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Are Chandeliers Energy Efficient?

Energy is an integral aspect of our lives in the 21st century. More and more people are now thinking about which sources it comes from, and how it impacts the environment.

The simple fact is that almost 70% of the energy used in the world is generated from oil, gas, and coal. This energy is used to meet the increasing demands of the modern world, such as electricity generation, transport, heating etc.

The carbon dioxide released from burning these fossil fuels accumulates in the atmosphere. It triggers various changes in the environment, contributes to global warming and has an impact on how we live. The good news is that today, there is an increasing awareness about these aspects.

About Energy Consumption in Homes

Chandeliers-in-stylish-loungeNot only do people look for eco-friendly construction materials, but also opt for energy-efficient installations and features for their homes and commercial establishments. This has a positive impact on the environment and helps save you money as well.

If you’re looking for effective ways to save some money and do your part for the environment, switching to energy efficient lighting fixtures and fittings in your home is an excellent place to start (and possibly a great model to set for others!). Most homes will have a variety of lighting fixtures such as pendant lights, sconces, track lighting, table lamps, ceiling lights and more.

Many residences also have chandeliers in the living, dining and bedroom areas. In the UK, lighting in homes accounts for approximately 18% of an average household’s electricity bills. This means, switching to energy-efficient lighting solutions can provide big savings. And a big impact for the environment!

Chandeliers - The Energy Efficiency Aspect

Ceiling lights, wall lights, table lamps, floor lamps, and other lighting fixtures typically have one or two bulbs in them. But chandeliers are larger features and come with multiple bulbs fitted. This brings up questions like - Are chandeliers energy-efficient and a viable lighting option in the 21st century? Is it possible to improve the energy efficiency of these impressive lighting features, without compromising on aspects such as illumination and aesthetics? Let’s take a look at how you can have your cake and eat it too!

Look for Energy Ratings While Purchasing New Chandeliers

All modern lighting products and fixtures are subject to EU eco design and energy labelling requirements, and this includes chandeliers. When you opt to use energy-efficient lighting throughout your home, there will be a significant drop in your household electricity bills.

Today, all lighting product manufacturers are required to bring to market fixtures that are energy-efficient. They also need to make sure these details are mentioned on the product labels. This means you won’t find it too challenging to source energy-efficient chandeliers for different rooms in your home.

Energy-Efficient Chandeliers - The Benefits

There are a number of benefits of using energy-efficient chandeliers:

  • Features that are labelled ‘energy-efficient’ translate to the most advanced and efficient technology, cutting-edge design and quality.
  • They use 90% less energy and produce approximately 70-90% less heat than conventional models utilising candescent light bulbs.
  • These chandeliers are custom designed around the light bulbs for more efficient and effective light distribution.
  • Available in a range of designs and styles.
  • Come with convenient features including dimming for indoor models.
  • Chandeliers that are designed for semi-outdoor areas such as porches, verandas or sunrooms have motion sensors and daylight shut-off functions.

How to Improve the Energy-Efficiency of Older Chandeliers

Chandelier-above-couch-in-high-class-roomIf you already have older chandeliers in your home and want to improve their energy-efficiency, there is a very simple way to do it. Replace all the existing bulbs with LEDs. Light emitting diodes are the latest and most advanced in lighting technology. There are numerous advantages to modernising or upgrading your older chandeliers with these bulbs such as:

  • Use approximately 80% less electricity than standard halogen bulbs.
  • LEDs of most good brands are rated to last 25,000-30,000 hours, on average.
  • They operate at a cooler temperature compared to other options. Since chandeliers can have multiple bulbs, using LEDs is a great way to maintain a more comfortable temperature in the indoor spaces. This also helps reduce stress on the air-conditioning system, which in turn improves the overall energy efficiency of your home.
  • No need to call in an electrician as you simply have to replace all the halogen bulbs in your chandelier with LEDs.
  • These bulbs are available in a number of hues ranging from cool white and warm to yellow as well. This allows you to create the ambience you want in your home.

LEDs use less energy, which is definitely good news for the environment. However, they can also be recycled, making them a true ‘green’ lighting solution.

A Few More Pointers

Regardless of whether you have a new or older chandelier, there are certain other tips you can follow to start saving energy today:

  • Use the lowest wattage/lumen LED bulbs, especially in large chandeliers with multiple bulb fittings.
  • Consult a good electrician or preferably, chandelier experts, and determine whether it’s possible to install sensors on the chandeliers.
  • Regularly dust all your LEDs and the chandelier; this will allow the light to filter through easily, illuminating the area more effectively.
  • Consider allocating multiple switches to control alternate light bulbs in the chandelier. This allows you the flexibility to use the number of bulbs you want, based on your illumination needs.
  • Opt for chandeliers with clear crystals or glass rather than ones with frosted or coloured glass. Sometimes, the latter can reduce 50% or more of light from the bulbs.
  • Look for size-appropriate chandeliers as that will ensure you aren’t using more electricity than needed.

In Closing….

While chandeliers look stunning, add elegance and sophistication to almost any setting, many people have doubts about their energy-efficiency. This is primarily because most chandeliers are bigger than standard ceiling light fixtures, and also have a larger number of light bulbs in them.

However, as discussed, there are a number of things you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your chandeliers. This is only one aspect you should be taking into account when choosing any lighting fixture for your home. No matter which way you look at it, chandeliers continue to be a fixture that can be used effectively in 21st century lighting concepts, without compromising on the aspect of energy-efficiency.