LED lights are a cheap and energy efficient means to light your home. There is now a accelerated program in the UK that aims to replace all the lights in the UK with LEDs which would cut electricity bills across the nation and reduce carbon emissions significantly.

“The replacement of inefficient halogen lights and other bulbs in kitchens and living areas would save Britain money, cut carbon emissions and improve energy security. For an expenditure of around 60 dollars the householder would typically have 60 bucks a year.” 

Last December there was a peak of about 5,3 of the evening lighting use that put it right around 15GW(gigawatts/billion watts) out of the total UK need which is at about 52 GW.

That said it is nearly unbelievable that the sheer 39% of our need for electric is meet at the precise moment that said future blackouts are more likely if we don’t change and change fast.

The most simple way to cut that peak electricity demand is by making out lighting more efficient by a massive and total switch over to LED lights. To give you some perspective if all the lights were swapped out at once across the lands there would be a 8 GW fall and that is nearly a 15% savings.

This would also result in the LED switch as a means to reduce fuel poverty by lowering electricity bills and thus cutting into the need for expensive and polluting diesel generators or the also extremely dirty coal burning generators that are across the nation. There are still few times where a LEDs would not represent a more cost effective improvement on our current lighting systems. 

What this initiative does not take into consideration is what is to become of a dump that large all at once of these old light bulbs. Surly there is cause for concern if they think they are going to be able handle them in an environmentally favorable way, which as we remember is the driving force behind why the changes are being proposed and potentially implemented.

Any way we look at it the age of the incandescent light bulb is over. Although they are not banned as such yet, they are being phased out very quickly with initiatives like this, which is a good thing. There is not much reason why you want them today. There was a long held argument that people preferred the traditional incandescent light bulbs because they offered a warmer more enjoyable light when compared to their previous environmentally friendly counter parts. Never the less this was the idea, and people held it because florescent lights are bad, and really bad looking, they could not shine a light to the incandescent as a manner of speaking.

Then all that changed when the LED light hit the scene. It was the most elegant and energy efficient solution to date, and changed what we thought was possible when it comes to programming light and using it in a more controlled and energy wise way. This is going to be the new normal, so the faster we get there the better.