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    Choosing Energy Saving Light Bulbs for Your Home: information for older people and those with sight loss (September 2012)

    As old-fashioned light bulbs are finally phased out, the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust together with independent consumer research charity, Ricability (Research Institute for Consumer Affairs), have published an essential guide to buying energy saving light bulbs. Getting the right lighting is crucial for older people and especially those with some level of sight loss.

    The new guide, Choosing Energy Saving Light Bulbs for Your Home provides what everyone needs to know about buying energy saving bulbs. It dispels some common myths and shows that the new bulbs can be just as bright, effective and easily controlled as the old ones.

    The guide also explains the new word to look for on packaging – lumens. This denotes the brightness of the bulb and is more important to look for than the old measurement of wattage. Energy saving bulbs will have a lower wattage than people are used to (ie. they use less energy) but the brightness (ie. lumens) is higher. The guide recommends the ideal lumens for specific areas of the home; at least 1000 on the stairs for example, but only up to 250 when fitted under kitchen cabinets.
    The consumer body Which? has also contributed to the guide, recommending the Best-Buys in energy saving light bulbs for brightness and speed of start-up.

    The guide – Choosing Energy Saving Light Bulbs For Your Home – is available online at www.ricability.org.uk and can be downloaded as a PDF.

    For audio-CD or braille formats please call Thomas Pocklington Trust on 020 8995 0880 or email research@pocklington-trust.org.uk

    Thomas Pocklington Trust is a charity which aims to improve the quality of life of people with sight loss. It is a leading provider of housing and support services for people with sight loss in the UK. Each year Pocklington funds research initiatives that can help identify ways to improve the lives of people with sight loss. www.pocklington-trust.org.uk

    Ricability (Research Institute for Consumer Affairs) is an independent consumer research charity that publishes unbiased practical information for disabled/older consumers. www.ricability.org.uk

    According to The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) incandescent bulbs waste 95 per cent of energy used as heat. The phase out aims to tackle that waste. First 100W bulbs, then 60W were banned by the European Union. Now, from September, a ban on all remaining traditional types, including the 40W bulb, is being phased in.

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    Last edited by Ricability News; 17-09-12 at 16:30. Reason: misspelling in title and at the end said 'this week'

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