Types of Energy Efficient Lighting Options

29 April 2015
 Categories: , Blog

There are many electrical lighting products in the market therefore you should be diligent when choosing replacement bulbs for your home. An ideal choice should have the right fitting, meet your brightness requirements and display energy efficiency. The lighting industry has changed significantly in terms of efficiency standards in the last few years. For instance, the government implemented a phase-out of inefficient incandescent bulbs. It is therefore important for you to understand the lighting options that meet the minimum energy performance standards before purchase. Here are the common types of bulbs that you can install in your property.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps

These are modified versions of the traditional linear long tube fluorescent lightings commonly used in areas such as the garage. They are compact so their energy demands are low and they can be purchased in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. Generally, the compact fluorescent lamps are durable and provide quality performance but it is important to ensure that the chosen product is Energy Star qualified. There are improved CFL products that allow dimming and you can also purchase bulbs encased in a traditional pear-shaped cover to diffuse light effectively. You should note that fluorescent lamps contain small amounts of mercury therefore safe disposal must be practiced for environmental protection.

Halogen Lighting

Halogen bulbs are essentially types of incandescent lamps therefore they are not extensively energy efficient. However, there are quality products that meet minimum energy performance standards so you can still purchase them from the local market. Additionally, they are more efficient and can last longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs. They are ideal for task lighting in areas such as kitchen or studios and you can purchase infrared coated halogen spotlights for accent lighting. You can also choose halogen lamps from a selection of sizes and colours and you can use them with dimmers.

Light Emitting Diodes

The LED technology is a very efficient lighting choice for general applications in residential and commercial property. These lamps are more expensive than alternatives such as halogen and fluorescent but they are highly durable and provide savings in terms of operational costs. You should be cautious when purchasing LED lighting products because the quality of the lamps can vary significantly. Unscrupulous manufacturers will sell lamps that are not as energy efficient as indicated or advertised. Moreover, poor quality bulbs will change colour over time, flicker periodically or even experience complete failure prematurely. You should research the potential product to ensure that it surpasses the LED electrical standards.

For more information, check out companies such as Allround Electrical Pty Ltd.