Did you know that in Australia, lights in your house account for 10% of your electric bill? New options such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps or CFL light bulbs are decreasing this expense.
Keep reading to learn how to make your home greener and reduce expenses at the same time.
The LED describes an electronic device that emits light when an electrical current passes through it. This form of bulb allows for brighter light while using less energy. They also have a longer lifespan, often more than 100,000 hours.
Which LED bulb will provide the right amount of light for you? Think of Lumens, not Watts when considering the brightness. For example, an 800 lumen LED bulb equals a 60-Watt incandescent light bulb.
You may use a 100W, 125W, or 150W LED equivalent bulb in a 60W fixture because they all use less than 60W. The 150W LED equivalent generates about 2,600 lumens using about 30W.
At this time, the Northern Territory government offers a Smart Energy Grant. This allows you to save as much as $1,000+GST on the installation cost of LED lights. You can save money, make your home safer, and reduce your carbon footprint.
CFLs are glass tubes with a white powder fluorescent coating on the inside. When electricity enters the CFL tubes, mercury and argon fumes form invisible ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV light and the fluorescent coating interact to create white, visible light.
These lights are dim when first turned on because a takes time for this reaction to occur. They become brighter with time.
While using less electricity, they produce the same amount of light. They also last six to ten times longer than traditional bulbs.
CFL and LED light bulbs may be used in bayonet cap and Edison screw mounts. Yet, the effectiveness of the reflector dish, the transparency of the glass, and other factors may make pose some issues.
Heat may get trapped in small enclosed light fittings. This can decrease their life. You may need to get a new light fitting to resolve this problem.
You may wonder about the difference in cost savings between an LED and CFL bulb. Both bulbs cost about one-fifth of the price of other bulbs.
LED: A 10W LED uses about 18.25 kWh per annum. It’s running cost is $5.48.
CFL: A 12W CFL uses about 21.9 kWh and per annum. It’s running cost is $6.57.
These prices are based on using the light 5 hours per day and an electricity price of 30c/kWh.
An easy first step can involve converting your light bulbs to LED or CFL light bulbs. If you have questions about electrical issues at your home, our company stands ready to help.
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