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When lighting your church be frugal when deciding what to illuminate, how brightly and when.

It might not be worth using a lot of energy lighting a dark wooden ceiling, but it may be worth using a little energy picking out distinctive features and focal points to be enjoyed.

The light levels needed in different parts of the church will depend on what the space is used for. Lighting consumes around 10-15% of domestic energy but this can be greatly reduced by the use of Low energy light bulbs.

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Low energy bulbs vs Traditional

Low energy light bulbs cost more (around £3-7.50) but they:

  • consume less electricity because less is wasted as heat.
  • have a much longer life time (up to 15,000 hours) - a huge plus in churches with inaccessible light fixtures.
  • could save around £100 in energy and replacement costs of old-fashioned bulbs over their lifetime.
  • are now available in sizes and shapes to suit the standard fittings (bayonet and screw).

Low energy bulbs are now generally available in supermarkets, shops and DIY centres as well as online specialist retailers. Heritage bulbs and those adapted for older fittings are also widely available from suppliers and have been piloted in National Trust properties, which you can access by clicking the link.

Case study - click the link to find out more

St Bartholomew's, Barrow (Chester Diocese)