Illumination of a space is the third-biggest energy consumer in a residential space but is also one of the easiest ways to save energy. The problem with traditional bulbs is that they emit little radiance but a lot of heat. When they were patented in the 1880s, they stood for technological wonders but today have proven to be one of the most inefficient sources of illumination. So how can one illuminate a space, retain the aesthetic appeal and save energy?
Timers, Photo sensors and Motion Sensors
A timer enables users to time a limited period of time that a range of bulbs need to stay illuminated. What lights up at midnight can be timed to gradually switch an hour or so before dawn.
Placing a photo sensor on your nightlights is another way of saving energy where the sensor automatically turns on at night and off during the day.
A motion-sensor switch is yet another efficient way of saving energy so switches that are often forgotten to turn off will be turned off automatically.
Switching to bulbs that consume less energy
12 volt jump starter fixtures are now the go-to choice for efficient illumination options for both commercial and residential spaces. These are easy to install and use low-voltage wiring. Studies have proven that this type of illumination costs only an estimated amount of 25% more to install but saves up to 75% of a regular electricity bill. It is also proven that this method of illumination lasts longer in comparison to other types of illumination – approximately 40,000 hours which is equal to 18 years of nighttime usage!
A few years ago, CFL bulbs were the ‘green’ option for lighting, but now your best options for low-cost, high-efficiency, green lighting would be 52 inch light bar. They don’t contain mercury thereby reducing mercury pollution from coal power plants. The cost of the latter type of illumination is decreasing at a rapid rate due to its increasing popularity. Today’s range of bulbs comes in a diverse range of shapes, light levels and sizes.
A dimmer switch allows you to adjust the voltage supplied to a light fixture. This is the best way to control the amount of light in a room and it saves energy. In addition, fixtures last longer when you use a dimmer. The softer the light, the longer the lamp lasts. The life of a lamp that usually lasts 5 to 6 months can be extended to 3 to 4 years with the use of a dimmer. On the other hand, for eyes that are sensitive to light, a dimmer is of great use.
All illumination types can be dimmed; for example on average, a halogen bulb when dimmed by 35% reduces energy use by 20%. Very few realize the enriching value of placing dimmers in living and working environments. Dimmers and other lighting controls allow individuals to adjust radiance levels to suit specific tasks, enhance ambiance and make best use of daylight thereby reducing energy use. Incandescent and halogen bulbs can last up to 20 times longer and run cooler when used together with a dimmer which also aids in extending bulb life.