Energy Saving Tips
Nowadays, with power costs rising all the time, we’re more conscious than ever of saving energy – and money. Luckily, energy saving lighting has come a long way and it’s easier than ever to be stylish – and green!
Beacon Lighting has developed an extensive range of low energy products including modern spotlights, downlights, pendants, fans and much more.
Use these tips and start saving today:
WHY SWITCH TO LOW ENERGY LIGHTING?
Low energy lighting alternatives such as CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) and LED (Light Emitting Diodes) cost more to purchase, however the investment is outweighed by the fact that they use only 10-20% of the electricity consumed by a standard incandescent light globe. This produces significant savings on your power bills.
Furthermore, CFLs and LED’s will last from four to 30 years, as opposed to a standard globe that lasts about one year, saving you the inconvenience of having to regularly purchase and replace globes.
And most importantly, energy efficient globes reduce energy consumption and therefore help cut greenhouse gas emissions that are harmful to the environment.
WHICH LIGHT IS WHICH?
Traditional incandescent globes have been phased out of production due to poor efficiency (excluding pilot globes 25 watts and below); these globes can be replaced with energy saving alternatives including LEDs, CFL, Halogen or Karbon. Here's some info on the benefits of each type of lighting:
LED (Light Emitting Diodes)
Most energy efficient, longest life, mix of dimmable and non-dimmable options, 3 year warranty.
LEDs are the latest in lighting technology. LEDs use approx. 80% less electricity than halogen globes, and are rated to last on average around 25,000 hours! They also operate at a much cooler temperature to any other globes. You now have the option to upgrade your traditional halogen downlights to LED and this can be done without the need for an electrician. LED globes are also available in warm white and cool white colours.
CFLs (Compact Fluroescent Lighting)
Energy saving, long life, non-dimmable, no warranty.
CFLs are a modern, compact form of fluorescent lighting. They are around 75% more efficient than halogen globes. They have a long life span averaging 8,000-15,000 hours. CFLs are available in many different shapes, bases and wattages. They require a lower wattage for a similar light output as a halogen globe. They are also available in different colours, from warm white like incandescent to cool white like natural daylight.
Less energy efficient, shorter lifespan, dimmable, no warranty.
Halogen globes are less energy efficient than LED and CFL globes. They produce a crisp, clear light and their average life span is 2,000 hours. There is a large range of shapes, bases and wattages to fill the void of the incandescent globes. Halogen globes use 240 volts or 12 volts with the addition of a transformer. Halogen globes are also dimmable.
Decorative filament, yellow / candle-like colour, not energy efficient, not as bright (max 25 watts), dimmable,
Old globe technology, least efficient globe on the market, short life. Most sales of traditional incandescent
Once the most common choice, the traditional incandescent globe, as designed by Thomas Edison, is now considered to be the least efficient globe on the market. Incandescent globes have a relatively short life, only lasting about 750-1000 hours in normal use. Due to the poor efficiency the federal government enacted a law and, by legislating efficiency standards, banned most sales of incandescent globes and implemented a structure to eventually phase out all poor performing incandescent products. Some incandescent globes are still available (pilot globes 25 watts and below) but will only be around until a suitable energy efficient equivalent replacement is available.
What's the difference? See how Energy Saving & LED's compare to Ordinary Globes
You’ll need to check your light fitting to find the MAX wattage that the fitting takes, and use our table below for the globe conversions. Never exceed the maximum recommended wattage. A bulb with too high a wattage can produce excess heat that can create a fire hazard or damage the fixture.