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Lighting Choices to Save You Money
Lighting Choices to Save You Money
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Apr 22,2024

Lighting Choices to Save You Money

Many of us put electricity bills on auto pay and forget about it, but those bills can be sneaking upwards on you. Lighting makes up a significant portion of that bill, and there is plenty opportunity to save money with energy-efficient indoor lighting.

In this brief article brought to you by Mr. Electric, we share some tips on saving money with energy-efficient indoor lighting. If you’d like to have a certified electrician inspect and asses your electrical system, then call Mr. Electric to schedule a convenient appointment today.

Embrace Natural Lighting

Maximizing natural light not only reduces reliance on artificial lighting but also creates a more inviting and energizing indoor environment. Arrange furniture and decor to make the most of natural light sources like windows and skylights.

Consider implementing “daylight harvesting” techniques, such as using mirrors and reflective surfaces to redirect natural light deeper into your home. This reduces the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours, leading to significant energy savings over time.

Transition to LED Lighting

One of the most effective ways to save on lighting costs is by transitioning to LED (Light-Emitting Diode) bulbs. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, LEDs consume significantly less energy while providing the same or even better brightness levels. They also have a much longer lifespan, effectively reducing the money you spend on bulb replacements and maintenance costs.

When choosing LED bulbs, pay attention to the lumens (brightness) and color temperature to match your lighting needs. Opt for ENERGY STAR certified LEDs because they meet stringent energy efficiency standards and often come with extended warranties. While the upfront cost of LEDs may be higher, the long-term savings in energy consumption and replacement costs make them a worthwhile investment.

Use Dimmer Switches

Dimmer switches allow you to adjust brightness according to specific tasks or ambiance requirements. By dimming lights when full brightness is unnecessary, you can reduce energy usage and prolong the lifespan of your bulbs. Consider installing dimmer switches in living areas, bedrooms, and dining spaces for optimal energy management AND flexible ambiance.

Pair dimmer switches with compatible LED bulbs for optimal performance and energy savings. Modern dimmer switches often feature advanced technologies such as programmable schedules and remote control options, enhancing convenience while also maximizing energy efficiency.

Install Motion Sensors and Timers

Motion sensors and timers are valuable tools for optimizing energy usage in areas with intermittent or occasional lighting needs, such as hallways, closets, and bathrooms. Motion sensor lights automatically turn on when motion is detected and switch off after a specified period of inactivity.

Similarly, timers can be programmed to turn lights on and off at specific times, ensuring lights are only active when needed. Combine motion sensors, timers, and energy-efficient bulbs for a comprehensive and automated lighting solution that minimizes energy consumption without sacrificing convenience.

Leave the Installations to the Professionals

If you are planning to upgrade your lighting, then remember to leave the electrical lighting installation to trained and certified electricians. This not only ensures safety and compliance with building codes and regulations, but it can also maximize energy efficiency and long-term savings.

In addition to providing professional installations and replacements, Mr. Electric is also proud to offer emergency electrical repair service. Call us or send us a message at any time of the day to speak with a live member of our team.

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