Supermarkets welcoming LEDs with open arms

Across the UK supermarkets are starting to adopt a more energy efficient approach towards lighting, with the installation of LED lighting.Marks & Spencer Food Halls and sainsbury’s supermarkets are aiming to eventually replace all their old lighting with LED.

Over the next two years all food halls within Marks & Spencer will be replaced with LEDs aiming to reduce carbon emissions and reduce lighting costs of up to 35% by the year 2020 alongside government legislation.

Sainsbury’s are another supermarket who are embracing energy efficiency and opened their first all LED Store in 2013 and have built a further five stores since as well as retrofitting 100 more supermarkets, these new all LED stores costs a fraction of the normal price to run and have so far saved an estimated 35% on lighting costs. as with Marks & Spencer Sainsbury’s are also trying to meet the target set with regards to reductions in carbon emissions.

Bank Loans Available for LED Street Lighting

The UK government are putting money aside for LED streetlight Projects. The Green Investment Bank was set up to help fund energy efficiency and renewable power sources, the loans that are available for as long as 30 years. The bank was set up to help meet the requirements on reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

The loans have currently been focused towards offshore wind farms and bio waste, but now want investment into LED street lighting. LED street lights would help create the foundation of smart cities of the future, along side this if street lighting across the UK became LED it would be the equivalent of taking one third of a million cars off the road.

Glasgow City Council have been one of the councils and municipalities to use the loans available to switch their streetlights over to LED replacing 10,000 of its 70,000 streetlights.

Lux Live 19-20th November

This week everyone at UKLED is excited to once again be exhibiting at Lux Live in London’s Excel,

We can be found on stand E6 today 19th November between 9am and 9pm and tomorrow 20th November between 9am and 5pm. We can show you our range of Filament technology as well as many other products we manufacture and sell. If you have any questions or enquiries we will be more than willing to help and offer guidance and advice.

From everyone at UKLED we look forward to seeing you over the next two days.

Safer Railways through LEDs

Gatwick Airport have made a bold move converting the lights in their train station to blue LED lights. This station is considered one of the worst station in the South East of England for people choosing to attempt or commit suicide and suggestions have been made that blue light can help to reduce the number of suicides as well as littering, anti-social behaviour. Train Stations in Japan have switched to blue lighting in a bid to reduce the number of suicides on the railways as there is a high rate of suicides in Japan and on their railways, since the installation of the blue lighting suicides have reduced by 85% on the railways. Network Rail want to be able to imitate these effects as well as reducing anti-social behaviour and littering making British railways safer and more efficient. Scientific evidence is not yet able to explain why blue lighting has such an effect on our behaviour but over time studies would be able to confirm or deny the supposed effects of blue light.

Price over Quality?

A recent Survey carried out within Screwfix and Homebase stores by the lighting company TCP have found that many consumers are sacrificing the quality of LED products over the price preferring to opt for the cheaper products that were of a lesser quality in terms of colour temperature and longevity of the bulb. Retailers are being held partially responsible for this as those who buy the cheaper bulbs and have bad experiences with them are reluctant to try them again as they are viewed as being of the same quality across the board when in fact this is not true as a general consensus that quality products cost more than lower quality products. Thomas Luecke of TCP says ’You don’t need a high spec LED product, you need a decent product that does what it says on the tin. But most buyers don’t look at it that way.’

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Wirral Council U-Turn on Streetlight Blackouts

For the past year the Wirral council have been switching off streetlights in several key areas across the borough including non-residential roads, industrial access roads and pedestrian only sites in a bid to save money and reduce the cost of lighting. This move came with a huge uproar from resident’s drivers and also the police force calling into question the safety of the public.

As an alternative the council are looking at switching street lighting to LEDs with an estimated cost of £4.3 million to replace all of the 6,943 street lights. Wirral Council want to save around £504,000 between 2014-2017. The decision will be made whether to go ahead with the project in a council meeting in the coming week.

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Lux Live

Once again its show time for everyone at UKLED,

We will be showcasing our latest range of products at Lux Live at the London ExCeL between 19-20 November. You can find us on stand E6 where you can find out about our full range of products that we offer as well as answering any questions that you may have.

We look forward to seeing you there.

LEDs come out on top for energy efficiency

A survey carried out by Energy Live News (ELN) into energy saving techniques asked over one hundred energy professionals within both the private and public sectors what measures they have taken in the past twelve months to try and save energy. The most common response with 83% was switching over to LED lights. Of those who had not yet switched over to LEDs a further 80% said they were going to switch to LEDs in the next 12 months.

Changing behaviour towards energy savings and usage was found to be the second most popular response to what was being done to save energy across businesses. Many respondents also replied with  increasing insulation, installing solar panels and changing to more efficient boilers though these were not options given to answer the question.

The full article can be found here.

LED Switchover and council blackouts

While Many councils across the United Kingdom are switching off street lights in a bid to save money and stretch their budgets Edinburgh City Council are investing money and time in replacing all 90,000 stairway lights in privately owned apartment blocks across the city in which their upkeep they are responsible for. With  a projected cost of around £9million the project is expected to take around four years to complete but could save the council an estimated 50% on both costs and energy consumption.

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Product Launch

At UKLED  we are proud to announce that we have added yet another product to our Filament Technology range. The UKLED 14W is the replacement for the SON 70 E40, the 14W also has the glass to cap feature seen in the rest of our Filament Technology range. For further information on the UKLED 14W or any other products check out the products area of this website or contact us on 0808 198 3844.