Friday 5th December, 2014
In all the excitement of getting your conservatory, it can be easy to think of lighting as a final, minor detail. In fact, it’s incredibly important. After all, lighting our homes makes up around a quarter of most of our electricity bills.
With a lot of different information flying around, it can be hard to know where to start choosing which kind of lightbulb to use.
Here, we look at the advantages and drawbacks of LED and CFL bulbs for your conservatory
One of the key benefits is that LED lights will tend to last for a longer time, so although you are forking out more when you buy them, over time you will purchase fewer bulbs.
Another advantage is that these bulbs go in standard light fittings, so no adaptor is needed. At the same time, this is a good-looking choice in terms of setting your extension off to its best with elegant lighting.
Even though technology is bringing prices down all the time, you still have to pay more to buy LEDs in the first place. What’s more, because these lights are generally directional, they are not the perfect choice as table lamps, even though they may be great for table lamps.
(Some of the newer models, however, do come with diffusers, which can help to a certain extent.)
CFL, or compact fluorescent lighting, is just a miniature version of the regular fluorescent light bulb that will fit in conventional light sockets with no need for an adaptor. The light given off looks pretty much the same as the incandescent light we’re all accustomed to, and not like the rather unforgiving illumination we may be used to in school or office buildings.
The key drawback, however, to this type of lighting is the mercury the bulbs contain. This need not be a problem, but if the bulb does break, the clean-up can be a hassle. You will need to speak to a waste management firm to learn about getting rid of these bulbs safely.
Ultimately, both of these bulbs will light your conservatory efficiently, and are compatible with conventional fittings. So it is likely to come down to whether you are happy to pay more initially and reap the savings later on. Equally, you may prefer a lighting that most closely resembles what you are used to. And if you want to read a lot in your conservatory, the directional light of LED bulbs may suit you best.