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A Light Bulb Moment

We take light for granted. Few people realise that lighting makes up 11% of the average household electricity usage, so using the right lightbulbs can save money. Companies are not allowed to manufacture inefficient lights. Have you replaced your old bulbs with the 2 main types of energy-efficient light bulbs? 

Light Bulbs

Shining a light on history 

By 1835, British inventors were demonstrating that electric light was possible with the arc lamp. However, the early bulbs had extremely short lifespans and were too expensive to produce. Modern light bulbs began in 1880’s, when Edison produced a light bulb with lifetime of up to 1,200 hours. 

Going extinct 

Traditional incandescent light bulbs (old fashioned looking) began to be phased out in 2009. In September 2011, 60W clear bulbs were also banned from being produced. They are still sold due to large stocks and will continue until existing stocks run out.

 Choosing the right light bulb

  • Choose from two types of energy-efficient light bulbs. Either compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs are the most common and more energy efficient. LEDs save more money.
  • Select the right lumen value. Traditional bulbs used watts to determine the brightness. Energy-efficient bulbs use fewer watts, so lumen output. Around 500 lumens suit most needs.
  • Select the right colour. Soft white or warm white bulbs provide a cosy glow that is best for general household lighting, while cool white or pure white are ideal for offices.

Taking control 

If refurbishing a room, with an extra budget, you can upgrade the lighting, with control systems that allows the lighting mood to change by pushing a button. This means specific lighting for different times of day.

If wanting to save money, then the quickest way is turn lights off when leaving a room. Cut down on the number of lights on in a room, as single lamp will sufice. Ensure lamp shades or fittings are cleaned to increase the impact of the light.

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Date: 17 October 2022 by Max Robinson