Energy Saving Tips

We offer a Creative lighting consulting service throughout Pretoria and Johannesburg. We give sound lighting advice on indoor and outdoor Lighting including landscape Lighting. We add light to your home making your light practical for different moods and ambience.

Nowadays, with power costs rising all the time, we’re more conscious than ever of saving energy – and money. Luckily, energy saving lighting has come a long way and it’s easier than ever to be stylish – and green!

Ramloo Lights has developed an extensive range of low energy products including modern spotlights, downlights, pendants, fans and much more.

Use these tips and start saving today

Replace any incandescent bulbs with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) or LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), especially where lights are on for long periods

Use the lowest wattage bulb required to meet the room’s lighting needs

Turn off all lights in unoccupied rooms

Turn outside lights off when you’re not using them

Consider using timers and sensors for indoor and outdoor lights

Regularly dust your low energy light bulbs and fittings

Make the most of natural light. Open curtains and blinds during daylight hours

When you’re installing lights, allocate one switch per light rather than turning on multiple lights with one switch

Use two-way switching in rooms with two exits to ensure lights can be easily turned off when leaving the room

Use table or floor lamps fitted with CFLs where most light is required so you don’t light unoccupied areas of the room

Choose light fittings that allow most of the light through so a lower wattage globe can be used. Some light fittings can block 50% or more of the lights, especially those with coloured glass or fabric

Why switch to Low Energy Lighting?

Low energy or energy saving lighting is about reducing the wattage used in a light fitting while maintaining similar light output. By using energy saving lighting you can generate huge savings on your electricity bills, and contribute towards building a better environment.

Low energy lighting alternatives such as CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) and LED (Light Emitting Diodes) cost more to purchase, however the investment is outweighed by the fact that they use only 10-20% of the electricity consumed by a standard incandescent light globe. This produces significant savings on your power bills.

Furthermore, CFLs and LED’s will last from four to 30 years, as opposed to a standard globe that lasts about one year, saving you the inconvenience of having to regularly purchase and replace globes.

And most importantly, energy efficient globes reduce energy consumption and therefore help cut greenhouse gas emissions that are harmful to the environment.

Which light is which?

Incandescent: These lamps were extremely inefficient because they only converted 5-10% of the energy they produced into light, while the remainder was converted to heat. The result was an extreme waste of electricity.

Halogen: As a type of incandescent lamps, although they require lower voltages they are not low energy lamps. In fact, each low voltage halogen lamp generates a kilogram of greenhouse gas every 15 hours, which Is about the same as a standard 60 watt incandescent globe.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs): CFLs are fluorescent tubes bent into shape to fit a standard light fitting. They use around 20% of the power required by an incandescent bulb and will last an impressive 6-15 times longer.

On a lifetime basis, a standard 100 watt-equivalent CFL will save 480 kilowatt hours of electricity when compared to an incandescent lamp. During its lifetime, just one CFL bulb has the capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as one tonne.

While the cost of a CFL is greater than an incandescent lamp, CFLs are cheaper when the total life cycle cost is considered. Plus you’ll save the expense of six or more incandescent globes and you won’t have to change the bulbs nearly as often.

CFLs are available in a range of colours to suit all applications. The higher the Kelvin (K) rating, the bluer the colour gets. Lower Kelvin-rated CFLs have more yellow and are similar to the light colour of an incandescent globe. The Kelvin rating only refers to the colour of the light emitted, not the brightness. Different colours suit different rooms.
Bright daylight (6500K) offers a strong, bright light suited to home offices and work spaces. Cool white (4000K) is suited to task environments like kitchens and laundries. Warm white (2700K) creates a more intimate atmosphere for bedrooms and lounge rooms.

Because CFLs are more efficient, they require a lower wattage globe for the same light output. Check the chart below to see the difference.

Switch to CFLs and save! Check out our CFL facts page for more information.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs): LEDs are the next generation of lighting. They don’t generate heat, take no time to reach full brightness, contain no chemicals such as lead or mercury, and emit no UV rays or infrared radiation.

LEDs are now available as a real option for replacing the commonly used halogen downlight. The recently released LEDlux downlights work very similar to common halogen downlights, but use 85% less energy, last 25 times longer and operate at a much cooler temperature, making them a safer option.

LEDs are also available in pendant lights, desk lamps and outdoor garden lights.

Solar lighting: Commonly used in gardens to light pathways, solar lighting is the ultimate ‘green’ lighting alternative. Solar lighting is entirely self-sufficient and requires only the energy from sunlight to convert into electrical energy. Solar lights only contain very small batteries and solar panels so the light output is only minimal.