Do LED bulbs save money? What are the best lamps to use? What does low energy mean and what are the implications for lowering your carbon footprint?
What is a low energy light, and should I use one? Does it save money to use one? A low energy light bulb for example, or a light fitting with an integrated LED typically uses lower energy than other bulbs. Modern designs and technology pull less electricity from an electricity supply, less than a standard light fitting such as a Halogen bulb.
It makes sense that in these eco-conscious times, we all do whatever we can to save energy and money, to live cleaner and greener lives. It doesn’t take a bright spark to realise that this means taking stock of the way we manage our homes, that includes thinking about the type of lightbulbs we use.
What are the best light bulbs to use? Well, there're different sort of bulbs, and some companies refer to 'lamps' rather than bulbs. So for example you'll find references online to all these common types of light:
Light Emitting Diode (LED)
Chip on board Light Emitting Diode (COB LED)
Surface mounted device Light Emitting Diode (SMD LED)
Compact fluorescent lamps
Metal halide Lamps
High intensity discharge lamps
But which type of lightbulb performs the best when it comes to value? Do LED bulbs save you money?
Of course, it’s important for you to choose the right light bulb just as much as it is for you to select the right fitting or light shade. At Value Lights we’re lighting specialists and stock one of the biggest ranges of lights in the UK, so hopefully you can find something at our online store. Read this guide for some tips and advice on low energy lights.
Here’s how LED bulbs work
LED (Light Emitting Diodes) bulbs will save you money, but not only that, LED bulbs are also proven to last longer than the more traditional incandescent or CFL bulb designs. LED bulbs are much more efficient at turning electricity into light, so they need less energy to produce the same amount of light. This production of ‘light’ is often referred to as ‘lumens’.
Here're a couple of examples of typical LED bulbs currently in use: