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Energy Efficiency in Indoor Lighting

Having an energy efficient lighting plan in your home is very important. Energy efficient lighting design focuses on quality and efficiency lighting. With an energy efficient home lighting plan, you can reduce your electricity consumption, which saves money; more importantly, energy efficient lighting yields a positive impact on the environment. One study found that if we reduce our electricity use, we could lessen the carbon dioxide emission of power stations. Think of the impact we could have on the environment if we do everything we can to reduce our electricity use. One way of lessening electricity consumption is by using compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs with indoor lighting and outdoor lighting fixtures. ;

CFLs last up to ten times longer than incandescent lights, and they are three to four times more efficient. They can be used in table lamps, track lighting, recessed lighting fixtures, ceiling light fixtures, and most other lighting fixtures that use an incandescent light. One concern for CFL lighting is the use of mercury during manufacture, thus proper disposal or recycling should be followed. Although initially expensive, you can save money in the long run, because CFLs use about one-third electricity and they last longer than the usual incandescent light.

LED lighting lasts up to ten times longer than CFL, and far longer than typical incandescent lights. They do not cause heat buildup and no mercury is used in manufacturing LEDs. Although they are expensive, their cost effectiveness is measured in the long run. They use only 2-10 watts of electricity and they last for years, cutting down maintenance and replacement costs. Indoor lighting that makes use of LED bulbs use up to 85% less energy than incandescent lighting fixtures, and up to 50% than CFL light fixtures. Read More



We have all been hearing about “green lighting” in recent times, and most of us agree that eco-friendly lights and appliances are a great idea.  Unfortunately, getting started can be confusing and over-whelming because we are not sure what the best energy efficient choices are, what types of effects our lighting choices have on the interior and exterior look of our home, and where to use certain types of lighting.  It does not have to be so confusing if you are equipped with some information and a few good tips about where to start.

Let’s begin with what we are already familiar with.  Regular, old-fashioned light bulbs are called incandescent light bulbs.  They can produce the exact type and color of light that we are all used to living with and seeing on a daily basis.  Incandescent bulbs also create a lot of heat and actually only use about 20% of the energy they consume to produce light.  In a home with many rooms and a lot of lighting needs, both indoors and out, it is easy to see how expensive and energy inefficient this can become.

CFLs, or compact florescent lights, are the current answer to many lighting needs.  We often think of florescent bulbs as those long tubes that hung from school and office ceilings and produced harsh, flickering light and made a terrible buzzing sound.  They also took forever to turn on once the switch was thrown. But, compact florescent bulbs have come a long way in just a few years, and new improvements and better ideas are appearing almost daily. Read More