Guide to choosing energy-saving lighting
In a time where sustainability and energy saving are important, choosing energy-efficient lighting in both the home and workplace is becoming increasingly relevant. However, finding the best solutions for energy-saving lighting can be a challenge. To help you along the way, we’ve put together a short guide with practical advice on choosing energy-saving lighting, so you can find a solution that suits your needs and helps you save energy at the same time.
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Choose light bulbs and lamps according to their energy efficiency
Before replacing old bulbs, it’s important to understand which light sources are the most energy efficient.
LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are currently the most energy-efficient light sources on the market. Here you can buy both individual bulbs and lamps with integrated LEDs. LEDs use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and have an impressively long lifespan, often up to 25,000 hours or more.* LED bulbs are also known for their versatility, making them ideal for use in both homes and businesses.
CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps), often known as energy-saving bulbs, are another type of energy-efficient lighting. They use about 70% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and typically last up to 10,000 hours.* Although they are not as energy-efficient as LED bulbs, they are still a good choice for those looking to reduce energy consumption without switching to LED.
Among the different types of bulbs, there are also halogen and incandescent bulbs, both of which are less energy efficient compared to modern alternatives. While halogen bulbs offer some improvement in energy efficiency over traditional incandescent bulbs, they cannot compete with the energy efficiency and long lifespan offered by LED and CFL bulbs. Therefore, it’s ideal to replace both halogen and incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient solutions, with LED clearly being the preferred choice for energy-saving lighting.*
Choose the right brightness and colour temperature
When choosing energy-saving lighting, it is important to consider both brightness (lumens) and colour temperature (kelvin). The brightness tells you how much light the bulb emits, while the colour temperature describes the colour of the light (from warm to cold).
These two factors play a key role in how light affects both the aesthetics and function of a space. Energy-efficient light sources such as LED bulbs and lamps with integrated LEDs offer several different brightness levels and colour temperatures, allowing you to tailor the lighting precisely to your needs while saving energy.
Check the bulb's lifespan and costs of energy-efficient bulbs.
Although energy-efficient bulbs such as LED may have a higher purchase price than traditional light sources, they can provide significant long-term savings.
When assessing the investment in energy-efficient lighting, it is therefore important to consider the bulb’s lifespan, purchase price, expected energy savings, and replacement costs. Even with a higher initial cost, the longer lifespan and lower energy consumption of energy-efficient bulbs result in savings on total costs over a relatively short period. This makes them a beneficial investment that quickly pays for itself and continues to provide economic benefits.
In most lamps with integrated LEDs, the driver can be easily replaced at the end of its lifetime, so you don’t need to replace the entire lamp.
Install dimmers and motion sensors
To maximise energy savings even further, you can also consider installing dimmers and motion sensors.
Dimmers are an excellent solution for adjusting the brightness in your rooms. They allow you to create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion – from a soft, relaxing light for a cosy evening to bright, energetic light for work and reading. By adjusting the brightness as needed, you can avoid overconsumption of energy, which is great for rooms where full lighting isn’t always necessary.
Motion sensors are another effective way to save energy. This is especially useful in less-used areas such as utility rooms, basements and attics, where lights automatically switch on when motion is detected and switch off again when the room is no longer in use.
Dimmers and motion sensors are ideal if you want to streamline your choice of energy-saving lighting – both for private homes and businesses. The smart control of light will not only improve comfort, but also contribute to significant energy savings.
Is your business ready to take the step towards more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly lighting? If you’re considering upgrading your company’s lighting, get in touch with us. Our team of experienced lighting experts are ready to guide you through the process and ensure you find an optimal lighting solution that suits your needs.
We offer many energy-efficient lighting options that not only reduce your energy consumption and costs, but can also help improve the working environment and contribute to a more pleasant atmosphere.