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The lightbulb ban took place in 2009 and so began the phasing out of incandescents.
EU phased out the incandescent bulbs in a move to make Europe more energy efficient. With the ban in place it's even more reason to go LED.
The latest addition to the ban is the filament reflector bulb meaning that since the 1st of September, they stopped producing that type of bulb. However, there is an LED version available.
In a poll, involving 100 UK energy professionals, "LEDs were the most popular choice for energy professionals to save energy over the last year - and they look set to remain favourites for the next 12 months" according to Energy Live News (ELN). Continue reading
New lighting has been put in place to help sea turtles.
The Turtle Hospital in Townsville, Australia are hoping that new LED lighting will stop baby turtles from getting lost.
The LED lights are more directional and should therefore reduce light pollution on the beach. They will also use 60% less energy than the original lamps.
The borough of Wigan is embarking on a £11 million project to refit 31,000 LED street lights over the next 3 years.
Wigan has 5,500 units in place currently and expects to be making savings of £1 million annually when all the lights are fitted.
Gloucestershire Council is expected to make millions through LED street lighting.
A discussion has begun on whether the council should convert to LED streetlights. The council may be bringing into action a 12 year, £32 million contract which covers LED lighting and maintenance.
Investment in LED lighting was approved as part of the Council Budget for 2014/15 through to 2017/18 in February. LEDs use less than half the energy of the original sodium lights.
By switching to LED streetlights the council hopes to save about £17 million over the next 25 years.
This will also help the council meet it's carbon reduction target because of the low energy.
Cabinet member for Highways and Flood, Councillor Vernon Smith, said: "LED lighting is a modern, energy efficient system with many benefits. It will mean we are using less energy and reducing our impact on the environment as well as saving money long term."
Households could be paying for LED lighting in supermarkets, airports and hospitals.
This is part of an attempt by the energy department to reduce the UK's power usage. The energy secretary, Ed Davey, announced that £20m of taxpayer money will be used for a trial scheme where businesses are offered funding to carry out 'energy efficiency improvements'. This includes things like changing an average bulb for an LED.
Businesses will take part in a 'reverse auction' where they will bid for either the entire cost covered or just part of it. More than over 300 businesses have expressed an interest in the scheme.