The benefits of energy-saving lightbulbs

Over recent years, halogen and incandescent light bulbs have started to disappear. More and more people have been sidestepping these bulbs in favour of energy-saving options. There are many advantages to doing this. These lights tend to be brighter, last for longer and require less energy. This means they allow us to make a better contribution to the environment and reduce our fuel bills at the same time.

How long do energy-saving bulbs last and what types are available?

Energy-saving light bulbs can last for up to 12 times as long as old-fashioned, conventional lightbulbs. There are several types of energy-saving lightbulbs on the market, and these include light-emitting diodes (LEDs), compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and halogen incandescents. They are also called energy-efficient light bulbs.

Have the bulbs improved over the years?

In the past, many people were hesitant to move to energy-saving lightbulbs. This was prior to various better options becoming available. The energy-saving lightbulbs of the past tended to look harsh and too bright, which meant they could destroy the ambience of a space. Once LEDs emerged, it became much easier for people to source warmer, softer light bulbs. Energy-saving bulbs also work much quicker these days. LEDs and halogens can reach maximum brightness immediately, and it only takes a few moments for CFLs to do so.

Which energy-saving bulbs should I purchase?

When you’re scouring the market for energy-saving bulbs, you need to consider factors including type, colour and lumen value. LED and CFL lights tend to be better for general lighting. If you have dimmable lights, you’ll need B-rated halogen or LED bulbs. LEDs tend to be best for spotlights and chandeliers. The lumen value will tell you how much brightness you will receive from your bulbs. A 220-lumen bulb is around the equivalent of a 25-watt traditional lightbulb. 700 lumens is around the same as a 60-watt conventional lightbulb.

How much can I save when I switch to energy-saving bulbs?

You can save around £35 a year by switching to energy-saving lightbulbs. A typical energy-saving lightbulb that’s used for 12 hours a day should last for around 10-11 years. Conventional lightbulbs will only last you around a year based on this much usage. You can make substantial long-term savings when you switch to energy-saving lightbulbs, even if the actual bulbs cost you more initially. These bulbs are also less dangerous as they are much cooler to the touch.

What else can I do to reduce my energy bills?

You can save even more money by improving your insulation and acquiring a smart meter whilst switching to energy-saving lightbulbs. You’ll also be generating much less carbon dioxide when you make the switch.

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