Ikea to sell only energy-saving LED lightbulbs

Ikea will no longer sell halogen and ‘energy-saving’ compact fluorescent bulbs from September, when it switches all its lighting sold globally to super efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

The move affects over 2.3 million bulbs sold by the Swedish furniture chain each year in the UK and an undisclosed number in its markets elsewhere in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

The EU was expected to ban certain halogen bulbs from sale from September 2016 but earlier this year delayed the ban until 2018, saying LED technology would not be ready in time.

Steve Howard, Ikea’s chief sustainability officer, said that three years ago, shoppers experienced ‘price tag shock’ with LEDs, but now their quality and cost had reached a tipping point, and the time was right for the switch.

“If it’s right for the customer, it’ll be right for Ikea. If you can produce a product that can last 25-30 times longer and save you 85% of the energy and have fantastic light quality, then that’s the right thing for the customer.”

He said the company’s scale had enabled it to reduce the cost of the plastics and other components of the bulbs. It becomes the first retailer in the UK to sell only LEDs for lighting.

As well as using much less energy than halogens – around 85% – and even less than CFLs, LEDs last longer, with an average lifespan of around 25,000 hours. Ikea estimated that a household switching from 10 incandescent bulbs – which were banned from sale in Europe in 2012 – would save £300 a year on energy costs by switching to LEDs.

“If you can help customers save energy and help do something towards climate change, that’s the right thing to do,” Howard said.

He said that while households and businesses had to be engaged in tackling climate change, they could only do so much and that governments had to act too.

“We’ll keep going with our direction regardless. But we recognise not every business is responding [to climate change], so at a national level we need strong regulation.

Howard said it was important that government agreed a strong climate change deal at the later this year. “Business can do a lot, but we need good policy frameworks from governments, so Paris is important,” he said.

In June, Ikea said it would spend €1bn ($1.13bn) on renewable energy and measures to help poorer countries adapt to climate change. The company has said that it will generate all of the energy used in its shops and factories from clean sources by 2020.

Excerpt from The Guardian


LED bulbs gain on CFLs in lighting market

Consumer choices in light bulbs for their homes have changed significantly over the past few years, and they appear to be doing so again.

Compact fluorescent lamp bulbs, the market leader since most incandescent bulbs were phased out in 2014, are gradually giving way to LED lights, those semiconductor devices best known for their use in traffic signals and electronic appliances.

A new survey commissioned by the lighting product manufacturer Osram Sylvania shows LED light bulbs gaining on CFLs as consumers increasingly buy them and find them preferable.

“LED awareness and use is changing,” said the company’s seventh annual “Socket Survey,” which was conducted earlier this year by the firm KRC Research. “While in past surveys LEDs fell behind other types of bulbs, the 2015 survey reveals that now more are aware of LED light bulbs and purchasing them for their homes.”

CFLs remain the bulb of choice for most consumers, despite complaints about their light quality (they illuminate gradually) and the small amount of mercury that they contain.

Fifty-three percent of those polled reported having bought CFLs for their homes in the past year, compared to 41 percent who had purchased LED bulbs.

But survey results also indicate that CFLs may lose that lead in the not too distant future. The spiral lights were the preference for 37 percent of the respondents when they buy bulbs again, with LED lights were just behind, at 35 percent.

Among non-LED users, CFLs are the top choice for replacement bulbs (45 percent), with only 18 percent indicating they would purchase LED bulbs an alternative. However, among LED users, 44 percent would most likely buy LED bulbs again.

“This indicates a loyalty to LEDs once Americans are a user, but hesitation at initially switching,” the survey said. “One possible explanation for this hesitation to switch to LED bulbs could be price – nearly one of three of non-LED users do not think the initial cost of LED bulbs are worth it.”

Interest in LED lights is likely to grow even more as consumers look closer at the efficiency and expected lifetime of the bulbs compared to CFLs and those disappearing incandescent bulbs.

Government statistics put the annual cost of using a 60-watt-equivalent LED for three hours a day at $1.02, compared to $1.57 for a CFL and $7.23 for an incandescent bulb.

It all adds up, especially when you consider that LEDs are expected to last years longer than CFLs.

Excerpt from USA TODAY

Osram to drop ‘ECO’ claim on halogen products

Major light bulb producer Osram has given way and agreed to stop branding old-fashioned halogen products as ‘eco’ bulbs.

Consumer groups accused the firm of trying to ‘greenwash’ their products, encouraging people to buy them because they think they are more environmentally friendly and could save them money. But in reality halogen bulbs are among the least energy efficient bulbs widely available today. They have been surpassed by several technologies including LEDs and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs – some of which will burn ten times less energy. Now Osram has agreed to re brand its ‘Eco Superstar’ bulb as ‘Halogen Classic’.

A spokesman for the Germany-based firm said: ‘We have decided not to use the term ‘Eco’ for our halogen products any more. ‘This change will be implemented in the course of an already planned packaging change. 

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that replacing every halogen bulb with LEDs will save a family £40 a year in electricity bills.

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Excerpt from the Daily Mail




Finding the Right Light Bulb

Finding the Right Light Bulb

Choosing the right light bulb can be tricky. Lumen, watt, colour temperature … what do these and other terms mean? Our helpful guide to light bulbs will give you a quick and easy overview of “what’s what” in lighting and will help you to find the right bulbs for every fixture in your home.

Cap Types

When you are choosing a bulb to fit a particular light or lamp in your home you will first need to make sure you choose the right cap type. The cap is the bridge between the bulb and the power-source fitting, providing just the right amount of current to make the bulb glow. But one size does not fit all and as there are different types of caps, you need to make sure that they fit your light fixture.

The most common are screw bases like the E27 for big fittings and the E14 for small fittings like candles and lustres. There are also specific caps like the GU10 and GU5.3 for spots, downlights or other special light fittings–GU10s were traditionally available only as a halogen bulb but LED variants are now available. Plus there are also B22d and B15d bayonet bulbs that are used in smaller fittings and finally low-voltage G4 and mains-powered G9 halogens.

See below to see what the different cap types look like  

Light Bulb Technologies

Halogen Bulbs

Halogen Lights deliver the highest standards of light quality, giving natural, clear, sparkling and warm light:

• Fully dimmable

• More energy efficient than “classic” bulbs

• Short warm-up time

In short, they are the perfect choice if you are looking for the quickest and easiest way to replace classic bulbs throughout your home and still want to enjoy the same quality of clear, warm and sparkling light that you are used to.

LED Bulbs

Without compromising quality, LED light bulbs offer unlimited lighting possibilities. They combine state-of-the-art technology with familiar design as they are available in the all the same shapes as classic bulbs:

• Longest lifespan of any bulb–up to 25 years    

• Short switching cycles

• Very small energy consumption

If you are looking for the most sustainable lighting solution, LED bulbs are the ideal choice for you.

Energy Saving Bulbs

Energy-saving bulbs, also known as compact fluorescent (CLFs), are a very economical choice for use in the home and offer the perfect range of high-brightness functional lighting for interiors like work spaces, kitchens and living rooms:

• Very low energy consumption (80 per cent less than conventional bulbs)

• Long lifespan                                                               

• Available in different colour temperatures

If you are looking for an easy way to save energy and reduce your lighting bills, energy savers are a great choice.

Dimmable Bulbs
It is important to remember that dimmers require dimmable bulbs, so keep this in mind when you are choosing your bulb. In the past, older types of energy-saving bulb tended not to be dimmable; however these have now been replaced with a new generation of non-flicker models that are also dimmable. Halogen bulbs are generally easy to control

with a dimmer switch, however, not all LED lighting is designed to be dimmable, and using a non-dimmable bulb with a dimmer switch can cause the bulb to not work properly or fail completely. So if you want to buy a dimmable bulb, make sure you check the product details to see if it will work with a dimmer.

Colour Temperature

Modern bulbs can offer different colour temperatures, which are indicated in a unit called Kelvin (K). The colour temperature helps you create different moods–bulbs with a low Kelvin value generate warm, yellow light, which produces a relaxing mood, perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere in your home. Bulbs with a high Kelvin value produce cool, blue light for a more energizing mood and are ideal when you need to perform tasks that require concentration.





1,000K Candlelight Red/Yellow Very Warm
2,700K-3,000K Conventional Lamp – Yellow Warm White
4,000K-5,000K Halogen/CFL – Blue Cool White
10,000K Blue Sky – Blue Very Cool

Watts & Lumens

Most people think that the wattage (W) of a bulb tells you how much light it gives. However, this is not the case as wattage only measures the amount of energy required to light bulbs. Lumens (lm), on the other hand, measure the amount of light that is actually produced. For example, some bulbs, like LED, give the same light output (in lumens) as a classic bulb, but for a much lower wattage. So, to see how bright a bulb is, think in lumens, not watts. The higher the lumen value, the greater the light output.

25 W 230 – 270 lamp
35 W 250 – 280 spotlight 390 – 410 lamp
40 W 440 – 460 lamp
50 W 330 – 350 spotlight
60 W 800 – 850 lamp

Switch Cycles

Every bulb can only be switched on and off a certain number of times before it fails. This is known as the ‘switch cycle’. The room a bulb is being used in can make a big difference to its lifespan. For example, bulbs in a living room often stay on all evening, whereas those in a bathroom may get switched on and off much more regularly. Think about which bulb best fits the room you’ll be using it in. Halogen bulbs typically have a switch cycle of 8,000, energy savers up to 30,000 and LED bulbs about 50,000.

Colour Rendering Index

Colour rendering, expressed as a rating from 0 to 100 on the Colour Rendering Index (CRI), describes how a light source makes the colour of an object appear to human eyes and how well subtle variations in colour shades are revealed. Natural outdoor light has a CRI of 100 and is therefore the standard of comparison for any other light source. The higher the CRI, the more natural the colours appear.

Wide & Focused Light

The shape of a bulb has a big impact on the light effect it delivers. This is because the shape determines the width of the light beam. Standard bulbs can achieve a 360-degree distribution of light (see example on the left), whereas spots can deliver a focused light distribution at a 25 to 35-degree beam angle. So keep in mind the width of the area you want to illuminate when choosing your bulb.

New LED DD from Kosnic

Direct Replacements for DD Fluorescent Lamps Reduce Energy Consumption and Maintenance Effort. Kosnic’s new LED DD range offers electrical contractors the opportunity to replace conventional CFL DD lamps and is ideal for thoroughfares, inaccessible locations and stairwells.
Designed by the team at the Kosnic Technology Centre, the LED DD can be retro-fitted in minutes. Once in place, the lamps have a rating of 30,000 hours – at least three times the lamp life of a standard fluorescent 2D lamp.
Running costs and maintenance effort are reduced and a cleaner, brighter light delivered. The 9W DD LED Lamp replaces a 16w CFL, the 12w DD LED replaces a 28W CFL and the 18W DD LED replaces a 38w CFL.
Additional options include a fitting, motion sensor module and a three hour Emergency Pack.

Energy Efficient Lamps

Megaman has supplied a variety of its energy efficient lamps for the refurbishment of the lighting at Cardiff Castle. Megaman was chosen for this gargantuan task by Cardiff Council following assurances that the lighting would maintain the brightness required within the Castle interiors, whilst retaining the aesthetic charm of the building and providing massive energy savings.

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. During 2000 years of history, the Castle has been a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and in Victorian times was transformed into a gothic fairytale fantasy. The Castle’s ongoing conservation project is valued at about £8 million and has been supported by a £5.7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, whilst additional financial support has been received from CADW and Visit Wales. It is a very diverse project with conservation work ranging from the consolidation of Roman masonry to the repairs of the lavish decoration within the House.

Picking up the gauntlet to be more energy efficient and sustainable, Castle staff together with the Council’s energy management team, came up with a plan to replace all the light bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs. Unlike previous energy saving lamps, the new lamps have been specifically designed to fit in with the wonderful historic interiors and show its architectural features and artworks in the best possible light.

Of the 415 light bulbs in the house alone, 117 are contained within the chandeliers in the Banqueting Hall, making the change over to energy efficient lamps quite a daunting task. Megaman supplied a combination of 5W LED Clear Candle lamps, 8W GU10 LEDs, 15W AR111 LED’s, GU10s and 18W CFL GLS lamps for use throughout the project.

The LED lamps are guaranteed to last at least 3 years, offer the added benefits of low heat emission, and negligible ultraviolet and infrared output, which can be harmful to the Castle’s delicate interiors. The LED lamps run at 5W each, rather than the 25W filament lamps, and are expected to last around 50 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Annual energy costs have been reduced, with a calculated energy saving of 45.6 tons CO² and this is in addition to the cost reductions in maintenance and downtime. Everyone involved in the project is really impressed with the results at Cardiff Castle – so much so, in fact, that Cardiff Council are considering repeating the exercise with more historic buildings, of which they have quite a few!

Your Guide To Energy Saving Light Bulbs

LED lamps are hugely popular at the moment as they are energy efficient, long lasting and versatile. They are available in various shapes, intensities, beam angles and colours. Their small dimensions and easy connectivity make them popular in applications where creativity needs to combine with easy to install lighting effects. LED lamps give you a lot of light for your energy and they can be more than four times as efficient as their incandescent counterparts. Also, unlike some other types of energy saving lamps, LEDs can produce instant warm, soothing light the moment you switch them on. LED’s are the most expensive energy saving option but offer a very long life up to 50,000 hours, with savings made over a period of time LED lamps will easily pay for themselves many times over.

They are the result of traditional fluorescent lamp making skills which have created a range of retrofit lamps that will directly replace incandescent mains voltage lamps. CFLs are available in a wide range of shapes and formats to meet the growing need for compact, energy efficient performance. They offer a comprehensive range of light source solutions giving long life, high colour rendering and constant light output throughout their life. Compact fluorescent bulbs use only about 25% of the electricity an incandescent bulb, but they cannot reach full brightness immediately it may take up two minutes to reach their maximum output.

Halogen lamps are known for excellent colour rendering and a cool crisp white light. This makes them the preferred light source for decorative, accent and general lighting. Mains voltage halogen lamps operate without the need for a transformer, and can be dimmed: making them quick and easy to install, simple to operate with a subsequent lowering of installation and user costs, up to 30% with some lamps. Low voltage halogen lamps operate on step-down transformers, to lower mains voltage to approximately 12V and are also dimmable. High light intensity and long life make them an ideal lamp for accent lighting, task lighting and spotlight applications. Halogen lamps offer around 30% energy saving compared to standard GLS light bulbs and last about 2,000 hours.