Lights on for longer has an impact
Now October is upon us, the nights are drawing in again. We now tend to switch those lights on a little earlier, and keep them on a little longer, so how can we save money and our environment by changing a light bulb???
We all know that we should switch to energy saving ‘lamps’ but with so many types, sizes and shapes on the market it can be confusing as to which one we need.
Back in the day, we bought a ‘bulb’ and stuck it in the fitting, job done. Traditional lamps were invented more than 100 years ago and would only convert around 5% of the electricity converted into visible light via a filament being heated, very inefficient, and not very environmentally friendly but amazing at the time compared to a gas lamp I would assume!
Next we had halogen lamps come into production, which were much brighter due to running the filaments at a higher temperature which made them slightly more efficient than the traditional incandescent lamps, but mainly being produced in spotlight lamps these would become less energy efficient due to the larger quantities of fittings placed in the room. These are still widely fitted to our fancy fittings with tiny lamps.
In more recent years, the Compact Fluorescent lamp was introduced and this uses a gas (argon and a small amount of mercury vapour) filled glass tube which once charged with electricity will glow and generate an invisible ultraviolet light that reacts with a fluorescent coating (called phosphor) on the inside of the tube, which then emits visible light. These can take up to 80% less power consumption than the traditional lamp and can last up to 10 times longer which is much nicer on our pockets and the environment!! These have become very popular and can be purchased in all shapes, sizes and colours!! The first CFL’s would take ages to produce a decent amount of light to our rooms, remember those??
Now we have LED lamps being thrust brightly into our eyes which are said to be the most efficient in both electricity consumption and longevity giving us more value for our money. They produce light through the use of a semi-conductor that emits light energy when an electrical current is passed through it. They are claimed to use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent.
We personally have LED lamps in our kitchen downlights, and I can vouch for the brightness and instant light produced, and although they are a little more expensive to buy, I have not had to replace any as yet!!
As with everything, there is always down points to each option, which I could go into, but we do offer free, impartial advice to help you to choose what would be best for you, so if you are interested in the pros vs cons please do not hesitate to call or email us.
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