The LED lights hanging around your Christmas tree will be lighting your home this time next year as incandescent bulbs will cease to be sold in shops from September. You might be as surprised that it was back in 2007 that the UK government announced it was phasing out the sale of filament burning bulbs in favour of more energy-efficient technology.
CFL’s have now become the standard replacement bulb over the last four years. The technology behind them has improved in terms of size, shape, colour and brightness, although you still mostly only find three designs in the shops: Radiator, the Ice Cream Whip and the Tungsten-esc types. However thanks to innovative british designers like Simon Wilkinson our options are getting better.
Called Plumen lightbulbs (a combination of a birds fancy plummage and lumens; the measurement of light), they recently won the Brit Insurance Design of the year award. Available through London-based design brand Hulger, you wouldn’t want to hide these under a light shade as you can see from the pictures.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights are the new kids on the block. Typically used in electronic equipment as a little red light to tell you when something is switched on, they have advanced significantly over recent years and are now commonly used in torches and bike lights and increasingly, home light fittings.
A recent field trial of LED light fittings in social housing shows the new technology can deliver huge energy savings, reduce costs and makes residents feel safer. The study, carried out by the Energy Saving Trust (EST), measured the performance of more than 4,250 LED light fittings installed at 35 sites.
LED light bulbs with standard fittings are being developed and will soon be available in the shops and it is predicted that the technology could dominate the commercial lighting market by 2015.
One of the other main advantages to LED lighting is that they can easily change colour without the need for filters, opening up a whole range innovative uses in interior and exterior design projects.
Next years industry shows such as The Arc Show and Interiors UK will have a heavy focus on LED lighting. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the shows yourself, we’ll be reporting on them here at The Design Hub.