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Why choose LED lighting?

There is no doubt that the light bulb industry has undergone a significant transformation in the last few decades as traditional light bulbs have been removed from the market and gradually replaced with more energy efficient bulbs. There are now so many different types of lighting, but LED lights are becoming increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

The light bulbs are useful in both residential and commercial buildings with LED lighting, in particular, being at the forefront of sustainability strategies deployed by organisations in the public sector so that they are perceived as being environmentally friendly. All business sectors from the manufacturing industry – from vast, wide-ranging warehouses to small offices – make use of the LED light bulb, on account of its reliability and capacity to provide the right lighting in a work environment. In addition, as the costs of running the bulbs are low and the performance of the bulb continues to improve, they are the preferred choice with many business owners.

LED bulbs are also found in many homes as well as businesses. Not only do they emit lots of light, but they are also warming and conserve energy, so they are an ideal solution for any room in the home. LED bulbs come in an array of sizes and shapes and the combination of their innovative design and stunning effects create a great ambience in any room. You can also save up to 90% energy in comparison with traditional bulbs, so there’s never been a better time to switch your home lighting to LED. Easy Light Bulbs stocks a variety of high quality, lasting bulbs to suit every room in your home.

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What’s more, our LED light bulbs provide a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours, so you don’t need to worry about replacing the bulbs regularly. We supply an array of quality light bulbs from a number of high profile suppliers, including Philips and Osram, and our products are extremely affordable. There’s the LED architectural bulb or the corn bulb as well as panels, strip lights and tubes.

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We have one of the most comprehensive stock lists online, and with our low prices and high quality products, LED lighting has never been more affordable, whether the light bulbs are for your home or business.



The Lamp Company quoted in Telegraph story about banned bulbs

Buyers of halogen light bulbs have a real dilemma potentially coming up over the next few years as the European Commission continues its drive to make our light bulbs more efficient, longer-lasting and gentler to the environment, by banning increasingly outdated alternatives. Next up are halogen spotlights, which have been slated for a September 2016 withdrawal.

Who could possibly guide us through the minefield of the latest light bulbs that are being banned, and how we can best replace them in our homes and businesses? Why, no one other than our own Ian Fursland, of course, of The Lamp Company – us! He was quoted in a recent Telegraph story on the prospective ban and the often tricky decisions that buyers of light bulbs will be forced to make in response.

The demise of halogen spotlights still leaves the average buyer with options, although these may not be ideal for one reason or another. LED light bulbs are one possibility, for example, but they aren’t always compatible with current halogen dimmer switches or fixtures. Such doubts have led to the suggestion that any halogen bulb ban could be delayed until 2018.

The current situation with the now under-threat halogens mirrors that for traditional incandescent bulbs some years ago, these having now long been phased out. Since incandescent bulbs disappeared from store shelves here in the UK, it is halogens, LED bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps that have replaced them in homes and workplaces.

That it is halogens that have easily gained the most popularity of those options here in the UK, with an average of 10 in every home, has only added to the concern about a ban on this type of bulb as soon as next year. They are infinitely more affordable than LED lights to buy, the about £1 price tag for a single halogen spotlight bulb comparing to the £5-£10 that one could expect to have to pay for the equivalent LED.

However, there are – of course – longer-term savings to be enjoyed if one switches to LEDs. According to the Energy Saving Trust, around £60 a year could be shaved off household expenditure as a result of such a switch.

As Ian Fursland observed, “Most people don’t buy LEDs because they can’t afford them. There are also problems with fitting them – they don’t always fit into the socket, and have issues fitting the transformers that run the halogens.

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Amid reports that halogens are already being stockpiled by customers in readiness for such a ban, he added: “There is still huge demand for old-fashioned technology.”

Whichever decision you make about your own home or workplace’s future lighting needs, we’ll support you all the way up to any halogen ban, with our considerably in-depth stock right here at Easy Light Bulbs. 

Why LED lighting is worth investing in

Lighting tends to account for around 10-20% of electrical bills in typical households, so all home owners should make themselves aware of the benefits of using low energy LED lighting in place of the traditional light bulb.


Conventional incandescent, tungsten, and filament light bulbs convert very little of the electricity that they consume into actual light – most of this energy is wasted as heat, which has the added disadvantage of shortening the life of fittings and shades. These bulbs also have very short lives, generally providing only around 1,000 hours of light.


On the other hand, low energy LED lighting produces a far more efficient light to heat ratio – dramatically more so than traditional bulbs, and even more than halogen lighting. While expending far less energy, a typical LED bulb will burn for a staggering 30,000 hours. LED lighting is so efficient that you could go decades before being forced to change the bulb.


Instead of burning out and leaving you in the dark, LED light bulbs will simply be a little less bright, so you can take your time when the time finally come for a replacement. The upfront cost might be a little higher, but due to its sheer longevity, the LED bulb will more than pay its way.


This energy efficiency also means LED lighting is friendly to the environment. Reduced energy consumption means a drastically reduced CO2 cost, but this is really just the start. LED bulbs, unlike conventional light bulbs, are totally free of toxic chemicals and 100% recyclable. What’s more, as LED illumination requires only a low-voltage power supply, such bulbs can be easily connected to external solar-energy providers.


LED lighting previously suffered from a degradation in the colour of light, which gave its output a bluish tinge. This flaw has now been eliminated, with newer models producing the familiar clean, white light of a traditional bulb. Now that this issue has been addressed, LED lighting is truly the most versatile option for any style or type of setting.


LEDs can be combined and arranged to produce the most efficient illumination for your room, and can be individually dimmed to provide total control over the space’s light.  Low energy LED lighting is perfect for your home – cost-effective, environmentally friendly and highly stylish. Here at Easy Light Bulbs, we supply a range of products to meet your needs, so contact us today and let us illuminate you!

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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.

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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


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