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What you should know about lighting

Guest Blogger, Managing Director of LampShopOnline, Matt Beswick, looks at the changes to lighting affecting both domestic and commercial users.

We’re all familiar with the discontinuation of incandescent bulbs and by now most of us will have some CFL light bulbs in our homes. But it’s not just domestic lighting that is being overhauled in Europe’s drive to become more energy-efficient. The policy works across the board when it comes to lighting.

All sorts of light bulbs, including our street lamps are being changed and this means that the lighting industry is changing in its entirety. So how does it affect you?

Like the discontinuation of the traditional light bulb, all sorts of other bulbs are being phased out including our street lamps and many used in industry. SON lamps are out of use and electricians and local councils are looking for an alternative. The stop-gap alternative is something called a metal halide lamp. They’re more energy-efficient, last longer and have a cleaner, whiter light. But, they’re also up for EU review in 2014. This means a lot of industries are considering an alternative, the LED corn lamp.

The lighting industry is seeing a move towards LEDs in every application. A lot of us mistakenly think that the phase-out of the incandescent bulb was actually a change-over from the familiar bulb to the CFL, but this isn’t what the EU policy says. CFLs are not the only alternative to old school light bulbs and it’s looking more and more likely that LEDs will be the future of lighting.

LED floodlights are becoming more and more popular and industry is moving towards the new LED corn lamp. Even offices and public places which use fluorescent tubes are moving towards more energy efficient lights are likely to be using LEDs in twenty years. By 2017 all EU change will have come into force and this means that LEDs will be the most cost-effective lighting solution which complies with EU directives. So if you’re renovating your home, office or even your warehouse then it’s worth considering upgrading to LEDs now.

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