We all know that replacing the light bulbs in our homes is cost effective and plays a tiny part in slowing down global warming. Whether or not you find taking about light bulbs dull or an absolute joy, sometimes understanding the mechanics, makes it easier to appreciate how we can save both money and help the environment.
So…energy saving lightbulbs. For a given light output, energy saving bulbs use 20-33 percent of the power of equivalent incandescent lamps. Around 10% of UK household carbon emissions come from light bulbs so the environmental benefit of these bulbs could be enormously significant.
Energy saving bulbs are produced for both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) input. DC energy saving bulbs are often used in recreational vehicles as well as in households. Interestingly, they can also be operated using solar powered street lights, using solar panels located on the top or sides of a pole and luminaries that are specially wired to use the lamps. This makes them an even more eco-friendly feature.
Although incandescent bulbs reach full brightness a fraction of a second after being switched on, e[nergy saving bulbs manufactured after 2009 also turn on within a second, but they do still take time to warm up to full brightness. Some Energy saving bulbs are marketed as “instant on” and have no noticeable warm-up time scale, but others can take up to 60 seconds to reach full brightness or longer in very low temperatures.
No matter what kind of energy saving light bulb you choose for your home, you can be sure that you are doing your bit and playing your part in saving the planet!