Advantages of Energy Saving Bulbs Available for Modern Home Lamps
Nowadays, we are all trying to become more energy efficient. You’ve now energy saving bulbs which are replacing the common household bulbs to save energy, with the exception of capsule halogens – these are the very small halogen bulbs that looks like a capsule.
Some fittings are made for energy saving bulbs only, so you have no choice. Recent building regulations in the UK stipulated that a certain proportion of lighting in new buildings must be energy efficient. Thus, fittings are used that only work with these type of bulbs. It is, however, known that these bulbs can cost more than ordinary ones, mainly because there is greater demand for the latter.
Advantages and disadvantages of having an energy saving lamp:
The benefits are as follows
- They use about one-fifth the electricity of filament lamps (less in case of LEDs)
- They last at least six times longer than filament lamps (much more in many cases)
- They run cooler, so do not damage light fittings as much as filament lamps, so higher light outputs can be used, e.g. a lamp holder which takes a maximum of 60W filament lamp will consume 18W or more low energy bulb, giving the equivalent of 100W or more lighting
- Over the lifetime of the bulb, there will be considerable savings on electricity bills and carbon emissions associated with electricity consumption
Possible drawbacks are
- Usually, they are more expensive to buy in the first place, but this cost is quickly recouped
- Compact fluorescent bulbs are not available in clear, only white or colored
- Most (but not all) are bigger in size than conventional bulbs
- Cannot be used with dimmer switches (except the new type of dimmable compact fluorescent bulbs)
- They take a little longer to come on, but this is not usually a problem unless a couple of seconds is important