Go green in lighting and save money
New research has shown energy efficient light bulbs are a better option for both the environment and the home.
Aucklanders are being urged to buy energy efficient light bulbs following new research by Consumer showing most are brighter, last longer and use less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs.
Consumer found the majority of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) it tested produced more light than standard incandescent bulbs.
The magazine says its study found a standard eco-friendly bulb costing $6.50 would pay for itself in less than four months. Testing revealed the best models are durable and reach full brightness quickly.
Consumer is advising shoppers to look for lumens rather than wattage on new energy-efficient light bulbs packaging. Lumens measure the bulb’s light output while wattage only states how much energy the light bulb is using to create light.
Consumer chief executive Sue Chetwin says the new research shows the quality of energyefficient light bulbs has improved.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority lighting programme manger Bill Brander says now is a good time to switch to the energy efficient bulbs.
‘‘As the nights are longer, and we spend more time at home, lighting use in the average home can typically double so choosing energy-efficient bulbs is a good option.
‘‘You can save $20 a year every year for every incandescent bulb you replace.’’