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People nowadays are very much educated with respect to current global warming and climate change conditions and hence, they prefer to go for energy saving light bulbs for their home and business lighting needs. But in order to achieve this desire as well as get the perfect lighting, you need to make a careful selection of a reputed brand which saves maximum energy. Make the right distinction as to which bulb produces the proper lighting because some of these bulbs produce less light. Electricians or lighting experts are the best people to approach if you are finding it difficult to find the right energy saving lights for your lighting fixture.
Once you have fixed the energy saving bulbs, do not expect your electricity bill to go down right away. It always takes some time to see a noticeable difference in your bill and this cost saving increases as you use these bulbs more and more. You will notice the actual savings over a period of maybe a year and when you calculate the saving over the duration, you will be a satisfied customer and you will feel that the energy saving light bulbs you bought are actually worth the money you paid for. You can replace almost all the light bulbs in your house with energy saving ones. Doing so will considerably reduce your energy bills.
Of all the different types of bulbs available, the decorative ones are the most used and tend to use up a lot of power. So if you want to really save money on lighting and help the world, then these are the bulbs that you should be willing to change or replace with energy saving ones. But always keep in your mind that lights are an important part of your home décor and great care should be taken with respect to this matter. So put in a good amount of time and energy while selecting energy saving bulbs for your house.
What are the different kinds of energy saving light bulbs available? There are different kinds of bulbs depending upon their functionality and cost. Some of them are MR16, Tune, xenon, candle blunt tip, halogen, and fluorescen. You can test them by the way they illuminate a given space. You have to set these light up in such a way that you get the perfect illumination to complement the interior of your house.
If energy is not a a constraint then fluorescent bulbs are the best lighting fixtures available in the market. But care must be taken to ensure that they are properly installed. Fluorescent lamps have the property of diffusing light equally in all directions. Some people might find this property pretty irritating and that is the main reason not many people opt for this kind of lighting system. But nowadays we get advanced fluorescent fixtures with advanced properties, which do not only act as good light fixtures but also elegant decorative items.
Halogen Light Bulbs
Then there are the halogen light bulbs. These bulbs have a tungsten filament and a gas-filled gas enclosure. These lights are considered to be the brightest energy sources available in the market today. If you are looking for spot lights to highlight certain parts of your house like the fireplace or a painting on a wall, then halogen light bulbs are a good option. You can go for larger halogen bulbs if you want to use them in a home theater or entertainment room where bigger spot lights are needed.
Following on from Energy Saving Week, which took place from 19 – 25 October, we thought that it was about time someone tackled those myths about lighting – so here are our top 10 questions about energy saving light bulbs and those dirty incandescent ones.
1. Aren’t energy saving bulbs much dimmer than traditional ones?
Whilst Energy Saving light bulbs once had a reputation for being dim this is now outdated. Most modern varieties – produced by household brands – are just as bright as traditional bulbs and give an equally ‘warm’ light.
2. Aren’t energy saving light bulbs full of mercury and other toxins?
A standard energy saving light bulb contains 3 to 4 milligrams of mercury- whilst a standard thermometer contains at least 100 times more mercury! Indeed, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs states that the amount of mercury in lamps is less than the mercury that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere by coal-fire power generation to produce the energy used by an incandescent lamp.
3. Why has my local supermarket stopped selling traditional light bulbs?
From 1st September 2009, retailers in the UK were no longer allowed to buy traditional 100MW tungsten bulbs from their suppliers- they can however, still sell them until their supplies run out. Other wattage of bulbs will be phased out in a similar manner by 2012. Whilst many retailers chose to stockpile their traditional light bulbs, it is possible that some of the smaller retailers near you will run out of stocks quicker as they’ll have more limited storage in their shop.
4. How much would I save by using energy saving light bulbs? Aren’t they more expensive to begin with?
Again, they used to be, but nowadays you’ll find them competitively priced with the traditional bulbs. In fact, the Energy Saving Trust estimates that not only will they last longer, but you save around £2.50 a year per bulb in energy bills – so you’ll save around a total of £65 in energy and replacement costs over the lifetime of each bulb.
5. Is this banning the sale of traditional bulbs (yet another) thing that the EU is forcing on us?
Whilst there is an EU-wide directive covering the sale of traditional bulbs, the UK also has its own voluntary agreement with major retailers which actually goes further – stopping the sale of traditional bulbs a year earlier than the rest of the EU. The UK has also, uniquely in Europe, committed itself to cuts in carbon emissions outside any international treaty. Restricting the sales of traditional bulbs is regarded as being the “low hanging fruit” of the fight against climate change as it’s an easy, cost-positive way of cutting carbon quickly.
6. Don’t energy saving light bulbs need time to warm up?
Again, this is something that energy savings bulbs have got a bad reputation for but now, it’s undeserved. A modern energy saving bulb will only take one or two seconds to reach full brilliance, which is barely noticeable in your day-to-day life.
7. Can you recycle energy saving bulbs?
Yes you can! Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, anywhere that sells energy saving light bulbs has to provide information on where they can be recycled. Many of the larger retailers will even take them away for you.
8. Aren’t energy saving light bulbs a danger to your health? I’ve heard they can cause migraines?
Some people have concerns that energy saving bulbs pose a risk to human health. Some of the most common concerns are:
Migraines: Many migraine support groups have raised this issue as a concern, the Department of Health is funding research into the matter.
Epilepsy: Many people fear than energy saving bulbs can cause epilepsy. However, Epilepsy Action says: “Epilepsy Action is not aware of any evidence that low energy light bulbs can directly trigger epileptic seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy”
Skin concerns: The Health Protection Agency state that open (single envelope) CFLs should not be used where people are closer than 30 cm to 1 ft to the bare light bulb for over 1 hour a day. At these distances CFLs might emit Ultra Violet (UV) light at a level less than equivalent to being outside on a sunny summer’s day. As of September 2009 as a result of EU legislation, all energy saving light bulbs emit a safe amount of UV light so pose no cancer risk.
9. I have lots of dimmer switches in my home – can I use energy saving light bulbs? What about Bayonet and Cap fittings –I’m not sure I like those weird-looking ones?
Traditionally, energy saving light bulbs have not been available for dimmer switch lights and were exclusively available in the “weird” design. However, as a result of recent innovations, energy saving dimmer switch lights are starting to become more widely available. Why not search for them online?
Likewise, energy saving bulbs are now available in both Cap and bayonet fittings in a range of designs –including “lookalikes” which are exactly like traditional designs. The Energy Saving trust has a comprehensive guide to the different energy saving light bulbs on their website.
10. Is it more energy-efficient to keep energy saving lights on all the time, or should I turn them on and off as needed?
Turning a light on uses about the same amount of energy as keeping one on for two minutes –so it’ll be more efficient to turn them off as you leave the room if you know you’re not coming back for a short while.
So that’s it! The phasing out of incandescent light bulbs is a really positive step for you and the environment. With the economy going through such a tough time, who wants to spend their hard-earned cash on something as boring as keeping the lights on! Now you know all the facts, get some energy saving light bulbs for your home and treat yourself with the money you’ve saved.
The modern florescent lamp was first conceived by Peter Cooper Hewitt in the late 1890s and they were initially used for large industrial buildings and photographic studios.
This technology was later applied in the first commercially practical compact florescent light bulb (CFL) designed by George Inman and the General Electric Company. Although this development was designed over 70 years ago it was the forerunner to the modern CFL invented by Ed Hammer and General Electric in response to the 1973 oil crisis. Although a successful design, the invention wasn’t manufactured due to the expensive costs of production and the potential investment needed. The design was subsequently leaked and copied by other leading manufacturers leading to a gradual increase in usage and continued improvements.
Due to the rising cost of electricity in both the UK and the US many households and business, keen to reduce costs, have switched there lighting to CFL bulbs as they are on average 10 times more efficient. CFLs also help to reduce carbon emissions leading to a planned phase-out by the EU ensuring incandescent bulbs are no longer available by 2011. Despite the potential cost saving gained there remain staunch critics to CFL energy saving bulbs in the popular press. Much of this criticism involves popular myths associated with ‘energy savers’ that have long since been ironed out by manufacturers.
With headlines such as ‘Environmentally friendly light bulbs ‘can cause skin cancer’’ (2008) and ‘Revolt! Robbed of their right to buy traditional light bulbs’ (2009) the Daily Mail is leading the campaign against Energy Saving bulbs. Such reports have been slammed by the government and the Lighting Association as irresponsible ‘scare stories’ to sell newspapers and last year the Energy Saving Trust set out to convert the public by introducing the ‘Pepsi Challenge’. This survey, to study people’s reactions to energy saving bulbs, allowed people to enter two different rooms, one lit by energy savers and the other by traditional light bulbs. The study found that half the people could not tell the difference and additionally 2 out of 3 people preferred the energy saving ones.
Concerns over the mercury content of energy saving bulbs have also been one of the papers ‘buzz topics’. Realistically however most modern CFLs use amalgam, a mercury substitute that is completely safe to handle, transport and store and poses no direct risk to humans or the environment. Other bulbs use recycled mercury and their price included a recycling charge making them far more environmentally friendly than incandescent bulbs.
With climate change a continual threat to our way of life, is it irresponsible for the Daily Mail to wage war against energy saving products? The paper reported almost continually throughout the beginning of the recession on ‘money saving tips. There promotion earlier this year to distribute a free 100w bulb to every reader has been criticised by some environmental groups as ‘climate suicide’.
The paper tends to use outdated views of CFLs to convince its readership that they are being policed into buying something they don’t want. However, is it not true that in many aspects of our advanced capitalist society? Indeed wasn’t the UK’s newspaper media guilty of ‘barging out’ the smaller niche newspapers in order to create a greater market share (and limited consumer choice).
As paper news becomes ever more obsolete, newspapers need bigger gimmicks and more shocking headlines to shift units, this results in more questionable facts and more outlandish claims. I encourage anyone to seek a balanced view in the topic, and I am confident that reducing energy cost and carbon emissions is a good thing. I encourage you to take a look at Greenhouse Organisation should you require energy saving light bulbs.
By R. Neal
Wall mounted lights perform three important functions integral to effective outdoor commercial lighting. First, they create general lighting for pedestrian around buildings and outdoor structures. General lighting should provide enough visibility to allow people to clearly differentiate between objects and judge distances accurately. Wall mounted lighting also plays a major role in accent lighting. Since many wall mounted fixtures feature highly geometric and decorative designs, they contribute very well to the overall aesthetic of almost any building. Security lighting, although most frequently done with landscape floodlights, also depends to some extend on wall mounted fixtures. Wall mounted flood lights on the corners and sides of large buildings can create a significant deterrent to criminal mischief by keeping main access points clearly visible to security personnel and cameras at all times.
When balanced in the right proportions, these three aspects of wall mounted lighting will work together to create a perimeter of illumination around any structure that creates a safer environment and a better overall aesthetic for the grounds.
General Lighting Fixtures
A Spartan approach is the best approach when it comes to installing wall mounted luminaires for general lighting. Contrary to popular misconception, the human eye does not need a great deal of light to see clearly at night. Scientific studies have proven that actual levels of light are far less important than the ability to see basic shapes, differentiate between objects and shadows, and to judge distance accurately.
Basic fluorescent wall packs are generally all that is required to create an even, glare free field of illumination around most buildings. Fluorescent wall mounted lighting offers several cost effective advantages over incandescent and halogen light fixtures. Fluorescents will last much longer and do not need to be replaced nearly as frequently. They also use far less power and can be left on throughout the night at significantly lower costs to your client’s overall operating budget.
Accent Lighting Fixture
Square and round brick and step lights are ideal luminaires to brighten up stairways and walls around outdoor courtyards and building entrances. Directional accent lights with highly decorative fixture designs are also available when specific lighting effects are desired, or when precise lighting levels around certain structures are necessary. RLLD Commercial Lighting provides a wide selection of square and round wall mounted lights that make an excellent compliment to landscape and path lighting around public facilities, schools, churches, and civic center.
When more intense levels of light are called for, you may need to use larger, more robust fixture. Since these fixtures will present an obvious visual even to the casual viewer, it is necessary to use the most decorative luminaires possible. The more sophisticated fixtures feature aluminum manufacture with a multitude of finish options to compliment the colors of the building. They also feature a variety of mounting options and triple axis directional control that allows them to be pointed in any direction.
In many cases, wall mounted lights play an important role in security lighting. This is particularly true in the industrial community, where buildings are very large and have several access points to the interior of the facility. Every one of these access points represents a point of vulnerability if it is obscured by shadows. Protecting these access points means making them clearly visible to either CCTV cameras or security personnel stationed in the facility. Wall mounted floodlights can be installed with remote sensors that trigger the lights when motion is detected. If the lights need to remain on throughout the night, there are a number of newer HID and fluorescent models to choose from that offer excellent lumens per watt efficiency. These newer lights work well with automatic timers that turn the lights on and off at certain hours.
When installing any kind of wall mounted lights, it is always best to have a photometric analysis of the building(s) performed first. This report will show where problem areas of shadow may potentially arise and help better determine the necessary lumens output and directional angles of incidence required to create the most evenly distributed and aesthetically balanced field of illumination.
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