Posted on November 08 2017
Choosing lighting for rooms in your home is often overlooked in favor of decor and furnishings but the correct type of lighting can change a mood and make for a more inviting atmosphere. It can also have an impact on your carbon footprint, your energy bills, and even your health. Switching to eco-friendly lighting solutions in your home isn’t difficult or costly to do and here are some lighting options you can use to improve your energy efficiency.
Small steps = more savings
If you haven’t done so already, your first steps are to replace conventional bulbs in all your lights. It is widely accepted that conventional bulbs give off artificial lighting, use up an extraordinary amount of heat and, compared to sustainable lighting, are expensive to maintain. According to government departments and agencies, by changing incandescent bulbs to CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) you’ll use around 70% less energy and therefore pay less for your energy bills.
Be part of the future of lighting
However, the real revolution in eco-friendly lighting is emerging from the rapid, technological advancement of LEDs which can last anything up to 50,000 hours. LEDs have come a long way since Christmas lighting and thanks to new designs and their popularity for reducing energy levels, they’re also becoming more affordable. In addition to the eco-friendly aspects of LEDs, having to only change your bulb every decade or more is an excellent way to save money.
Many modern lights will have the LED bulbs built into them but changing your current lights to incorporate LEDs is an investment that will pay off in the long run. They produce almost no heat and therefore use up much less energy, making it a sustainable life choice for lighting up your home. Unlike bulbs, they’re also easy to dispose of as they don’t contain any mercury.
Other eco-friendly lighting changes you can make
While you’re thinking of revamping your lighting choices in your home, consider installing dimmers and sensors which will allow more control of the light and energy you want to use. And, when it comes to updating fixtures, old shades and lamps, there’s a great deal of recycled, natural lighting ideas to add more style and sustainability into your home.
Making more earth-friendly changes in lighting up your rooms will not only help to add fresh ambiance but will keep your home, and the environment, more efficiently lit up for many years to come.
Contribution by freelance writer Sally Preston