For some reason when we think about energy saving light bulbs we don’t think about LEDs. I do not know why, but we do not think about energy efficient LEDs. And we should – they exist! And they are exactly the same as alternative LEDs, the same brightness, the same prices, but crucially they are far cheaper to run and far better for the environment.
Most modern homes have more LED Lights than traditional light bulbs and we have to start converting them to energy efficient LED Lights. This is a matter that I come across in my work on a weekly basis. I am an interior designer, most of my work is in properties that are up for sale; I dress houses in my furniture, curtains, lights, rugs and ornaments. I only use energy saving light bulbs and in the past year it has been the same with LED Lights. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.
I am not an activist, I wouldn’t even call myself an environmentalist, I am just a human, living on planet earth and as such I feel that it is my duty to protect it if I can. We all recycle now, not to would be almost unthinkable. And the same should go for energy efficient light bulbs. It is such a small thing and if we all did it, it would make a huge difference – there is no reason not to.
I think that we are at a point in history where we have to make the change now, because when we look back on this period 50 years from now it will be embarrassing not to have. It is like smoking in pubs – if some one lit a cigarette now in a pub, they would be at best frowned upon, at worst arrested, and that change has been in place for less than 5 years, we should be frowning upon lighting manufacturers that do not come with energy saving light bulbs and surely we are not far away from some sort of legislation that makes this compulsory.
In the meantime, we have to do our best in our own homes, we have to make the change and we, as consumers, have to demand the change from manufacturers.
There is no time like the present. I think we need a sense of urgency when it comes to changing to energy saving light bulbs, particularly with LED lights.