Improving Your EPC Ratings: Lighting

EPC Yorkshire looks at how lighting systems could be used to improve your EPC ratings

In your formative years, your parents might have chivvied you to switch off the lights after use. During the Three Day Working Week, we had films telling us to “Switch Off Something right now”. We were told that “energy sense was common sense”. Years after their original context, these are still wise words today. With bills rising, energy efficiency is well and truly in the mainstream; more so with EPC regulations. For the first of our series of posts on improving your EPC ratings, we look at lighting systems.

Lighting EPC image by Martiapunts (via Shutterstock).

LED light bulb changing image by Martiapunts (via Shutterstock).

An effective lighting system should meet the needs of your tenants or leaseholders. Whether for reading at home or working at a customer contact centre, they should add enough to light for relaxation or productivity. In many offices, this means fluorescent lights; in the home, it used to be incandescent bulb in screw or bayonet fitting. 100W a time for the ‘big light’, whilst watching; 60W tops for a reading lamp.

With the ban on incandescent bulbs, householders plump for fluorescent bulbs, or LED lighting. Compact fluorescent lighting and LED lighting take up considerably less energy than their incandescent predecessors. They are just as bright as their predecessors too, and affordable.

How to keep the lights on, whilst using less energy

Changing your light bulbs isn’t just an easy way to boost your Energy Performance Certificate ratings. They are more cost effective. In most cases, LED and compact fluorescent lighting systems outlast older, less energy efficient bulbs.

In terms of energy efficiency, LED lights and compact fluorescent lights are an attractive option. For good all round natural light, close to incandescent bulbs, halogen light bulbs are another good option.

EPC Yorkshire, 08 September 2017.

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