Types of energy-saving lighting: From LED to CFL and Halogen
In a time where sustainability and energy saving have become central themes in our everyday life, choosing the right lighting has become more important than ever. Energy-efficient lighting is not only good for the environment, but can also significantly reduce your energy costs. Read on for an explanation of the different types of energy-saving lighting: LED, CFL and halogen bulbs and which of the different variants is best.
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The light bulb: From lighting icon to undated
To get an understanding of the different types of energy-saving lighting, let’s start in a slightly different place. Namely, the incandescent bulb.
The incandescent bulb started as a groundbreaking invention in lighting and works by conducting electrical current through a tungsten filament that glows and emits light.
However, this process is inefficient as much of the energy is converted into heat instead of light, making the incandescent bulb significantly less energy efficient and environmentally friendly compared to modern alternatives.
Because of this, the EU introduced a gradual ban on the sale of incandescent bulbs starting in 2009, and today the incandescent bulb has been largely phased out in EU countries*
LED Bulbs: The Light of the Future
LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is at the forefront of energy-efficient lighting.
LED bulbs and lamps with integrated LEDs use a fraction of the energy compared to traditional incandescent bulbs and have an impressively long lifespan – often up to 25,000 hours or more*
LED light is known for its versatility and comes in a wide range of colour temperatures and brightness levels. LED lighting is ideal for both home use and commercial contexts, and its low heat development makes LED a safe choice in all environments.
Energy-saving light bulbs: A great alternative?
CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulbs, often known as energy-saving bulbs, are another popular type of energy-saving lighting. They work by sending an electric current through a gas that produces ultraviolet light, which is then converted into visible light by a fluorescent layer.
CFL bulbs use around 70% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 10,000 hours. They are an economical choice for consumers who want to save energy without switching to LED.
The main disadvantage of the energy-saving light bulb is the mercury content. Although the amount in a single bulb is small, it can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly*
Halogen bulbs: An improved version
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.
They are not as energy efficient as LED or CFL bulbs, but still a better choice than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Halogen bulbs were particularly popular for their bright, natural light, but with advances in technology, LED lighting has become at least as good, if not better, in several areas.
So which type of bulb is best?
While both CFL and halogen bulbs represent a step forward compared to traditional incandescent bulbs in terms of energy-saving lighting and environmental impact, LED technology offers even greater advances.
By choosing LED lighting, you not only contribute to a more sustainable future, but you also realise significant savings on your energy costs over time. This combination of benefits makes LED the preferred choice for both private homes and businesses*
The next time you need to update your lighting, it’s worth considering that an investment in LED is not only an investment in better lighting quality, but also an investment in a greener future and in your own finances in the long term.