Conserve Energy efficient lighting
Making your home more energy efficient does not always need to cost the earth. Lighting costs can be slashed by up to 90% if you change your existing incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs as LED bulbs use a fraction of the electricity.
Lots of LED bulbs are now sold that will fit into your existing light fittings so you will not have to go out and buy a complete new lighting system. To further save you money you can also operate some LED lights by dimmer switches which are particularly useful when you do not want a bright light for activities such as watching TV in the evenings.
Another way to save on your lighting costs is to fit outside lighting that includes a motion sensor that switches off the light when no one is near your home. Light sensitive sensors that dim or switch off lights depending on the ambient light available, are also a good option.
Energy efficient lighting Advantages
- Replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs can reduce your lighting bill by 90%.
- Changing bulbs to LED bulbs is a simple, quick DIY job.
- LED bulbs are a very cost effective measure as bulbs can cost as little as £3.99.
- LED bulbs can be bought to fit into existing light fittings.
- LED bulbs last a lot longer than both incandescent and halogen bulbs.
- LED bulbs can be brought singularity so you will not have the cost of updating your lighting system all at once.
- Lower heat output, conventional incandescent lights waste about 90% of their power on heat output.
- They are more environmentally friendly. They last longer, don't result in the emissions of as much CO2 and normally don't contain any toxic materials, like the mercury vapor in CFL.
Energy efficient lighting Disadvantages
- LED bulbs do not emit light in all directions.
- Quality / colour of the light isn't always as good as incandescent or halogen lights, but is getting better.
- The light output of single LEDs is less than that of incandescent bulbs.
- Not all LED bulbs are dimmable.
You can get grants for Energy efficient lighting, below are the schemes this is available with.
* According to data sourced from the Energy Saving Trust website.