Today’s big question is whether we should change the lights in our homes in favour of LEDs or not. Community legislation has already taken several initiatives to gradually switch over to more energy-efficient LED technology. However, consumers still seem to be cautious, also because the issue is not as simple as it appears, especially for non-experts.
Thanks to the application of Ecodesign and Ecolabel standards on the design and labelling of household air conditioners and lamps, we are reducing power consumptions and CO2 emissions, which are the main causes for climate change. From 1 September onwards, all mains-voltage directional halogen lamps will be no longer sold in Europe, making another step forward in achieving the energy-efficiency goals established with the ErP (Energy related Products) directive approved in 2009.
From 1 September 2016 (Phase 3), the lighting fixtures listed in the EU 1194/2012 regulation (filament lamps, CFL1 lamps and LED lamps) can be sold on the European market only if they are fully compatible with at least energy label class A+. This means that all lighting fixtures must be completely capable of working with the new lamps, which, by 2016, are expected to be LED.
With the start of Phase 3 on 1 September 2016, in fact, it will be forbidden to sell poorly efficient directional lamps, including mains-voltage halogen lamps (for which the maximum value of the energy-efficiency index shall fall from 1.25 to 0.95).
LED bulbs at home: why they are convenient
There is no doubt regarding the advantages of the innovative, highly energy-efficient and low-power LED sources. Yet, consumers seem to be careful about buying these new energy-saving bulbs. Likewise in other new products, there are always doubts and concerns. It is legitimate to ask: are there good reasons for choosing LEDs at home?
The answer is yes! And here are just some of the main reasons for choosing LED.
Quality of light output. Flickering, i.e. the visible change in the brightness of a lamp due to rapid fluctuations in the voltage of the power supply is annoying and harmful. In LEDs, light is absolutely constant and therefore perfect for carrying out precision work and for reading. Choosing the right colour temperature is not a problem: we need to overcome the idea that the light from LED bulbs is cold and not as pleasant as in other lighting sources. Unfortunately, the Internet is filled with many (unreliable) sources that diffuse this false, misleading information. Moreover, it should be noted that modern lighting systems allow the modulation of individual lighting features to achieve the desired light, when and where it is needed.
Lamp life and maintenance. The duration of traditional light bulbs depends, among other things, on the frequency of ON/OFF times. LEDs do not have this inconvenience and can last up to 50000 hours, which means at least five times – or even more – than other lamps under optimal conditions. This means that maintenance intervals (to change old lamps) are longer, therefore reducing costs.
Installation. There is no negative aspect compared to other lighting sources; on the contrary, the miniaturization reached with LEDs and their installation flexibility allow for unexpected positioning options, providing a nice touch to the aesthetics of the spaces where they are installed.
Resistant to impacts. LED fixtures ensure better resistance against impacts and voltage peaks.
Heat dissipation. LEDs are mostly cold sources; therefore, power is not dissipated as heat (that we pay uselessly) and the possible risks of burns (children, just like moths, are drawn to lights) are eliminated.
No toxic substances. Unlike other types of lighting sources, LEDs do not contain toxic substances. Therefore, they are healthier to use and easier to dispose of when they reach their end of life. Moreover, light is “cleaner” because they do not emit any IR and UV radiation. This is particularly important when illuminating works of art such as paintings that may be damaged by this type of wavelength.
Costs. This is probably the only weak point of LEDs if we (erroneously) consider the purchasing costs only. On the contrary, we must take into account of the actual duration of lamps and the minimal maintenance required. These advantages combined with all the positive effects of an improved lighting quality will definitely tip the balance towards choosing LED fixtures.
Relamping. This word indicates the replacement of lamps without changing the existing lighting system, therefore minimizing costs.
And what about the disadvantages? Absolutely none. So now, let’s take a look around and see who is still having doubts whether choosing LEDs at home or not.
- Posted by Redazione
- On October 6, 2016
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