Energy saving bulbs are one of the easiest ways to easily save energy.

I know that a light bulb is not an actual bulb, it is a lamp but for the sake of this article it is going to be referred to as a light bulb! Energy saving light bulbs are not a new phenomenon, they have been around for years. When they first came on sale they were like everything else-very expensive. Add some government subsidies and make them on a larger scale and they become much cheaper and affordable.

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energy saving lamp

When people think of energy saving lamps this kind of lamp normally springs to mind. This is a CFL or a compact fluorescent lamp. This works on the same principle as large fluorescent lamps that you would find in a garage or a commercial building.

LED E14 lamp

Energy saving lamps are now available for most light fittings, although you still have to be careful when choosing lamps that are compatible with dimmer switches. This LED lamp has an E14 fitting meaning that the fitting at the end is a 14mm Edison screw and uses just 3.3w of electricity. This would be used to replace an E14 Halogen lamp that would use 50w of electricity.

energy saving led lamp

Although LED lamps are expensive to buy they normally pay for themselves after one year or so. In my kitchen I had twelve E14 lamps, all of which were 50w halogens. So when the lights were switched on that is a massive 600w just for the one room. Now I have twelve 3.3w LED lamps and the lights now use just 40w. The kitchen light is on for a minimum of 4 hours each day, multiply that by 365 (days) and by 600w and you use 876kw of electricity per year. Electricity is approximately 14p per KWH at the time of writing this which equals £122.64 per year for the kitchen light alone. Now lets do the same calculation using the LED's. 4 x 365 x 40w =58.4kw multiply by 14p = £8.17 per year, which is a substantial saving.

energy saving flood light

Floodlights often use halogen lamps which burn electricity. It's common to see 200w, 300w or 500w halogen flood lights. This floodlight uses a compact CFL and only uses about 30w

LED flood light

This SMD LED floodlight is just 50w and gives the same light as a 500w Halogen. One problem with these lights is that they can interfere with radio signals, so when you switch the light on the radio may stop receiving a radio signal.

LED candle bulb

This LED candle lamp uses just 1.8w and is equal to a 35w halogen lamp. The downside is that this lamp cannot be dimmed.