The simple flick of a switch is something we are now all take for granted within our homes, the days of having to light a candle or gas lamp are thankfully far behind us. The fact we take this simple task for granted also means the pressure we put on energy consumption has a whole has also increased.
In the UK the shift in how we use energy has been dramatic over the last 30 years. In 1970 electricity was only accountable for 18% of the type of energy consumed, in 2014 that figure has risen to 25%. Whilst this growth may seem modest, the impact this has on the market is fairly substantial and this is a figure only continuing to grow. The emergency to reduce our consumption is ever present.
Interestingly when you look specifically at a UK household energy consumption, the figures are very positive. Energy consumption per household has fallen 27% since 2000 with the per person consumption falling by 26%. This reflects a shift in increased energy efficiency.
If we break this down further you can see what impact the digital age is actually having on our energy consumption as a whole. Between 1970 & 2014 electricity consumption from consumer electronics grew by almost 7 times and since 1990 electricity consumption from consumer electronics increased by 74%.
However, when it comes to lighting the figures tell a positive story. Electricity consumption from lighting fell by 31% between 1990 and 2014, an average reduction of 1.4% per year. Due to new EU regulations phasing out the conventional energy eating clear light bulbs he reduction in electricity for lighting is greater between 2009 and 2012.
As the regulations came into force the UK lighting consumption decreased by a huge 21%, an average of 7.3% per year. The number of light bulbs fell by 260,000, that’s a huge 77% and with demand for an energy efficiency, sales of efficient lighting grew by 132%, its easy to see when the shift came in and we were all encouraged to by efficient.
What does energy efficient lighting look like? We were introduced to a new kid on the energy block; The LED light also known as Light emitting diode to some. The introduction was almost immediate with retailers stocking various sizes, strengths and usage options. Although LED lighting was expensive, the last few years have seen prices reduce as manufacturing improves.
LED lighting panels now account for a significant quantity of lighting we all use in our everyday lives, most the time without even realising. If you take a look around you today most lighting panels you see will have LED light bulbs. Offices, homes, hospitals and most form of industry now use these energy saving alternatives.
What the humble light bulb could not offer, these can. With a huge range of applications the market has jumped onto the flexibility of the lighting. LED lighting can be purchased not only as lightbulbs but in panel format specifically for commercial and in ceiling and strip format for domestic use.
Known for their efficiency and long term cost saving benefits the commercial industry are using them more and more. The panel format has seen the most growth across the sector with filmmakers choosing the panel format for its quality alone.
With the flexibility to be purpose built to suit any size the most common panel size is typically sold in 600×600 and this size is now used in most commercial buildings looking for a practical and energy saving option.
More recently 600×600 panels have been used widely for emergency lighting, with the ability to give lighting for 3 hours after the electricity supply has been cut, the world of LED lighting panels really have had an impressive effect on the world of lighting and reducing our energy consumption.
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