Installing New Light Fixtures? Put Thought Into Both Design and Energy Efficiency
Whether you’re building a new home or just updating an older one, installing light fixtures requires some thought if you want to maximize energy efficiency. It can be part of a whole-house system approach to energy savings.
Efficient Light BulbsThe days of the traditional incandescent bulbs are rapidly drawing to a close. These inefficient lamps use 10 percent of the energy consumed for lighting and 90 percent for heat production. Newer bulbs are much more efficient. Here are three efficient light bulbs to consider for your home lighting needs:
- Energy-saving incandescents use 25 percent less energy than a traditional one, as well as lasting up to three times longer.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use 75 percent less electricity than a traditional incandescent and can last up to 10 times longer.
- Light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use 75 to 80 percent less electricity than a traditional incandescent and can last up to 25 times longer.
Maximizing Energy EfficiencyLight quality is more important than light quantity. It’s critical to choose the right kind of fixture and the right level of light for the space you’re lighting.
- For ceiling- and wall-mounted fixtures that are on for more than two hours a day, be sure to install fluorescent or LED lights for optimal efficiency.
- Use fixtures designed for energy-efficient lights instead of just replacing incandescent bulbs for more efficient ones. For example, a LED fixture is designed to maximize the amount of light, as well as the focus of the light, depending on the fixture’s purpose.
- Select Energy Star rated fixtures to maximize energy efficiency. They use the least amount of energy without compromising design or functionality.