Did you know an average house spends around 5% of its energy budget on lighting? Switching to energy-saving light bulbs is one of the quick and simple means to cut down energy bills. Let’s understand the benefits of energy-saving light bulbs and why they are named so.
What are energy-saving light bulbs?
Energy-saving light bulbs use advanced technology to lower the amount of electricity used to emit light. They last approximately 12 times longer than traditional filament-burning light bulbs. The most common energy-saving light bulbs in use today are light-emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL).
Benefits of energy-saving light bulbs
Energy-saving light bulbs have a longer life span than traditional halogen light bulbs. LED light bulb’s life span is about 50,000 hours, i.e., almost 60 times longer than halogen light bulbs. CFL light bulbs life is about 10,000 hours, i.e., 4 to 10 times longer than halogen light bulbs.
Energy-saving light bulbs are recyclable. LED bulbs don’t contain any hazardous materials making them easy to dispose of. However, CFL light bulbs contain trace amounts of mercury and need to be disposed of carefully. However, CFLs also some materials that can be recovered and recycled for other purposes. You can dispose of CFL light bulbs by dropping them off either at council offices or their local recycling depots.
Reduced carbon emission
The consumption of 1 kWh of electricity can release almost 830 g of carbon equivalents. This means reduced electricity consumption equals reduced carbon emissions. Since energy-saving bulbs consume less energy, they help to cut down global carbon emissions. One LED light bulb will minimise greenhouse gas emissions by almost half a ton in its lifetime.
LEDs and CFLs use at least 75% and 70% less energy than halogen lighting, respectively. Even though LEDs are comparatively expensive, you can redeem the initial expense within a year in energy bill savings. If you can’t afford LEDs, another smart option is CFLs. They produce less heat compared to a halogen bulb, which allows you to save on cooling costs, but they are slightly costlier than LED over their lifetime.
How to choose the right lighting?
The simplest way to work out which fittings you need is to take the old bulb with you to the shop. There are commonly two types of fittings, screw (Edison screw) or bayonet. They are available in a range of sizes.
Lumen value is used to measure the brightness of the light bulb. It is not the same as watts – watts is the electricity used to produce light. So, check the lumen value instead of watts while buying a light bulb. The higher the lumen value, the higher the brightness of the light bulb.
The temperature of light is measured in Kelvins. The colder or bluer the light is, the higher the colour temperature and the warmer or orangey the light, the more natural the light.
Now that you know the benefits of energy-saving light bulbs and how to choose them, it’s time to switch. Need help with it? Contact us or email us at email@example.com. You can also talk to us by dialing 1300 790 166. We will be happy to transform your place into a beautifully lit home using the perfect energy-saving lightings.
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