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Energy efficient lighting and changes to legislation


By Lisa O'Shea

Now is the time to consider changing your light fixtures in advance of legislative changes - to phase out your institution’s fluorescent bulbs and introduce more energy efficient alternatives such as light emitting diode (LED) lights. 

The announcement from gov.uk states the following: 

“Currently, around 2 thirds of bulbs sold in Britain are LED lights, making a considerable impact in improving the energy efficiency of the country’s buildings. They last 5 times longer than traditional halogen lightbulbs and produce the same amount of light, but use up to 80% less power. 

To help people make the switch, ministers are also announcing that all light bulbs will start to feature new energy efficiency advice via ‘rescaled’ energy labels on their boxes. The labels will simplify the way energy efficiency is displayed on a new scale from A-G, doing away with the A+, A++ or A+++ ratings. The new labels will raise the bar for each class, meaning very few bulbs will now be classified as A, helping consumers choose the most environmentally friendly bulbs.” 

The intention here is to reduce the emission of carbon from high-energy light bulbs to the tune of 1.26 million tonnes. Further information can be found on the government website here. 

CPC’s Electrical Materials and Associated Products framework includes not only the relevant products, but suppliers can also provide energy saving surveys, lighting scheme design, as well as removal, disposal and recycling services, all to help introduce a more sustainable lighting provision across your campus. 

For further information on the framework, please see the dedicated framework webpage or speak to suppliers to see how they may be able to assist. 

Any members with queries or concerns should contact Lisa O’Shea, Senior Procurement Officer on 0161 974 0947 or [email protected]. 

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