Energy Saving Bulbs

The British Government is aiming to phase out the sale of traditional energy inefficient bulbs, replacing them with energy efficient light bulbs (CFLs) by the end of 2011. The European Union is soon to agree a mandatory measure that will see these bulbs being removed from shelves for good by 2012.

Energy saving bulbs produce less CO2 , using up to 80% less electricity than a standard bulb and thus reducing our homes and offices carbon emissions vastly. A single bulb can last up to ten times longer than a standard bulb and with an average saving of between £3 and £6 per year, per bulb; you could save over £60 in saved electricity over the course of its lifetime. If you were to install energy saving bulbs to every light in your house you could be saving an average of £50 per year. Note: these savings do take into account the higher purchase cost of energy saving bulbs which is normally easily recouped in your first year’s savings. And there is no need to worry - these bulbs still produce the same output of light as your standard bulb and modern energy saving bulbs now take only seconds to warm up to full output.
Please see the table below for a guide to what energy saving bulbs to buy in place of your traditional bulb

25W                                                    6W

40W                                                    8-11W

60W                                                    13-18W

100W                                                  20-25W

With the Government push to phase out traditional bulbs we have now seen the market for energy saving bulbs expand greatly and whatever size, shape and level of brightness you require you can generally find an energy efficient alternative bulb to fit your needs. There are even halogen and dimmable energy saving bulbs available on the market. Look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo shown here:

Energy Saving Logo

displayed on products so that you know that they meet the strict criteria set by the Energy Saving Trust.

Low energy light fittings are becoming increasingly more commonplace since these only take low energy lightbulbs. They use a transformer fitted into the base of the light fitting which controls the supply of electricity to the bulb, allowing a small surge to light the bulb and then reducing the flow to a low level thereafter. These fittings use a pin based energy saving bulb which is different to the conventional bulb and thus ensures you will always be energy efficient in years to come.

Of course, even if you are using energy efficient light fittings and/or bulbs you can still save even more energy and help the environment more by remembering to switch lights off when you are not using them. Approximately £140 million a year is wasted through leaving lights switched on in unused rooms.

For more information on energy saving lighting you can click on the links below:

. Energy Saving Light Bulbs
. Heat Pumps
. Heating Controls
How you can make a difference
. Energy Saving Tips

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