How to Make Your Home Lighting Environmentally Friendly
Light has a big impact on a roomâ€™s beauty and vibe. If a space is too dimly lit, itâ€™s doesnâ€™t look inviting or comfortable.
In contrasting, a very brightly-lit room may look cold and harsh.
Most property owners want the rooms in their house to be well-lit without being stark, and choose light fixtures accordingly. Modern homeowners are also aware of environmental concerns and want to make their property asÂ eco-friendly as possible.
Until recently, it was hard to strike a balance between these two aspects, because eco-friendly light fixtures were a little too bright, stark, and expensive.
Fortunately, advancements in lighting technology have changed all that; now you can easily have both comfort and eco-friendly performance.
How can you make your home lighting more eco-friendly?
There are many ways to make your home lighting more environmentally friendly and efficient.
You can choose from a wide range of products and options so you wonâ€™t have to compromise. Here are some tips that can help:
1. CFL is better than incandescent lights
CFL stands for compact fluorescent light/lamp; it is an eco-friendly alternative to regular incandescent lights.
These bulbs are available in different sizes, shapes, colours, and temperatures, and can easily fit into any old light fixture.
They are designed to replace incandescent bulbs, so thereâ€™s no need for you to spent money on changing any of the existing light fixtures and lamps.
CFL bulbs use 25-35% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs and offer the same level of illumination, but are an eco-friendly option.
2. LED is better than CFL
LED stands for light-emitting diode, and these bulbs are a more eco-friendly alternative to CFL and incandescent lights.
LEDs use 7% less energy than CFLs and last nearly 25 times longer. This means you donâ€™t need to replace the bulbs as often and add to the trash in landfills.
While LED lights are a little more expensive than CFL and incandescent lights, you can easily recover the money in energy savings.
LED is the latest and most versatile lighting technology on the market today. They are available in different sizes, shapes, colours, and colour temperatures so you can create a beautiful ambience in your home without worrying about the impact on the environment.
Itâ€™s a good idea to buy Energy Star rated LEDs as they have higher energy-efficiency levels. These bulbs can be installed in almost all of your light fixtures without problems.
3. Light fixtures can be eco-friendly too
Some light fixtures like lamps, chandeliers, recessed lights, etc. arenâ€™t eco-friendly and energy-efficient.
Fixtures that are more than 10-20 years old donâ€™t perform as well as modern installations.
If youâ€™re really concerned about the impact on the environment and want make your home efficient, consider replacing old fixtures with new technology.
While this is more complicated than just replacing a bulb and can prove to be a little more expensive, you can reap the benefits of energy cost savings in the long term.
Modern light fixtures are also less likely to develop problems or require more repairs, which can help save money and time.
4. Consider home wiring
If your home wiring is too worn and frayed, it can cause problems and result in higher energy consumption.
While installing energy-efficient lights can help counteract some of this, it wonâ€™t treat the root cause. If you have old and worn wiring, itâ€™s best to fix that before installing eco-friendly and energy-efficient lighting.
The additional expense will only help you save more money in the future and avoid major repairs.
You can choose energy-efficient wiring and switchboards as well.
5. Dimmers and motion sensors help
Dimmers can lower the intensity of the light based on your requirements and preferences.
These devices can be connected to the recessed and ambient lighting in your home and allow you to turn down the intensity to create the ambience you want in the room.
Dimmed lights consume less electricity which makes them eco-friendly.
Theyâ€™re also convenient and allow you to adjust the look of the room according to your preference.
Motion sensor lights are also very convenient as they switch on and off based on the presence in the room. You wonâ€™t have to worry about forgetting to switch the lights off and there will be no energy wastage.
Some dimmers and motion sensors are a part of a smart system that can be controlled remotely via the Internet or a smartphone.
You might have noticed that some of your plugs are warm to the touch even after the lights are switched off.
Thatâ€™s because these plugs continue to draw energy from the board and that can be a waste.
If you donâ€™t intend to use table and floor lamps for a long period of time, simply unplug them. This will save you some money, keep your light fixtures in a good condition, and will be better for the environment as well.
7. Install different kinds of lights
You need different kinds of lights for different situations.
For example, you need task lighting over the kitchen counters, work tables, and study tables to ensure you can work comfortably.
It isn't safe to cut vegetables in dim lighting or work on wood if you canâ€™t see clearly.
Task lights are brighter, consume more energy, and are a little less eco-friendly. Instead of placing these bright lights in all light fixtures, place them in areas that need brightness.
In other fixtures, you can install softer and dimmer lighting that will still brighten the atmosphere but not consume as much energy.
With the right planning, tools, and lighting equipment, you can create a warm and welcoming environment on your property and still have eco-friendly fixtures.
It takes a little effort and some investment, but the results are worth it.
Most eco-friendly light fixtures and bulbs are also energy efficient, which can reduce your energy bill costs and related expenses. These fixtures are also very durable so you wonâ€™t need to replace them as often, which can reduce the cost of ownership.