The ultimate guide to energy-saving lighting

We use it every day, but perhaps without thinking too much about it – our lighting. How we choose to illuminate our spaces can have a significant impact on energy consumption and thus the electricity bill.

With technological advancements, especially in LED technology, we now have the option to choose lighting solutions that are not only more energy-efficient than before and offer savings, but also provide more options for light control and longer lifespan.

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In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of energy-efficient lighting. We take a closer look at LED lighting and its advantages over traditional light sources such as halogen bulbs and incandescent bulbs.

If you haven’t already replaced the traditional light bulbs, you can also read more about how you can approach the process here. In addition, we offer a number of tips on how you can further optimize your energy savings with lighting solutions and behavioral changes.

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Martin Mikkelsen
Martin Mikkelsen
Martin is the Sales and Purchase Manager at Antidark and has many years of experience in the industry. He has great expertise in everything related to lighting, and is particularly sharp on the technical part.
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What is LED lighting?

When it comes to illuminating our homes, offices or public spaces, the LED light bulb has become a popular choice. But what exactly is LED lighting?

LED stands for ‘Light Emitting Diode’. Unlike the old-fashioned incandescent bulb, which uses a heated metal filament to create light, an LED bulb works in a different way. Think of an LED bulb as a kind of reverse solar cell. While solar cells convert light into electrical energy, LEDs transform electrical energy into light by passing the current through a semiconductor diode.

There are both loose LED bulbs and lamps with integrated LED.

Since 2012, the production and distribution of incandescent lamps have been banned in the EU (*1). And in 2018, new EU regulations were introduced in this area, which is why most halogen bulbs are now also being phased out (*2).

This means that if you are still using old incandescent bulbs, you will eventually need to switch to an alternative light source such as LED.

And there are actually several advantages to replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs now.

What are incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, fluorescent tubes, and energy-saving bulbs?

To understand why LED lighting has become so popular, we'll start with a brief review of other types of light bulbs.

Incandescent bulbs

have been the standard for many years. They produce light by heating a metal wire until it glows. The problem with the bulbs is that most of the energy goes into heat rather than light, making them inefficient compared to modern alternatives.

Fluorescent tubes

The long, slim fluorescent tubes that provide a lot of light and are most commonly seen in offices. They are better than incandescent bulbs when it comes to energy efficiency, but contain mercury, which can be harmful to health if they break (*3).

Halogen bulbs

are an improved version of the traditional incandescent bulb. They contain a tungsten filament surrounded by halogen gas, which increases light output and extends the life of the bulb. But while they are more efficient than regular incandescent bulbs, they can’t match the low power consumption and long lifespan of LED bulbs (*3).

Energy-saving bulb

CFLs can be considered a mini version of traditional fluorescent tubes, utilising the same basic principles of lighting technology. The power consumption of energy-saving bulbs is lower than traditional light bulbs, which made them a favourite choice for many before the LED bulb became more widespread.

Benefits of LED bulbs and lamps with integrated LED

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Lower energy consumption compared to traditional light sources

While the incandescent bulb converts around 90% of its energy into heat and only 10% into light, the LED bulb is designed to be far more efficient and use significantly less energy to produce the same amount of light.

For example, a 6-watt LED bulb can produce around 800 lumens of brightness, which is equivalent to the light output of a traditional 60-watt incandescent bulb (*3).

This efficiency can be seen on your electricity bill, where LED lighting can significantly reduce consumption. This makes them an ideal choice for both environmentally conscious consumers and those looking to save money on their energy costs.

Longer lifespan and its economic benefits

One of the other impressive aspects of LED bulbs and lamps with integrated LEDs is their long lifespan. While a standard incandescent bulb and halogen bulb typically lasts around 1,000 hours, an LED bulb can last between 10,000 to 25,000 hours or more (*3).

At ANTIDARK, most of our lights with integrated LEDs have a lifespan of 50,000 hours.

In addition to saving money on your electricity bill due to lower energy consumption, you can also reduce both the cost and hassle of ongoing replacement. Over time, these savings in both purchase price and electricity can be significant, making LED lighting a financially sound investment.

If you buy a lamp with integrated LED, most of our lamps are also designed so that the driver can be replaced after its lifespan. Therefore, you do not need to replace the entire lamp.

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Great options for light control and colour temperature selection

LED lighting offers not only energy efficiency and long lifespan but also many options when it comes to light control and color temperatures.

Unlike traditional bulbs, you can choose LED bulbs in a wide range of color temperatures, from warm light to cool daylight, allowing you to create the perfect atmosphere for any room. Additionally, there are good options for light control in terms of dimming and Dim to Warm.

More comfortable indoor climate

As mentioned earlier, traditional incandescent bulbs convert a large amount of their energy into heat instead of light. In a room with many lamps, you can therefore better maintain a comfortable room temperature with LED bulbs.

The many options in terms of color temperatures and brightness levels with LED also create an eye-friendly lighting environment, which is particularly beneficial in spaces where many hours are spent, such as in office environments.

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Step-by-step guide to replacing old bulbs with LED

1. Identify your current light sources

Start by identifying the current light bulbs in your home. Check which types of bulbs you’re using in your lights – incandescent, halogen or fluorescent – and note their size, shape and socket type. It’s also important to assess your luminaires, as some older models may not be compatible with LED bulbs and may require special LED modules or replacement of the entire luminaire.

2. Purchasing new bulbs and luminaires

Once you have a clear understanding of your current light sources and luminaires, it’s time to purchase the new light sources. Make sure you choose an LED bulb that fits the lamp socket and pay attention to the shape and size of the light source to ensure it fits the lamp. You can find these specifications on the packaging.

Consider lumens and kelvin

It’s also important to consider both brightness (measured in lumens) and colour temperature (measured in kelvin), as these factors have a significant impact on functionality and the ambience created. In the past, it was common to assess a bulb’s brightness based on its wattage, but with the advent of LED technology, this method has become outdated.

LEDs use fewer watts to produce the same brightness as traditional light bulbs, which conversely use many watts. This makes watts a less relevant indicator of brightness. Instead, you should look at lumens, which is a more accurate measure of how much light a bulb actually emits.

For example, if you have a 60-watt halogen or incandescent bulb, look for an LED bulb with a lumen output of around 750-800. This applies to bulbs with E14 and E27 sockets.

There are bulbs and lamps with integrated LEDs that can be adjusted in brightness (lumens) and colour temperature (kelvin), so the light can be dimmed and adjusted as needed.

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Switching to energy-saving lighting may seem like a big task, but it’s actually quite simple. We’ve compiled a number of tips here.

A holistic approach to energy-saving lighting

When talking about energy-saving lighting, it’s important to remember that it’s not just about choosing the right bulbs. A significant part of saving energy also lies in how we use our lighting. This is where smart lighting solutions and behavioural changes can play a crucial role.

Dim the lights, save energy

An effective way to save electricity is by utilising a dimming function. Dimmable lighting allows you to adjust the brightness as needed, which not only creates the right atmosphere and provides just the right lighting, but will also save energy and money.

Imagine a cosy dinner party where the light is dimmed to be soft and comfortable, adding to the ambience. Or a home office where you can increase the brightness of the room to improve focus and productivity. By using dimming and adjusting the lighting according to the situation, you only use the amount of energy needed, which can lead to significant savings over time.

Sensors

Additionally, installing motion sensors in rarely used areas, such as basements or attics, can ensure that the light only turns on when necessary. This eliminates waste from lighting that is left on by mistake.

Conscious habits

Finally, our daily habits play a big role in saving energy. Something as simple as remembering to switch off the lights when leaving a room can have a big impact over time. By combining energy-efficient bulbs with smart lighting strategies and conscious habits, we can all contribute to a better use of energy in our homes.

Energy-saving lighting in business

In the business sector and public spaces, a shift to energy-saving lighting also has many benefits and is at least as important as in private homes.

Benefits for businesses and public spaces

Businesses and public institutions face constant challenges in balancing operational costs while maintaining a productive and comfortable environment. LED lighting offers a solution that addresses both of these needs – at least when it comes to lighting.

Firstly, the low energy consumption of LED bulbs significantly reduces the cost of electricity compared to traditional light sources. And this can be a big saving in companies where there are many light sources that are often switched on for many hours a day. Secondly, LED allows you to customise the light much more than before. This can contribute to an improved working environment, which can potentially increase employee satisfaction and productivity.

Do you want help replacing your current lighting installation in your organisation and are ready to save money on your electricity bill? Feel free to contact our lighting consultants who are ready to help.

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Frequently asked questions about LED lighting

Yes, LED bulbs are very energy efficient and use significantly less power than traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs.

An LED bulb that produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb typically only uses around 6-10 watts.

In the vast majority of cases, yes, but it’s important to check the socket type and size to be on the safe side. Some older or specialised lights may require specific types of LED bulbs.

Yes, even though an LED bulb is energy efficient, it will always save energy to switch off the light when it is not needed.

Yes, there are LED bulbs designed for outdoor use and also outdoor lights with integrated LEDs. It is important to choose a bulb or lamp with integrated LED that is specifically designed for outdoor conditions and has appropriate weather resistance.

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