So you’re environmentally conscious and still want great lights. You can have both! The best of both worlds is a beautiful thing, with few compromises on either end. Everything from increasing the amount of sunlight entering your home to using different bulbs can have a massive impact on your energy bill – and the amount of carbon you’re burning up to light your home!
If you’re invested in protecting the environment and improving your décor, read on for our lighting electrician top five tips for energy efficient, beautiful lighting!
The most energy efficient lighting might go over our heads sometimes – but it’s pretty obvious when you think about it. Sunlight is the best way to light a home. There are a few great tricks for increasing the amount of sunlight entering your home, and using it effectively.
When building or renovating, consider south facing windows wherever possible. This will catch the maximum amount of sunlight during the day, with minimal intrusion of heat. Use quality, insulated glass to ensure that you’re not overheating while you’re at it, but are getting the best light for the lowest price. Painting walls with neutral light tones can enhance this effect – light will reflect from the walls and ceiling and leave you feeling bright and refreshed!
Skylights, light tubes and other design features can also increase natural light. A well placed skylight can capture heaps of sunlight as the sun moves overhead – and if it’s well insulated, won’t add to the amount of heat entering the home. Light tubes, pipes which reflect sunlight into the house, brings daylight into the interior of your home for a natural effect. Consider how you could improve your home with some more natural light!
If you’re lighting a large space, consider fluorescent lights. MUCH more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs – using 80% less energy – fluorescent lights can really compliment the natural light in your home.
Compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, are bayonet or screw light bulbs which can fit almost any standard fitting. Emitting a great amount of light at a fraction of the cost – monetary and energy – of incandescent lighting, CFLs can be creatively used to light a room on the cheap!
The only downside of CFLs is that they can’t work with dimmer switches unless specified. Using CFLs with an incompatible dimmer damages both the bulb and the system. Be careful!
If you want that really modern feel to your home, light-emitting-diodes can provide the answer! High quality LEDs look great, use minimal energy, and emit maximum bang-for-buck lighting. Make your home positively glow with some LEDs!
The main advantage of this kind of lighting is you’re not limited to bulbs. LEDs can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes – everything from traditional fittings through to lines, squares, lamps – any shape you can think of, you can get an LED system designed to fit. Inexpensive, high quality LEDs can seriously pull back your energy budget!
The best quality LEDs are generally 4-5 times more efficient than the typical incandescent equivalent. Unfortunately, as a new technology, LEDs are often more expensive – the risks of being an early adopter! But, with twenty thousand to forty thousand hours of life in each light, it’s a pretty solid investment.
Design, design, design!
Lighting makes up 6% of the average energy bill. This can be cut with some clever designing! Night time lighting especially can be carefully designed to set a particular mood without using tonnes of wattage.
When you’re lighting a space, consider your needs first and foremost. Which parts of the room or area require the most light? Consider feature lighting – that is, light cast on specific objects or parts of the space. These might be anything from your favourite reading chair, a sculpture or artwork, or other little bits and pieces, rather than the whole room. Not only will this improve your ambiance, it will set a very refined mood.
Consider what’s going on in each room of your house. You probably don’t need particularly energy hungry lights in the bedroom, for instance – and if you’ve got high quality, well positioned and designed windows, areas such as a kitchen or living room can rely primarily on natural light. Where natural light is not available, consider day lighting which utilises the space and features themselves to compliment the system.
Light is heavily absorbed in darkly coloured rooms – consider your paint choices carefully. If you go with warm, muted, neutral colours, you’re more likely to reach a lighting system you’re happy with! Think about what will be most eye-catching, and mood-setting for the particular space, and then work backwards towards an energy efficient solution that best suits your needs.
Lighting can be difficult to get right. But when done – it’s a really important, useful way of improving a space. It’s a great way to set a mood, or else simply improve the safety of areas such as kitchens at night.
Consider all the different effects and solutions you can, and then choose the one that’s best for you. Energy efficiency is a great way to build the value of a property – no one wants shocker bills! Investing in low-cost, high-quality and energy efficient lighting is an important first step for building the sort of home you’ve always dreamed of.
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