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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

LED replacements for long fluorescent tubes
A company called Illume is making LED tubes which are suitable as replacements for the long fluorescent tubes commonly used in shops and industrial locations.

They come in a range of lengths and brightnesses [including 600mm (6 watts), 1200mm (12 watts), 1200mm (15 watts) and 1200mm (18 watts)], cost from £32 - £79 and can produce either "cold white" or "warm white" light.

Traditional fluorescent tubes use approximately 45-70 watts of electricity and last around 20,000 hours, whilst the latest designs of LED tube are estimated to have lifetimes of 50,000 hours and use between 5-18 watts. The financial savings associated with using these lights therefore come from reducing electricity use by more than half and offering more than double the expected lifetime of an equivalent fluorescent tube.

Please see the Digital Display Systems website to find out more.

These LEDs allow businesses to qualify for the UK government's Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme, which enables a business to claim 100% first-year capital allowances on qualifying plant and machinery (energy saving).

Businesses can write off the whole of the capital cost of their investment in these technologies against their taxable profits of the period during which they make the investment.

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