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How our daylight light bulbs can alleviate the problems of macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is an age related condition which, while totally painless, leads to a gradual loss of central vision and a reduction in your overall ability to see the world around you. Central vision becomes increasingly blurry, making tasks like reading difficult and making colours seem less vibrant.

It has been demonstrated that sunlight can accelerate macular degeneration due to the blue rays within its spectrum. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection can help to block out these rays, but very intense sunlight can still worsen the condition. When at home, you’ll need to pick bulbs that produce a lot of light while not exacerbating your condition.

Firstly, you should make sure you have several smaller light sources around the rooms in your home, instead of one central fixture. This will distribute light evenly. Try to avoid using spotlights or any other light source that can be looked at directly. Use shades and uplighters to avoid glare. Finally, try to ensure that light levels remain consistent throughout the house in order to save your eyes from straining adjustments.

You also need to make sure that you pick the right type of bulb. The traditional incandescent bulb does not offer a high degree of brightness, which makes it a poor choice for anyone with macular degeneration. Fluorescent lights are much brighter, but some people find the glare irritating and tiring on the eyes.

Halogen lighting provides a lot of brightness without the glare, but bulbs become hot very quickly. LED bulbs, such as those in our daylight LED panels range, can be a great option because they burn brightly, but without the heat of halogen bulbs.

Our range of daylight bulbs are a godsend for anyone suffering from macular degeneration, given that they produce full spectrum light. Full spectrum light mimics natural sunlight for high brightness without a high degree of glare, and facilitates colour differentiation to let you see everything as vividly as possible.

Here at Easy Light Bulbs, we have over 23 years of lighting experience, so you shouldn’t hesitate to call us today to enquire about our daylight bulbs. We understand the trauma that macular degeneration can cause, so you can always be assured that you’ll receive quality advice from our seasoned professionals.

What are the UK’s electricity using habits?

The Energy Saving Trust’s report Powering The Nation is an unprecedented in-depth look at the UK’s electricity consumption and provides some of the richest information on lighting usage to date. Domestic energy use in the UK is currently responsible for a quarter of the nation’s CO2 carbon emissions and such reports are vital if we are to achieve the Government’s target of a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

As part of the study The Energy Saving Trust surveyed 251 owner occupied households in the UK from 2010 to 2011. Twenty-six homes were monitored for a year and the other 225 for one month each on a rolling basis. The study was mindful to use a representative demographic and households spread nationwide.

The study observed households on a room by room basis in order to produce a targeted breakdown of electrical consumption. The table below splits households into six sectors taking into consideration both room use and product function. The living room tops the table with an average running cost of £70-£300, primarily for entertainment purposes. The kitchen was not far behind with a high running cost at an average of £150-£185. Although lighting electrical usage clocked in with one of the lowest top ended ranges of £84, it has one of the highest bottom end ranges at £60. This shows, as expected, that everyone relies on lighting in the home and unlike entertainment costs of the living room, lighting is an essential expense rather than a lifestyle choice.

Room/Product Function Running Cost (Typical Range £)
Kitchen Cooking 150 – 185
Utility Washing and Cleaning 32 – 130
Living Room Entertainment 70 – 300
Home Office/Study Computing/Telephoning 25 – 60
Lighting Light 60 – 84
Miscellaneous General 10 – 100
Total - 347 – 859

A breakdown of room/product running costs in the home.

Household Lighting 

Lighting is a significant contributor to energy consumption in the home with an estimated 17% slice of the household electricity pie. Although the uptake of new energy saving technologies has seen a reduction in electricity use in recent years, the report highlights the vast untapped energy saving potential of UK domestic lighting. This is put into sharp focus when remembering that in 2010 the UK consumed 13% more electricity than the European average and 36% more than Germany.

Firstly, consider the type of light bulbs found in the 251 homes surveyed.

Lamp Type Average number of light sources per type of lamp technology Light sources by share of installed wattage
Incandescent 12.9 lamps 49.8%
Compact Fluorescent (CFL) 7.9 lamps 6.7%
Low Voltage Halogen 5.4 lamps 11.2%
Halogen 5.1 lamps 27.2%
Fluorescent 2.0 lamps 5%
LED 0.2 lamps 0.1%

Information based on an average of 33.6 lamps per household.

Incandescent light bulbs account for 40% of bulbs found but consume nearly half of the electricity used; and are thus the most inefficient form of lighting in the survey. Whereas CFLs make up 20% of the bulbs but only contribute 6.7% of energy use; making them a fantastic low energy solution. Low voltage halogens and fluorescents also rate well in terms of efficiency but traditional halogens were found to be a high consumption option with a household average of 5.1 lamps using 27.2% of electricity.

Surprisingly 0.2/33.6 of light bulbs per household were LED. The explanation for this probably lies in the fact the survey took place from 2010/11 and since then improvement in reliability and falling cost has dramatically augmented LED sales. In addition, the findings are only from a relatively small sample size and anomalies diverging from the national trend, though unlikely, could occur.

From this information we can infer that in 2010/11 LEDs had failed to permeate the lighting market at a domestic level. Arguments such as high cost, limited recycling, poor colour rendering, restricted retro-fit ability and lack of consumer awareness are all valid reasons as to why this was the case. However, almost certainly if the study was to be carried out again today the LED sector would see the greatest change, particularly since the EU phase out of inefficient light bulbs has forced consumers to switch to low energy options.

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Chart displaying electrical room lighting use in the home

Choosing the correct bulb type for a specific purpose is essential when trying to reduce lighting costs. Consider the chart above which shows the average wattage consumption per household room.

The report shows that as expected the greatest energy consumption comes from lamps in the kitchen and lounge with peak time occurring between 9pm and 11pm in the evening at a range of 130 to 200 Watts per household. The lowest wattage consumption rooms turned out to be office, store and circulation space where lights were switched off for long periods of time. Lighting continued to be used throughout the night in the majority of homes, but limitations with the study meant specific light sources were not recorded. The average electrical consumption for lighting over the year clocked in at 537kWh, the equivalent of £77 per household from a range of £60-£84. Compare this to an average estimated usage of 52kWh or £6 per year for a door bell or 166kWh or £24 for a desktop computer.

Although the report does not specify which bulbs were used in each room, clearly different bulbs have their own purpose. For example, although LEDs are generally the lowest wattage bulb type on the market, installing them in a store room which uses 40w per year on average or in a fridge light would not represent value for money. In fact, given the cost of the bulb, it would take years and years to recoup any energy saving benefits if at all. Whereas LED spot bulbs in a kitchen which consumes 249w per year are likely to yield a return through reduced electrical consumption in only a matter of months or a few years.

Although there is not a huge variation in lighting use across different household types, the use of lighting in single person households comes out slightly more than in multi-person households. There was a 33% increase in lighting spend between a single person pensioner home and a multi-person pensioner home. There was also a £5 per year increase spend between a single adult and a multi-person household with no children. Perhaps surprisingly a household with children came out with one of the lower lighting costs at 477 kWh or £69 per year.

What does this all mean for the future of lighting?

Unit cost and energy consumption are key considerations when looking to purchase an energy saving light bulb. Many people clearly still favour the traditional incandescent technology but market share of low priced energy saving alternatives is growing. The LED market is in a state of constant evolution but recent trends indicate a turn towards low energy technologies. LED is the future of lighting in those parts of the home that use lights all the time e.g. the kitchen, but until we get there there are plenty of energy saving products on the market such as CFL and halogen energy savers that can reduce energy consumption by 30-40% without compromising light output. The fact that such reports like Powering The Nation are published reflects an increased awareness of carbon issues and sustainability that can only be beneficial going forward.

As a result the National Grid estimates that electrical demand for lighting could fall by a half by 2020 from 12.5 terawatt hours down to 6 terawatt hours, even if the number of bulbs in use rises.

To view our full range of low energy light bulbs, please click here.

Other key conclusions from the report:

  • Households spend an average of £50-£86 per year on standby appliances which equates to 9-16% of domestic power.
  • Our TV watching habit is worse than feared! Instead of the assumed five hours of TV viewing per household per day this figure is likely to be nearer to six and thus an extra 10bn hours nationwide.
  • Use of appliances in single person households for lighting, cooking and washing is on average equal or higher than that of multi person households. The number of single person households increased from 7m in 2000 to 7.5m in 2010 a trend which if continued could augment energy consumption figures nationwide.
  • We run an average of 5.5 clothes washes per week, and those with tumble dryers use them to dry clothes 80% of the time.
  • ‘Two can live as cheaply as one’ when it comes to lighting electrical consumption.

The report claims that 76% of the nation ‘think about saving energy in the home’, but with increased awareness of electrical use that figure is certainly on the rise!

Our free online energy saving calculator is a great way to review your home lighting use, alternatively please call us on 01462 490066 or email we will be happy to provide energy saving advice.

Our lighting recommendations for the home are as follows:

Kitchen – LED GU10

Hall – CFL

Landing – CFL

Living Room – LED and Decorative Halogen

Bathroom – Halogen Energy Saver

Garage – Halogen Energy Saver

Utility – Halogen Energy Saver

Dining Room/Drawing Room – Decorative Halogen Energy Saver


Statistical information sourced from:

88% of UK households buy energy saving light bulbs

Energy Saving

A European wide survey of consumer light bulb purchasing habits has shed new light on the priorities of British shoppers. The study found 88 per cent of UK households now buy energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, and of these 87 per cent do so in order to save energy and money.

After examining consumer habits of 5,000 people across 12 European nations, the report concluded Italy is the leading European consumer of CFL, with 96 per cent of consumers always or often purchasing energy saving bulbs. Britain came in a respectable fifth, far above the 78 per cent average.

However, Britain fell behind its European counterparts when it came to LED purchases. One third of UK households always or often buy LED and of these 70 per cent do because of cost and energy savings. Furthermore, great disparity can be seen across Europe; on the one hand Sweden lead the way with an impressive score of 46 per cent but Latvia lag behind with only 3 per cent of customers purchasing LED.

Figures from the Energy Saving Trust reveal the UK could save up to £1.4 billion on electricity a year if households switch from traditional incandescents and halogen bulbs to low energy CFLs and LEDs. This equates to around a £50 energy saving per household a year. If this figure could be achieved, it would mean savings of 4.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, enough to fill Wembley over 550 times. (Based on an average 2012/13 electricity tariff of 15.32 p/kWh and emissions factor of 0.517 kgCO2/kWh).

The report findings are being put to good use by the PremiumLight Project, a European wide initiative to test the quality of energy saving lighting technologies in order to help and assist consumers. Buying branded lighting products is one way to guarantee energy saving results by avoiding early failures and poor lumen performance. CFLs and LEDs manufactured by leading brands such as Philips, GE, Osram, Sylvania, Bell and Megaman are stocked and supplied by The Lamp Company.

Certification Manager at the Energy Saving Trust, Tom Lock, was encouraged by the findings. He believes they show “that the majority of the UK public are realising the energy and cost saving benefits of energy saving light bulbs and buying them for their home.

There are clear benefits with each UK household having the potential to save up to £50 a year on their energy bills through upgrading all their home lighting to either LED or CFL energy saving light bulbs.

The most important thing is that consumers are given clear and accurate information about the quality of energy saving light bulbs and that the cost and energy saving benefits are fully realised.

Through PremiumLight we will be working with industry to ensure that consumers are informed about the quality and different types of energy saving light bulbs so they can make informed purchasing decisions.”

Peter Hunt, Chief Operating Officer at the Lighting Industry Association, says:

“It’s clear that the UK public is realising the benefits of energy saving bulbs but confusion still remains regarding the variety of technologies on offer to them.

The PremiumLight project marks a major step in helping people understand which versions are the right energy saving light bulbs for each application in the home.”

If you require advice on energy saving light bulbs, please contact us here at The Lamp Company and we will be happy to assist. As a fully independent lighting supplier with over twenty three years experience in the industry, we pride ourselves on offering free and impartial advice.

% always or often purchasing CFL energy saving light bulbs

Italy 96
Portugal 95
Spain 94
UK 88
Denmark 87
France 82
Czech Republic 74
Germany 74
Sweden 72
Finland 69
Austria 58
Latvia 54

% always or often purchasing LED energy saving bulbs

Sweden 46
Austria 45
Portugal 45
Germany 41
Spain 39
UK 33
Denmark 32
Czech Republic 31
France 24
Italy 23
Finland 20
Latvia 3


Time to go green and make do and mend

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With rising energy prices and uncertain economic times, it has never been a better time to reduce the monthly bills by going green and adopting a ‘make do and mend’ philosophy.

The lighting industry offers a plethora of high quality and reliable low energy lighting options for customers to choose between. From LED and halogen energy savers to compact fluorescents and Halogen G9 adaptors, the range of different lighting technology is extensive and switching to energy saving bulbs could reduce your electrical consumption by up to 80%. By considering lamp life, wattage, voltage, colour temperature, shape, size and cap, customers can select the precise lighting solution to suit their requirements. For advice on choosing a certain type of light bulb, our in-depth online guides offer a comprehensive analysis of the pros and cons of each lighting type.

Before you consider switching to low energy bulbs, rightly you’ll want to know what the exact benefits are for you. So, to discover how much you could save in CO2 emissions and money by switching from your current lighting to energy saving bulbs, use our free online Energy Saving Calculator and see the potential for yourself.

As well as switching to low energy light bulbs, repairing your own appliances will not only cut your spending but it will reduce your environmental footprint. Silver Bullet Supplies is a family run company whose mantra is to help others make do and mend. Within their extensive range of over 21,000 products, one of the largest in the UK, they offer spare parts and accessories for washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, chain saws, lawnmowers and many more. Furthermore, to guarantee the highest quality products, they only supply respected brands such as Dyson, Vax, Miele and Bosch. So, next time you have a problem with an appliance, instead of heading straight to the shops and purchasing a replacement, consider the long term savings and install a spare part instead.

Switching to greener lighting and making do and mend is a great way to take control of seemingly out of control bills. To help customers, both The Lamp Company and Silver Bullet Supplies ship all orders over £12 (including VAT) free of charge and have an experienced sales teams on hand to help. Start saving today!

Choosing a light bulb for the home

A walk down the lighting aisle at your local DIY Shed, hardware shop or supermarket isn’t what it used to be. The old, relatively homogenous display of incandescent lamps has morphed into rows of new bulbs, such as halogens, CFLs and LEDs all with technical terms most consumers know very little about. While these new bulbs, or lamps offer consumers even more choices for home lighting, they also cause confusion. Confronted with all these new lamp offerings, how can you tell which one is right for you?

To help you determine which lamp is the right fit, we’re going back to the bulb/lamp basics. Here are some quick facts about the four most common types of lamps that you’ll encounter still on sale today.

Standard Incandescent

General Household Lightbulbs

It may be the most commonly recognized lamp, but this descendant of Thomas Edison’s original light bulb isn’t what it used to be. New EU regulations mandated big changes for these items. These energy-efficiency regulations have effectively banned the manufacturing of the most common incandescent lamps, from 25 to 150w, to pave the way for Compact Fluorescents or LEDs which consume less energy and are shown further in this article.

Lower wattage incandescent lamps can be used anywhere that their energy-inefficient forbearers were used. But, because they are still not as energy-efficient as other types of lamps, it’s best to save them for settings where colour rendering is key, such as bathroom make-up counters or where the lights aren’t turned on 24/7. They are also fully dimmable, and work well for dimming fixtures like decorative chandeliers.

For those of you that prefer the old lamps we still have plenty of the old fashioned lamps available and you can find these on our website by visiting our General Household Lighting section.


Halogen Energy Savers

Often referred to as a “close cousin” of the standard incandescent lamp, the halogen lamp is actually a type of incandescent lamp that contains a halogen gas mixture. This mix of gasses increases the lamp’s lifetime and produces more light using less energy.

Some halogens, called halogen IR lamps, have an infrared coating that can double to triple the life of lamp compared to a regular halogen lamp. There are energy saving halogens now that replace the standard incandescent for the time being. Visit our Halogen Energy Savers section of the web site.

While most halogens use less energy that traditional standard incandescent lamps, they produce the same colour of light, making them ideal replacements for any applications that use standard incandescents. If dimming, initial cost and colour rendering are important, then halogen is an excellent choice. Halogen may not save anywhere near as much energy as other common lamp technologies, so it may not be the best solution for applications that require lights to be on 24 hours a day, or if you’re looking to save a lot of energy. You can always contact our sales office that offer sensible solutions to a problem rather than chasing a fast profit.



While CFLs got a bad rap in their early days, the majority of CFLs of today differ greatly from some of the “green-hued” early predecessors.

CFLs have great energy-saving capabilities, a long life and a low initial cost. In fact, most CFLi’s can use 75-80% less energy, produce 60-75% less heat, and lasts up to 8-15 times longer than a standard incandescent. Because of this, they are ideal for almost any ambient or task lighting application. Not all CFLs dim, so be sure to check the package to make sure the bulb is dimmable.

Some poor quality CFLs can flicker and take a while to start up, so opt for high-quality products. If you want to approximate the colour of a standard incandescent, look for CFLs with a correlated colour temperature, or CCT, around 2,700-3,000 degree Kelvin. We have our own range of 3000 Kelvin lamps in our Casell brand that are excellent in the home. Search for the shape and cap required in our Energy Saving Bulbs section of our website.

Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury they must be properly recycled according to the directions on the packaging. Most retailers and Supermarkets now have the recycle bins available. For domestic users, we have a recycle bin at our warehouse if required.



LED is the newest mainstream lamp technology and it’s often the most misunderstood, and for good reason. LED is drastically unlike other standards lamps, both in terms of technology (it’s a solid-state lighting (SSL) source with a semiconductor chip) and quality (which varies greatly from product to product). So, it’s important to do your homework when buying an LED lamp. Hopefully the information below will help you in your purchase. If not, please email the sales office

Firstly, look at the brand you are buying and check the warranty offered. Remember, domestically an LED is used on average 3 hours a day in the home that’s just under 1100 hours a year (Much longer if you have teenage kids like me!), so warranties for 2-3 years and claims of 30-50,000 hours life are really not that attractive as a consumer weighing up the warranty with the expected life. Certainly this is an issue with LED but the major manufacturers will always back their products. Some of the unknown LED manufacturers & far eastern “White box” specials will not be so supportive, or more likely not be here in 3 years’ time.

Look at an LED lamp’s lumens, or the amount of light the lamp produces, instead of wattage, the amount of power it uses, when comparing LED lamps to other bulbs. LED bulbs use less wattage than incandescents, but may actually produce more light. You might find that a 10-watt LED produces the same amount of lumens as a 60-watt incandescent, which translates to energy savings.

LEDs can produce virtually any color light, including the full spectrum of visible white light. Compare the CCT of the LED product you are evaluating to the product you are looking to replace. Typically an LED lamp in the 2,700K-3,000K range will have a similar colour to incandescent and warm-white CFL lamps. For spot lamps the widest beam angle available is generally a much better option as LED light is very directional. Halogen and incandescent always have spill overs reflecting off the ceiling and other surfaces. LED’s don’t have that it’s all in one direction.

Price is another huge difference between LEDs and other lamps: An LED can cost ten/twenty times and sometimes more than an incandescent! But before price shock sets in, consider the cost over the lifetime of the lamp. Some LED lamps last 30-50,000+ hours, making the lamp an investment that can pay off in the long run. LED lamps also use less energy, and can help you save on energy costs. Our Energy Saving Calculator shows you the overall saving during the life of the LED.

LEDs can be used for task and ambient lighting. Decorative lighting styles such as chandelier bulbs are also becoming more widely available. Be sure to check packaging for dimming capabilities, since not all LED lamps are dimmable.

Finally, with LED lamps there is a rule that should not be forgotten. “You pay for what you get!” You can find LED Lamps on our website by visiting our LED Lighting section.

If you would like further lighting advice please call 01462 490066, fax 01462 491166 or email and we will be happy to help.