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A halogen bulb has burned out, going to buy another will be a sterile exercise from September 1. As of this date, businesses are prohibited from selling them to the public. They can only do it if they have it in stock. The EU obliges us to replace them with LED bulbs. We are going to explain the reason for this measure.
We have been adopting measures to take care of the planet for a long time, and make human consumption make our exploitation of it more sustainable. With the ban on the sale of halogen bulbs, we are taking a further step towards the goal of reducing polluting emissions and promoting energy savings. If you want to know more, keep reading …
The reason for the end of the use of halogen bulbs
To better understand the reason for this measure, we have to go back to 2012. That year the EU approved a regulation by means of which, those lighting sources considered as inefficient were progressively prohibited.
In 2012 a calendar was established to make the lighting of our homes, businesses and streets more sustainable. Thus, it began with the prohibition of incandescent bulbs; in 2016 it was the turn of the halogen spotlights. Now it’s up to the halogen bulbs. The objective is to replace this type of bulbs with LED bulbs because they provide the same quality of lighting as halogen but with considerable energy cost savings.
How will the replacement of halogen bulbs for LEDs help us?
This measure will help save up to 60% in the cost of lighting consumption. If you have changed traditional bulbs for LED for a long time; Surely you can confirm this data and the great savings that the use of LEDs supposes.
For example, a halogen light bulb consumes: 60 W x 8,000 hx 0.13 / 1,000 W h = € 62.4; while an LED consumes: 10 W x 8,000 hx 0.13 / 1,000 W h = € 10.4. As you can see the difference and the savings are very wide. Hence, the European regulations approved to avoid the use of halogen bulbs much more expensive and polluting with the environment.
In addition, the use of LEDs is much more efficient, sustainable and less polluting than halogen bulbs, and they have a useful life of about 20,000-30,000 hours, much higher than that of traditional bulbs.
What are the advantages of using LED bulbs?
An LED is a light-emitting diode, “light-emitting diode” in English; and using it has advantages, such as:
They are more efficient
LED technology is proven to help us save electricity. They consume much less than any other type of lighting and perform equally, or better.
You will hardly have to change an LED. Their useful life is infinitely longer than that of any other type of bulb and, in addition, they are very resistant to extreme temperatures, humidity and vibrations.
They do not produce heat
Unlike halogen bulbs, if you stand under some LED bulbs you will not feel the temperature rise. LEDs do not burn or produce heat like traditional lighting technology.
They are ecological
In sanitary terms, LEDs are a healthy version of any other type of lighting. They do not contain harmful materials such as mercury, for example. Thus, in addition to helping us pay less for electricity, they are recyclable.
They turn on at the moment
You hit the switch, and it turns on. With low-consumption bulbs and fluorescent bulbs, we must wait for the lamp to turn on completely; with LEDs no.
They are adjustable
LED technology allows the incorporation of a dimmer switch, especially useful for rooms that do not need the same intensity of light all day, such as the bedroom.
Which LED is the most suitable for home use?
When deciding which LED bulb to buy to replace the halogen ones, you have to look at the specifications sheet where the indications and characteristics that you must take into account appear to choose the most appropriate LED bulb.
Consumption and efficiency
Did you know that the power of an LED is measured in watts and is what the bulb consumes. In LED bulbs the correspondence of power and the amount of light they generate is not as direct as in other categories. The smaller it is, the less the bulb will consume.
And that the efficiency of a light bulb is shown on a scale the same as that used for household appliances. It is very visual. All LED bulbs have an A, A + or A ++ rating.
To understand in terms of efficiency that the LED bulb saves, you can make the following equivalency: If it is A ++, they consume less than 30% of what the average equivalent lighting does; if it is A +, it consumes between 30 and 42%, and if the LED bulb is classified as A, between 42 and 55%.
Duration and operation
The lifespan of an LED tells us how many hours the LED bulb will work properly. Their power cycles represent the times we can turn the bulb on and off before it starts to fail. And the warm-up time is the time that elapses from when the bulb turns on until it reaches 60% of its brightness.
In the case of LED bulbs it is usually instantaneous. Likewise, its maintenance factor (of luminous flux) is the percentage of luminous flux that the manufacturer ensures when the hours of useful life have elapsed under the established conditions. A figure of 0.7 is usually adequate.
In short, we hope that after reading this post you have understood the reason for the prohibition of the use of halogen bulbs and the advantages of replacing them with LEDs.
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