From September 2018, it will no longer be possible to purchase halogen light bulbs in the UK (or anywhere in Europe). This is part of a European drive to promote the use of LED lighting. This article explains the reasoning behind this legal reform:
1. LED lamps last for years, without needing to be replaced.
The longevity of LED light bulbs is probably their number one benefit. While they can be a little more expensive than their halogen counterparts, it is not uncommon for an LED lamp to remain operational for 10 years. Also, they tend not to ‘blow’ like halogen lamps, but rather get dimmer over their operational life, which means that you will have an early indication that a lamp needs to be replaced, rather than being caught off guard.
2. LED lamps are up to 95% more energy efficient than their halogen counterparts.
LED lamps convert electrical energy to light more efficiently, which means that your electricity bills will be substantially lower if you upgrade all of your halogen lamps to LEDs. For example, a 50W halogen light bulb, costs in the region of £15.00 per year to run, in terms of electricity consumption, compared to only £1.00 – £1.50 for an LED equivalent. The cost saving in upgrading to LEDs is therefore considerable.
3. LED lamps are far more ‘eco-friendly’ than their halogen equivalents
LED lamps require less electricity, and therefore less fossil fuels need to be burned in order to light your home. In addition, LED lights are free of many of the toxic chemicals which can be found in traditional light bulbs and lighting tubes and therefore pose a lower risk to the environment and can be fully recycled.
4. LED lamps are far more durable than traditional light bulbs
LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts which makes them much safer than traditional light bulbs and particularly suitable for use outdoors, where they may be exposed to harsher environmental conditions.
5. LED lighting produces no UV emissions
Some materials experience premature degradation when exposed to ultraviolet light. LED lighting can therefore help to preserve the fittings and fixtures in your home, including any valuable artwork which you may have on display.
6. LED lighting is more configurable than halogen lighting, and therefore LED lighting increases your design options
LED lamps come in a variety of shapes, designs and colour options, so you can get creative and design lighting schemes which truly compliment the interior aesthetic of your home.
7. LEDs produce less heat than their halogen counterparts
Because LED lamps are more energy efficient, they generally have a lower heat output than their halogen counterparts. This reduces the risk of fires, especially for downlights which are recessed in your ceilings and may be surrounded by or be positioned in close proximity to combustible materials.
Prime Electricians are experts in all aspects of LED lighting. Call us today on 0207 06 06 06 1 to discuss how we can get your home ready for the LED revolution.