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.
Choosing to use a CFL or LED bulb is just one of the ways to make your indoor lighting design more energy efficient. These bulbs give you good quality lights without the high wattage, thus reducing your electricity bill. So before buying your next lighting fixture (or lamp replacement), choose one that is CFL or LED compatible.