Energy efficient lighting – save the planet and your wallet!

Nov 7, 2016 | Electrics

2d443932fb02c3fdf7594aac8cf05623No matter how strong your eco-principles, no-one wants to have to sit in the dark but regular lighting can gobble up both energy and the money in your bank account.

But there is another way: energy efficient lighting, allowing you to enjoy a brightly lit room without destroying the planet in the process.

Here’s a look at energy efficient lighting and why it’s so important.

Slash your bill in one easy move

You might not think twice about flicking on the light switch but in the typical UK home, lighting accounts for around 18% of the total electricity used – almost a fifth. So it stands to reason that if you could be more economical about the energy used, you could make a considerable saving.

Both standard light fittings and down lighters are compatible with energy efficient bulbs, and this one simple change could make a huge difference.

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Slash your energy bill with LED lighting

Light Emitting Diodes, more commonly known as LEDs, are the most efficient form of lighting and although they may be more costly to purchase, the savings will repay you many times over in the long term.

More about LEDs

Simply by changing your standard light bulbs to LEDS, experts have calculated that you could save at least £30 per year in energy costs.

When LEDs were first introduced, their use was confined to small pinpoints of light. However, by gathering clusters of LEDs together manufacturers have been able to create a light bulb which is exceedingly light but very light. As many as 180 LEDs may be contained within a single light bulb which combined with a diffuser lens ensure that the beam extends in a wide arc.

These diffuser lenses are particularly key to the use of LED lighting because they ensure the beam travels in the same type of way as a traditional incandescent bulb, rather than simply downwards.

The benefits of LEDs

There are a huge number of benefits to using LEDS as the lighting for both your home and your business, delivering savings both in monetary and environmental terms.

Compared to compact fluorescent lighting, LEDS are far more efficient, lasting 10 times as long. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, the savings are even greater, lasting immeasurably longer and delivering vast savings.

Each LED bulb only uses around 2-17 watts of electricity, approximately 1/30 of an incandescent bulb. When used in a torch or other battery powered light source, battery life will be extended roughly 10-15 times longer.

It's time to change

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It’s time to change to LEDs

One of the reasons that LEDs last so well is not just the length of the light source but their durability. Unlike incandescent bulbs, there are no delicate filaments held within an LED. Being a solid light source, they are far tougher and more able to resist any bangs or bumps without adverse effects.

LEDs are more expensive to purchase but as new technology continues to be developed, their costs are ever-decreasing. And even taking into account the higher initial cost, the savings of using LEDs will pay for themselves many times over during a lifetime of use. And of course, there’s the added benefit of not having to replace the lightbulb quite so often too!


Energy efficient lighting has never been so important, or so easy with more and more shops and stores stocking LED bulbs.

There are some differences in terminology which can be confusing at first. For example, you may be used to looking for a 40 watt incandescent bulb; the equivalent in LED lighting is just 6-9 watts.

Here at Alderminster we have expertise in energy efficient lighting and can help you to transform your home. If you’re interested in saving money as well as reducing your energy consumption, give us a call today on 01789 450 314 for a no obligation discussion.

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