In September of this year the next phase of the European wide ban on incandescent lamps will be rolled out with a ban on 60W lamps, but John Murphy of Megaman asks if we are really ready to make the change or are some people still harking back to the good old days?
The European Union has passed legislation to ban all incandescent and halogen lamps, which are highly inefficient and energy-wasteful, within the next few years. Some have already disappeared from high street shops, and all of the others will follow by the end of 2012. We have been gearing up to a full ban on incandescent lamps for many years but despite this, there are still many people who work within our industry who look at the past with very rose tinted glasses.
We are now under pressure from all sides to reduce our energy consumption and the sensible companies will be looking at ways to achieve this, not least in light of the CRCEES which effectively became a carbon tax in the Government Spending Review. But despite the fact that energy savings need to be made it is still taking time to get the message across.
Saving energy has never been easier, for example by using energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps with high frequency ballasts, you can save up to 80% of your electrical energy consumption for lighting. In addition, by installing control devices or by making use of natural daylight you can limit the use of unnecessary lighting and reduce your costs still further.
Put simply, it isn’t difficult to make costs savings and with the introduction of LED technology this has become even easier.
I have heard mixed views about LEDs, with some saying that they are the best thing since sliced bread while others are clearly not impressed with the technology. But as an energy saving alternative they are having a major effect on the market.
One of the main criticisms of LED technology in the past has been with the colour, but as with any new technology, changes have been made and I am now happy to say that the LED reflector range which we offer is a direct replacement for halogen spots in terms of both colour temperature and intensity, but they come with energy savings of 80%.
Our LED range also makes use of Thermal Conductive Highway technology whereby the key to maximising light output and lumen maintenance lies in sound thermal management. Our patented Thermal Conductive Highway (TCH) technology uses a unique design of heat drain across the reflector to dissipate heat efficiently and prevent deterioration of the LED chip and other components. The technology also gives the lamps a longer life with high lumen maintenance, resulting in 85% of the initial lumens being available, even at the end of lamp life.
Make it easy
It is no great secret that energy prices are on the rise, and with no real end in sight we have to ensure that the products which we are installing will provide the most energy efficient solution.
But that needn’t be as difficult as it sounds because manufacturers are making it easy with the introduction of new technology. For example our new Powerlens technology amplifies luminous intensity by 20% and creates a more concentrated light cone
for our reflector series. It allows 80% or more light output within an angle of 120 degrees, complying with EU regulations (EC244/2009).
I could carry on talking about new technology for hours but I don’t really need to because we can assume that our products meet and exceed the relevant standards for energy saving technology. Now we just need to get the whole industry on board and ensure that we are meeting the Government targets.
So when you are planning your next job make sure that you factor in the need for energy saving lighting. I know you are probably sick of hearing people bang on about it but I’m afraid that it is something which we can’t avoid and therefore it’s our job as a manufacturer to spread the word about the new technology on the market. Only by doing this can we hope to change the way which this industry has traditionally done lighting.
So whether it is a new or refurbished office block, school, hotel or retail outlet, the story remains the same – we have the technology – we just need to use it and start to make the make the savings which are available to us.