Bubble in the desert

A blog I started whilst on a GE "Bubble" assignment in Nevada. I'm back in Cambridge (UK) now but still miss the desert and my friends out there.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

IKEA lighting an embarassment

IKEA are generally quite eco but with their lighting they are well behind the curve. They sell banks of 5 lamps with 35W halogen lamps built in. A lighting arrangement that uses 175W. If these GU10s were the LED kind instead they would use 1.8W each, giving a total for the 5 lamps of less than 10W, replacing halogens with a usage life of 2,500 hours with LEDs with a usage life of 50,000 hours. For a slightly brighter GU10 a CFL could be used at 7W each with a life expectancy of 8,000 hours. The price difference between these bulbs now is very little.


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