Do you know your wattage from your lumens? We’re talking lightbulb terminology here, but don’t worry if you don’t understand these terms as you’re not alone.
Research with over 2,000 Brits by LEDVANCE, which offers OSRAM lighting products, found that people are confused when it comes to lighting and purchasing lightbulbs.
One in five people surveyed expect it to be difficult to find the lightbulb they want or need and 44 per cent of respondents confirmed this is predominately for three main reasons. Firstly, 21 per cent of people felt it takes too long to buy a lightbulb due to the amount of options available; secondly, people feel the purchasing decision takes too long because they don’t know what to buy (12 per cent), and finally 11 per cent feel it takes too long to find the lightbulb they’re looking for.
This confusion is causing £192 million pounds to be wasted by UK households simply because people are buying the wrong shape, size or fit lightbulbs.
Peter Alexander, National Account Manager at LEDVANCE, said: “It’s clear from the research that people unfortunately find shopping for lightbulbs a confusing and sometimes difficult purchase. We’re working with leading retailers, such as Bunnings (Homebase) to enhance the shopping experience and make the process of buying the right lightbulb easier and more straightforward.
“However, we also really encourage people to always do their research before they purchase a lightbulb so they buy the one they need. Carrying out an audit of the lighting needs in your home also helps to ensure you get the right level of light in your home. This can boost your wellbeing and identify the ‘need’ state you want for each room – such as: dimmer lighting to aid sleep in the bedroom and bright task orientated lighting in the kitchen to help with cooking. The key message is to not get confused by wattage, instead concentrate on the lumens figure – the more lumens the brighter the light.”
LEDVANCE has also compiled some expert life hacks to help Brits save time, effort, money or the environment by kerbing back wastage.
FOOD – take a ‘shelfie’
UK households waste 7.3 million tonnes of food, worth £13 billion each year according to WRAP, the sustainability not-for-profit. Up to 60 per cent of this waste could have been eaten, costing the average household £470 per year or £700 for families.
Helen White, from Love Food Hate Waste, said: “There are a few really simple things you can do to help to reduce food waste and save money. Check your fridge temperature – our research shows if fridge temperatures could be lowered (e.g. from 7°C to 4°C), you can keep food fresher for up to three days longer. You can freeze pretty much everything right up to the ‘Use By’ date. If you’re short on time, take a ‘shelfie’ of the fridge, so you know what you’ve already got in there, and don’t double-up.” For more tips visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.
PACKAGING – fuel imaginations rather than landfill
Around 25 per cent of household waste (5.7 million tonnes) is made up of dry recycling such as packaging materials, according to government figures. WRAP suggests we should try to avoid overly packaged items, look for refillable or reusable containers or highly concentrated and long-life products as these require less packaging or try to choose items packaged in recycled materials.
Another tip is to get creative and reuse packaging – there’s nothing like a cardboard box to fuel a child’s imagination, and families or schools may appreciate donations. Do recycle anything which can’t be reused visit www.recyclenow.com for more information.
PETROL – don’t race, rev or ride
Ever despaired at the pump about how much filling up is going to cost? You’re not alone, but there are some key things that can be done to save petrol.
Speeding, accelerating and braking waste fuel. Don’t – race, rev, ride the clutch and always use the right gear. However, also consider – do you need to travel at peak time on your car trip, could you cycle instead or car share? Even things like keeping the tyres pumped up and removing roof boxes or toolboxes from the car boot can make a difference, as well as turning off the air-con and electrics, unless they’re needed.
MONEY – stick to the list
There are many ways to overspend. The key is to identify them and look at solutions. Make a list of what you’re overspending on. If it’s clothes or eating out then consider setting yourself a weekly or monthly budget and stick to it. If it’s on household bills shop around and check out any alternatives. Check out the Money Advice Service for more guidance.
WASTED ENERGY – save money and the planet
UK households use over £11 billion per year on electricity to power lighting and appliances. Saving energy in the home can really help to reduce this for the good of your pockets and the environment. If you’re already saving water (see above), the chances are you are saving energy because you are heating less of it.
There are other practical ways to take control of energy consumption. Switch off devices, such as routers, computers and mobiles at night, as these use electricity even on standby and saves £30 on the average annual energy bill. It is also worth checking the energy efficiency of home devices on the product themselves, especially before buying new ones by checking energy labels. For more information visit the Energy Saving Trust.