Energy-Efficient Lighting Solutions
When you’re in the market for energy saving light bulbs, LED’s remain one of the most energy efficient lighting solutions available. This is largely due to the fact that LED’s have the ability to convert almost all the energy they consume, into light.
When you think of energy efficient lighting styles, you could be mistaken for thinking that the choice is limited and that style is compromised for efficiency. That’s not the case, thankfully, and there are still many options available if you find the right lighting store.
Get To Know Your LED’s
Before you head out to buy an energy saving lightbulb, make sure you know which type will suit your setting, as well as your light fitting. LED’s are a great energy saving lighting solution, and can be put to use in a variety of settings. These days you can find LED energy efficient lighting indoors, outside, in spotlights, crystal chandeliers and dimmable lighting.
Once you’ve established where the energy saving light bulbs are going to be used, you can consider the strength of light you require. You may be more used to dealing with wattage, but lumen is the way LED bulbs are measured. The lumen indicates the strength of light produced by the bulb, in the same way that wattage does. A 40 watt bulb is equivalent to a 470 lumen LED, 60 watt would be 800 lumen, etc, etc.
Different settings call for different bulbs. Consider the area you are lighting; what it is used for; how much natural light there is. Softer lighting is good for creating a cosy atmosphere, whereas sharp, clear light may be required for an office environment. Then you can settle on the lumen, and start to consider shape, size, style and colour.
Thanks to a resurgence in industrial lighting styles, the oversized and random shaped bulbs have become very popular of late. They can be used to make a statement, or suggest a minimalist style. LED’s are available in traditional shapes too, including candle lamp, globe and tubular. Choose between clear, smoked and coloured glass to complete your look.
Other Ways To Save Money
As well as choosing energy saving light bulbs there are other ways to achieve energy efficient lighting solutions. Pair one of these ideas with LED bulbs and you could be onto a winning combination:
- Smart Lighting – These systems sense and interact with the environment, so they are able to detect when power is needed. The result being, no wasted usage.
- Motion Sensors – These also help to avoid unnecessary use of electricity when not required. It can help lower energy usage by up to 30%
- Dimmers – A great way of extending the lifespan of your bulbs, as they allow your lighting to operate with a lower output of power.
- Timed Lights – As the name suggests, these can be turned on and off at different times of the day or night, as set by a timer. Not only are they a good deterrent for unwanted visitors, they help towards your energy bills too.
If you’re still a little unsure, or you would like to see some examples of energy saving lighting solutions on display, why not head over to the IOS Lighting showroom, or visit their website for some ideas. One of their advisors will be able to point you in the right direction and shed some light on the subject!