Clearly I am not blogging about the little, compact fluorescent light-bulbs (CFLs) that we’re all active replacing their electricity-squandering incandescents with. No, I suggest the bulb that’s one technological jump beyond CFL, the light-emitting diode. Philips have produced a fresh bulb which will get the critics keep peaceful although until recently, LEDs have already been a little bit of a letdown for regular use.
My fundamental strategies happen to be to revamp my whole energy usage technique, to reduce my carbon footprint to as near to ZERO as I can maybe manage and, at once, to have great, light and cozy lighting in my own house as an alternative to the unpleasant blue glow that historically is generated with low-energy lights options.
Under my huge strategies about self-sufficiency and, in waiting of the departure of the bulb’s age, I have been considering the way that is best to change the lights in my own house with lower-power options.
Seeking CFL replacements out for the screw cap and bayonet sockets in bedrooms and sitting rooms is and always has been a bit of cake. Reputable GU10 LED bulbs in different shapes, sizes and brightnesses’ variety has flowered recently and their costs keep getting lower. (Really, the rates are a bargain – I changed a group of lightbulbs at my parents’ house lately and managed to not purchase bad -quality CFLs).
A bit more tricky are the lights in my kitchen and in my toilet and living area. These were an assortment of R50 reflector bulbs and halogen spot lights with GU-10 outlets. All were at least 50W each and they had to go. The carbon footprint of my electricity usage was huge, & most of Eco Parity Solutions was employed within my light, as Russell Smith of it identified in the power study of my house several weeks back.
First Up, I appeared for options that were immediate for the R50 reflector bulbs. Megaman, an excellent provider of reduced-power lights, makes some but they are contact to locate even in specialist Do-It-Yourself stores, therefore maybe not the option that is most accessible. Another alternative I considered was to get the outlets that are light in bath and the kitchen swapped around with GU10 outlets that are typical if I could locate an adequate halogen-alternative. After some messing about, I settled Megaman spot lights: they are a bit more than halogen lightbulbs but nevertheless easily fit into the outlets that were regular. Totally I changed 17 50W bulbs that were incandescent with 11W CFL spot lights, each costing around 9.