Lighting is a quintessential aspect of any space. Lighting can be used for functional purposes, to set a mood or evoke an emotion, or to beautify a space. However, your lighting choices can also help you to become more green, which is fabulous! If you are looking for a way to lower your energy consumption lighting is the perfect place to start. Here are some tips:
1. Make the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Now you can find them in white light which gives off just as clean and warm a light as incandescent light bulbs.
2. Consider installing dimmers and using timers. If you like having certain areas of your home lit at night you might not need as strong a light as you get with the flip of a switch. Using a dimmer can actually help to increase the attractiveness of a space by giving off a softer and warmer light. Timers are great to use for night lighting. Whether you use timers for you outdoor lights or for a particular lamp inside your home it will help to keep your spaces well lit only for the duration of time you wish to have it. Motion sensors are also great for some outdoor lighting.
3. Something to consider while looking for lighting is the energy efficiency of the fixture. Some lighting fixtures are ENERGY STAR rated! Here are a few of the beautiful, yet
efficient, ENERGY STAR lighting fixtures from lampsplus.com
Linon Linear ENERGY STAR® Pendant Chandelier
Ardmore ENERGY STAR® 25" High Outdoor Wall Light
Ferros Collection ENERGY STAR® Bronze Pendant Chandelier