With lighting accounting for approximately 10% of the average household's energy bill, switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the simplest and quickest ways to reduce power usage, saving you money and benefiting the environment.
So what are the different types of Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs?
Low-energy light globes are available in a variety of types, including LED (light-emitting diode), Halogen, and Compact Fluorescent Lamps.
LEDs use less energy but emit the same amount of light as CFLs or Halogen globes. They are a little more expensive, but they last much longer, saving you money.
LED's have a 20-year lifetime and can produce more lights with fewer watts. They are 85% more energy-efficient than traditional light bulbs, saving you and the environment.
LED globes are available for pendant lights, desk lamps and outdoor garden lights. They don't always work with traditional dimmer switches, so if you want dimmable LED lighting, make sure you select an LED bulb that is compatible with dimmers or we can assist in replacing your current dimmer switch.
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
Fluorescent tubes bent into the form of a regular light fitting are known as CFLs. They have the same brightness and colours as traditional globes, but use a quarter of the energy and last up to 30 times longer. This will cost you in the short term but save you in the long run.
Halogen lights produce bright, strong light and, while they are typically more expensive than standard light bulbs, they are approximately 25% more effective and can last up to three times longer.
They are available in a variety of shapes and colours, as well as the ability to be dimmed.
Eco halogen lights
Eco halogen bulbs provide natural dimmable light and last twice as long as standard halogen globes. They are available in both traditional bulb and downlight shapes.
Comparing LED, CFLs and Halogen lights
When all three options are considered, LED comes out on top as the clear winner. LEDs will not only save you money on your electricity bill, but they will also benefit our environment greatly by reducing waste because you will not need to change your bulbs as frequently and less energy will be used, thus benefiting our planet.