Since 1st September 2012, all incandescent bulbs have been permanently withdrawn from the market because they consume too much energy. Approximately 95% of the electrical energy consumed by these bulbs was lost as heat. Only a small portion of this energy was actually used to give us light.
They have now been replaced with low-energy alternatives such as light emitting diodes (LED), compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL bulbs more commonly known as energy-saving light bulbs) and halogens.
These alternatives get much better results in terms of energy efficiency and significantly reduce electricity use. The graph below clearly shows that these new alternatives can save up to 80% of electrical energy compared to incandescent bulbs.
These alternative bulbs must meet the quality criteria, particularly in terms of heating time, colour rendering and also lifespan.Their specific composition requires that they be treated with care when they break or reach the end of their life span.
Under the heading “Radiation and UV” you will find information about the possible risks of artificial light sources for the skin and eyes.
The site www.energivores.be, will enable you to assess the energy consumption of your lighting and will help you in your selection when purchasing new bulbs. Moreover, the energy label gives you information about the energy performance of the bulb.
For more information about energy labelling, go to www.economie.fgov.be.