This year has been proclaimed the ‘year of light’ by the United Nations, shining a spotlight on light science and its applications. But 2015 will be an illuminating time in more ways than one.
According to NAPIT it will be a year of light for installers too, with increased levels of efficiency and financial incentives available for LED technologies for the first time.
Commenting on the year ahead, managing director of NAPIT Certification, David Cowburn, said: “Lighting has the potential to be a real growth area for installers in 2015. Costs have fallen significantly over recent years and, without notable press coverage, Energy Efficient Luminaires were quietly introduced onto the list of technologies eligible for the domestic Green Deal late last year. This is the first time such finance has been made available for these fixed low energy bulb light fittings and it’s a real opportunity for those looking to expand or specialise to take advantage.”
Replacing all halogen downlighters in a property with LED lights could save households around £40 a year. What was once considered false economy due to relatively high initial prices is now becoming a must for energy cost conscious households, with prices falling below £5 for some spotlights.
Not only are they incredibly long lasting, functioning for around 20 years before they need to be replaced, they are also up to 85% more efficient than iridescent bulbs.
The technology is estimated to make up half the commercial market by 2020 and domestic interest is growing fast. As well as luminaries, the Green Deal also covers lighting systems and controls.
To self-certify electrical work associated with lighting in compliance with Part P, and to work on the lighting systems themselves under Part L (non-dwellings), membership of a Competent Person Scheme is necessary. For lighting systems, support is also available under the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme.