When halogen bulbs are finally banned across the EU in September 2018, V-Tac explains why we should be celebrating the end of unnecessarily high lighting bills, inefficient technology and a massive 15.2 million tonne reduction in Europe’s carbon footprint by 2025.
There are still an estimated 500 million halogen spotlights being used in homes across Europe and, if they were replaced with good LED alternatives, every household would save an average of £42 a year and save enough energy to power 11 million homes.
New technology has resulted in a dramatic evolution of LED lighting and it is now easy to find lights which give out an attractive warm white light for homes or a brighter white light for the workplace.
This includes highly efficient A++ rated lights which produce 120 lumens per watt (a traditional halogen bulb produces only around 12 lumens per watt) with much less wasted heat. LED lights have also become more reliable and consistent and have a longer lamp life.
LED lights can cut energy usage by 80% and so pay for themselves within a year – especially if they are bought at a competitive price.
Satish Sajnani, cofounder of V-Tac, says: “People working in the trade need to start stocking LED lighting products and gear up for the 2018 ban. They also need to play their part in educating the public about LED lights and explain why they have so many advantages. The biggest benefits of the transition from halogen to LED lighting will be lower energy bills and a healthier planet.”