Energy Saving Lighting Myths

Energy saving lights are too big and bulky to really be an option.
Energy saving bulbs have improved considerably over the years and you can now get ones that look just like their non efficient counterparts. In addition to 'look-alike' products they also come in stick, candles and even halogen options.

Energy saving lightbulbs are much more expensive.

The prices of energy saving light bulbs have come down in recent times - it is now possible to buy a bulb from as little as £1.45 in our energy saving lamps section. In addition, because they use less energy they will lower electricity bills, in fact a saving of up to £7 per year per bulb is possible.

Energy saving light bulbs take a long time to turn on.
There have also been improvements in technology allowing 'instant start up' (as opposed to the traditional warm up period associated with low-energy bulbs), and warmer tones from the light itself which avoid the harsh white light traditionally associated with these bulbs.
The wattages of energy saving bulbs are lower, does that mean the light is not as bright and which one will I need?
Energy saving light bulbs use up to four times less electricity to generate the same amount of light. So where you'd normally use a 60W bulb, you'll only need a 13-18W energy saving recommended equivalent.
Ordinary bulbs Energy saving equivalent
25W 6W
40W 8 - 11W
60W 13-18W
100W 20-25W