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Prices of energy-saving lampsEnergy-saving lamps are more expensive to buy than normal light bulbs. However, you can save up to 80 percent on electricity costs with them and they have a much longer life.
The prices for energy lamps are very different. In discounters, the lamps are already offered between 2 and 4 euros, depending on the model and shape. In the specialized trade similar models cost between 10 and 15 euros. The average price of an energy saving lamp is about 15 euros, bought in the specialized trade.
The cheap lamps usually do not last as long as the more expensive and usually contain more mercury. They are not bad anyway. Due to the low price, the purchase pays anyway. Especially the
ESL, which are offered at Aldi and IKEA, convince by a top price.
Stiftung Warentest has tested energy-saving lamps. If you want to form your own opinion, you should inform yourself in detail about the test. One learns which lamps are the brightest, which have not survived the 10,000 hours of operation, which failed prematurely by frequent switching on and off, and much more.
When buying an energy-saving lamp, you should pay attention to the power efficiency. On the packaging, a classification into electricity efficiency classes can be found. It ranges from energy efficiency class A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). Typically, energy-saving bulbs belong to Class A or B, unlike normal incandescent bulbs, which are class D Landet at best.