Can you cut your electricity bills by using energy efficient lighting? Best bulbs to light your home for less

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Choosing modern, energy efficient light bulbs and lighting solutions can often make a significant contribution to lowering overall electric bills. Here’s how

It’s the dead of winter, and we’re all looking for ways to save money on our growing energy bills. Although gas and heating often takes up the majority of these bills, choosing the right modern, energy efficient light bulbs and lighting solutions can often make a significant contribution to lowering overall electric bills over the course of dark months.

Luckily, unlike in years past, there are now countless opportunities and products on the market that are eco-friendly, recyclable, rechargeable and offer inventive solutions like WiFi connectivity to ensure they can be turned on and off remotely, for example. We’ll be looking at a range of solutions here and assessing which technology is best for.

Best energy efficient lighting at a glance

What lighting should I choose?

LED lights are the best bet when it comes to replacing your existing incandescent bulbs. Incandescent lamps use around 10 times the amount of energy of LED lamps, whereas LED bulbs, on the other hand, are energy-saving and offer long-lasting quality light. A LED bulb can last for many years, which eliminates the hassle of frequent bulb replacement. They also use up to 90% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, making LED bulbs good for both planet and pocket.

Research from the Energy Saving Trust indicates that lighting takes up about 11% of the average UK household electricity consumption. Switching to energy-efficient LED lighting can help the average British household save £15-£18 per light bulb, which equates to a saving of £250 per year. Given that there are likely more lamps to replace in homes hit by fuel poverty, the positive impact would be more significant. The switch to LED lighting will also play a huge role in reducing CO2 emissions, furthering progress to a greener future.

The technology behind much of this lighting has improved dramatically in recent years - here are some of our recommendations to get you started on the way to an energy-efficient home.

Stay warm for less this winter

For winter warmers for your home, check out our guides to the top weighted blankets, the best winter duvets for your bed, and also our guide to the best portable heaters.

Nanoleaf LED Light Strip Starter Kit

LED strips are an attractive and energy efficient way of creating mood lighting in an environment, and are especially good behind desks and table tops to provide warm ambient conditions.

The backlighting was easy to install using included foam pads behind, and controllable and colour changing lighting. As this is a starter pack, the lighting can also be extended if longer strips are required, and we also like the fact that it is Google Home and Apple HomeKit compatible.

Dusk Caspa Wall Light

As well as looking at eco efficient light bulbs to reduce your energy consumption, choosing different light configurations in your home can also be beneficial as you can choos