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10 Ways to Use Lighting Efficiently

10 Ways to Use Lighting Efficiently

  1. Use natural lighting where possible, reducing the number of holes in the ceiling and insulation.
  2. Use the best light for the task, focal lighting or widespread lighting.
  3. Focus the light where you need it: use task lighting, such as a desk lamp - for example, task lighting for working at a desk.
  4. Decorate with lightly coloured finishes and furnishings allowing lighting levels to be reduced.
  5. Make sure you are not using a higher wattage bulb than is necessary as rooms are often excessively lit.
  6. Clean light fittings regularly to allow more light to pass through.
  7. Turn off lights when not in use; even for short periods of time.
  8. Install a motion sensor in hallways, verandahs and front door porches.
  9. Install dimmer switches.
  10. Dust/clean lampshades and bulbs regularly to ensure maximum light output.

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Science Notes

Lights account for approximately 10 to 15 percent of your electricity bill, dependent upon how you live in your home. By only using the lighting that you need, and where you need it, you can reduce your lighting energy consumption by 50 percent.

Apart from good home design and turning off unnecessary lighting, lighting technology is making incredible advances so it is always worth checking on the latest developments when you are changing lights. You can find more specific information on lights at Use Energy Saving Light Bulbs.

Related Tip

Where possible, refrain from using down-lights; they are designed for spotlighting rather than general illumination - why you will have to use up to six down-lights to light the same area as one pendant light.>