Monthly Archives: March 2011

  • Funding Funding



Funding and promotional assistance is available from numerous organisations when it comes to saving energy.

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust has a range of products, tools and programmes to support organisations, developed over 15 years of experience in the fields of domestic energy efficiency, cleaner transport, low carbon energy and water efficiency. Whether companies want to verify their own energy saving claims, train their staff to offer advice, or evaluate their own work on climate change, The Trust’s independent, trusted expertise can help.

Energy Intelligence Services

Energy Intelligence Services can provide companies with robust evidence, whether they are planning a carbon reduction strategy, developing new energy saving products, communicating with or educating their customers or employees. Find out more

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon are a not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help business and the public sector boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Their green growth strategies are aimed at helping business to develop and implement sustainable business strategies, delivering competitive advantage and economic return.

Borrow £3,000 to £100,000 at 0% interest

0% business loans of £3,000 – £100,000 are available from the Carbon Trust to help organisations finance and invest in energy saving projects. Lyco can help you apply for a loan – just call our Low Energy Advice Team to book an appointment on 01908 651 100.

Why a 0% business loan makes business sense:

  • You can borrow between £3,000 and £100,000 interest free to purchase energy saving equipment
  • Anticipated energy savings offset the loan repayments. So new equipment […]
  • WEEE/Recycling WEEE/Recycling



Learn about the eco-friendly WEEE directive and how Lyco helps you meet its aims.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced into UK law in January 2007 with the aim to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.

The WEEE Directive looks to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

You may have obligations under the WEEE Regulations if you have electrical or electronic equipment to dispose of, or if you sell electrical or electronic equipment. Organisations need to ensure that all separately collected WEEE is treated and recycled. However, whether the business or the producer of the (EEE) pays for this depends on the circumstances.

You can find out more about your duty of care and disposal of WEEE on the NetRegs site

The Lyco WEEE Service

Light bulb manufacturers provide free recycling at the end of a product’s life by charging a WEEE levy at the time of purchase, for all light bulbs/tubes that contain mercury. This levy is consistent across all manufacturers and amounts to 3p per unit for small integrated compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and 10p per unit for CFLs, tubes and other discharge lamps.

This levy does not include collection and delivery of spent light bulbs to a recycling area, however Lyco provide this service for our customers.

Contact our Low Energy Advice Team on 01908 651 100 for full details.



  • Legislation Legislation



Lyco’s resident experts on low-energy lighting measure the quickening pulse of building regulation compliance.

Lighting installed in any new build and some building extensions have to include at least 30% low energy lights. Typically, this means light fittings that will only take compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), LEDs or discharge lamps.

Unfortunately, merely fitting low energy lamps with standard bayonet or screw caps will not conform to the regulations. Check the current regulations with your local authority building control department or download a free copy of the Part L building regulation from the government planning portal for full details.

Speak to our Low Energy Advice Team for help on choosing light fittings which comply to the regulations.


Call our Low Energy Advice Team:  01908 651 100

Email Us with an Enquiry or Question:



Phase-outs of standard bulbs

After several years of EU incandescent phase-out, what remains of the electric light bulb?

The end of the light bulb…fact or myth?

We are constantly being asked how much longer traditional light bulbs will continue to be available. The answer is that the EU have set out a programme for the phasing out of specific light bulbs – we have already seen the end of production for all pearl/opal traditional bulbs.

Below is a guide to when some bulbs will disappear from the ‘shelves’. However we still have some stock so if you are keen to keep your old favourites we recommend you buy them before they are all gone.

Lyco offer many low energy and ultra low energy LED bulbs that look like traditional light bulbs but which also meet the EU regulations so when you are ready to switch we have a comprehensive range for you to choose from.


Light Bulb Phase-out Timetable

September 2009
Clear bulbs which are 80 watts or more

September 2010
Clear bulbs which are 65 watts or more

September 2011
Clear bulbs which are 45 watts or more

September 2012
Clear bulbs which are 12 watts or more. Also T12 38mm diameter fluorescent tubes, some metal halide and high pressure sodium light bulbs

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Low Energy

How do low-energy fluorescent bulbs fare in a jousting contest with their LED counterparts?

A Guide to Low Energy Bulbs

Last up to 30 times longer and use 80% less energy

Low energy bulbs are small, light up quickly, look similar to a traditional bulb and are now the popular alternative. Converting just 10 rooms to low energy rooms could save you approximately £540 in energy costs and £375 in maintenance costs – a total of £915 a year*!

Most low energy bulbs can be used in light fittings designed for traditional bulbs and are available with a bayonet, screw, small bayonet or small screw light bulb holder. They are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and wattages.

Use our wattage converter guide shown here to find the bulb that compares best with the brightness you require. (Wattage convertor chart)


Low Energy vs LED

Low energy light bulbs, known as compact fluorescents (CFLs), are a good stepping stone between the soon-to-be phased out traditional bulbs and the more expensive LEDs. LEDs last 15 times longer than low energy bulbs and although they have a higher initial capital outlay they do provide better long-term payback. There are many considerations when choosing a suitable bulb as this depends on the application so if in doubt call our Low Energy Advice Team for help.


Dedicated Low Energy Fittings

Many of our light fittings have been designed to only be used with energy saving light bulbs, so once installed you will always save money on your lighting bills. These fittings come in many different styles – both modern and traditional – come in a variety of sizes for both indoor and outdoor use, and are identified by the LE symbol in our catalogue.


3 Easy Steps […]

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LED is the game-changing technology of the moment, but what’s in it for you?

A Guide to Ultra Low Energy LED

Last up to 50 times longer and use 90% less energy*

LEDs give a powerful light while using a fraction of the power required and are now a real alternative to traditional lighting without having to compromise on quality of light. Contrary to popular belief they are no longer an expensive alternative and are now quick to light up.



LEDs are available for all the standard light bulb holders and in all bulb types, including:

Spotlights: GU10, MR16, MR11, PAR, (plus PAR 20, 30 and 38) and AR111

Regular Shape Bulbs: Golf ball, candle and GLS



There is a wide selection of products to choose from that will fit your existing light fittings without any expensive refitting required and our trained team are here to assist you in making the right selection.

Indoor: LED light panels, linkable strip lights, standard and cabinet downlights, and emergency lights

NB When changing over to LED bulbs check the compatibility of your existing emergency lights

Outdoor: walkover lights, garden lights, spotlights, post lights, bollards, wall lights, strip lights, spikes and floodlights


Things to consider when choosing LED

Make sure you replace like-for-like as LEDs are different from traditional and low-energy bulbs. Use our tips below to help you select what you need or phone our LED team on 01908 651 100 for advice.


LED wattage comparisons cannot be made in the same way that we compare low energy bulbs to incandescent (traditional) light bulbs, so to give you an idea what to buy for the brightness you require, all products available in our catalogue, or on show a wattage comparison guide.

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