Policy Switch; why LED lighting is the smart option.

It has been over three weeks since the European Union ended the sale of Halogen lighting. This continues a growing policy trend whereby non-efficient lighting is phased out in both households and industry.

So why has the EU taken the decision to ban the halogen bulb?

It is firstly because halogen lighting consumes up to 80% more energy than the most efficient lighting product on the market (LED lighting) and is a key component in reducing carbon emissions. Research shows that LED lighting’s efficiency has cut EU wide carbon emissions by 15 million tonnes a year, a figure which equates to Portugal’s annual electricity consumption.

Is there any other reason for the halogen ban?

Yes, it is designed to make savings on consumer’s lighting running costs.

Some may dispute this claim, however, those who dispute this focus only on initial costs. LED fittings are costlier than their halogen counterparts, although over time, they work out much cheaper thanks to being up to 80% more energy efficient.

In addition, the life span of an LED fitting is around 25 times longer than a halogen bulb. LED fittings also rarely require maintenance during their lifespan, thus eradicate maintenance costs. Research finds these benefits saves household consumers £112 per year on average.

What policy initiatives are being used to help industry with lighting costs?

In the UK, LED fittings are also an important part of the government’s carbon reduction policy. Buildings make up 40% of national energy consumption with 15% of a building’s energy being spent on lighting. For this reason, the UK government are providing businesses with tax breaks when they purchase LED lighting. Some local authorities also provide grants for new LED industrial lighting projects, while you may be eligible for a Carbon Trust grant from an accredited supplier.

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To summarise, there are two key reasons why policy is favouring the use of LED lighting. To significantly reduce our carbon emissions in order to protect our environment and secondly to reduce running costs.

For more information on how your business can benefit from the above grants and tax relief, please click here.