By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the, you can save £75 each year.

Visit to find the right light bulbs for your fixtures. They are available in sizes and shapes to fit in almost any fixture and provide the greatest savings in fixtures that are on for a long time each day.

When remodelling, look for recessed light fixtures or “cans” which are rated for contact with insulation and are air tight (ICAT rated).
When replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures, use energy-efficient bulbs that are rated for that purpose. For example, the heat buildup in downlights will significantly shorten the life of spiral CFLs.

Consider purchasing from – qualified fixtures. They are available in many styles, distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer convenient features such as dimming.

Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Be sure to select products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.

Keep your curtains or shades open to use daylighting instead of turning on lights. For more privacy, use light-coloured, loose-weave curtains to allow daylight into the room. Also, decorate with lighter colours that reflect daylight.


Many homeowners use outdoor lighting for decoration and security. A variety of products are available from low-voltage pathway lighting to motion-detector floodlights.

LEDs work well indoors and outdoors because of their durability and performance in cold environments. Look for LED products such as pathway lights, step lights, and porch lights for outdoor use. You can also find solar-powered outdoor lighting.


Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy. Most bare Led bulbs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather.

LEDs are available as flood lights. These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures.

Look for – qualified fixtures that are designed for outdoor use and come with features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors.

LEDs: A New Kind of Light. LED bulbs offer similar light quality to traditional incandescents, last 25 times as long, and use even less energy than CFLs. Choose – qualified LEDs for the highest quality and energy savings.

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