Energy-saving light bulbs versus LED

Oct 30, 2022 | LED Lighting, Saving Energy

We all know that using energy-efficient lighting helps lower electricity bills and carbon dioxide emissions, all without reducing the quality of light in our homes, workplaces or venues. 

Lighting makes up 20% of the average UK household electricity bill, so making the switch could help you save money too.

However, should we go for LED or energy-saving lightbulbs? 

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have largely replaced CFLs (Energy efficient bulbs) as they are more efficient, turn on instantly at full brightness, and are available to fit pretty much any light fitting in the home. LEDs produce light from the electricity flowing through them. 

It has been found that If you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED lights, you could save £40 a year on your electricity bills.

Many homes also have spotlights for which you should only use LED lighting. They are proven to give a better light quality and can be used with dimmer switches.

Another reason for choosing LED lighting is that it can serve up to 50,000 hours compared to 10,000 hours of a standard energy-saving bulb. It is no comparison. 

From the light quality and efficiency to aesthetics, LED light wins the battle over energy-saving lighting for us every day.

Can I recycle energy-saving light bulbs?

This question is asked many times, and it is unclear to all if energy-saving light bulbs can be recycled. 

Energy-efficient light bulbs are essentially classed as a type of fluorescent lamp that can be recycled, and this can be done at your local recycling centre.

However, it is not only recycling centres that offer a place to recycle your energy-saving light bulbs. Many supermarkets allow this too so when you are out shopping this can prove more convenient for you than going to your local tip. Tesco is known to have recycling centres in store which allow your low-energy bulbs to be recycled, and this is also the case for Ikea. Homebase is also known for having recycling points for energy-saving light bulbs.


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Energy-saving light bulbs versus LED