Lynne, Would you mind asking your husband a Q for me?Alex here, Lynne's husband.
As we turned the endless lights off in Baker Acres, another thought sprang to mind.
Do you have halogen GU10 bulbs in your salon/home?
Let's say you have 20 of them at 50 watts a piece (the most common type). This adds up to 1 kilowatt and running them for one hour uses 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity.
If you run your lights for 8 hours a day, working 6 days a week for 52 weeks a year, you will use 2496 kilowatt-hours.
We pay 12.6p per kilowatt-hour, meaning that LIGHTING ALONE would cost £314.50 per year.
If you replaced those halogen GU10s for modern LED equivalents at 5 watts each, you would pay £31.45 per year.
OK, so 20 half decent LED GU10s would cost around £200 (don't buy cheap ones...) but they last far, far longer than halogen bulbs and you would still make a saving in the first year.
Can I simply swap the 50w bulbs for 5w ones or do I need a transformer and electrician to do that? I have ten of these bulbs in my kitchen and suspect that they will be racking up the bill as I type. Thanks.