Letter: Dim future for lighting

YET again disturbing news was delivered through my door, with the latest edition of Lux Magazine, see article here http://www.luxmagazine.co.uk/2012/02/low-voltage-halogen-lamps-set-to-be-banned-from-next-year/

It seems that the regulatory bodies, not content with the banning of standard filament lamps of 60w and above, including opalised versions (and more to come), have now decided to propose legislation to ban low voltage MR16 lamps from 2013.

After a pushed through ban on the filament lamps, to force the public into CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps), which none of our customers want (due to poor light output/colouring, time taken to get to full brilliance, cost (even with the promotions by multinationals), reliability). They are now proposing a ban on the low voltage Halogen lamps, which adorn most homes in kitchens/bathrooms and various rooms, and are widely used in retail and commercial applications.

The reason _ to move us onto even more energy efficient lighting, namely the LED lamp, which uses less energy.

Unfortunately reliability and cost is the underlying factor of a slow uptake to these lamps in the average home.

Thankfully, a few multinational supermarkets have fitted out some of their new stores with eco-friendly lighting, which will contribute to a lowering of LED costs, and make them more affordable for the general public.

Being in the electrical trade, I get to see various types of lighting and there is some superb LED lights emerging onto the market, but at premium cost, the costs will fall over time as popularity increases, but in the meantime the government and energy companies should put into place funding to reduce the cost of LED lighting to the consumer, so that we can all help to achieve the government targets for energy conservation.

This raises the question – what is next to be banned – Halogen capsule lamps (used in decorative lighting, table lamps); fluorescent (cost of raw materials, mercury contamination)?

Maybe it’s just time to let ministers decide our dim future (as they did with 100w lamp) – or should we stand up and lobby for OUR choice in a bright future.

Phil Turner,