From September 2012, 35 millions of incandescent (filament) bulbs which are sold each year, representing 70% of the sales of light bulbs in Switzerland will be banned from sale. Have you thought about your future purchases of light bulbs? Explanations and tips…
The bulb of swiss household budget
The Switzerland today consumes 8.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) per year for lighting. Consumption for the lighting of Swiss households represents 10-15% of the total power consumption of the country!
The use of high efficiency lamps and better lighting would divide virtually half the consumption of electricity to produce light. A household that replaces 20 traditional bulbs by new generation (for example economic or LED) bulbs saves a year about 650 kWh.
Bulb, bulb, tell me who is the most beautiful?
The so-called filament incandescent light bulb:
Invented in 1879, the filament bulb went into the third Millennium! His finest hours are counted, as early as September 2012 commercialization will be permanently prohibited in Switzerland. This bulb turns that 5% of its electricity consumption in light, the rest is converted into heat!
The bulb energy saving (economic or low-energy compact fluorescent lamps, CFLs,):
Appeared in the early 1980s, she works on the principle of the fluorescent tube (neon). It converts between 25 and 30% of electrical energy into light.
The halogen bulb:
It is nothing else than the inheritor of the incandescent light bulb. She lived a small revolution in 2001, thanks to the Infra-red-coating (IRC) technology that was able to recover the heat and to improve light efficiency of 30%. She currently represents 10% of the Swiss market.
Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs:
It was in 1962 that the first red LED to commercial use is created. For years, only the LED color are used. In 2000, white LED appears as lighting of spaces, and the second generation is marketed. We then discover the wide range of lighting solutions that offer these tiny lamps: forms, light effects and intensity settings.
Why do the LEDs have the coast?
They consume seven times less electricity than a traditional lamp and have a life expectancy which can extend up to 25 years.
And on the policy plan?
From 1 January 2012, in is modeled on measures that have already been taken by the European Union, the Switzerland banned the marketing of the incandescent light bulb. By 2020, there is a saving on consumption of the lamps of the order of 0.5 billion kWh electricity!
Intelligently replace old bulbs
When buying, read the energy label on the packaging. It tells you the seven categories of energy efficiency, the category to which belongs the bulb, the light output of the lamp lumen (power light), the power absorbed by the bulb (consumption) and the lifetime average.
Think about the overall cost of a light bulb. In practice: seven traditional 60-watt light bulbs cost CHF 630-over 10 years, while seven LED bulbs or low-consumption 12 watts cost CHF 126-over 10 years! Furthermore, LED bulbs provide less than watts, a greater light.
Don’t forget common sense: enjoy the sunlight and organize your home so that it receives maximum rays during the day.