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How Using the Right Light Bulbs Can Save You in Electric Bills Cost

As prices of goods and services increase through time, it is vital to spend your hard-earned money wisely. With the right light bulbs, you can actually save yourself from costly electric bills.

According to a recent study conducted by Canstar Blue, the average annual electric bill in NSW is about $1600. If you’re a regular wage earner, electric bills can be quite expensive. There are a lot of things to worry about — food, rent, transportation, and other basic needs. You need to save money by classifying and prioritising needs more than wants. 

If you use the right light bulbs, you can actually save some cost in electric bills. Use of lighting fixtures in a household accounts for 10% of the overall electricity budget. Typical outdated incandescent light bulbs are now phased out in the market. They consume too much energy compared to alternatives. Also, they heat too fast, making them electrical fire hazards. Thus, you need to install suitable light bulbs for you.  

Do you know the right light bulb for your needs? Luckily, Eastern Suburbs Electricians prepared this guide on what light bulbs to use so you can save on electric bills.

Maximise Sunlight

Before considering what light bulb is the best for your needs, maximise first on the natural light. According to a study, natural lights help reduce eyestrain and headaches. Exposure for 13-15 minutes also releases endorphins or happy hormones.

So, open those curtains and let the sunlight strike your place to save from turning on light fixtures in the middle of the day. 

Energy-Efficient Lights

As stated earlier, old incandescent bulbs are phased out in the market. Now, the modern lights installed in houses and commercial establishments are energy-efficient bulbs. Listed below are the power-saver light bulbs and their corresponding features:

LED (Light Emitting Diode)

  • Annual cost of operation: $1.20
  • Wattage: 2.5 to 16 
  • Lumens per Watt: 72
  • Energy-efficiency: 83%
  • Lifespan: 25,000 hours
  • Pros: Most energy efficient
  • Cons: Some needs installation

CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp)

  • Annual cost of operation: $1.75
  • Wattage: 3 to 120
  • Lumens per Watt: 60
  • Energy-efficiency: 75%
  • Lifespan: 10,000 hours
  • Pros: Recyclable
  • Cons: Contains mercury


  • Annual cost of operation: $5.00
  • Wattage: 5 to 500
  • Lumens per Watt: 25
  • Energy-efficiency: 28%
  • Lifespan: 1,000 hours
  • Pros: Work well with dimmers
  • Cons: Heats easily

Choose what is best according to your needs and take note of what type of energy-efficient bulb would save you from costly electric bills. Also, make sure to dispose of your light bulbs properly. When in doubt, you can always ask for lighting electricians.

Motion-Sensor Lights

Motion-sensor light is a product of technological advancement. It is a lighting system that can help you save some money. It automatically turns on when a motion is detected. And after some time, it automatically turns off when you leave the area. 

It is ideal for outdoors or in spaces where you usually forget to turn off the lights. It can also be added security at night as it can detect unwanted visitors trying to trespass your property.   


Another developed technology available to save you from electric bill cost is dimmer. It is a device connected to a lighting fixture to adjust its brightness. You can control it through a switch, remote, or a smartphone. 

As there is lesser light intensity, lesser power is also generated. Moreover, it is ideal for bedrooms, study areas, and office rooms as these places need to set the mood for some people. 


With your hard-earned money, it is essential to prioritise your basic needs more than anything else. And one way to maximise your earnings is by using the right light bulbs in your property. In this way, you can actually save from the cost of electric bills. 

If you need any help with your lighting fixtures, Sydney Suburbs Electrician is always ready for your needs. Our licensed level 2 electricians can install LED lights, dimmer switches and motion-sensor systems for you. 

With our first-rate lighting services, you can truly enjoy your space for work, study, entertainment, and relaxation. We guarantee that within an hour after your call, we will be there with the right tools and equipment. 

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 times a week! So don’t hesitate to call us at (02) 8378 2827 or book an appointment here

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