Lighting consumes around 14% of household energy, that’s more than is generated by all the nuclear power stations put together.

Installing low energy lighting is probably the quickest and easiest way to save energy in the home. By simply removing your old style light bulb and installing a modern compact fluorescent version you can save up to 80% on your lighting bill. This can amount to as much as £9 a year for every inefficient lamp you replace, far less than they cost and they last up to 10 times longer. Each one you replace saves up to 38kg of CO2 per year (Source Energy Saving Trust ). If the average house replaced all the old inefficient lamps with the latest low energy versions, each household could save 1 ton of CO2 per year.

Many people believe that low energy light bulbs are too large, that they flicker, give out a cold blue light and are slow to start. Whilst, to some degree this may have been true 20 years ago, it simply isn’t the case any more. Modern energy saving lamps are excellent replacements for the old filament type. In a test recently run by The Energy Saving Trust most people couldn’t tell the difference between the old type of inefficient lamp and the new compact fluorescents when fitted in a room setting.

Better savings still can be made by installing dedicated low energy luminaires such as those recommended by the Energy Saving Trust under their ‘Energy Saving Recommended’ scheme. In many cases you are required to fit a number of these under the Building Regulations.

For situations where a clear point source of light is required there are still low energy alternatives such as halogen lamps. The latest type of halogen lamp use between 30 and 50% less energy than an incandescent but look almost identical to the old filament lamps.

Even greater savings can be made with the newest technology, LED lamps. These can save you up to 90% in energy savings and are set to become the future of lighting. Not only are they more efficient but they run cooler and newly emerging versions will allow us to tune the colour to suit our needs.

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