When it comes to living more sustainably, there isn’t just one clear cut way of achieving this. We all want to do our bit and no matter how big or small that is, each change is important. I will often use the phrase Small Sustainable Steps because I truly believe these are what matter, there is no way that every single person can attempt to make huge changes in their lives but each of us can take a small step. Another aspect of eco-living that I often hear is that it is difficult to do. Yes, I agree that not all eco swaps will suit every person but to me, if you select changes that you know you can make, that will last, that will work for you, then that is enough. One area which I think we could all begin to tackle is to switch our light bulbs. Sounds very simple, doesn’t it? If we all switched our old light bulbs over to LED bulbs we could take some big steps towards cutting our carbon whilst also saving money.
Light Bulbs and Carbon?
When we think of our carbon footprint I expect most people’s first thoughts go to cars and planes, right? We often associate it with travel and don’t even begin to think about how carbon can be produced in other ways. In fact, I covered how electricals could be significantly increasing your carbon footprint in this blog post here and the list includes choosing the wrong light bulbs, leaving electricals on standby, not switching lights off, not deleting emails amongst many others. So, as you can see, reducing your carbon footprint really can start at home.
What Is An LED Bulb?
“LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode”. An LED is an electrical component which converts electricity into light with very little wasted energy. LED lights combine several of these components to produce a light source suitable for general use.“
LEDs have a lifespan of more than 30,000 hours and use very little energy, in fact, compared to your old incandescent light bulbs, LEDs can save up to 90% in energy consumption! Why is this? Well, it comes down to how our old bulbs work. An incandescent light bulb electric current passes through a thin filament wire which heats up until it glows. This heat radiates outward, but only a small portion of that energy is converted into usable light. Whereas an LED will emit its light far more effectively and efficiently. If we look at this in terms of wattage and lumens, you would need a 100 watt incandescent light bulb to produce 1300+ lumens whereas an LED bulb can produce this same brightness using just 18 watts.
Using LED Bulbs In My Home
We have been gradually switching our light bulbs over to LED bulbs for some time now because the most eco-friendly way of doing this is to use what you already have and to then replace them as they die out with a more energy-efficient option. This may seem like a strange thing for me to say when I am encouraging you to reduce your carbon footprint but at the same time, I also want us to reduce needless waste. However, if you are eager to swap all bulbs at once you could perhaps look into passing your current light bulbs onto somebody who needs them? This way your old bulbs still get used and you can work on cutting your carbon footprint straight away.
Over the years, I’ve really started to notice how the right bulb can make all the difference to a room. We have bought a wide variety of brands and styles but when you need that light, you cannot go wrong with an LED bulb and thankfully SaveMoneyCutCarbon can cover all of your needs with their great LED range.
They make it so easy to shop. You can search by fitting, by room and by usage which allows you to gain the knowledge of what will work best in your home.
For this collaboration I was sent:
- Ledvance Parathom LED Filament bulb E27 (screw fitting) – a simple direct swap for a traditional light shade.
- Ledvance cabinet light – this battery-powered cabinet light can be fitted anywhere you have a difficult to reach area that needs lighting up – it also has a PIR sensor on which means that it will automatically come on when it senses movement.
- Ledvance Parathom LED Filament bulb E14 (screw fitting) – a simple direct swap for a traditional light shade.
- Ledvance Vintage Gold Candle E14 (screw fitting) – a pretty fancy yet simple direct swap for a traditional light shade or a chandelier style light.
- Ledvance Vintage Smoke Globe E27 (screw fitting) – an absolute statement piece perfect for your hallway, dining room or living room.
- Philips Scene Switch E27 (screw fitting) – a direct swap for a light shade or ceiling light which gives you dimming and mood-setting at the flick of a switch, without needing a dimmable switch on the wall.
- Philips CorePro B22 (bayonet fitting) – a simple direct swap for a traditional ceiling light shade.
I made the first bulb switch from my order in William’s room. His room is long and L shaped which means it needs 2 light fittings to provide adequate lighting. I’ve made the mistake of buying ones that are too dim or orangey in tone in the past which just don’t work well enough to light his room sufficiently. The change to the Phillips CorePro B22 was perfect…
As you can see it looks just like your ordinary light bulb and fits exactly the same way. It also provides instant light which makes it different to your energy-saving bulbs you may be familiar with. You know that annoying wait you get with those to warm up and produce an even light? Yeah, you don’t have that issue with LED plus this type of bulb is actually still more eco-friendly than these.
The other bulbs have provided us with the light we required in our bathroom, the kitchen, the dining area and the downstairs toilet. I suddenly feel very satisfied with our progress.
However, out of all of our new lights, I think my favourite has to be the cabinet light with its sensor. This can be placed anywhere that you feel needs a little extra boost of light whether that’s inside a wardrobe, a cupboard, maybe in your garage or workroom or under your kitchen cabinets which is where we chose.
This very simply attached to the underneath of the cupboard with the adhesive strip which is already applied. The bulb also comes with screws if you need a more secure attachment.
We now have better lighting for food prep plus it has a sensor which allows it to come on automatically if we require it.
One Simple Swap
This is one simple swap that we could all begin to make which will benefit your home, your wallet as well as the planet. To find out more about LED bulbs, how to choose them and to find out what will work best in your home just head over to the SaveMoneyCutCarbon Website. They offer many sustainable swaps and tips as well as a monthly subscription called the Home Club for which you will free eco gifts, offers on their products, exclusive discounts, priority order dispatch and more.
“The world of sustainability is constantly evolving. We stay ahead of the curve, putting understanding and reducing carbon usage high on our agenda. Acting now to reduce your carbon footprint will help to combat climate change and build a better future for everyone.“
*This is a paid collaboration with SaveMoneyCutCarbon but as always all opinions remain honest and my own. For further information please refer to my disclosure page.
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