Eco-Friendly Lighting Solutions for the Home

eco-friendly lightingEco-friendly lighting makes sense for your home and the environment. Upgrading from incandescent light bulbs to greener forms of lighting can save you a lot of money.  It can also leave behind a smaller carbon footprint on the planet while keeping even the hard-to-light interior areas bright and well-lit.

4 Eco-Friendly Lighting Solutions

CFL Bulbs

Eco-Friendly Lighting cfl bulb

This is the type of corkscrew-shaped light bulb many of us have become familiar with. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) offer several advantages over traditional incandescent bulbs.

  • They last up to 10 times longer.
  • Produce almost no heat.
  • Use 75% less energy than the old incandescent bulbs we have become accustomed to.
  • Replacing just one incandescent light bulb in your home with a CFL bulb will reduce carbon monoxide emission to the atmosphere by 1,000 pounds.  Multiply that amount by the number of old, outdated bulbs in your house and it’s easy to see how a small lighting change will have a huge and positive impact on the environment.

CFL bulbs have been undergoing style changes recently and are now available in different shapes. They’re also available in 3-way for use in reading lamps.

LED Bulbs

LED bulbs

Light Emitting Diodes, better known as LED bulbs, first became popular among those who went all-out with Christmas light displays. High safety and low energy costs were the initial attraction for over-the-top Holiday decorators.  It didn’t take long, however, for everyone else to catch on to how energy efficient, versatile and long lasting LED bulbs are.

These bulbs are now used for residential lighting, automotive lighting, architectural lighting, automotive, aviation, broadcasting, electronic instrumentation, entertainment and gaming. The military, as well as government departments like traffic and safety and transportation, are also utilizing this eco-friendly lighting solution.

Light Tubes

Light tube
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Also called solar tubes or light pipes, these lights are essentially an updated version of skylights. A light tube is installed in a structure for transporting or distributing natural or artificial light from room to room or from the exterior to the interior. There are two applicable uses for light tubes: light can be distributed from room to room or from the exterior to the interior with the aid of one of these tubes.

There are also two different type of light tubes: hollow tubes that contain light with a reflective lining, and tubes with transparent solids that contain the light by total internal reflection.

Whether tubes are needed for transporting or distributing light depends upon the structure and needs of the occupants. Either style, or a combination of both, offer an eco-friendly lighting solution for the home.

Natural Light

natural light

Indoor lighting plays an important role in many aspects of our life and has many benefits.

  • Natural light positively impacts our health.
  • It enables us to flip off the electrical switch. Now that’s green living at its best.
  • Natural light dictates our wake/sleep cycles.
  • It improves our mood
  • Natural light strengthens our immune system to help us fend off diseases.

Not enough natural light can cause serious health problems like:

  • Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.), a type of depression.
  • Hormonal problems and various illnesses

Home builders are now using sustainable designs and taking lighting into serious consideration.  This helps the homeowner save money and resources as well as live healthier.

Natural light is free, good for our health and readily available in most cases during the daylight hours.

Motion Sensors

Here is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your home’s lighting efficient – plug in a motion sensor in each room of your home. Motion sensors detect movement and will turn lights on and off accordingly. When you enter the front door, family room or hallway, lights automatically turn on for you. Leave the room and within a few minutes the lights turn off. Motion sensors can also be used outdoors to light your way up the walkway or alert you to an intruder on the property.

Motion sensors provide safety, peace-of-mind and give hands-free illumination as needed while keeping the utility bill in check and conserving natural resources.

Conclusion

Saving money and being eco-friendly doesn’t mean we have to live in the dark. We just need to look for sustainable solutions. Swapping old light bulbs for newer, energy efficient ones save money. We can also enjoy better health by opening the curtains and allowing natural light to flood the room.   Add a few motion sensors to light your way as you navigate the way to a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

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