Could LED lights shed light on 2018 EPC energy saving regulations?

20 November 2017

Are you aware of the new legislation surrounding energy efficiency for non-domestic let properties which comes into force from 1st April 2018?

The new guidance for landlords and enforcement authorities on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let non-domestic property states that:

“From 1 April 2018, landlords of non-domestic private rented properties (including public sector landlords) may not grant a tenancy to new or existing tenants if their property has an EPC rating of band F or G (shown on a valid Energy Performance Certificate for the property).”

Looking towards the future:

“From 1 April 2023, landlords must not continue letting a non-domestic property which is already let if that property has an EPC rating of band F or G.”

Facilities Managers and Property Estate Managers in private and public sector alike will doubtless be looking to find ways in which their properties can be adapted to adhere to these new energy efficiency measures with the minimum of impact on day-to-day business, as well as working within set budgets.

According to the Carbon Trust, lighting accounts for 20% of the UK’s energy consumption. With this in mind, Premier has put together some information for organisations and businesses considering LED lighting, a cost-effective way to move towards hitting those EPC E+ ratings.


Why convert to LEDs?

Converting to LED lighting can represent a saving of up to 50% on lighting costs.

LED bulbs last longer, are more durable and can be 6 to 7 times more energy efficient than traditional bulbs, which release 90% of their energy as heat. A good quality LED bulb can have a useful life of around 20 years.

Here’s why LEDs are such a great option for cost efficiency and meeting EPC targets:

Light direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction. This reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light, meaning that over 50% of the light in incandescent bulbs doesn’t even leave the fixture!

Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat. What a waste!

Light Source: A mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light, combined in varying levels to create a warmer or cooler light depending on your preference.

Durable: LEDs work successfully in colder temperatures, and are also capable of withstanding a greater intensity shocks or vibrations.

Size: An LED can be as small as 2mm, which means that they are suitable for hard-to-reach and compact areas.

Environmentally-friendly: LEDs don’t contain easily-breakable glass, mercury, harmful gasses, and they don’t emit harmful UV rays. LED bulbs emit 68 per cent less carbon dioxide than a standard bulb in a normal 10-hour day.


How to choose your LEDs

Which to replace? Premier provides a full on-site assessment of which lights are suitable for replacement with LEDs, providing a solution with appropriate timescales and budgets.

Colour: LEDs are available in a range of colour ‘temperatures’ from red to blue on the Kelvin Scale. The lower the Kelvin number, the warmer the light.

Dimming: Dimmable LED bulbs and switches are available.


Cost comparisons

To illustrate the huge potential savings involved in converting to LED lighting, here’s what Premier’s client Tesco achieved by moving to LED lighting in 6 buildings:

  • Over 4,200 lights replaced (offices, stairwells and emergency lighting)
  • Installation of new, energy efficient LEDs
  • Reducing from 76 watts to 40 watts
  • Improving occupancy sensors, and removing old control units
  • Project completed out of office hours
  • Tesco has achieved a saving of up to 50% on annual energy lighting costs


How Premier can help your business move to LED

It’s vitally important to tailor lighting solutions towards specific properties in order to maximise savings. In most cases, a poorly implemented simple swap of lighting units will not yield the desired results. Options range between a retrofit to a complete redesign. It can be daunting to predict exactly what the possibilities are within a set budget so Premier are here to help.

With our integrated services and extensive experience in moves, interiors and sustainability, Premier Workplace Services will help make the move to LEDs seamless and cost-effective. Our expert advisors will ensure that the optimum tailor-made solution is delivered to each of our clients, working within specific budgets and providing an estimated time in which the investment will have paid for itself.

The initial project planning meeting will ensure that every detail is planned for so that timings are adhered to and the day-to-day running of the business won’t be disrupted. Premier regularly undertake office moves and interior refurbishments out of normal working hours to keep workplace disruption to a minimum. The project will be delivered to Premier’s usual high standard – on time and to budget.


And finally… What to do with old bulbs!

Recycle them! Premier ensure that redundant bulbs are correctly sorted into the most appropriate Environment Agency recycling streams.

Did you know?

  • A Light Emitting Diode or LED is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light.
  • The 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was jointly awarded to Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan, and Shuji Nakamura of the US “…for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” (Inside Science)
  • Between 2011 and 2012, global sales of LED replacement bulbs increased by 22 percent while the cost of a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb fell by nearly 40 percent. (US Department of Energy)
  • By 2030, it’s estimated that LEDs will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales in the US. (US Department of Energy)


Time to upgrade your lighting?

LED lighting replacement projects often pay for themselves. Get in touch with our team and we can visit your premises to find the right lighting solution for you. Speak to us on 020 8976 2100 or drop us a line here to start saving money and reduce your energy consumption.