Friday, 3 December 2010

Bathroom Mirrors helping you save energy

Most manufacturers make a wide range of bathroom mirrors that vary in appearance and use. One thing that can differ between bathroom mirror models is the type of lamp used to create the illumination. Originally most bathroom mirrors used halogen lamps that would provide plenty of light but could use a large amount of energy.

This energy consumption problem was answered with the introduction of compact fluorescent lamps within bathroom mirrors making them much more energy efficient. There has however been a further improvement in the design and construction of bathroom mirrors with the introduction (around 2 years ago) of LED bathroom mirrors. This type of bathroom mirror tends to have strips of tiny LEDs built in to the unit instead of seperate bulbs that have a more compact and contemporary look about them. The great advantage of LEDs in bathroom mirrors is the lack of heat generated from the bulbs wasting less heat energy and halting potential damage to the bulb. As they are designed to last for thousands of hours they don't tend to require replacing (cutting down on further expense when replacing traditional bulbs) but the main advantage is the running costs where one LED can consume less than 0.1W.

As with everything there are some slight downsides with LED bathroom mirrors. As they are low wattage they can sometimes be quite stark and not provide enough light for specific tasks such as shaving and applying make-up

Click here to view a range of LED bathroom mirrors

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