The phasing out of incandescent light bulbs in the EU is due to end in 2011 and many people are worried about giving up their beloved bulbs. However, in this article I will detail some of the common myths that are associated with energy saving light bulbs and tell you the facts so you can make an informed decision.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs do not produce the same light output as traditional bulbs.
Fact: Today energy savers can easily replicate the light output of traditional bulbs using around a fifth of the power. LED bulbs are also becoming more powerful and the new generation are able to produce the same amount of lumens as halogen bulbs.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs are ugly and don’t look good in some of my fittings.
Fact: Energy savers are now available in all traditional bulb styles including classic, candle and spotlights, meaning they will fit in some of your most ornate fittings.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs are not environmentally friendly as they use mercury which is a hazardous material.
Fact: New energy savers use a mercury substitute called amalgam, this is completely safe to handle, transport and store and it is of no risk to either humans or the environment. There is also a recycling charge included in the price of the bulb making them far more environmentally friendly than traditional bulbs.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs trigger epileptic fits.
Fact: A small number of cases have been reported with the older models, however these were never verified. The new models run at a higher frequency and do not have any know health impact.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs don’t light up straight away.
Fact: The new models of energy saving bulbs have an almost instant switch on time and will reach their full brightness straight away. The delay in earlier models was caused by ignition of the gas inside the bulb.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs do not produce the right coloured light.
Fact: Advancements in technology mean that lighting manufacturers can now replicate the light colour of traditional incandescent bulbs. A recent study showed that only 50% of people can tell the difference between energy savers and incandescent bulbs (Pepsi Challenge, EST, 2008).
Myth: Energy saving bulbs will not fit some of my light fittings.
Fact: Today energy savers are available in all four traditional caps (bayonet, edison screw, small bayonet and small edison screw) as well as GU10, MR16 and PAR fittings.
Myth: Energy saving bulbs will not work with dimmer switches.
Fact: New models of energy saving bulbs are available with dimming capabilities
When energy saving light bulbs were first available many believed that they were no substitute for incandescent lighting however technological advancements have ensured that they can match incandescent bulbs in looks and capabilities while being five times more efficient. I hope this article has helped to dispel some myths about energy saving lighting and you can make an informed decision about your lighting needs.
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