Throwing some light on that bulb switch
THE simple light bulb has become a source of great controversy and emotion over the last few years.
There are direct replacement lamps for the 60w and 100w lamps, and they are more energy efficient, and they last longer, and some can actually give a better quality of light than the old tungsten bulbs.
At Beacon Electrical we are constantly speaking to customers who are unhappy that they cannot get the old 60w or 100w light bulb any more. They blame the European Parliament for forcing them to have the compact fluorescent (CFL) energy-saving lamps.
This has been re-inforced in people's minds by the Government-funded distribution of free CFL lamps to every household via the energy companies.
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The reality is that there are now three main options for people to light their homes and businesses:
1. CFL: compact fluorescent lamps
These are the energy-saving lamps that a lot of people object to! They are descibed as "dim" and "slow to get bright".
We believe they do have a place in the home, especially in areas where the light bulb is left on for longer periods, such as the hall. They use around 20% of the old tungsten bulbs and last about eight times longer. They do, however, take a minute or two to get to full brightness (which is a problem when you walk into a room and need light), and they do not give the full spectrum of light quality.
2. LED: light-emitting diode lamps
These are the newest and currently the most expensive types of light bulb, and are a bit more complicated because they generally are measured in lumens of light rather than wattage. (However, basically an old 60w light would be about 600 lumens). These LED lamps are undoubtedly the future of lighting. They offer the cheapest form of light and the longest lasting. They typically would be expected to last 30,000-50,000 hours, which is a good 20 years' life in anyone's home. They also use about a tenth of the energy of the old bulbs. Potentially, each LED bulb can save several hundreds of pounds over the costs of traditional light bulbs over their lifespan.
3. Halogen replacement lamps or halosavers These are the real answer to all your lighting problems at the moment and are realistically the obvious direct replacement for the traditional 60w and 100w bulbs.
At Beacon Electrical we keep a full range of halogen replacement lamps. We keep candle lamps, golf ball lamps, spotlights, and GLS lamps in all the original bayonet and screw-type connections.
These lamps are not so energy efficient as the CFL and LED lamps as they only save about 30% against the old light bulbs, but they are expected to last twice as long, and they do give immediate full light levels, and they can be used with any dimmer switches.
In 2009 the government estimated that up to 15% of household electricity consumption was from lighting. With these new energy-saving light bulbs this could be reduced by up to 90%.
Beacon Electrical is firmly in favour of reducing energy and saving money, but we are concerned that many people are suffering from using the wrong types of bulbs.
We have trained staff in all our branches who can help anyone who needs help and advice on any aspect of their lighting needs.
We honestly believe we can offer people a better quality of life from using better quality and more energy efficient light bulbs in their homes.