Traditional incandescent lighting is being phased out of the UK at a fairly fast rate. You can no longer buy 150W/100W bulbs (unless they are ‘Rough Service’), with Opal and Pearl bulbs now also nearly non-existent.
So what do you do? For years you have been able to purchase ‘Energy Efficient’ lightbulbs, which are really compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). These ‘energy efficient bulbs’ use a lot less energy than the traditional incandescent bulb, but also take quite a while to warm up and in many cases really don’t provide enough light. At first, they were not particularly cheap but have reduced over time. The biggest downside is the materials used to make them, which means they are much harder to recycle.
The latest generation of energy efficient lighting is in the form of Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs to most people. LED’s have been used for many years across a wide range of industries. The biggest advantage of LED’s is that they use even less power than the alternative CFL ‘energy efficient’ bulbs, they produce instant light and very little heat, a great example is our MR16 LED and AR111 LED bulbs.
This means they are currently the most efficient way of lighting an area. Installation costs can be a little high but the savings produce a fantastic return on investment (ROI).