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Study finds LED Performance Exceeds Expectations in Europe

23 February 2015

Since the electric light bulb was invented, artificial lighting has transformed the way that we live, work, and play. Lighting’s impact has been tremendous, but it has also come at a cost: lighting now accounts for 15% of global energy consumption and is responsible for 5% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

With the rise of highly-efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology, however, consumers can access high-quality lighting products at a reduced energy cost and with fewer environmental impacts.

In Europe, the market for LED lighting has developed at a much faster rate than expected. The European LED market has progressed so much, in fact, that LED lamps are already three to five years ahead of the price and energy performance levels forecast by a technical report produced for the European Commission in 2013. This is confirmed in a recent study by CLASP, the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA), the Belgian Federal Ministry for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, and the European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (eceee).

 LED Price and Energy Performance: Projections made in 2013 vs. Actual 2014 Values

2013 Projections of LED Price and Energy Performance vs. Actual 2014 Values

The cost and efficiency of some LED lamps in 2014 (red dots) were already better than price and energy performance levels not expected until 2016 or later (colored lines). Source: Test Report – Clear, Non-Directional LED Lamps. 

This new study was carried out to inform a pending European Commission decision on whether or not to delay the planned phase-out of inefficient, D-Class halogen lamps. The Commission is considering this delay because certain efficient lighting options have disappeared unexpectedly from European markets – specifically B-Class halogen lamps. According to the Commission, a delay would allow more time for the European LED market to mature, ensuring that European consumers have access to better, cheaper LED lamps when D-Class halogen lights are no longer available.

As demonstrated by CLASP, SEA, the Belgian government, and eceee, the accelerated development of LED price and energy performance in Europe means that efficient lighting options are already available to replace many halogen applications. Therefore, delaying the phase-out of D-Class halogen lamps is not necessary to ensure consumer access to efficient lighting products.

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Read the full report by CLASP, SEA, the Belgian government, and eceee.