Wivey Action on Climate gave away free LED light bulbs at stalls in Wiveliscombe Community Centre on 6th February and in The Square on 21st May 2016.
The idea was to let people know about the big improvements to LED bulbs, which are instant on, long lasting and use 90% less electricity. They are the best bulbs now available and can replace most old-style bulbs (in a few instances, where separate transformers are used on lighting circuits, these may need replacing too).
To save money and benefit our environment, it is worth immediately replacing old incandescent and halogen bulbs. Compact fluorescent low-energy bulbs have similar energy use to LEDS, so replace these when they stop working, and take all old fluorescents to Recycling Centres for safe recycling (as they contain Mercury).
In return for the free bulbs, we asked for a few brief details about people’s homes, so we could pass on further energy and money saving advice.
Despite the climate-related message of rain on both days (torrential on 6th Feb), we had a steady stream of visitors and gave away 80 bulbs: 20x 11.6W, 30x 8W and 30x 5.6W. Some were dimmable and some non-dimmable, all were warm white and had bayonet fittings, and the bulbs ranged in brightness from being equivalent to 40-75W halogen bulbs.
We are grateful for a grant to cover the cost of the LED bulb giveaway to Brendon Energy’s community fund, which distributes profits from solar panels on the Children’s Centre and Community Centre in Wiveliscombe.
Kosnic GLS 8 Watt bulbs were supplied by Wivey Hardware. 5.6 and 13 Watt bulbs were from online supplier LED Hut.