Old-fashioned light bulbs banned by EU directive can still be sold after traders find loophole allowing them to be renamed………..

Shoppers fed up with feeble energy-saving light bulbs are getting round the EU ban on traditional bulbs by buying models meant for industrial use.

The European ban on 40-watt bulbs is being phased in from this coming Saturday, September 1, following bans already imposed on 100W and 60W versions.incandescent-lamps

But poor drafting of the EU directive banning the 40W bulb means that shops can continue to supply bulbs intended for ‘industrial use’ in factories.

At least two British manufacturers are exploiting the loophole to mass-produce ‘rough-service’ bulbs, which look almost identical to and work in exactly the same way as traditional incandescent bulbs.

Their availability will be welcomed by those who say the energy-saving variety is not bright enough.

The rough-service bulbs come in both screw and bayonet  versions, and will cost around £1 – not much more than the household bulbs they will replace and half the price of energy-saving alternatives.

They are not being sold by major supermarkets but will be available from specialist lighting and hardware shops and online retailers.

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Report courtesy of the Daily Mail.

What if all the UK’s streetlights were upgraded with LEDs?

What if the UK’s 5.5 million streetlights were converted to LED? I reckon local authorities, government bodies and the Highways Agency would save about 770,000,000kWh a year and prevent the emission of 430,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

That calculation is based on conservative assumptions – after all, there is a huge range of LED wattages and associated lumen outputs. There are essentially two reasons for this: LEDs could be fitted as retrofit LED lamps or integrated LED lanterns, and many different types of streetlights are used throughout the UK.To simplify the calculation I have assumed an rating of 100W for a typical UK streetlight. Taking into account summer and winter hours, I have assumed 4,000 annual operating hours.

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To calculate efficiency I have compared a number of LED replacement options. For example, the Light Efficient Design 35W LED luminaire will replace a 55W SOX and represents a 36 per cent saving. Some manufacturers claim higher savings, but I have assumed a saving of 35 per cent. This does not allow for gear losses, but even without this percentage the scale of the estimated energy saving is significant.

One 100W streetlight operating for 4,000 hours a year, replaced with LED sources, saves 140kWh a year, assuming a saving of 35 per cent.

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Now imagine 5.5 million streetlights each saving 140kWh a year. For local authorities, government bodies and the Highways Agency this is the tip of the iceberg.

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The financial savings generated from reduced maintenance are the key to achieving ROI, although many organisations find it difficult to assess maintenance costs accurately.

There is a trend towards turning streetlighting off from midnight, a practice that affects both motorist and pedestrian safety. The introduction of LED technology not only improves energy efficiency but also enables dimming. I am not suggesting that streetlights are dimmed to 10 per cent, the contrasts may be too great, but dimming to 30 per cent will save energy while leaving the area illuminated. There are a number of Wi-Fi systems that will enable lighting control from a central base. Perhaps something streetlighting managers should consider.

A word of warning. I have, on my travels around the country, seen a large number of LED lanterns that are either not operating at all or left on 24/7 (Even during the day!) If an LED is operating 24/7 you are throwing away most of the energy efficiency benefits. Also, there are lanterns that have turned through 90 degrees because of the lantern design. The introduction of LED streetlighting does not mean zero maintenance, some organisations have clearly not read the small print.

Perhaps this is another message for the government.

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Article courtesy of Dave Tilley – LUX.

Are you an Employer looking to get the most out of your staff…?

You might want to think about the lighting in and around your premises then – Courtesy of Lighting.co.uk – Here’s why!
Light intensity can affect employees’ feelings about their working environment. Studies have shown that rooms lit by sources with a higher illuminance are generally viewed as brighter. Spaces with high intensity lighting are regarded as more lively and less tense, and most workers like higher intensity lighting at the work surface. Very high intensity artificial lighting (above 1000 lux), however, is off-putting to some.
Employers concerned about sleepy staff should note that exposure to bright light (1000 lux) in the afternoon helps employees to feel alert after a short night of sleep. Dim light (below 5 lux), on the other hand, increases sleepiness. In fact, research shows that working under intense light during the day may ensure a better night’s sleep.
The impact of bright lighting on employees’ productivity seems to depend on what exactly they are doing. Some studies have found that exposure to lighting levels above 2000 lux may enhance people’s capacity for visual scanning, short-term memory and mental arithmetic. However, a study that compared the effects of working under 1,000 lux and 200 lux (common in offices) found no improvement in visual scanning or the ability to concentrate. More research is needed to establish optimum lighting levels for different activities during the working day.
Working at night is the biggest challenge to the human circadian system, as we are simply not designed for it. It’s tempting to seize on high intensity lighting that mimics daylight as the solution to keeping night-shift workers awake and functional. It is certainly true that exposure to light at night suppresses the production of melatonin – the hormone that tells the body to sleep, and the more intense the light, the greater the effect. This coincides with feelings of alertness and higher sustained attention. But scientists warn that messing with melatonin too much can disrupt people’s sleep-wake cycle and harm their health in the long term.
Artificial light in classrooms definitely has an effect on the physical and mental health of students, particularly in rooms with little natural light. Studying under brighter, colder light in the morning can boost academic performance, improve social behaviour, influence physical health and help banish sleepiness. Conversely, reduced light levels and lower colour temperature can damp down agitation and disturbance during lessons.
Three Dutch studies looked at the educational performance and concentration level of school pupils working under 1000 lux cold white (6500K) lighting. The children’s performance was compared with control groups working under 600 lux (4000K) and 380 lux (3000-4000K). All three studies reported fewer errors and improved performance among the pupils in the experimental group, although only two found improved concentration.
Another study compared the oral reading fluency of seven and eight year olds under standard lighting (500lx, 3500K) and brighter, colder lighting (1000 lux, 6500K). Pupils in the bright light group started with a lower score but ended with a much higher score than the children in the control group.
There is evidence that the absence of blue light during the school day delays the circadian clock. In one study, 11 adolescent students wore orange glasses throughout a five-day school week to exclude blue from the ambient light. The effect was to delay the onset of melatonin (the start of the sleep-wake cycle) by 30 minutes.
It is known that disrupting the body clock can cause underperformance in exams and academic work. A study of 132 university students found that those with a disposition to wake early and go to bed early tended to achieve better grades compared with night owls.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that people feel safer under bright light at night. High levels of uniform lighting provide greater visibility and reduce road accidents. However, good lighting conditions might also make drivers inclined to drive faster. Pedestrians like lighting that makes them easily visible to drivers and helps them to recognise faces.
Lighting that clearly illuminates the surroundings provides reassurance and discourages crime. But it cannot simply be a question of flooding streets and public places with bright light. Light pollution is a serious issue, and what is seen as pleasant by some might be seen as pollution by others. Exposure to light at night has been associated with cancer and lower cognitive performance. Nocturnal lighting harms the wellbeing of some animals, interfering with reproduction, orientation and hunting.
People might like bright streets, but they also need the downtime of darkness to restore their bodily health during the night. A subtler approach to lighting the nightscape might pay dividends.
Since short wavelength light has the strongest impact on circadian cycles, light sources that limit blue emission are being developed for use after dark in order to limit harm to people and wildlife.
Home is where most of us go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning, so domestic lighting has a significant impact on our wellbeing. Lighting that triggers the ‘wrong’ response in our circadian clocks can make it harder to drop off to sleep at night and wake up feeling alert and refreshed. LED technology has the potential to work with our natural rhythms while keeping energy bills down.
Generally speaking, the more blue-enriched the light source, the more alert and wakeful we are likely to feel. Most homes, of course, are filled with gadgetry such as TV sets, smartphones and laptops, all of which emit blue-enriched light. This should be taken into account when designing lighting for private homes.
Conventional indoor lighting is unhelpful when it comes to winding down for sleep; any lighting in the evening interferes with the body clock. Even low to moderate intensity light (40-250 lux) can suppress melatonin, delay sleep and make us feel more alert. The more blue the light, the stronger the effect. Recent studies have found a positive correlation between insomnia in older people and light levels in the evening and at night in the bedroom.
In the morning, our bodies are programmed to wake gradually in response to warm dawn light. Our cognitive processes are generally fuzzy at first, but as the sun moves across the sky the cooler blue daylight helps us feel more alert. Research shows that waking up in blue-enhanced white light conditions can have a beneficial effect on cognitive processes such as short-term memory throughout the day.
Lab tests have found that exposure to moderate intensity light in the morning changes the circadian system, bringing forward the onset of melatonin and therefore altering the sleep-wake cycle. In one study, two hours of light stimulation on two consecutive mornings using a blue short wavelength (470nm) LED advanced the onset of melatonin by over one hour.

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LED Lighting & LED Lightbulbs – The Facts!

With energy prices continuously rising, the need to reduce household bills will appeal to just about anyone, unless you are stupidly rich…..

HOWEVER, there are many misconceptions regarding energy saving LED light bulbs, and the lack of knowledge regarding this technology can often put people off making the switch.

Lamps2udirect.com would like to try and help those who want to know more. The fact is, LEDs will save you money the moment you start using them. Here are our top 10 reasons to make the switch –

  1. LED light bulbs last longer.

    Without a filament to break or burn out, LED light bulbs can last for over 50,000 hours without showing their age (that’s over eleven years at full brightness). This lifespan is twice that of typical fluorescent bulbs and twenty times longer than incandescent light bulbs.

  2. They are energy efficient.

    An incandescent light bulb loses 80 percent of its energy to heat, leaving only the last 20 percent for light. LED light bulbs turn this around, giving up a scant 20 percent of their energy to heat loss. Not only that, but they operate at 10 to 20 percent of the power required for incandescent bulbs of similar brightness. Household LEDs.

  3. LEDs are more colorful.

    LED light bulbs can be made in a vast array of colors without the use of extra filters, which brings down production costs. They also provide a truer, brighter colour than a filtered bulb. Coloured LEDs!

  4. LED light bulbs work in silence.

    The days of humming bulbs came to an end with the creation of LEDs, so there’s no need to lose sanity listening to the thrum, tick, or ping of other light bulbs.

  5. They are incredibly safe.

    With so little energy lost to heat and so little energy used overall, LED light bulbs run cool, which means no burnt fingers or burnt down houses. They are extremely durable thanks to their solid-state construction, so there’s no broken glass to deal with, either.

  6. LED light bulbs are focused.

    LEDs can be made to focus without the use of extra reflectors or lenses, which means less bulk and lower cost for the same beam of light. LED Reflector Lamps

  7. They are the best for dimming.

    Incandescent bulbs turn yellow when dimmed, while LED light bulbs retain their true colors. Dimmable GU10 LEDs.

  8. LEDs are versatile.

    Thanks to the wide array of colors and shapes LEDs can be made to replace almost any light bulb. Their diminutive size and power-sipping nature also open up a world of possibility, from infrared remote control lights to ultra-light headlamps. If it’s not yet available in the UK, you can bet it is being made!

  9. LED light bulbs bring light quickly.

    Lighting up to their full brightness in microseconds, LEDs are a much better choice when reaction time is a factor.

  10. They promise a brighter future. – LED light bulbs contain no mercury, like compact fluorescent bulbs do. Combining that with the fact that they outlast their fluorescents, makes the choice to switch to LED even easier.

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