The LED lighting revolution has arrived
Are you still wasting energy on inefficient lighting? Pretty well everyone knows that old fashioned tungsten bulbs are very inefficient. But the newer style Halogen bulbs that you still see around are even worse. They are the new energy ‘bad boys’, but very few seem to realise this.
Individually, halogen lights are only slightly more efficient than an old style tungsten bulb. The problem is that you have to install a whole series of them to light a room, because they are really designed for display spot lighting.
Instead of a single fluorescent tube in a kitchen that might have used 50 Watts, or a central light in a living room that might have used a 100 Watt conventional bulb, many of us have installed eight or more halogen lights per room, each using 50 Watts. That’s 400 Watts in total – four to eight times as much energy. No wonder our electricity bills are so high! And before you think those low voltage (12V) versions are better, think again, they are just as bad!
Halogen versions of old style bulbs are a particular con. These are sold as ‘energy saving’, but in fact use around 90% of the electricity of a traditional bulb. A lot of people have switched to these in recent years thinking they are the solution – but they are almost as bad as the bulbs they replaced.
Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue so you don’t have to redesign you whole house. There’s a new generation of LED bulbs that go into the same fittings as halogen lights. They are just as bright, but use less than an eighth of the energy. Although they are bit more expensive to buy, they will pay for themselves in around six months and will last ten times longer than a halogen bulb. Over their lifetime, a single LED bulb could save nearly over £150.
There are excellent LED alternatives for most household bulb designs these days. They are less bulky than compact fluorescent bulbs, last much longer, come on immediately, and don’t contain mercury – so are much easier to recycle.
Check out our updated LED fact sheet to find out more, and learn about the new generation of super-efficient LED bulbs that are coming on the market.