Let’s face it, light bulbs aren’t the most exciting things in the world, and when you’ve got five different ones facing you – two cheap and the rest rising to a galactic price, you may be tempted to save yourself some money and opt for a cheaper one.
The appeal of buying cheap to rectify your blown bulbs at home may seem like a canny purchase at the time. When you get back and replace those dud bulbs with brightly lit beauties you marvel at the restored light and ponder how much better the hall looks.
Weeks go by and you’ve forgotten all about those new light bulbs, almost taking them for granted, basking in their shining glory. However, little do you know, that just around the corner those relatively new bulbs are going to leave you in darkness once more. Use this blog to help decide which light bulb is right for which fixture and area in your home.
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Don’t blame the bulb..
If you don’t have the hindsight to peer back into the past and recollect the time you spent standing in front of those bulbs picking the cheapest, you’ll probably feel let down. As you begrudgingly step into the car to head for your local electrical wholesalers, you continue to bemoan the light bulbs for their quality and poor performance. However, it’s worth remembering that the issue isn’t the quality of the bulbs, it was the decision to welcome them into your home with the view that that, will be that.
Lesser used areas can deal with the cheap bulbs but the inside of your home should be a completely different story. Home lights are constantly switched on and off, always in use and are a lot more prone to over-exhaustion. That clever stunt you thought you pulled whilst selecting your new lightbulbs has truly backfired, going ‘cheap’ saw you spending less money there and then but in the long run the amount you’ve spent on replacing cheap with cheap, would have been saved if you had bought mid-range to expensive bulbs at the beginning.
Over a period of three years, the maintenance costs attached to buying cheap light bulbs way surpasses the costs of buying a decent mid-range to expensive bulb at the start.
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Every little helps
You may think that energy efficiency is a bit played out, experts pretentiously pointing to graphs and charts, harping on to us to ‘do our bit for the planet’, but however preachy it may seem they do portray a slice of truth. If Bob from Kingston-Upon-Hull is replacing his halogen bulbs with LEDs then his actions alone aren’t necessarily going to save the polar bears. Just like how Jane from Bodmin washing up yoghurt pots ready for the recycling isn’t going to scale down the impact of Russian air pollution.
Having said this, we should all take a huge conglomerate slogan of ‘every little helps’, because it really does. Even if you’re coming at this from a selfish angle, integrating energy efficient lamps will see your monthly energy bills decrease as well as having a knock on effect to the energy consumption used worldwide.
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The transition to LEDs
There was a time where LEDs were a very niche and specialist area, where only high-brow functions and rich homeowners could adopt LED lighting. Over time many manufacturers (mainly in China) traded in traditional incandescent bulbs to make way for LEDs.
This small step towards energy efficient lighting saw the production cost of LEDs drop. More and more factories started to manufacture them, resulting in a bigger presence of LED lamps in mainstream stores with the general public becoming increasingly aware of their benefits.
So where do we stand now? Well LEDs are certainly the front runners of energy saving lightbulbs. They will probably continue to be a dominant force in years to come, however pinning all the plaudits on LED bulbs and settling for this current complexion wouldn’t be wise. Instead of celebrating the current ‘winner’, creators should still be looking for innovative ways to improve the efficiency of lamps and lighting. For the likes of you and I though, we can only work with the things we have, meaning LEDs are our best bet if we’re looking to:
● Reduce the time, effort and money spent on lighting maintenance.
● Change the light bulbs less often.
● Cut down the amount spent on energy bills.
● Create different lighting ambience, using colour changing LEDs.
● Be kinder to the environment.
Tom Bray currently works for a national electrical wholesalers – Direct Trade Supplies – and has been writing content for magazines and websites for the past five years.
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