Eco-friendly tips for the home to save energy

2016-07-27 06:00
LED lighting sources are more efficient at converting watts to lumens.                 PHOTO: supplied

LED lighting sources are more efficient at converting watts to lumens. PHOTO: supplied

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• Slash the power bill without compromising aesthetics

Having the right lighting for the right setting is a crucial element of successful interior design.

Lighting, however, also has one of the biggest impacts on energy consumption, considering the fact that lighting accounts for one fifth of the world’s total electricity consumption. Maintaining a comfortable, elegant environment requires the use of gentle lighting.

Home owners who utilise traditional energy-saving bulbs to achieve this, very often discover that the light from those bulbs can be too white, leading to the lighting interfering with decorative details, which are then not properly highlighted.

Philips’ master LED spot MV is ideal for creating attractive and inviting surroundings, while also increasing the amount of light users can obtain while using the same number of light points.

In addition, these lights reduce energy consumption by about 80% when compared to halogen lamps.

• Greater wattage does not equal brighter lighting

People often purchase 3W LED lamps instead of 1W LED lamps, thinking that the higher wattage automatically means you get a brighter light output. This is a hang-over from a recent past, where the only way to increase brightness was to increase the watts. LED lighting sources are, however, much more efficient at converting watts to lumens. This means that LED sources can consume the same number of watts, but differ significantly in the amount of light they create.

• LED bulbs last longer

Besides being a more energy efficient lighting source (a traditional bulb uses six times more energy to produce the same lumen output as an LED bulb), LED lamps also last longer.

This means people can avoid the hassle associated with frequently changing light bulbs.

Moreover, this significantly reduces waste, while saving users money in the long term.

The lifetime of an LED light source can be up to 10 times longer than that of traditional light sources, since a conventional bulb has a lifetime of about 2 000 hours, while Philips­ LED lighting has a lifetime up to 20 000 hours.
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