In light of the recent EU halogen bulb ban, Green Tourism are backing LED lighting as a sustainable and cost effective alternative as they report businesses could be saving a massive 90% on costs with the one simple switch.

Jon Proctor CEO of Green Tourism, the world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind, explains more about why switching from halogen to LED makes business sense.

“By replacing halogen bulbs with new LED alternatives, businesses will not only become more eco-friendly but will also save money on energy bills and bulb costs.

“Once the fashionable lighting choice, halogens were a ‘must have’ in the 90s and early 00s. At this time alternative low energy products were shunned because they poked out of fittings, were slow to light up and gave a hospital style illumination that was not suitable for the hospitality industry.

“This is no longer the case, however, as technology advancements have meant there is no need for high energy consuming Halogens, which were typically between 25-50watts. Over the last 3 years LEDs have really taken over. They are high-powered units that have great illumination and can now beat halogens for quality, performance, life span, eco-friendly disposal and cost.

“LEDs and halogens can be used in all the same ways, the biggest difference is cost and maintenance. A halogen will require 25-50watts to illuminate where an LED will require 3-5watts, a huge 90% saving in running cost.

“Using experience from working with top hotels around the UK it is estimated the restaurant will run a light for over 5000 hours per year. It is likely halogens would need replaced at least once and maybe 2-5 times during this time, while the LED alternative should have only used half of its life with some units rated at 50,000 hours or 10 years in this case.

“The table to the right highlights the cost in energy and bills of the two lighting options over a ten year period:

“Switching from halogen to LED makes total business sense, not only does it help towards the Government target of an 80% reduction in carbon by 2050, it will reduce energy bills, lighting costs and go towards a more sustainably run organisation.”