Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, the matter of lighting is important. The matter of how much you spend on lighting costs each month can certainly impact your budget. The bottom line is to use less energy to get the lighting you need which will save money. Here are a few tips on how to maximize energy saving on lighting.
Clean fixtures regularly. If a fixture is dirty, it will seem less bright because of a dirty lens. This may cause you to add extra lighting in the way of lamps or task lighting which will run up the energy costs. Regularly cleaning your fixtures is an important way to ensure they are working properly and giving you the best light possible.
Switch incandescent to CFL. An incandescent bulb, while warm and pretty, is the least efficient option on the market. It runs a high wattage of around 100 watts at times to create the specified lumen output. A better bet is to switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFL) because they operate at around 60W or lower to create the same or better illumination.
Switch CFL to LED. For those looking for an even better return on wattage, switching from CFL to LED is a smart choice. LED offers the best in low wattage to high lumen output ratio on the market. An LED can operate on an impressive 12W, depending on the model, which makes it energy saving in terms of utilities.
Utilize natural light as much as possible. Natural light can certainly help cut down on either how much artificial light you need in general or the hours in which you use it. Make sure you consider any natural light in calculating the lumen output you anticipate needing for the space.
Install timers. When lights are left on by accident, it can be costly in terms of energy consumed. By installing timers in key areas of the home or business, you can eliminate this problem.
Install occupancy sensors. Another option aside from timers set to run during specified times of day are occupancy sensors. These are ideal because they automatically shut the lights on and off based on whether or not the room is occupied.
Don’t overpower the space. Too many people overlight the space and end up costing themselves in energy costs down the line. Consider having a lighting audit premed to ensure your fixtures are offering only what the space requires.