When it comes to lighting, the buzz words at the moment are ‘energy saving’, which is why bulbs such as the GU10 LED light bulb is being ticked off as the next major revolution in the lighting industry. The future is certainly bright for LED lights ever since America decreed the death of energy-hogging incandescent bulbs.
The traditional incandescent bulb was invented over a hundred years ago and came to dominate our homes. In the 1930s, fluorescent lighting took off – but only in office, hospitals or supermarkets – they were just too bright and efficient for domestic use. Since then the lighting industry remained pretty dormant until recently. With more government legislation and increasing pressure from campaigners and consumers, a major shift has occurred towards energy saving devices. And in lighting, LED technology is the greenest way to illuminate a room.
Long lasting, energy saving LED bulbs are said to ‘represent the future’. According to experts in the field, it’s simply a no-brainer. High quality LED manufacturers are bracing themselves for increased demand. The lights have been around for some time, and are often used in stylised designs for luxury pads – but there’s a huge difference in quality with poor quality lights giving colours a faded look. High end LED designers are much sought after as the silicon based technology reduces energy waste drastically, so much so that countries such as Canada have decided that a ban of incandescent light bulbs will take effect in 2012.
LED already has a dominant role in niche lighting, including bicycle lights and in electronics, but the industry is bracing itself for a boom thanks to developments in technology and their consumer-friendly attributes. As well as using significantly less energy, LED light bulbs last for five years of around the clock use – at least 50,000 hours, before they need to be replaced. Consumers will no doubt start voting with their feet opting for the significantly more efficient LEDs that save money and help the environment.
Already leading lighting brands have reported triple digit growth in the market. By 2015, some industry analysts have predicted that 50% of lighting sold across Europe and America will be LEDs, with that figure rising to a staggering 80% by 2020. LED bulbs may have a slightly higher price tag to alternatives such as halogen but have proved themselves to be a better long term, money-saving investment.