60W bulb production stops as LED lights the way

Production of traditional 60W bulbs officially ended on 1st September 2011, however the future of lighting is a bright one. LED lighting technology is rapidly advancing and prices are becoming increasingly attractive. The common perception that LED is an expensive option that only saves money over a number of years is being proved wrong. The level of saving is such that many of our customers are seeing the new technology pay for itself well within the first year of switching.

High cost lighting

We recently conducted a return on investment (ROI) analysis for a 255 bedroom hotel customer in the North of England that are using mostly 50W halogen bulbs throughout their premises. Some areas of the hotel, including the reception, bar and corridors, require lighting 24/7 but on average their lights are on for over 14 hours per day. In total 595 kWh is being consumed by lighting alone – amounting to £47.63 per day and £17,384.95 per year.

LED replacements

We selected suitable LED replacements for each of the bulbs they use, making sure that the bulbs matched as closely as possible in terms of output, colour temperature and beam angle, and the results showed that a vastly reduced daily consumption to 64.7 kWh. The result of which reduced their energy costs for lighting to £5.17 per day and £1,887.05 per year – that’s an annual saving on their energy bill of £15,497.90.

Savings within a year

The initial cost per bulb is higher, but in the case of this hotel the payback will take only nine and a half months. LEDs can last up to 50 times longer and use up to 90% less energy, and the savings don’t even taken into account the reduction in maintenance work by not having to change the light bulbs as frequently.


There’s also the benefit of being able to market your business as an environmentally-friendly one. In the case of this hotel they will reduce their carbon emissions by 105.38 tonnes by making the switch.

Constant improvements

LED technology is rapidly improving and now there is a great range of bulbs that work with existing fittings, and even the shapes have been improved to mimic their incandescent counterparts. Dimmable options are also available.

Every company is looking to reduce costs in their business. There really couldn’t be a better time to switch to LED. For more details on converting to LED and the benefits of doing so please take a look at our LED conversion – how much will I save feature.

Whatever the size of your premises, our sales team is on hand to guide you through the quick and easy steps to switching to LED. Just give us a call on 0843 317 7820.

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