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Consumer tips: Opt for earth & wallet-friendly lighting

Consumer tips: Opt for earth & wallet-friendly lighting

Mar 3, 2014

3 March 2014 ~ Changing light bulbs for energy saving ones in your home and office is one of the easiest ways to save money while “greening” your property. According to Ellies, your best options are either Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), or Light Emitting Diodes (LED) bulbs, both of which will help save on electricity.

Ellies gives the rundown on lighting options here:

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)
CFLs are cost-effective and widely available. Care must be taken in the disposal of CFLs, though, as they contain mercury. The money saved by fitting these usually means that they pay for themselves.

Compact Fluorescent Tubes: Thinner than traditional fluorescent tubes, Ellies fluorescent tubes are energy efficient and last longer. A Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) is the step between an old-fashioned incandescent bulb and a state-of-the-art LED bulb. These bulbs last for up to 8 000 hours and cost just R26 a year to run. They also use up to 80% less electricity than old-fashioned bulbs, saving you – and the planet – even more.

LED lighting
With a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours, LEDs come in various shape as well as come to full brightness as soon as you turn them on. With a broad colour spectrum, LEDs have a variety of uses. LED light bulbs do the same job as incandescent light bulbs, but could use up to 10 times less power. They also last up to 25 times longer, which means saving money on electricity usage and replacement bulbs.

LED Security Lights: The Ellies range of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) security lights gives you the option of sensors in security lights that are just as bright as regular ones, but are extremely energy efficient.

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