A. D. Breden Ltd.
ELECTRICAL and BUILDING CONTRACTORS
Low energy bulbs.
Electricity consumption for lighting rooms/gardens and appliances (i.e. cookers) account for a percentage of a household overall annual energy costs and CO2 emissions. Home owners, tenants and landlords can all reduce annual electrical costs by:
Ensuring good natural lighting to all areas of our homes( for example, window design, curtains and blinds, and external shading such as trees).
Installing good quality energy efficient lighting and bulbs through out the property.
Using energy efficient appliances (where an appliance has a light, such as a cooker, the bulb fitted will be of an energy efficient type.
Compact fluorescent lamps.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and power ratings. They can provide the same amount of light as traditional filament bulbs whilst using less energy. Unfortunately most standard CFL’s are not usable with normal dimmer switches, there are products available which are dimmable if required. In a room where a main light is operated with a dimmer, money can be saved by using, for example, table lamps fitted with low energy bulbs. CFL’s should be used in high use areas of a property if not through out, thus ensuring the best saving possible. CFL’s use as little as 20-25% of the energy used by a standard filament bulb and last considerably longer. Most are available in standard ‘Bayonet’ fitting as well as ‘Edison screw’ or designated fitting (such as 2D lamps). Energy efficient lamps cost from £4.00 upwards & will last for 5 years or more, therefore choosing the right lamp for your application is essential, as you could be stuck with your choice for a long time. To enable the best choice of lamps contact us for advice, use our lighting pack to try out a selection of lamps to ensure you fit the right lamps for you tastes. Garden lighting Installations & advice.
•Try out lamps before purchasing to ensure correct personal taste.
•Save up to 80% energy on lighting.
•Reduced electricity bills.
•Can be supplied as part of House rewire for optimum energy saving.
•Lux meter readings for all applications ensures the right amount of light for room activities.
Examples of Cfl's shown below
Although energy saving light bulbs are more expensive than their energy-wasting counterparts, they make use of modern technology to reduce your overall electricity costs and consumption over time. The chart below highlights approximate cost savings per light bulb you could be making in your home or work place. With government initiatives to reduce carbon emissions are you doing your bit to save the environment?
Price comparisons are based on:
§Average bulb usage of 4.65 hours per day (1,700 hours per year)
§A 5000 & 8000 hour lifetime
§Electricity cost of 14p/kWh
§An average cost per energy saving lamp of £5.00
L.E.D (light emitting diode) lighting.
L.E.D. bulbs are a good product to install when looking to reduce our energy bills. They come in a verity of shapes, applications, colours and wattage ratings. L.E.D. bulbs work using a 12volt power supply (a transformer is required) and use typically 1-2watts of energy each. There are on the market dimmable transformers which allow you to control the level of light, however we at A D Breden ltd haven't tested them as yet but will be in the very near future. L.E.D. bulbs are typically found in MR16 , GU10 and unit lighting format and come in warm/soft or white tones as well as coloured, there are also other types of bulb format available such as tubes and flexible strips. Another thing to consider is L.E.D bulbs produce almost no heat and have a long life when compared to standard filament bulbs. Costs of installing L.E.D. lighting will vary, as will the savings made , depending on the application and usage (i.e. good savings can be made by installing L.E.D’s in high use rooms such as the kitchen) and output required.
Shown below are some typical examples of L.E.D. bulbs and complete units.
GU10 Unit MR16
GU10 and MR16 type bulbs are commonly used in track lighting (i.e. for kitchens) or for feature lighting (where colour is required/shop displays), where as units are generally found in garden decking and drive ways. Other common uses for L.E.D’s are in appliance standby lights and for vehicle lighting (i.e. show cars/spot lighting) although it is always worth seeking advice as to other potential uses.