Climate Change

A global project for a new lighting

Replace incandescent lamps

Té / 30 September 2009

Promising innovations and long term cost saving: energy saving bulbs will replace all the old incandescent lamps.

Historically, the main barrier hampering the deployment of energy efficient lighting products was their high initial cost.

When first launched in the early 1980s, CFLs were 20 to 30 times more expensive to produce than their incandescent equivalents. However, CFL costs have steadily declined through use and increased competition. They now retail for about four times the price of an incandescent lamp.

Consumers have traditionally been slow to come on board and according to some reports, were initially unimpressed by early models, disliking the look and functionality of these models.

Manufacturers are of the view that consumers need to understand how using energy saving bulbs will allow for long term cost savings, as well as be assured of the quality and reliability of new models, as well as the growing number of energy saving options that are and will become available.

One promising innovation is the development of solid state lighting (SSL).

This technology is expected to achieve efficiencies at least ten times higher than incandescent lamps, and up to twice as high as fluorescent lamps.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps, aside from not containing mercury have other advantages such as a long life, a warm light color similar to incandescent lamps, low heat generation, and the ability to work with dimming switches in certain lamps.

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