National Grid has created an easy-to-use and understandable signal that tells you when the electricity in your home is coming from clean and green energy sources. Simply purchase a LIFX low-energy bulb, follow the instructions below and get ready to make smarter energy choices at home with your very own Green Light Signal.
The Green Light Signal is powered by carbonintensity.org.uk, a carbon intensity forecasting tool built by National Grid ESO, The Environmental Defense Fund Europe, The University of Oxford and WWF. When the electricity in your area is being supplied mainly from low-carbon sources, such as wind or solar, that’s when the signal activates.
You'll instantly know that the electricity coming into your home has a low carbon intensity, so you can feel positive about using electricity at these times because it’s coming from sources that are cleaner and greener. If you wanted to adjust your energy usage so you’re using more clean and green electricity and less from fossil fuels, you now have that option. It’s simple.
The Green Light Signal bulb can be used with any standard table or floor lamp and can sit discreetly in the corner of the room that you use most often. When the electricity in your local area starts to be supplied mainly from clean or green energy sources, such as wind or solar, the magic happens and the bulb will glow green. Then it’s time to charge your electric vehicle, put on a hot wash, run your tumble dryer, or just feel good about the progress we’re making towards net zero.
To create your own Green Light Signal you’ll need the 'LIFX Mini Colour' bulb. Not only are they super simple to set up, they’re also 20% more efficient than their closest competitor, which is better for the planet and your energy bills.
You can check out the specs and purchase your own 'LIFX Mini Colour' bulb at Amazon and other retailers. Make sure you select the appropriate fitting for your lamp, e.g. screw fitting or bayonet.
This guide will walk you through the set-up of your bulb and give you some ideas on what to do when it goes green. Set-up will take about 10-15 minutes and it’s super simple to do, even for the least technology-minded among us. Ready? Well then, let’s go!
If your bulb is struggling to connect, check the lamp is switched on at the mains. Then check your internet connection. Like many smart home devices, LIFX lights connect to the 2.4GHz band of Wi-Fi, not 5GHz. If you have more than one available network on your router, this could mean you are connected to 5GHz and need to try your other network. All Wi-Fi routers have a 2.4GHz band, so if you only see one network, don’t worry, you’re already on the right one.
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The battle against climate change can feel a bit overwhelming. But progress is being made.
There’s still a lot to do but, when it comes to the energy we make and use, there are reasons for us all to feel positive. We believe that with positivity we can encourage everyone to take even greater steps to achieve our climate goals.
The bulb helps you see the transition to clean energy with your own eyes. Once the bulb turns green, you’ll know that the electricity powering your home is clean or green and has a low carbon intensity. This is happening more and more often as we continue to break green records. Did you know:
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Because together we can reach net zero.
The smart bulbs and the adaptors that are being provided (the “Equipment”) have been purchased from third parties, and Daniel J. Edelman Limited (“Edelman”) and National Grid plc (“National Grid”) shall have no responsibility or liability in connection therewith. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Edelman and National Grid give no warranty as to the performance of the Equipment and exclude liability arising from its use.
History teaches us that, when people come together and work towards a shared goal, what was once thought impossible can suddenly become reality.
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