Get Smart and Retrofit for the Future
The green measures that qualify under the Green Deal do not currently include ‘next generation’ LED lighting and retrofits in residential properties. This is one of the most cost effective and easy to install energy saving measures in the home. This is something that we, as part of the lighting industry, keep pushing for inclusion in the Green Deal. UK homes are lagging behind other nations in Europe in the adoption of next generation lighting such as LEDs. Source Energy Savings Trust Jan 2014.
Domestic lighting costs can be slashed by up to 90% when you exchange incandescent bulbs for LED replacements. LED lighting uses a fraction of the electricity that old fashioned bulbs did and the colour and warmth of high quality LEDs is now excellent. LED lights can be used on dimmer switches and more are being manufactured to fit into existing lighting fixtures.
The retro fit market has been traditionally awash with GU10’s as they were easier to manufacture due to size, however, the MR16 market is catching up fast and one suspects might overtake in the near future - the big question will then be for many home owners to retro fit or go for a dedicated LED light fitting when renovating. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
We currently specify both for different reasons, dedicated LED fittings are smaller, often have higher IP ratings and at the other end of the spectrum can produce high volumes of cost effective lighting when high light levels are required. However, if cost is a prime concern then we have some incredible retrofit options now available which clients cannot tell the different between halogen and their new counterpart.
Another growing trend is state of the art smart lighting controls which can have a huge impact on reducing bills and energy consumption. The range of options include linking motion sensors that switch off lights when there is no one in the building as well as light sensitive sensors that can dim or switch lights depending on the ambient light available.
With the growing awareness of high electricity bills and protecting the planet going green is the smart way forward.