Recent years have seen an abundance of energy efficient, environmentally friendly lighting technologies designed to aid the growing global focus on sustainable strategy. However, with a constant evolution of new products for all types of applications, it can be hard to know which option to choose from.  Here, James Harding Category Manager, at Newey & Eyre sheds some light on the new products to watch out for.

Lighting is a major issue in energy management. According to the Carbon Trust, up to 40 per cent of a building’s electricity use is accounted for by lighting alone. It is therefore not surprising that in the collective drive to reduce energy consumption lighting has attracted a lot of attention.

This is seen in a raft of legislation and standards. From the gradual phase-out of inefficient lighting through the ErP Directive 2009/125/EC (Formerly EuP) and the newly-revised Part L; increasingly onus is being placed on green lighting on both the commercial and domestic fronts. This need to go green is only set to grow.

Fortunately then, the electrical market has responded with an explosion of lighting and lighting control technologies to suit every conceivable requirement. But, with so much to choose from, it often poses the question – where to begin?

The first consideration should always be the choice of lighting. LED is rapidly becoming the most popular option, on account of its exceptional energy-saving credentials. As the core advantage, LED lighting technology is able to deliver tangible energy savings from day one; where users can expect to benefit from a typical energy saving of up 80 per cent on an equivalent incandescent bulb. Added to this is an average life expectancy of around 50,000 hours, meaning drastically reduced maintenance and replacement costs.

To place the savings into context, by replacing ten traditional lamps with Newlec LED retrofit GLS lamps, calculations based on 8 hours of use a day over a year show end-users can look to save up to £144.00.  On the commercial side, the potential savings are just as vast. The Newlec LED bulkhead range, for example, not only offers a cost effective replacement for the standard 2D but, through the integration of on-off occupancy detector, ensures the greatest energy saving possible with no impact on lamp life.

Another energy efficient option is the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The CFL has come a long way in recent times to become even more efficient, reliable and compact. The outcome is up to 80 per cent energy saving compared to incandescent lamps and an average long life expectancy of up to 10,000 hours, as well as good colour rendering and lumen maintenance throughout its life.  Again, to demonstrate the extent of potential energy savings, by installing ten Newlec CFL stick lamps to replace the traditional incandescent GLS lamp users can expect to see savings of up to £147.00 over a 12 month period.

And this is just a snapshot. Just a glance at the new Newlec catalogue alone will reveal a plethora of energy-efficient replacement lamps for incandescent,  halogen and tungsten halogen; all designed to help the installer deliver even more sustainable solutions.

The next step is to look at lighting control. Products that ensure lighting is not operational when rooms are unoccupied, such as remote sensors, occupancy detectors, photocell and microwave PIRs, are seeing an unprecedented rise in sales as more organisations attempt to save money on energy costs.

As a starting point, a good recommendation is the new Newlec occupancy detectors which are available in both ceiling and wall mounted options. Asides from being easy to install and set up, each intelligent unit offers 360 degree detection and timing selection from 2 mins to 1 hour, ideal for 24/7 operations.  Plus, the test mode feature enables walk testing to optimise coverage, an auto lux sensor to maximise daylight harvesting and intelligent sensing to avoid unnecessary activation.

The result is unprecedented energy savings. In a bathroom, one of the areas of most frequent use in the commercial setting, the savings can equate to anywhere up to 90 per cent, while up to 80% for storage areas, 65% for conference rooms and 46% for classrooms.

As we all know, being green is becoming increasingly important to both commercial and domestic users as environmental awareness grows, coupled with the need to reduce energy cost. Thus, by keeping abreast of the latest lighting technologies, installers can not only maximise business opportunity but ensure also a happy customer. Surely then, it’s time to give new lighting innovations the green light?

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