From the 1st of September 2023 fluorescent tubes are being phased out and will no longer be produced.
For many Bradford home and business owners this will mean they need to think about replacing their existing fluorescent lighting. Quality Electrician are your experienced, fully qualified electrician in Bradford and we are here to tell you all you need to know about replacing your fluorescent lighting.
Why is fluorescent lighting being banned?
Fluorescent lighting is being banned across the UK and the EU due to its inefficiency and because of the harmful compounds it contains. Fluorescent lighting has a significantly shorter lifespan than that of the LED lighting which will now be installed in its place. It is also the least energy efficient style of lighting on the market. Fluorescent lighting contains mercury which is harmful both to health and to the environment. To protect people from the dangers of exposure to that mercury, safe LED lighting will now be replacing fluorescent lighting.
What can I replace my fluorescent lighting with?
LED lighting is the perfect solution when replacing fluorescent lighting at your Bradford home or business. For some light fittings it is possible to use a conversion kit that will allow a led batten to be used in place of a fluorescent tube. Alternatively, new LED light fittings can be installed to replace the outdated fluorescent ones. LED lighting has a host of benefits when compared to fluorescent lighting.
- Long Lifespan – On average you would need at least 5 fluorescent tubes for the equivalent lifespan of an LED bulb. That’s a lot of bulbs to buy, a lot of time lost changing them and a lot of hassle to dispose of them.
- Energy Efficient – LEDs use around 80% less energy than the average fluorescent bulb. That equates to a huge saving on your energy bill and a massive positive environmental impact too.
- Instant on – Unlike your fluorescent lighting, LEDs require no warmup time. They produce instant, high-quality light as soon as they are switched on.
- Health Benefits – Fluorescent lighting has a tendency to flicker which can cause eye strain and headaches. In contrast, LED lighting does not flicker and is more comfortable to work under. It also has been shown to improve productivity as it mimics natural daylight, making it easier to concentrate and boosting your mood.
Where can I dispose of fluorescent lighting?
You must never place fluorescent tubes in with your general waste as they present a serious risk to health. If you are a homeowner based in the Bradford area, then you can dispose of up to 12 fluorescent tubes at the council run waste recycling centre. For more information about this service, contact the council directly. Businesses can arrange for a commercial waste collection of their obsolete fluorescent lighting.
A benefit of replacing your fluorescent lighting is that you won’t have to worry about special conditions for disposing of your bulbs any longer. LED lightbulbs contain no harmful chemical compounds such as mercury. They can be disposed of in a much simpler manner with none of the worry that you may break one and expose yourself to toxins.
If you would like to know more about replacing the fluorescent lighting at your Bradford area home or business, contact Quality Electrician today. Our friendly, experienced electricians will be happy to discuss your options. We are fully qualified, NICEIC registered and come highly recommended, so you can be sure you are in safe hands. Call us now.