present. “To remain competitive, we need to sell both lower grade as well as high quality lamps”, says D.C Aggarwal,“And, if regulations are brought in to standardise quality, we will revamp to deliver better CFLs at more competitive prices than offered by the big brands
(By Arnab Pratim Dutta (Reporter, Down to Earth)
Photographs by Meeta Ahlawat)