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Top Right: James Russill, Energy Saving Trust. Below: Coen Liedenbaum at Philips Research shows the first prototype TLED, providing 200 lumens per watt with high quality of light.


where to start when choosing energy efficient lighting. By installing an energy efficient system many companies would save a huge amount in just the first year and may even see an increase in staff performance as some believe that lighting really can have an effect on mood? There are many pro’s to installing energy efficient lighting but what are the cons? Firstly it can be costly; the initial outlay of an energy efficient system is usually higher than that of a standard system. Secondly will it be of the same quality and match the standards of a traditional lighting system? In many studies of LEDs and energy efficient lighting the resounding answer is yes. James Russill, Technical Delivery Manager at the Energy Efficiency Trust believes that the future of lighting is LEDs and states that “McKinsey & Company (management consultants) forecast that LED lighting has the potential to be the dominant technology in both commercial and domestic lighting by 2015. The Energy Saving Trust realised the potential in LEDs many years ago and in 2011 published a report called Lit Up, which looked at how LED lighting reduced energy consumption and lowered the cost of maintenance.


The report specifically looked at lighting within Social Housing as these buildings tend to have communal areas that are lit 24 hours a day. The trial used for the Lit Up report measured the performance, energy- saving potential and maintenance of light levels of over 4,250 LED light fittings across 35 different sites. The reports’ findings categorically showed the effectiveness of LEDs as an energy efficient source of light, and even highlighted that the quality of light showed a marked improvement at almost every site. The brightness, colour and distribution of light were greatly improved when using the LEDs. LED lighting systems offer a great opportunity to not only save money but also improve the look and feel of a place.” James Russill continues “The only big issue to overcome in getting LED lighting in more buildings is the initial up-front cost. It’s a fact of life that when technologies are new to market the cost tends to be quite high and reduce as they become more mass-market. This is happening already, with housing providers, big corporate organisations, small businesses and consumers believing that the investment is more than worth it in terms of energy savings and reduced maintenance costs over the long lifetime of LED fittings.”


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