LEDs Go It Alone…
LED technology has transformed the lighting industry over recent years and it is soon to be the only option on the market. With incandescent bulbs already unavailable, plans are now in place to phase out halogen light bulbs. Meaning if you haven’t already, it’s probably time to start thinking about making the switch to LEDs in your kitchen.
Inefficient halogen bulbs are still used in millions of kitchens across the UK, but by 2018 the sale of them will be banned as part of the EU’s energy-saving drive. The move follows the prohibition of traditional incandescent bulbs, which have been phased out in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but now the European Commission believe that halogens should also be replaced by energy-saving LEDs.
The intervention was originally proposed for September 2016 but last year EU member states voted to postpone the regulation for another 2 years. That means that all bulbs must be at least energy-efficiency class B by September 2018 in order to be eligible for sale in the EU. This will effectively remove all halogen-style bulbs from the market, leaving LED bulbs as the only option for your kitchen lighting.
This will have massive benefits for you and the environment. Halogen bulbs produce an excessive amount of wasted energy, which is harmful to both the environment and your wallet. Although the initial cost of an LED fitting is higher, the savings you will make in the long run will more than offset that initial difference.
The low wattage of LED lighting means that your energy consumption can be reduced by over 90% which will significantly reduce your electricity bills. 90% of the energy used with halogen bulbs is wasted and converted into radiant heat, meaning LEDs are also a much safer option as they will not over heat and do not produce UV or IR rays.
LEDs also last nearly 13 times longer, with an average lifespan at 12.5 years, compared to just 1.5 years with a halogen alternative. This means less replacement bulbs and less maintenance, which will also save you money in the long run. In many cases, the lifespan of an LED fitting can ultimately outlive the kitchen itself.
But best of all, along with these savings, there is no compromise when it comes to the strength and quality of the light that’s emitted. When they first came out, LED bulbs emitted a bluish “cold” light that many found harsh compared to the “warmer” light cast by traditional bulbs. However, LED’s are now available in a range of different colour temperatures including natural white (daylight), cool white, and warm white, so there is a shade to suit any style of kitchen cabinetry.
The rapid development of LED technology continues to offer new possibilities for kitchen design. LED chip on board (COB) technology is providing brighter lighting and the look and design of LED fittings continue to advance with ever increasing slimline products which can maintain the high light output. LED’s innovations have given so much more choice in how you can light up your kitchen and all this can now be controlled by your smartphone through Bluetooth technology.
There is no doubt that this latest intervention in the market will lead to even further development in LED technology. To make sure you’re equipped for this significant change, start considering LED lighting for your kitchen now.