New advances in technology in terms of lighting have expanded the range of options we have as consumers when choosing the type of bulb and lighting for our home. But this has also made the decision somewhat more complex.
That is why I have prepared this article, where we will see the differences between the different options of bulbs, especially LEDs and low consumption ones, and what qualified professionals in the field recommend, such as Eenergie Shop, a leading company in the online and physical sale of electrical products, and from whom I ask for all the electrical equipment that I use in my works and renovations, so that you not only get the correct lighting for your home, but also so that you can effectively save on your electricity bill.
To begin, they advise us to know the types of light bulbs that are in the market, since this way we will know the alternatives that we have at our disposal to save. Let’s look at the different options from worst to best:
Types of bulbs:
Incandescent bulbs: They are, those of a lifetime. These bulbs have a filament inside that, when heated, generates light. As we will see in the comparison table later, these bulbs are the ones that generate the most consumption. Furthermore, they are the least efficient, since most of the energy, approximately 95%, is wasted in the form of heat given off by the bulb.
Halogen bulbs: More powerful than incandescent bulbs, but equally inefficient, as most of the energy is lost in the form of heat, they have high consumption and a short life, compared to the following options.
Fluorescent: The fluorescent tubes of a lifetime. This lighting system is more efficient than previous bulbs. They work using gases and salts that, when in contact with the electric current, emit light. And as for its duration, it is about 8 times greater than the previous options.
Energy saving lightbulbs: They are, like fluorescent tubes but more practical, since they are in the shape of a light bulb, and most homes use lamps in their light points, such as in the living room and bedrooms, instead of fluorescent ones.
LED bulbs: Its technology is newer and produces light when energy passes through a semiconductor, producing visible light through electroluminescence, reducing energy use by up to 80% compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, since it converts more energy in light than in heat, and generating more lumens (amount of light), using fewer Watts (watts) than any other bulb.
And this is the main point: Generate more lumens, more light, using less energy. And, as we see below in the following table of equivalences between lumens and watts of the different bulbs, LEDs are, by far, the ones that illuminate the most using less watts.
As we see in the table above, LED bulbs offer more lumens using less watts, compared to any other bulb available on the market today. This leads to energy savings and a reduction in consumption, and, therefore, a less bulky electricity bill.
But for this we would have to replace all the bulbs in our house, whether incandescent, fluorescent or halogen, with LED bulbs, and, although these data that we have just seen are totally favorable for LED bulbs, curiously, according to this OCU report , only 0.01% of the bulbs used in Spanish homes are LED. That is, approximately one bulb for every 100.
Perhaps this is due to the price of LED bulbs, since they are more expensive than other bulbs, and the initial expense may put a stop to the consumer to opt for them.
But it is something that, in the long run, they say from Eenergie Shop, we will have amortized your purchase, and not only for the amount of energy they save, but also for its useful life, since quality LED bulbs have a life of more than 40,000 hours, while energy-saving bulbs are around 10,000 hours, fluorescent 8,000 hours, halogen 2,000 hours and lifetime incandescent only 1,000 hours.
Thus, although they are the most expensive option, we have to take into account that they are the most efficient, least polluting bulbs and with the longest useful life. Something that, in the long term, will save us on our electricity bill.
More advantages of LED bulbs
Another advantage of LED bulbs compared to the rest is that their ignition is instantaneous and generates 100% of the light from the first moment, without the bulb flickering or having to go through different phases of startups.
Of course, we cannot forget its ecological facet, since these bulbs are considered the least polluting, since they do not carry mercury, unlike the low consumption bulbs that do carry and are considered a dangerous waste.
In addition, they are aesthetically more beautiful and we can find them in a wide range of finishes and different designs that add decoration, since LED technology allows manufacturers a more personalized and different manufacturing, creating and adapting different unique formats. Something that, with none of the other bulbs, is viable.
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