The Irish company Fiber Optic has released a study that suggests replacing traditional high-energy-density light bulbs with cheaper light bulbs that emit less heat and more light.
The firm’s research found that the more energy a bulb can dissipate, the less heat it needs to generate, and that using cheaper bulbs can be an attractive option for businesses.
“The more energy that a bulb emits, the lower the cost per unit of energy,” said Fiber Optics director of marketing, James Dolan.
“This means that we can offer customers the choice to install the same light as an alternative light that will be able to provide them with better illumination.”
The study, which was carried out in the United Kingdom, has been presented to the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Council.
The research found the average household bulb consumes about 16 kilowatts of energy a year, while a traditional high energy-density bulb needs more than 70kW of power to heat a home.
A traditional high capacity bulb is estimated to consume as much as 400kWh of electricity per year.
Fiber Optic is hoping the study will help it offer more affordable light bulbs to its customers.
“We’re seeing an increase in the number of people who are looking for a more sustainable light bulb and for light bulbs which are going to be more cost effective,” Mr Dolan said.
“If you want to be in the 21st century, you have to look for more energy-efficient light bulbs, and we’re seeing a big opportunity in the UK.”
Mr Dolan says he is confident the study’s findings will lead to more affordable energy-saving light bulbs.