The LED lighting revolution has arrived
Are you wasting energy on inefficient lighting? Pretty well everyone knows that old fashioned tungsten bulbs are very inefficient. But the new style Halogen bulbs that you see everywhere these days are even worse. They are the new energy ‘bad boys’, but very few seem to realise this.
Most people mistakenly believe that Halogen lights are actually energy saving. It turns out this could not be further from the truth. They should more accurately be called an “Energy Saving Disaster”.
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 are installing 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!
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 quite expensive to buy at the moment, around £10 a piece, they will pay for themselves in a year or two and will last ten times longer than a halogen bulb. Over their lifetime, a single LED bulb could save nearly over £170.
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 LED fact sheet to find out more, and learn about the new generation of super-efficient LED bulbs that are coming on the market.