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


Europe puts off halogen ban until 2018

The European Commission today agreed with conventional lighting industry arguments and voted to postpone a ban on halogen lamps until September 2018.

It did not, however, extend the ban until 2020, which lighting industry body LightingEurope had lobbied for. The decision is sure to rankle newer, LED specialist companies like Neonlite and its Megaman brand,who had argued against any extension.

The EC had set the 2016 date back in 2009, giving the industry seven years to prepare for it. Halogens are a form of incandescent lamp – the EC has already banned others – and are highly inefficient compared to newer LED and CFL energy-saving lamps.

But the industry lobbied hard in recent months to delay the ban, saying that seven years was not going to be long enough. It argued among other things that Europe would face a lamp shortage because there would not be enough quality LED lamps to meet general demand.

It also said the industry needed more time to develop LEDs with features to which consumers are accustomed, such as standard dimming, multi-directional light beams, and good colour rendering, at an affordable price.

‘Postponing the phase-out will bring more efficient products to the market, and give consumers the possibility to choose the best performing lamp for their needs,’ the EC said in a press release. It did not immediately clarify its logic – more efficient products like LED lamps are already coming into the market, and it’s unclear how the 2018 extension will change that.

‘Switching from an average halogen lamp to an energy-efficient LED will already save approximately €115 ($124) over the LED’s lifetime of up to 20 years, and pay back its cost within a year,’ the release stated. ‘This savings will increase further by 2018 with lower LED prices and a better LED performance.’

Applying the same logic, the EC claimed that sticking with a 2016 ban would have cost European consumers €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in energy savings which they will now get by waiting until 2018.

But it also pointed out that ‘halogen lamps are very inefficient (energy efficiency class “D”).’

It further noted that, ‘novel technologies, such as LEDs offer a high savings potential: the consumption of a halogen lamp is often more than five times higher than the one of an energy-efficient LED. As a result, member states agreed in 2009 that such inefficient “D”-class halogen lamps should be phased-out from 1 September 2016.’

Some industry observers suggest that the EC delayed the ban to allow traditional lighting companies like Philips and Osram more time to adjust and to deal with difficult job losses associated with abandoning halogen.

‘Everyone agrees that a maximum of around 6,800 job losses in halogen lamp production are inevitable and will happen irrespective of any policy intervention due to the arrival of LEDs,’ the EC said. ‘The phase-out of halogen lamps and faster market uptake of LEDs can help overcome some of these negative impacts by focusing on high value creation and employment opportunities in the EU. Deferring the phase-out to 1 September 2018 gives manufacturers the time to create replacement jobs in these areas, while supporting innovative companies in the EU providing novel lighting solutions based on LEDs.’

The ban does not apply to all halogens. It mainly covers pear-shaped bulbs that look like conventional incandescent lamps but contain a halogen component. It does not apply to spotlights or to many desk lamps.

LightingEurope Secretary General Diederik de Stoppelaar called the 2018 date an ‘acceptable compromise.’ He noted:

  • ‘The industry strongly supports — and has for years — the changeover to more energy-efficient lighting solutions. While 2020 was the ideal date for a phase-out of the popular domestic halogens, 2018 is an acceptable compromise. What consumers must realise, is that alternative developing technologies take time to be fully realised — and then to subsequently be widely available on the market.’

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.

Kosnic releases new HaloLED


Another flagship product from the KTC (Kosnic Techology Centre), the new HaloLED from Kosnic is an uncompromising retrofit for halogen M16 lamps.

The unique LED lens and COB (Chip-on-Board) deliver exactly the same ambience as the halogen, while enabling end-users to significantly reduce their lighting energy costs.

Fully dimmable, the HaloLED 7 Watt version is perfect for hospitality applications where atmosphere and mood need to be varied according to the activity and time of day.

Also available in a 6 watt GU10 with a high light output of 400 Lumen.

  • Fast retrofit to achieve energy savings of up to 90%.
  • Short payback period.
  • High CRI over 80RA.
  • Long lamp life of 35,000 hours.

LED Replacement for the MR16 Halogen

Sylvania is pleased to announce another industry first; the launch of the new ‘made in Europe’ MR16 LED, a direct replacement for the popular MR16 halogen lamp.

Yet again first-to-market with such a product innovation, the Sylvania MR16 LED is the first retrofit MR16 LED replacement lamp to achieve 450lm without the use of an active cooling fan. Manufactured at Sylvania’s state-of-the-art facility in Tienen, Belgium, the lamp benefits from European build quality, performance and reliability – and because, unlike other similar lamps, it does not incorporate a cooling fan, the MR16 LED is quiet in operation. The new lamp can be used in any existing MR16 luminaire – even IP rated ones with a protective lens – which other products are unable to do due to the cooling fan protruding too far.

“The take up of our GU10 retrofit LED lamp has been phenomenal and we anticipate the same reaction to our MR16 LED replacement,” says Peter Dillen, Strategic Business Unit Director LED. “Both products are the work of our Tienen facility; and the lighting trade, stockists and consumers all recognise that European manufacture is a badge of quality. We have worked hard to get these products right so that consumers can safely replace their lamps, not their fixtures. The two new MR16 LED lamps (350lm and 450lm) can replace both 35W and 50W halogens, yet also deliver the lower energy costs and reduced maintenance benefits associated with LED technology.”

Over recent months Sylvania has invested significantly in R&D and the MR16 LED is another first for the company when it comes to LED retrofit lamp technology. This innovation follows the successful launch of the HI-SPOT RefLED ES50; a direct retrofit replacement for a GU10 50W halogen. The lamp was recently highly commended at the 2012 Lighting Design Awards, recognising Sylvania’s innovative strengths in LED reflector development.

Due to its European R&D and manufacturing base, Sylvania is well placed to react quickly to market demands and is constantly developing new products. For example, Sylvania is currently working on a 65W GU10 equivalent with a 450lm output.

Perfect for directional lighting in residential, retail and office applications, the new MR16 LED lamps offer energy savings and a longer lamp life of 25,000 hours with 80% energy savings compared to the standard halogen counterpart. The new MR16 350lm and 450lm lamps will produce 300lm and 400lm of useful light from a 90˚ cone respectively.

Spot Lamps Improved – NOT Banned! Say the EU

Incorrect reports in the UK media have given the impression that the Commission will remove low-voltage halogen lamps from the UK market without provision for proper replacements. These reports will of course have caused undue concern to UK consumers and manufacturers and we therefore wish to clarify the issue.

Low voltage halogen reflector lamps (the halogen spotlights commonly used in household kitchens and bathrooms) are not banned in the draft Commission Regulation under the Ecodesign Directive, neither in 2013 nor in 2016.

In fact, the regulation seeks to make reflector lamps more efficient with long-term benefits for both the consumer and the environment. Existing reflector lamps formats can meet the requirements by simply changing their filling gas to xenon (an inert gas). The draft Regulation will not lead to any noticeable difference in terms of quality of light or lamp design for low voltage halogen reflector lamps.

The requirements have been developed through a public consultation process involving the lamp industry, lighting designers, consumer organisations and green NGOs. The European lighting industry and lighting designers are not “concerned” about the level or requirements for low voltage halogen lamps, on the contrary they have been involved in the consultation process and support it as it does not involve phasing out any of the currently prevailing halogen lamp types. It only improves the lamps’ energy efficiency.

How much electricity and money will consumers save?

By using an improved halogen reflector lamp, consumers will save 20 to 25% electricity (8-15 kWh / year / lamp), corresponding to a saving of up to £1.60 per year per lamp, even taking into account the purchase price of the lamps.  This means that in spite of a higher purchase price of the lamp, a significant decrease is to be expected for the consumers, thanks to the electricity savings.

How and when will the Regulation be adopted? Is there going to be further consultation?

The process still has many checks taking into account industry and national concerns. The Commission is currently completing an internal consultation process within its services. Following this, the World Trade Organisation will be consulted on the draft regulation, a committee of experts from the EU Member States governments will vote on it, and the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers from the Member States will have the ultimate opportunity to stop its adoption if they consider the draft regulation inappropriate. If the regulation passes all these procedures it could be adopted by the Commission in early autumn 2012.

ELC tries to allay fears over MR16 phase out

The European Lamp Companies Federation (ELC) has released a statement trying to reassure the market that low voltage halogen lamps will not be phased out in 2016.

The statement, which refers to ‘recent media reporting regarding the phase out of MR16 low voltage halogen lamps’, was released in response to stories which have recently appeared in the lighting press.

“The European Lamp Companies Federation (ELC) understands that quality halogen reflector lamps will remain on the market so there will be no visible change in the design and compatibility of these lamps. The ELC understands that it is the intention of the European Commission to phase out in a period between 2013 and 2016 only the least performing and least efficient low voltage halogen lamp types.”

Lighting posted the story after speaking to industry sources and seeing an explanatory note to the draft legislation which stated that: ‘poor conventional low voltage halogens’ would be phased out in 2013 and that ‘quality conventional low voltage halogens’ would be phased out in two stages between 2013 and 2014. Our article explained that ‘better performing versions’ of low voltage halogens, including those with infra-red coatings, would be included under the latter definition. The statement from the ELC now contends that this will not be the case, although figures close to the consultation process remain sceptical:

Kevan Shaw of KSLD, who has taken an active part in discussions about the phase out said: “Notwithstanding the ELC statement, the wording in the draft legislation is clear in the intent to remove all non IRC coated low voltage reflector lamps from the market in September 2013, along with many mains voltage incandescent reflector lamps. The new metric created in the legislation requires measurements of reflector lamps that are not available in catalogues and datasheets. It is impossible at this point to know what lamps may meet the requirements to remain in the market beyond September 2013. We urgently need the industry to provide the relevant data to answer this question.”

The statement from the ELC went on to explain that it is: “awaiting an official draft proposal of the legislation and recognizes that this is an on-going process. The ELC and its members remain committed to providing suitable choice and to maintaining high consumer satisfaction.”

It finished by saying: “As an industry we are confident that in the future there will remain an adequate choice of high quality, low voltage lamps to satisfy different consumer budgets and needs.”

MR16s to be banned in 2013

Low-voltage halogen lamps are set to be banned under draft legislation from the European commission.

Under Ecodesign legislation, ‘poor performing’ 12V MR16s will be phased out next year. Better performing versions, including those with infra-red coatings will follow by 2016.

The phase-out is part of the Ecodesign legislation which also put paid to the 60W incandescent lamp late last year.

The draft documentation for the publication will be published shortly but lighting designers and manufacturers are said to be concerned by the restrictions that will be imposed by the ban.

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.