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Did you know that new homes built today have to confine to UK building regulations? Of course we all know that they have lots of rules and regulations that they have to abide to. But recently there are sustainable code practices added conforming to energy and CO2 emissions, and these include lighting.
The building developers have to make houses as sustainable and efficient more than ever before. So one of these regulations to help this is to make sure at least 75% of lighting fittings must be low energy.
We found this our when we moved into our new build a few years back. We had mostly newer style fittings and couple of older ones. Our stylish lampshades only fitted the new ones so we had to trundle out looking for lampshades with the older style fittings.
I don’t know why they can’t just fit all of the same fittings!
Anyway I have been reading up on how you can live a greener lifestyle by using eco-friendly lighting. I want to know what we can do to our new house when we move in the Summer. Lighting is going to be key for us in the new house as it’s positioned behind an old chapel which is surrounded by trees. It is a gorgeous spot, but like I said we will need some decent lighting.
What is eco-friendly lighting?
Well there are many different types of lighting. Of course the best source of eco-friendly lighting is natural daylight, but it’s not possible to use this source all of the time.
You have the old style incandescent bulbs which give out quite a lot of heat. These are not very eco-friendly at all.
Moving onto the CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) which many of us will have in our homes right now. These are the swirly ones that look kind of fun! They use about a quarter of the amount of energy of an incandescent bulb and last much longer – 10,000 hours approx. They do cost a little bit more, but you will get that back because they last longer. The CFLs also give out less heat than their predecessors and are therefore eco-friendly.
But there is a new type of light that beats them all in the efficiency department – the LEDs (Light emitting diodes). These lights are expensive, although they last even longer than CFLs. A choice perhaps for the future?
As you can see from the infographic below LEDs are super efficient and use up to 90% less energy than the incandescent bulbs. They are also safer around children as they give out much less heat.
LEDs are very versatile and can be found in many different types of lamps and lights. Over at The Lighting Superstore you can find lots of different styles and designs for wall mounted and floor lights as well as table and also strip and spot lights. I actually like the idea of LED spot lights in my new kitchen!
Do you have any LED lighting in your home? Is it something you would change to?
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