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.

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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.

Business grants offered for LED switch over

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have recently announced that it will be offering grants for businesses to switch from their current form of lighting over to LED lighting in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and ease the pressure on the national grid.

£20 million has been put aside under the trial scheme inviting businesses of all kind to apply. The main interest though will be those businesses who predict that they could save around 100 kilowatts of energy during the winter months, these businesses could may well include the likes of hospitals and airports among others.

If the scheme is seen to be successful after its two year trial period the government will consider continuation of the scheme under the ‘Capacity Market’ that is yet to be launched later on in the year.

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LED lighting in street lamps

Across the world the use of LED lighting is becoming ever more popular, in Norway and the UK and the USA the integration of LED’s into street lights is becoming ever more common. Glasgow have been trialling the use of LED’s since 2012, while Liverpool City Council have announced that they will be replacing their 57,000 street lights with LED’s over the next two years,with expected savings in maintenance of £2.7 million in five years, as well as reducing their carbon emissions.

Longyearbyen is a town in the region of Svalbard, Norway situated half way between the North Pole and mainland Norway and sees darkness between the months of April and August, with street light needing to be on for the duration of this they have also made the switch to LED lighting, it has been predicted that they will have energy savings of around 70%. Oakland, California is another city that has predicted high energy savings with an estimate of 40%.

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Norway and USA

New Filament Technology Range

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Filament Technology range. Filament Technology lamps combine the low energy and long life of LED with the visual appearance of incandescent lamps.

The unique glass to cap design eliminates the bulky plastic or metal commonly found in ‘ice cream cone’ style LED candle lamps, making the range perfect for chandeliers and decorative fittings.

The Lamp Company has been appointed distributor of the Filament Technology range. Two more distributors will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you would like to know more about the Filament Technology range, please contact us now.


83 per cent of businesses to miss growth targets due to energy price hikes

Businesses are facing lower growth prospects and are considering cutting the number of people they employ because of energy price increases, according to a new survey.

The vast majority – 83 per cent – of organisations say they will not meet business growth targets because of energy price hikes, according to the poll published today. A further 43 per cent said they would miss their 2013 targets by 10 per cent and more than half – 60 per cent – said they were now considering staff cuts because of the impact of rising energy costs.

Today’s survey by One Poll on behalf of energy saving consultancy Energy Works PLC was published as the National Audit Office (NAO) said the UK could expect energy prices to outstrip inflation until at least 2030. It was conducted in October as some of the Big Six energy companies announced a new round of inflation-busting price increases.

“Unless we take urgent actions it is clear that the economic prosperity of the country is at risk,” Derek Duffill, CEO of Energy Works, said.

The Energy Works survey interviewed owners at 200 businesses across sectors such as finance, hospitality, property, construction, government and public services sectors. All had annual electricity bills of between £30,000 and £1 million.

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