Our guide to energy efficient light bulbs

Read our blog post for our advice on energy efficient light bulbs - everything you need to know.

Our guide to energy efficient light bulbs

Energy-efficient (EE) light bulbs, also known as compact fluorescent bulbs, use of a fifth of the energy of incandescent bulbs.

They are better for the environment and for your pocket. They also last longer - around six years. As they are fluorescent, they can take minutes to reach their full capacity and some flicker when used with dimmer switches. They give out a cold, blue-tinged light, and although you can now get warmer tones, these are less energy efficient. EE bulbs also contain mercury so need to be recycled carefully.

They are a selling point in your home, as you can reference them in  your energy saving certificate.

These are required by law and are generally included in a HIP - they last much longer than a Hip (ie 10 years) and are a bit like a fridge sticker which shows how energy efficient your property is. They grade your property based on energy saving light bulbs but also on whether you have loft insulation and double glazing. At some point in the future there are likely to be financial incentives to carry out green improvements. These are great in theory, though personally I'm not convinced that, unless your windows require changing, it's that green to rip them out, chuck them away and buy double glazed ones.