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Electric lighting in our homes is changing. The traditional light bulb has slowly been phased out of society and replaced with energy efficient bulbs. The old style bulbs were very inefficient, so the Government hopes to completely phase out all incandescent light bulbs by 2012 to meet with the EU’s current climate change targets. Doing our bit to help the planet is climbing up the agenda to consumers across the world.
With constant reminders in the press of the effects of climate change, it has been drilled into us that this is a serious issue. If we reduce the amount of energy we use, the demand for fossil fuels will also be reduced. CO2 emissions are causing polar ice caps to melt leaving countries like Bangladesh at risk, which are only half a metre above sea level. For this reason, choosing energy efficient lighting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
In reducing your energy you can feel good that you are contributing to saving the planet, and your electricity provider will also reward you by reducing your bill.
There are a wide variety of low energy products available on the market which is sleek and stylish in design. Low-energy lighting is available in all forms of lighting. Here are the main types of energy efficient light bulbs.
LED lights – Unlike traditional incandescent lights, LED’s (light emitting diodes) do not use a filament to produce light. LED’s have been in use for decades in clocks, watches, electronic games, remote controls and even televisions, but it is only comparatively recently that their potential for providing homes has been realised.
While incandescent bulbs waste a substantial amount of energy in the form of unnecessary heat production, LEDs produce light directly from electricity, making them a far more efficient option. Range of super-bright LED lamps use as little as 0.8w of electricity, and because LED lights do not contain a fragile filament, they are more durable and longer lasting.
Energy-saving halogen bulbs – Halogen bulbs have a filament like conventional light bulbs, but they are smaller and produce more light at a lower energy cost. Due to a unique chemical reaction between the halogen gas contained within the bulb and the tungsten filament, a recycling process takes place which extends the lifetime of the filament inside. The latest energy-saving halogen bulbs are up to 30 per cent more efficient than older models.
Compact fluorescent lamps – Fluorescent bulbs are at least four times more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs. Rather than utilising a filament to produce light, they rely on a series of chemical reactions within the fluorescent tube, with the end result being that the phosphor coating inside the bulb lights up.
Fluorescent lighting is the most popular form of energy saving light bulb, due to its relatively low cost and high efficient rating. These bulbs are not expensive, so why not fit them into your home and suggest them to your family and friends.
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