Lighting is a big part of a home’s atmosphere, but In an average modern household, the power bills are not cheap. Based on our data, around ten percent of an electrical bill can be purely taken up by lighting. However, there are usually a lot of potential savings just by choosing the right type of light fitting and bulb.
Energy efficient light bulbs - the different types.
Gone are the days of the incandescent bulbs as they do need quite a lot of power. Incandescent bulbs need power to generate heat as a byproduct, making them quite expensive compared to the new options available.
The newer, more economical bulbs are:
Why should you consider energy efficient lighting?
When choosing your next lightbulb in the supermarket, you will notice that the newer energy efficient bulbs are more expensive, however, keep in mind that it is only the initial investment that is more costly. After the purchase, you will be saving money as these bulbs last double or even three times longer. Because LEDs do not spend energy on producing heat, they require up to eighty percent less electricity to provide light, which will show on your next power bill.
About a decade ago LEDs were usually quite dim and not really used for lighting up rooms. This has changed by today and there are no longer any issues lighting a whole house with LED lights. What is cool about LED lights is that they come in so many different shapes and sizes, covering the whole color spectrum, as well as your warm and cool light options.
LEDs are so versatile they can be applied anywhere from your regular bright ceiling lamp to fairy lights in your garden to photo studio equipment - the possibilities are endless.
Since LEDs don’t need to heat up to produce light, their reaction time is also much quicker and there is absolutely no delay when switching them on.
How to switch to energy efficient lighting?
The fittings for LED bulbs are made to match the ones of its ancestors, so it will be easy to replace your old lightbulbs with the new, more efficient ones. The one thing you should pay attention to is the voltage, 240 volt current is compatible with LEDs and you can simply replace the bulbs. If dealing with 12 volt fittings though, it would be a good idea to call your local sparky to come and take a look before purchasing as the drivers may need to be replaced.
Always choose the better quality company, as they will have a longer lifespan and it will end up being a much better investment. That is because they more often than not, use higher quality materials in the bulbs.
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