Whether you are getting new lights for your bathroom remodeling project or you’re adding them to your new foyer, lighting fixtures don’t have to be energy hogs to work well. In fact, by using one or all of these eco-friendly light sources, you can help decrease your eco-footprint as well as decrease your electric bill. But no matter what lighting source you decide to buy, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional electrician to install them. With the addition of a dimmer switch, these light sources can become even more eco-friendly by allowing you to control the exact amount of light you need, exactly when you need it most.
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Take the LED
One of the best ways to efficiently light any room in the house is through the use of LED’s. Light emitting diodes or LED’s use a small electric charge to efficiently create a small source of light. When these small sources are packed together tightly, they produce as much energy as a conventional light bulb but for a fraction of electricity. For instance a 60 watt incandescent light bulb is just as bright as a four watt LED system. Not only do the lights work more energy efficiently, they also create far less heat. This means the overall ambient air temperature of your house will go down, allowing your HVAC system to work at maximum efficiency.
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LED Light Sources: LED under cabinet lighting works best in the kitchen and bathroom areas. LED strip lights work well above cabinets, in alcoves and on porches.
Win the Pendant
Pendant lighting is a great source for task lighting above counter spaces, over furniture and even outdoors. Stylish design and practical use make this lighting fixture a must have in just about any room in the house. With the addition of a CFL or LED bulb, energy efficiency increases exponentially.
Pendant Lighting Sources: The shade or cover of the pendant lamp can be green too. Look for a recycled paper, bamboo or other natural material for the ultimate in eco-friendly lighting.
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I’m Your Biggest Fan
A fan is more than just a great way to keep cool. It also helps give your HVAC a break when it’s working overtime on a hot day or cold night. Fans help circulate the air and help keep ambient air temperatures consistent. A ceiling fans light kit adds to the energy efficiency of the unit by allowing you to add an ambient light source using CFL or LED bulbs. Once a dimmer switch has been added to the fan and light kit, it works pulling double duty as an ecofriendly light and ventilation system.
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Ceiling Fan Light Sources: A fan that’s controlled by remote control can add to the features of the fan while still allowing it to be ecofriendly.