Actom Electrical Products, the Actom group’s electrical equipment wholesaler, landed its biggest ever order for lamps recently when Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM) awarded it the contract to supply 400 000 spiral compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for distribution to householders in the municipality.The R5-million supply contract was awarded in February this year. It forms part of the NMBM’s drive to reduce power consumption in the area under its jurisdiction and is funded by the National Department of Energy.
Prevan Moodley, sales manager at Actom Electrical Products’ Port Elizabeth branch, says, “The municipality will free-issue the new energy-efficient lamps to domestic consumers throughout the metro in exchange for incandescent lamps where they are still being used by householders.”
The 400 000 CFLs are manufactured by leading international lighting specialist GE Lighting of Europe. The first of three shipments was delivered to NMBM in June and the further two shipments followed shortly after that.
Moodley says the spiral CFLs are among the most energy-efficient lamps of their type in the world. “They last six to eight times longer than an incandescent lamp,” he says, “and they have the added environmental benefit of reduced mercury content.”