1 in 3 households buys LED light bulbs

22nd January 2014
1 in 3 households buys LED light bulbs

A third of households are now regularly buying LED light bulbs.

According to new research from the Energy Saving Trust, 33 per cent said they always or regularly buy the energy-saving bulbs, with the majority (70 per cent) of these citing cost and energy efficiency as the reasons behind their purchase.

While the UK did not make the top five list of European countries doing so, it still came in above the national average of 32 per cent of homes.

Sweden topped the list with 46 per cent, closely followed by Australia and Portugal both on 45 per cent. Germany and Spain came fourth and fifth respectively with 41 and 39 per cent.

In addition, the overwhelming majority (88 per cent) of UK households always or often purchase compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). The UK ranked fifth out of European countries and was comfortably above the national average of 78 per cent. 

Italy led the way with 96 per cent, with Portugal and Spain following behind with 95 and 94 per cent respectively. 

While CFLs are a cost-effective option for most lighting purposes, LED bulbs are more efficient and can help to save more money in the long run. 

Certification manager at the Energy Saving Trust Tom Lock said he was encouraged by the findings, which show the majority of the UK public are reaping the benefits of cheaper and more energy-efficient bulbs.

“There are clear benefits with each UK household having the potential to save up to £50 a year on their energy bills through upgrading all their home lighting to either LED or CFL energy-saving light bulbs.

“The most important thing is that consumers are given clear and accurate information about the quality of energy-saving light bulbs and that the cost and energy-saving benefits are fully realised."

If each UK household were to replace all traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs in their homes with more energy-efficient ones, this would equate to an annual saving of up to £1.4 billion. In addition, the amount of carbon dioxide saved would be enough to fill Wembley stadium more than 550 times over.

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Posted by The EnerGenie

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