As halogen bulbs are phased out will LEDs steal the limelight?
Posted by Trish O'Flynn on 16 January 2017 at 11:30 am
As of 1 September 2016 directional halogen bulbs (GU10 spotlights) are being phased out across Europe. Other types of halogens are due to disappear from September 2018. However, many consumers are unaware of the ban and are unsure about LED alternatives.
Recent research1 by an online LED lighting retailer found that over 94% of their customers (from over 2800 responses) were unaware of the coming ban.
The research also found that customers prefer LEDs mainly for their very long life compared to other types of bulbs. Yet the majority of survey participants thought the upfront cost of LED bulbs was expensive.
Nathan Shaw of Wholesale LED Lights, who carried out the survey, says: “LED bulbs cost more than halogens but the price has come down a lot in recent years. We stock GU10 3W LED spotlights from about £4.50 each, which includes a free five year warranty. The energy saving is so good that, even with the higher initial cost, LEDs in a typical home pay for themselves within a couple of years”.
Philips offer a handy tool2 to help you calculate your likely saving from using LEDs.
When it comes to buying LEDs, the way you choose the shape, brightness and colour temperature is different to old style bulbs, but it’s easy once you know what works in your home. Interior Designer Oliver Heath highlights some of the possible replacement uses of LEDs in his own home in the following video:
LEDs in the non-domestic setting
Switching to LEDs can save even more money for non-domestic customers, YouGen member and LED installer Chris Jardine of Joju Solar says:
“LED lighting has three main benefits - more light for less power, better quality light and they last longer, saving you money and the hassle of changing bulbs."
“One of our clients – a school – has very high ceilings in the sports hall and has to get specialist contractors in every time a bulb fails. Not only will they rarely have to change these LED bulbs, we estimate their energy bills will be reduced by over £600 per year. This means the bulbs will pay for themselves in four years and save over £12,000 over their 20 year life."
Chris says "For homeowners the savings can be more than £100 per year as LED lights are 90% cheaper to run than an incandescent or halogen bulb”.
So, if you are looking for a straightforward way to save energy, save money and save time in 2017 then replacing your old bulbs with LEDs is a good place to start.
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About the author: Trish is a web content writer with the National Energy Foundation.
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