A lot of people who live in their own home and control the lighting were around when the energy bulb first came out. Ugly, long, bulbs similar to a short version of the fluorescent lighting in offices and hospitals, and just as cold. They were slow to warm up and left you with a light guaranteed to make you paler and spookier than even the best flashlight held under your chin. Because of these start-up problems, a lot of people are still averse to buying energy bulbs, or even giving them another try, when really, you should.
They light up just as fastNowadays, using energy bulbs is just as easy as using regular bulbs. While you can’t really use them with a dimmer switch, most houses aren’t outfitted with them and are thus suited to using them. You can still get bulbs that are slow to light, but it’s completely your choice, and might be something you’d like for the bedroom. Most other bulbs will light up so quickly you won’t notice it from now on – a few seconds, at most. The box your bulb comes in should be able to tell you the estimated warm-up time, so you won’t be faced with any surprises. While it may be a little harder to find fancier bulbs, such as for chandelier-style lighting, you should be able to find some in specialty stores, or even easier, online. It’s only once in a while you have to put in the effort, and it definitely pays off.
You can get warm onesWith time, the issue of pale, white-light bulbs has also disappeared. If you’re like most people and only look at light bulbs when one has bust and you need to replace it, you’re bound to not be very familiar with the packaging of bulbs, or even look at them much! The tried and tested method of getting a bulb out of the packaging and finding one that looks the same is still just as effective now, but it’s worth looking on the packaging. They may be differently shaped, but most energy bulbs will have an easy-to-identify fitting, and will also display the warmth of the bulb on the packaging. While ‘cold’ bulbs might be good for offices and bathrooms, you can get warm, soft bulbs for the bedroom and living room, allowing you to rest your eyes and wake up in peace. You virtually can’t tell the difference between them after you’ve made the switch!
They really do save money
And if nothing else, really, the fact that they save money is the most important. They’re a bit daunting to buy at first, when you’re in the supermarket and see two bulbs with the same lifespan, and one is 50p, where the other is £4! Instinct is to grab the cheaper option and to give up on the rest, but it’s necessary to look at the bigger picture to see the real benefit. In a small dwelling, you might have a bathroom, a kitchen, a living, and a bedroom – and that’s just near the minimum. Four bulbs at least, and you probably have at least one fitting with multiple bulbs, maybe a few lamps… you can easily reach over a dozen bulbs in a small house alone, let alone a bigger one! And when energy bulbs aren’t slow to heat and won’t make you feel like you’re in a waiting room, there’s no reason not to. Research has proven that energy bulbs will save you about £9 a year… each! Over their lifetime, each bulb should save you approximately $50 over its lifetime, saving you, with a dozen light bulbs, over $1,000 in their lifetime. When you consider that’s about ten years, and you use bulbs for many more than that, the savings stack up, while you don’t have to do more than just change a light bulb.