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In six simple steps you can switch to efficient LED lighting!

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1. Identify savings potential

Identify the greatest savings potential in your household. The greatest savings can be achieved by replacing lamps that are switched on long hours a day and have a high wattage. For example, a 60-watt light bulb with a daily burning time of three hours requires 66 kWh of electricity per year. That is 19 euros per year (Ø electricity price: 29.16 ct/kWh according to BDEW Bundesverband der Energie-und Wasserwirtschaft e.V.; BDEW electricity price analysis February 2017).

Where you have identified the greatest savings potential, you should start by replacing lamps!

2 (Re-)planning lighting

If you are already satisfied with your overall lighting ambience, you can go directly to point 3 “Create shopping list”.

Systematically check the lighting situation in each room: Which ambience would you like to achieve in which room – more cosy, more neutral or working atmosphere? Which areas do you want to illuminate well and where do you only want to set atmospheric accents? To what extent does your current lighting situation differ from your desired ambience?

Make your desired ambience come true:

  • Brightness (luminous intensity (lumen), dimmability)
  • Light colour (warm white, cold white)
  • Illumination (general lighting, spot lighting)

If necessary, check if to replace the lamp. When selecting a new luminaire, make sure that LED lamps are installed or can be installed.

3. Create shopping list and buy lamps

Identify the following points for the lamps to be replaced – also use our detailed practical help on LED lighting(German):

  • Base type (E27, E14, GU10, etc.)
  • Lamp shape and size (candle shape, drop shape, spot, if necessary length and width in cm)
  • Wattage (usually written on the lamp)
  • Desired ambience or lighting purpose (cosy living room light, study, reading lamp)

Make a note of these points for each lamp and ask the shop of your choice which LED is the right one for you. If you are unsure, simply take your used lamp with you for advice. If you buy online, check the lamp properties before ordering.

At www.ecotopten.de/beleuchtung/led-lampen you can select specific LED lamp models that meet your requirements in terms of lamp shape, brightness, light colour, etc. and are also particularly energy-efficient and durable. Tip: The website is also optimised for mobile use with a smartphone or tablet. Or use the independent shopping advice app for energy-saving household appliances, https://www.co2online.de/ueber-uns/kampagnen-projekte/ecogator/ It also contains the LED lamps recommended by EcoTopTen.

4. Installing lamps

Turn off the lamp, disconnect the plug if necessary, or turn off the fuse.

Old out, new in. Let there be light!

5. Dispose of old lamps properly

Please make sure to dispose of your used lamps properly:

  • Incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps: simply dispose of them in the residual waste (never in the waste glass collection),
  • Energy-saving lamps (compact fluorescent lamps) and fluorescent tubes: please dispose of them at municipal collection points (they contain toxic mercury!).

6. use lighting to save energy

  • Switch off the light when it is not needed.
  • Use daylight.
  • Clean luminaires and lamps regularly.
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