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How To Create An Energy-Efficient Home With Lighting

With energy prices fluctuating significantly, everyone is looking to create a more energy-efficient home. As there can be so many bulbs in one home, whether it is a four-bedroom house or a one-bedroom flat, lighting is one of the easiest ways you can reduce energy consumption; installing energy-efficient lighting throughout your home could see some mind-blowing savings.

Of course, using energy-efficient bulbs is just one of several habits that you can implement in your house to consume less energy, reduce bills and decrease your impact on the environment.

In this blog, we share some of the habits you should pick up to create a more energy-efficient home.

Swap to LED Lights

LED lights are growing in popularity because by choosing these over incandescent bulbs you could save up to 90% of your energy bill.

You will be surprised at how much light these bulbs emit. In fact, a 6-watt LED will produce the same or better output than a traditional 60-watt light bulb!

To add to this, they are long-lasting as well, meaning you won’t need to replace these bulbs as frequently as traditional ones. This means the money you save will be two-fold, as you reduce your energy bill and the amount being spent on the bulbs themselves.

These bulbs are the most efficient on the market and are now being used in both modern and contemporary designs. No matter what you are looking for you will be able to find an LED light in a style that will match your home.

LED lighting can be used in:

Turning Off Lights

Chances are, as you were growing up your parents will have reminded you on several occasions to switch the lights out when you leave a room. Well, they would have done this for good reasons, as this can save money on energy bills.

The act is simple, yet the impact can so easily be forgotten. But just think, every time you turn the light off, you are reducing the energy being used, which in turn translates to saving money and creating a more efficient home.

Use Motion Sensors

Motion sensors aren’t practical everywhere; for example, motion sensor lights in the lounge would be inconvenient as they would likely switch off after you have snuggled down on the sofa to watch your movie.

However, in the garden or by the front door these lights can make complete sense. As they are out of sight, it can be easy to forget about them, leaving them on until you next go outside when you realise they have been left on overnight.

Of course, if you have a motion sensor there, they will switch themselves on and off as and when they need to.

Use Translucent Light Shades

This one feels like common sense, but it is still worth pointing out.

If you use a dark colour or thick material for your light shades, it will reduce the amount of light in the room. This might mean you use more lights than might be necessary to try to light the room better.

If you opt for translucent or light-coloured light shades, you will increase the light exposure to the room, therefore needing fewer bulbs.

Clean The Bulbs And Fixtures

Dust and dirt will impact the efficiency of your light bulbs. Think of it as creating a curtain around the bulb that will start to block the light out.

Regularly dusting the bulbs and fittings will ensure that your room is getting the most light it can from the bulbs.

Utilise Natural Light

Sometimes, this is easier said than done, but natural light can make a difference to a room in more ways than helping save energy.

Natural light will reduce your need to switch on those artificial LEDs that you have recently installed.

It will also:

  • Boost energy levels
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase Serotonin levels, enhancing your mood

Use Spotlighting

A final way that you can create an energy-efficient home is to use spotlights, focusing on the areas where you need light, rather than using overhead lighting.

Lighting the whole room when you are only sitting in one corner is incredibly inefficient, so think about adding lamps or spotlights to areas that you frequently use.

This could be adding a desk lamp to your workstation, a pendant light over your dining room table, or a floor lamp next to the sofa where you cuddle up to read.

Set Up An Efficient Home With Home Lighting Store

At Home Lighting Store, we have everything you need to create an energy-efficient home. From LED bulbs to fitted LED lights for every room.

We stock a range of lighting solutions, meaning you are bound to find something to the style and feel of your home, whether you are creating a modern look or something a bit more traditional.

Browse our selection and order online for nationwide delivery. Alternatively, if you are local, head to our showroom in Christchurch to see the lighting in person.

If you are looking for some advice and guidance, get in touch with our friendly team today. They know everything about lighting, so they will be able to help you with your query. Call us on 01202 474697 or complete our online contact form, and we will get back to you.

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