Good lighting has the ability to not only enhance a space in a functional sense but stylistically as well. But the term “good lighting” is a little ambiguous; there are many ways to light your space in a complimentary manner.
The right lighting in your home can help improve its aesthetic appeal, while also making it safer at the same time. Dorset Electrical Solutions can provide the expert assistance you need to upgrade the lighting in your house, save on energy costs or install new lighting for an extension. Our electricians are highly trained in all aspects of home lighting design and installation, and always ensure that any fittings are carried out in accordance with the relevant safety regulations.
We are also available 24/7 for electrical emergencies, so we can rapidly address any hazards that may occur due to a blown light bulb. Alternatively, we can arrange to replace a bulb or add a new light fitting at a time of your convenience, should you not require urgent assistance. All work will be completed safely and with minimal disruption to your home.
There are two main types of energy-efficient light bulbs available: compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs are the most common and adaptable light fitting, and are suitable for replacing dimmable lights and spotlights. LEDs are also more energy-efficient than CFLs.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
CFLs can typically last up to 10,000 hours – five times longer than a halogen bulb – and consume 80% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. They can be used in the same way as halogens and don’t tend to require a different fitting. CFLs are widely available in a variety of temperatures, sizes and colours.
LED lights are the most energy-efficient option for homeowners, boasting an average lifespan of 25,000 hours (25 years) and consuming 50-90% less energy than all other types of light bulbs. A single LED bulb is more expensive to buy than a CFL or halogen bulb, but its increased energy efficiency and lifespan mean it will save you more money over time.
In recent years LED lights have taken over the market, and with the news that halogen bulbs and fittings aren’t going to be made past 2025, now is the time to upgrade from incandescent or halogen to LED. If you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED lights, you could save £55 a year on your electricity bills. But where to start?
It sounds obvious, but the best place to start is to work out which lights are on the most and replace them first. In this way, you will maximise your saving, LEDs use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent.