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Energy-saving lights used properly

In addition to LED bulbs, the energy-saving bulb, also known as a compact fluorescent bulb, has asserted itself as a light bulb for normal household use. Energy-saving bulbs have constant further development to thank for this. The development was carried out on the light bulb based on feedback from consumers. The result is a bulb which creates excellent lighting for the living room, or for other usage areas, thanks to its optimised light. The wealth of variations in terms of colour temperature, thus the light colour, and the option of use in any base thanks to the processing of all conventional fittings, makes the energy-saving bulb an attractive alternative for the consumer. This is because with the energy-saving bulb, you can also save excellently, not on lighting, but on unnecessarily high costs.

Energy-saving bulbs with low energy consumption at optimal brightness

Energy-saving bulbs are an attractive choice as an alternative to a filament bulb as they offer an enormous savings benefit. The energy-saving bulb saves up to 80% electricity during operation compared to filament bulbs. This is due to the fact that the power consumption in Watts in an energy-saving bulb is up to 80% less. For example, an 8 Watt energy-saving bulb generates the same brightness as a 40 Watt filament bulb; a 12 Watt energy-saving bulb provides an illumination similar to a 60 Watt filament bulb. Depending on manufacturer, the light output, i.e. the lighting current achieved per Watt of power used, differs so it is essential to look at the product details for light bulbs from Lights.co.uk to get hold of the right bulb. We also recommend quality products from well-known brands like Osram, Philips, Megaman or Ledon. It is true that energy-saving bulbs are more expensive than common filament bulbs, but these costs will redeem quickly. This is because energy-saving bulbs are more durable than filament bulbs. Where you have to buy a new filament bulb after 1000 hours, energy-saving bulbs with a long operational time start to save money. Energy-saving bulbs last from 10,000 to 20,000 hours, which corresponds to up to 13 years operational time at 4 - 5 operational hours per day (depending on the quality of the bulb and information in the product details). No new purchase is needed throughout this period - after a little operational time, the purchase costs are recovered.

The energy-saving bulb in the shape of a classic bulb

The bulb gets its name primarily from its shape: the closed coil, underneath which is the filament which glows during use. Due to different lighting technology, the energy-saving bulb cannot have a filament. Yet the manufacturers know that it is often the handsome coil shape which the energy-saving bulb, formerly available only as a spiral, is missing. For this reason, energy-saving bulbs are fitted with the usual look for the corresponding fitting as well as a matching base. Thus an E27 bulb has a decorative closed coil and an E14 bulb has the usual candle look. A G9 energy-saving bulb looks like a halogen bulb with the G9 fitting, as it were like a GU10, GX53 or GU5 energy-saving bulb. Thanks to the ballast (installed in the bulb between the spiral and base), which is necessary for operating the energy-saving bulb, energy-saving bulbs can last longer than the original bulb. At Lights.co.uk, you will find the dimensions of the bulb as well as the matching bulb for new lights assigned to each product.

Perfect light for living with the compact fluorescent bulb

If the look of the energy-saving bulb is suitable, then it comes down to whether the light is similar to that of the original bulb. In the beginning, nothing annoyed users of energy-saving bulbs more than the light, which was considered too cold. The reason for this was a high proportion of blue in the light. Filament bulbs shine a reddish light of 2700K colour temperature, known as warm white light colour. Thanks to continuous additional development, energy-saving bulbs now also achieve that warm white light easily, which represents comfort and cosiness in the living room. Another point of criticism for energy-saving bulbs was the lack of colour reproduction - food and pieces of clothing looked unpleasant and bland. Manufacturers of energy-saving bulbs worked on this a lot as well. Now, energy-saving bulbs can achieve a colour reproduction of up to Ra 90, which is an excellent colour reproduction. When buying your brand product, pay attention to the product details regarding colour reproduction and light colour to discover the optimal bulb for you.

Choose the correct alternative from the large selection of modern light bulbs

When buying a new light bulb, it is worth having a look at all possible alternatives. Nowadays, an alternative to energy-saving bulbs is the LED. Many appreciate the fact that the LED contains no mercury compared to the energy-saving bulb and achieves maximum brightness immediately. The fact that energy-saving bulbs require a starting time to reach maximum brightness can prevent them being used in conjunction with motion detectors, for example. Motion detectors turn the light on when a person approaches. The best brightness possible is needed immediately mainly in an entrance area with several steps when it's dark outside. LED bulbs, which also have a high switching stability, prove themselves here: LEDs can be turned on and off frequently without it harming the durability, as is the case with other bulbs with a lower number of maximum switching cycles.

Also available with a dimmer: the energy-saving bulb

Dimmability is for many a fundamental requirement of lighting in the living room or bedroom. Depending on the time of day, activity and mood, you want to customise the brightness frequently in order to relax comfortably, work efficiently or simply just talk to friends. It is important to note that energy-saving light bulbs are fundamentally not dimmable, unless specifically noted in the product details. Dimmable energy-saving bulbs are also put together for you in a separate category. Note that dimmable energy-saving bulbs must be operated with a phase section dimmer. In addition, dimmable bulbs must be burnt-in. This means illuminating at maximum brightness for the first hundred hours. Afterwards, it is recommended not going too low with the brightness as the light source begins to flicker, thus the bulb is turned on and off frequently and the service life is reduced drastically. Pay attention to this with your dimmable energy-saving bulbs in order to enjoy your product for a long time.

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