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How to buy the best light bulb

Everything you need to know about CFLs, LEDs, halogens and smart light bulbs, including energy efficiency, annual costs and how to get rid of your old bulbs There are three types of energy-saving light bulb: compact fluorescent lamps, known as CFLs (the most common type of light bulb); halogens (which are now banned from sale); […]

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How to make your home more energy efficient

From home energy audits to low-energy lightbulbs, an efficient home means lower energy bills – find out where to start   Many of the UK’s homes are inefficient to heat, leading to high energy bills and a big carbon footprint. Our housing is some of the oldest and worst insulated in Europe. According to Energy […]

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Best outdoor lights

We put 11 outdoor garden lights, including icicle lights and fairy lights, through our tough durability tests to find out which are the most robust     Over the course of a couple of months we put 11 outdoor lights through an assault of durability tests to find the ones you’ll be able to rely […]

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How to fix common LED problems

Expert advice on how to stop your LED lights flickering, buzzing or burning out, plus what you need to know about dimming LEDs.   LED lights are an energy efficient way to light your home, and should last for more than a decade before you need to replace them.  More and more people are making […]

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Philips Hue vs other smart lighting systems

Philips Hue are the most popular smart light bulbs, but are they any better than bulbs from Hive, Ikea, LIFX and Osram? We take a look.   When they were first released in 2012, Philips Hue smart light bulbs were one of the earliest examples of the new technology.  Now they are one of the […]

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