Lighting Costs Comparision Calculator

Energy efficient lamps for lighting are very popular. They certainly cost less to run than conventional lamps. But how much do you really save, and how long does it take to pay off the purchase price of the lamps?

This calculator shows how much your current lamps cost to run, how much you can save each year with energy saving lamps, how long it will take to pay off the purchase price from the saving you make as well as showing the approximate reduction of CO2 emissions .

You need to input 7 figures:small calculator

1. Cost of one kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity. This should be on your power bill.

Eg1: your electricity costs 24.5 cents/kWh – enter 0.245 in the calculator

Eg2: your electricity costs 300 Kyat/kWh – enter 300 in the calculator

While the results are shown in $’s, they will be correct for whatever currency you use here.

2. How many hours the lamps are on each day. This is an estimate of the average hours used.

3. Number of lamps you are thinking of upgrading, or the number of lamps in one room.

4. Generator Type. This is used to determine the CO emissions. Select the type of electricity generator your supplier mostly uses. If you don’t know, don’t worry, the energy savings will still be calculated, but the emissions savings may not be correct.

5. Wattage of the existing lamps. Halogen down lights are typically 50 watts each. Most lamps have their wattage written on them.

6. Wattage of the proposed new lamps. Energy efficient lamps may only draw 8 watts, 12  watts, 15 watts or 20 watts. Enter the wattage value of the lamps you propose to use.

7. Cost of new lamps. Enter the cost for one of the new lamps. The calculator will multiply this cost by the number of lamps entered earlier.


It is interesting that the time to recover the purchase cost of the new lamps doesn’t change with the number of lamps you replace. This is because the price recovery duration is a function of the power savings made with each lamp, not the number of lamps.

For those who need to know, the calculations are based on the following formulas:

\large Yearly\ cost = {\left(\frac{cost \, per \, kWh \times hours \, of \, use \times lamp \, wattage}{1000}\right) \times 365}

Savings =  existing costs – proposed costs

\large\ Days\ to\  recover\ price = {\left(\frac{No.\,of\,lamps\times lamp\,cost}{yearly\,savings}\right)\times365}

The carbon dioxide emissions calculator is based on:

Natural gas443
Solar PV32
Hydro Electric10

These values are taken from “Lifecycle greenhouse gas emission estimates for electricity generators, according to Benjamin K. Sovacool’s comparison” as detailed on Wikipedia.


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