Tips on Lighting your Home
No matter which type of lighting you use, there are strategies you can employ to use less energy while making the spaces in your home more inviting. Think about how light will be used in a particular space. Do you require ambient lighting, task lighting, or accent lighting?
Ambient lighting is multidirectional and is designed to cover a broad area, like lighting from ceiling fixtures. Task lighting, like a desk lamp, provides direct illumination for a particular task. Accent lighting enhances special features or the aesthetic quality of a particular environment, such as a deck or garden.
For each type of lighting that you’ll need, determine the amount of light you need from each bulb (lumens). Then look for the bulb that consumes the least amount of watts to achieve that number of lumens. Refer to The Lighting Facts Label to compare different bulbs.
For more suggestions on lighting the different parts of your home, visit Patterns for Homes.
Lighting Tips to Save Energy
- Turn off lights when you leave a room. (Unless you’re returning within 15 minutes.)
- Take advantage of daylight. Open drapes and curtains to let in natural light.
- Install a motion sensor and/or a photosensor to prevent lights from operating during daylight.
- Use timers. They can help reduce the time that lights are on.