How to Energy-Efficient-Lighting Proof Your Home December 7, 2016 – Posted in: Home Lighting, Tutorials
Having good lightings in your home will accentuate the beauty of your surroundings. This, more often than not, includes a series of lighting fixtures, a combo of this and that, to create your desired ambiance. And this can become a little too pricey.
However, there are ways to energy-efficient-light proof your home.
Why Choose Energy-Efficient Lighting
The electric lightings at home burn at most 25% of the average home energy consumption. A single lightbulb uses electricity that costs from 5 to 10 times its original purchased price. This can somehow dent your electricity budget.
However, by using energy-efficient lighting bulbs in your home and using them wisely, you minimize your energy use, thus minimizing your electricity costs.
What to Use for Energy-Efficient Lighting
There are two available types of lightbulbs that are energy-efficient options that you can use in your home lighting fixture. The light-emitting diode or LED and the compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs.
CFLs are a lighting option replacing the traditional lightbulb. They are more cost-effective for general lighting requirements. LEDs, however, are the most cost-effective. They are particularly great used in spotlights and dimmable lights. They will save you more money in the long run.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps or CFLs
Compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs are used in most light fittings including older style fittings for incandescent lights. In converting your traditional incandescent lights to CFLs, you can save to as much as 80% of your electricity cost.
You can choose from the many varieties of CFLs to fit your lighting need. There are CFLs of different shapes and sizes and CFLs in different color temperatures. You can choose warm white CFLs for your living rooms and cool ones for your bathroom and kitchens.
However, there are also few things to remember in buying CFLs. They cannot be used as dimmable lights unless they are labeled ‘dimmable’. They can’t also be used in enclosed fixtures unless they are specifically designed for it.
Benefits of LED Lights
Using LED lights can save you electricity and money. They have 15,000 to 50,000 hours of life. LED lights last 10 times at most than compact fluorescents and typical incandescent light bulbs. Although they can be expensive at purchase, the cost is saved through time since they are energy-efficient, thus saving you some and more from your electricity bills.
One of the many benefits of LED lights is its durability. Through circumstances when a regular incandescent will be broken, LED bulbs are not damaged, and they don’t have mercury so they are quite safe. LED lights, also, do not cause heat buildup, thus minimizing your air conditioning costs at home.
Choosing LED Lights
In choosing an LED lightbulb from the many models and styles available in the market, estimate your desired brightness. You can read the package to choose the brightness level you need. Aside from choosing the brightness level, there are new LED bulbs available where you can choose between warm or cool white depending on where you are going to use it.Choose between standard and dimmable bulbs or if you need both.
Look for certifications to ensure the quality of LED bulbs you are about to purchase to avoid the low-quality ones.
Other Energy-Efficient Lighting Tips
In addition to using energy-efficient lightbulbs in your home, it is also essential to do some control mechanisms in saving your energy consumption by being conscious of how you use your lighting. Turning off the light when you leave a room is one great example.
Be conscious of how many lights are on to how much you need to use. Having too many lights you don’t need is just a waste with an added cost.
Use appropriate lightings for every need. You may need a bright light when you are reading, but you don’t need that too much light while watching television, so you can turn some of those lights off.
It is also essential that while doing your lighting fixtures, the switches should be placed conveniently like placing switches at the top and bottom of the stairs. This is for an easy access of turning on the light and turning it off when not in use.
All in all, proofing your home to achieve a more energy-efficient lighting doesn’t stop in using energy-efficient lightbulbs. This continues to how efficiently you use your lighting.