In the UK we love led flood lights. Favoured by electricians and developers, they’re responsible for ceiling acne in bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms up and down the country.
They have a lovely quality of light, they dim down well, and they’re cheap, so it’s no wonder they’re so popular. Unfortunately, as with all incandescent light sources, with majority of energy being emitted in infra-red (heat), they’re massively inefficient.
Why is Energy Efficiency So Important?
Energy efficiency is the rational use of energy resources. The world is becoming more populated and so we must change the use of energy resources. As cities grow, and the more energy people use, greenhouse emissions become more harmful not only for the environment, but also for the ecology of the planet as a whole. This also has a huge effect on the economic climate, effecting nearly every industry in every country around the entire planet.
The scale of world-wide investments in energy efficiency and savings today is significant. Being a country with a solid and effective energy efficiency program is not just a trendy plan, but a necessity. The list of the energy efficient countriesinclude Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dozens of countries are struggling to appear in this list every year.
So why is energy efficiency important?
- On a national level it means saving important resources, increasing competitiveness and industrial productivity of the country.
- For people it means reducing utility costs, lower energy bills and freeing income for other expenses.
- Energy companies they can lower fuel costs, which then can have savings passed on to the consumers.
- In a world view reducing dangerous greenhouse gas emissions is good for every living creature.
Global warming is happening at an alarming rate and it’s widely accepted it’s being accelerated by human activity. A large part of the human generated CO2 emissions is from electricity production, and in Europe 14% of all electricity consumption is lighting.
Moving away from inefficient incandescent light sources in our homes, and embracing energy efficient technologies has the potential to make a huge energy savings. And of course saving energy saves money in reduced electricity bills.
We often run energy payback calculations to show our clients how quickly they can get a return on their investment in new lighting. It’s not uncommon to see payback periods of 7 months or less.
The government has recognised the role energy efficient lighting can play in reducing the UK’s CO2 emissions and have implemented the ‘light bulb ban’ (phase out of incandescent light sources) and Part L of building regulations (Conservation of fuel and power), to force us as consumers to adopt these new technologies.
At lighting design studio this is something we’re really passionate about. It’s one of the first and most important things we consider when putting together a lighting design. We create beautiful yet energy-efficient lighting schemes for our clients.
Through intelligent lighting controls, highly efficient lamps, and luminaires, and using light when and where it’s needed, we can show you how to reduce your energy consumption. The little things start at home – how efficient is your lighting?