Is your mood lighting money-saving? (Picture: Getty)
The darker mornings and earlier evenings mean that you may be finding yourself turning on the lights more frequently than you do in the warmer months.
With the cost of living crisis and the prices of everything creeping up, it’s only normal to worry about your consumption – including electricity.
To try and cut costs, it might seem like a good idea to stick to using table lamps or floor lamps rather than your ceiling light, but does this actually make a difference to your usage?
Is it cheaper to use lamps than ceiling lights?
Switching off the overhead light and opting for table and floor lamps can be lighter on the wallet – depending on the type of bulb that is used.
Ben Gallizzi, energy expert at Uswitch.com, told Metro.co.uk that lamps tend to have a much lower wattage, meaning they use less electricity and thus cost less to run.
Ben said: ‘Lamps will generally be cheaper to run than ceiling lights, as they are intended for close-up use and will commonly have a lower wattage.
Lamps use less electricity to run – meaning they are the cheaper option (Picture: Getty)
‘A bright ceiling light for a large room would typically consume 10W, costing 56p to run eight hours a day for a week. Meanwhile, a bedside lamp with a 5W LED bulb would cost you 28p for the same period.’
He added: ‘It’s important to remember that it’s not the light fitting that determines how much energy you use, it’s the bulb itself, so you can always swap it out for a lower-powered alternative.’
Which is the cheapest type of bulb to run?
Ben told Metro.co.uk that he recommends LED bulbs when looking for cost-effective lighting.
‘Check whether any of your ceiling lights are still using halogen bulbs, which cost four times as much to run as their LED equivalents,’ says Ben.
‘Halogen and incandescent bulbs have now been banned from being sold in shops, but they can still be found in many homes.
He added that every 50-watt halogen bulb that is swapped for an LED alternative saves households at least £6 a year.
‘It may not seem like much on its own, but the savings add up when you think about how many bulbs there are in the average home’, Ben explained.
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