The future of ecological light relies on LED bulbs, rather than compact fluorescent lamps. We return to the reasons behind this forecast!
IMS Research expects that sales of lamps will rise to 9 billion worldwide in 2020. For a few years, the market will still mix incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs. By 2020, IMS Research estimates that LEDs will make between 2 and 3 billion of these lamps, compact fluorescents will still represent a large part of sales. However, Philips anticipates LED penetrationmuch faster than IMS Research. According to Jan Denneman, vice president of sustainable development and industrial standards at Philips, LED penetration should not exceed 20-25% in 2013, but already reach 45% by 2016 and represent 70% of general lighting In 2020.
Whether it is to choose bulbs, spots or neon tube led , it is necessary to know how to decipher the information delivered by the packages. To facilitate your task, Natura Sciences has developed a guide to choose your light bulbs . This allows to understand the energy label, the color temperature, the lifetime, the luminous flux, the luminous efficiency, the color rendering index, the number of ignition / extinction cycles, etc. .
Do Not Forget The LED Recycling!
When the bulbs no longer work, place them in Lumibox in convenience stores . The collected lamps are recycled gradually in Recylum’s treatment centers in France and Belgium. The glass constitutes 88% of the weight of compact fluorescent lamps. Metals such as iron, aluminum or copper account for 5% of their weight. Plastics account for 4% of their weight, but are not recycled, as volumes are insufficient for the establishment of an economically viable sector. Today, they are mainly used thermally. The fluorescent powders covering the inside of the lamps represent 3% of the weight of the lamps. Made of rare earths such as yttrium, terbium and europium, fluorescent powders are now treated and rare earths are recycled in two Solvay plants . Finally, mercury (0.005%) contained in fluorescent powders is vitrified and also stored in ultimate waste storage centers.
If the choice of LEDs is not yet very developed in the supermarkets, the sites of sales multiply. The Estaterealest, for example, offers you a wide choice of LED bulbs and indoor or outdoor accessories ( learn more ).