Energy saving this winter… energy light bulbs

October 3rd 2013
By: Melanie Hollidge

Most of us will be looking at ways in which we can save money this winter on our energy bills. It is surprising that just by changing our traditional incandescent light bulbs to ‘energy-saving’ bulbs, we could achieve a saving of £54.00 over five years. However, in the past couple of years, one of the UK’s leading consumer magazines Which? has reported up to a 120% increase in the price of some energy bulbs. Sylvania, one of the largest bulb manufacturers in China, stated that the rise was due to the increase in raw materials.

There are three different types of Energy Saving Light bulbs available, and LEDs, although initially more expensive to buy, do offer the most energy savings:

 • Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) – these are the most common type of bulb, they use 60-80% less energy than the traditional bulb, and these are normally the cheapest option.

• Halogens – these use 20-30% less energy than the traditional bulb.

• LEDs - use 90% less energy than incandescent, but are more expensive than CFL.

Which? has also stated that it’s important to research your energy light bulb purchases as some cheap ones do have the tendency not to be very durable. Their top ‘best buys’ are Sylvania, Osram or GE Electronic.

Source: Which?