Friday, 26 March 2021

The perfect eco-friendly light bulb moments with Save Money Cut Carbon { AD - Review }

 * AD - The items featured have been gifted for an honest review. *

*All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. *

We have been slowly making changes in our lives to be more eco friendly as a family for several years now. It's been building as a small passion inside me since and this year I shared how I'm challenging myself to make more eco swaps in 2021. Which is why I am so excited to be working with SaveMoneyCutCarbon throughout the year to share with you ways you can be more eco-friendly. 

One of the first swaps I was ever aware of that was more environmentally friendly was light bulbs, you know the spiral shaped bulbs we all had in our house at one point or another? Well much has changed in the world of eco light bulbs since then. SaveMoneyCutCarbon have just opened their online light store on their site. It features some of the best rated LED light bulbs available and offers more than just products with advice and inspiration on the best LED lights for the right places in your home. 

When it comes to taking the first steps into making eco-friendly swaps I think a great place to start is with small items that will last a long time, just like LED light bulbs. All the LED bulbs featured in this post last 1500 hours which is 15 times longer than a filament bulb! That is a real benefit, buying one light bulb that will last so much longer would not only save you money but cuts back on how many light bulbs are sent to landfill every year. 

It's not the only benefit that comes with changing bulbs either, by changing to an LED bulb you can save money by using much less electricity to run and it saves you time. Yes really, you can save time thanks to the immediate on and off with an LED Light, there is no waiting around while the bulb warms up and gets brighter. Plus you won't need to change it as often, which saves even more time.

I was really surprised when the LED light bulbs first arrived, The selection of bulbs and fitting options available is huge! You can see above that we received a large selection of products including bulbs with E22, E27 and bayonet fittings. The bulbs ranged in size from small to very large and featured bulbs in several styles, ranges and shapes. 

My absolute favourite has been the Osram Vintage 1906 LED Filament Smoke Big Globe which has an E27 fitting. This Vintage style bulb feature a smoke glass effect with a coiled LED filament inside. It is also a dimmable and has a wattage of 5w. This bulb is really large at almost double the length of a standard bulb size, it makes for a beautiful feature light. It would be perfect in a living room, dining room or even a hall, I decided to put it up as a feature in our bedroom paired with a low hung light fitting which allows the light to hang over my bedside table. You can see above it makes quite the statement and with the dimmable feature it make for a perfect reading light since it has a warm white light it is relaxing and calming, just what you need if you read late at night in bed like me.

We also received another Vintage style bulb from the Osram range which is the Vintage 1906 LED Filament Candle in Gold. This Vintage bulb features a beautiful spiral glass design which is unique and would be perfect for more decorative style light fittings like chandeliers or open/ glass wall sconces or fittings. You can see the unique design on the bulb above as well as the extra warm light it gives off, great for a warming atmosphere in a room. This bulb features a wattage of 2.5W and is energy rated as  A++ making it really cost effective to run too. What is not to love?

The smallest LED bulb was the Osram Parathom LED Filament bulb which had an E14 fitting and gives off a warm white light. The wattage is 4w and this also features an A++ engery rating. I was surprised by just how small this bulb is, you can see it compared to my hand in the photo above. The small size makes this better for smaller lights that give a nice decorative look while still giving off a good glow of light when being used, it would be great for small desk spaces or places where you don't want the lights to be a feature but still be functional. 

The final Osram light bulb was the Parathom LED Filament Bulb which is around the same size a normal light bulb, it also looks almost the same as a normal filament bulb with the same shape, opaqueness and would be the perfect first switch for anyone who is nervous about how LED lights might look in your home for the first time. I like a warm white tone to a light that is used in various rooms around the house which is where this bulb would be perfect, halls, living room, dinning room or even in bedrooms. This 4W bulb is also energy rated as A++. 

We also received a Philips Scene Switch 3 step dim bulb which is the final E22 fitting but has a very unique feature, this bulb will turn your normal light switches into a dimmable light! You won't need ant extra fancy equipment to be installed, the dim feature is accessed by turning off and on your normal light switch, This particular light bulb was more difficult to photograph to show the change in light temperate and brightness but you can see the change above with the first setting being at 100% brightness on the right, at 40% in the middle and at 10%  to the left. This bulb is a 2w, 4w and 8w with an energy rating of A+ and gives off a warm white glow which grows warmer when dimmed down. This bulb would be perfect in a living room. 

One last bulb was included in our box from SaveMoneyCutCarbon, it featured a bayonet fitting which is what most of our built in lights use. This was a Philips CorePro LED bulb in frosted, this is the bulb I instantly think of when someone says LED bulb lighting, It features a more white opaque look than that of a filament style light bulb. This is a 8W bulb with a warm white light and is perfect for any room in the home. 

The final product was not so much a bulb as an entire light fitting. That is the LEDvance battery powered Linear Cabinet Light which is 200mm long and features a sensor to detect both light and movement. This easy to install cabinet light comes with everything you need including the magnetic strip, wall plugs and screws as well as easy to follow photo instructions on the pack. 

To install the LEDvance Linear Cabinet Light you remove the magnetic strip from the back and install by either screwing in the plugs and screws or pealing off the sticking back from the strip and pushing onto the underside of your cabinet. Once attached you can place the light over the magnet connecting it to the metal panel built in to the underside of the light. 

I love how quick and easy this was to install while still allowing me to get easy access when the battery needs changed again. I also really like that this light is more of a bright white light as this is the perfect kind of light tone you want in a kitchen where you will cooking and baking. 

You can purchase all the lights featured from SaveMoneyCutCarbon: Vintage LED Filament Smoke Big Globe £22.95Vintage LED Filament Candle in Gold £3.45Osram Parathom LED Filament Bulb £3.45Osram Parathom LED Filament Bulb E27 £1.45, Philips CorePro LED bulb in frosted £2.75 and LEDvance battery powered Linear Cabinet Light £16.80 

Do you use LED lighting in your home? 

If you do I'd love to know what your favourite bulb was?


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