Government pushes green alternative lighting

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New UK government plans will see consumers no longer able to purchase halogen lighting products in October, in order to increase the use of LED lightbulbs across the country.

The move insists that retail outlets no longer stock and sell the high-energy bulbs, which, like fluorescents, are a common feature in many UK households, commercial offices, factories and warehouses.

A spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), commented on the environmental impact of the initiative:

“Phasing out inefficient, energy-intensive halogen lightbulbs will cut 1.26 million tonnes of CO2.”

LED lighting can be more expensive to purchase than these more traditionally used options, but they come with added benefits that result in savings over time. As well as being a greener option, the bulbs last several years longer than fluorescent and halogen products, and they use around 80 per cent less power. This makes them far cheaper to run.

Electrical contractors in Chester, Manchester and other major cities can help companies understand the savings that can be made from a LED lighting installation. Qualified electricians can perform site visits, conducting detailed energy audits that clearly show the reduced costs businesses can enjoy when they move to modernise the lighting systems they use.

LED lighting systems can also be fitted with smart technology that senses when an area or room is being used. This ensures that lights are only operating when needed, which can add up to significant savings for firms.

In addition to halogen lighting, fluorescent lights are also due to be barred from sale. This will take place in 2023.

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