At Norcroft Energy, we’re committed to keeping you informed about the latest developments in energy-efficient lighting. Starting in September 2023, pivotal legislation is set to reshape the lighting landscape across the UK. The government’s stance on combating climate change has led to the ban on fluorescent lightbulb sales, following a similar decision made in September 2021 regarding halogen bulbs.
Why the Ban on Fluorescent Lightbulbs?
The UK government’s drive to mitigate climate change has prompted this measure. By prohibiting the sale of fluorescent lightbulbs, policymakers anticipate a significant transition towards long-lasting LED lighting solutions. This transition is poised to curtail the emission of 1.26 million tonnes of carbon annually, equivalent to removing over half a million cars from the UK’s roads.
After September 1st, 2023, the following lamps will no longer be available:
- Linear fluorescent lamps T8 in 2ft, 4ft, and 5ft sizes.
- Mains voltage Halogen capsules with G9 cap.
- 12V Halogen capsules with G4/GY6.35 cap.
To pave the way for a sustainable future, businesses currently relying on fluorescent bulbs are strongly encouraged to make the switch to long-lasting LED bulbs.
Benefits of LED Lighting
LEDs have established their dominance in the lighting landscape, with two-thirds of UK properties using them. The merits of LED lighting are vast, their key advantages including:
- Energy Efficiency: LED bulbs consume approximately 80% less energy than their fluorescent counterparts.
- Cost Effectiveness: Reduced energy consumption translates to lower bills, aligning with your commitment to environmental and fiscal responsibility.
- Longevity: LED lighting products are renowned for their durability, outlasting conventional lighting options by a factor of three to five.
- Eco-Friendly: Unlike fluorescent lights, which necessitate specialized disposal due to mercury content, LED bulbs are easily recyclable, reducing environmental impact.
Support when Making the Switch
At Norcroft Energy, we understand that transitioning to LED lighting is not just an eco-conscious choice but also a strategic one for your business. Depending on your sector, various levels of support may be available.
Education Sector: Schools and colleges can tap into government or local council funding. Eligible institutions stand to benefit from an additional £447 million allocated for enhancing energy efficiency in 2022 to 2023, part of a broader £500 million capital funding initiative for schools and further education institutions in England.
Other Businesses: If you operate outside the education sector, check with your local council for energy efficiency funding or sustainable business growth grants.
At Norcroft Energy, we’re here to illuminate your path towards a brighter, more sustainable future. Whilst we can’t give advice on the funding options available, we can help you make the switch to LED lighting. Contact us today to discuss your lighting project.