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Energy Saving Light Bulb Technologies

Invented by Thomas Edison, the light bulb literally started illuminating people's lives in 1879 with the flick of a switch. It has remained largely unchanged until recent times with the introduction of new technologies namely the halogen bulb, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and energy efficient LED bulbs. Lighting has become far more sophisticated with the range of control systems that are now available, giving the ability to make a more significant contribution to the overall effect of your interior design layout.
Energy Saving Light bulbs became essential to lighting homes and commercial buildings, which they have been doing for over 100 years. Technological advancement and environment pressure spurred the introduction of energy saving lights. First produced in fluorescent tubes, the technology has been developed to ensure it is suitable for a range of different uses and purposes. CFL became the first energy saving technology, and it has been advanced to ensure the bulbs are flicker free and reach a good level of brightness which wasn't the case when they were first in production and use. Their appearance has also improved and their size has become more appropriate.
Halogen bulbs were first launched onto the market by GE in 1958. Light is produced through the combination of tungsten filament and the iodine of bromide elements. Halogen's produce a very clear, bright and white light which the automobile industry has taken full advantage of as they use halogens extensively. The technology has advanced more recently to allow the creation of commercial lights for high voltage mains electricity for use in homes and commercial buildings, saving approximately 30%. The most recent lighting technology is LED's (Light Emitting Diodes) which was introduced in 1962. They were only low intensity red lights in their earliest form, but have advanced with technology and can now emit light colours across the visible spectrum. They are becoming brighter as technology advances and they represent the energy saving light bulb technology of the future.
The LED bulb uses Light-Emitting-Diode technology which has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent times and these energy saving bulbs come on instantly and do not suffer from reduced life span with repeated switching. The halogen bulb will save 30% in electricity, the CFL around 80% and the LED typically about 90% when compared to the traditional light bulbs. The other technologies and metal halide and sodium discharge lamps but one thing of for sure, that over the next decade the energy saving LED bulb will take over as the preferred technology.

LED Energy Savings and Free Energy Surveys

There are a number of different ways to calculate the savings that you will realise from moving to energy efficient LED bulbs. The savings accrue partly because they only use a fraction of the electricity of a conventional light bulb but also because they last much longer typically 30-50000 hours which is over 30 times the lifespan of a conventional light bulb. If you calculate the savings that would be made over the lifetime of the LED bulb you will generally save over EUR 100 for every LED bulb which is fitted to replace a conventional or halogen light bulb. If you would like to know what savings would be made in your specific case please get in touch for a free energy survey.

Financial and Tax Advantages for Businesses

Our energy efficient LED bulb products adhere to the Carbon Trust Specification and accordingly business can qualify of capital gains tax advances and may be eligible for loans. If you would like more details please get in touch.

Advise on Lighting Schemes

If you have a new build or are refurbishing an existing property then the lighting scheme will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the look of the property, the running costs and the value. If you would like advise on lighting schemes, lighting automation or just how to reduce your energy bills then please get in touch and we would be pleased to advise.

Environmental Benefits of LED Bulbs

Energy Saving LED bulbs will significantly reduce your carbon footprint because they use far less electricity which creates large amounts of CO2 in its production. LED bulbs do not have any hazardous substances like the mercury in CFLs and accordingly can be easily disposed of at the end of their life but as they last over 30 times longer than a traditional light bulb they only create a fraction of the landfill.