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Energy Saving Bulbs FAQs

What is wattage?

The wattage of a bulb tells you how much power it uses - this should not be confused with how much light the bulb will produce. An energy saving bulb will only use 20 watts to produce the same amount of light as standard 100 watt bulb.

How do I know which wattage to choose?

All the energy saving light bulbs we sell have an equivalent wattage listed alongside the actual wattage but for a general guide please refer to the table below:

Wattage Conversion Table
Traditional Bulb Energy Saving Bulb
100w 20-25w
60w 13-18w
40w 8-11w
25w 6w

I've heard that energy saving bulbs take a long time to warm up - is this true?

This used to be the case but most modern low energy bulbs take only a few seconds to reach full brightness.

Doesn't it take more energy to produce a low energy bulb than a standard bulb?

It does but the amount of extra energy consumed in the process of making the bulbs is far outweighed by the amount of energy saved by using them on a regular basis.

I use halogen bulbs - are they more efficient than traditional bulbs?

Yes, halogen bulbs are more energy efficient than standard bulbs, but not as energy efficient as low energy bulbs.

How much energy do low energy bulbs use?

Most low energy bulbs use about 80% less electricity than a traditional incandescent bulb

What is the difference between Low Energy Bulbs, Energy Saving Bulbs and Energy Efficient Bulbs?

Nothing! The following are simply different names for the same type of light bulbs - light bulbs that use significantly less energy than standard bulbs:

  • Energy Saving Bulbs
  • Energy Saving Light Bulbs
  • Low Energy Bulbs
  • Low Energy Light Bulbs
  • Energy Efficient Bulbs
  • Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Do Energy Saving Bulbs produce the same amount of light as standard lightbulbs?

Yes. This is the beauty of energy saving bulbs - they produce the same amount of light, use less electricity and last much longer.

How much longer will a Low Energy Bulb last compared to a traditional light bulb?

Low energy light bulbs can last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs. The actual amount varies between different makes of bulb.

I've seen some low energy bulbs and they look big and ugly!

The technology behind energy efficient bulbs has improved significantly since the early days and so have the designs. Energy efficient bulbs now come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and most people agree they look just as stylish as any standard bulb.

Are Energy Saving Bulbs expensive to buy?

Not at all. The costs involved in producing energy saving bulbs has been dramatically reduced and those savings are now being passed on to the consumer.

So how much money will I save by using low energy bulbs?

It all depends on how long your lights are on for per day and how many lights you use, but each bulb could save you up to £7 per year. Taking into account the fact that low energy bulbs last much longer than traditional bulbs, your total savings over the lifetime of the bulb could amount to £60 per bulb. If you have 10 bulbs in your home that are being used for the same length of time per day, you could save up to £600 in total.

What are the environmental benefits of using low energy bulbs?

Because they use much less electricity than standard bulbs, using energy efficient light bulbs helps to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is one of the main causes of climate change.

I've heard that low energy bulbs contain mercury - isn't that bad for the environment or hazardous to humans?

Low energy bulbs contain such a small amount of mercury that the impact on the environment and the risk to humans is minimal.