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Several Bright Ideas for Greener Lighting

More valuable tips from my guest blogger, Lillian Conners...

Lighting is one of the key elements in interior design and has one of the biggest impacts on energy consumption, so by making certain adjustments, you will not only cut down your energy bill, but contribute to the environmental protection, as well. 
Knowing that your health, mood and comfort are all affected by lighting, eco-concious designers are taking that into account besides the energy consumption of their products. In addition, when a room is illuminated wisely, the productivity of whoever is occupying such space will increase. Considering that the green lighting technology has improved a lot over the years, the choices for energy-efficient illumination are numerous.

Paint



Light in any room can be maximized by choosing light colors and reflective materials for walls, floor and ceilings. You can significantly improve the lighting of your space by painting walls, next to and across from your windows, white. Although white is ideal, if you prefer other colors, you can paint a wall that gets the least natural light with a low-VOC paint, which is a splendid option if the indoor air quality concerns you. The color you choose will also set the overall tone of the room. Additionaly, linoleum or polished wood reflect a remarkable amount of ambient light, so they are excellent choices for your flooring.

Natural Light



Using natural light will save you a certain amount of money which you would spend on electricity. Of course, you will have to invest money in windows and skylights, but in the long run it is a money saver. The initial design of your space might appear as a problem, and if you do not have money for a large-scale renovation, adding just one window or skylight could greatly improve your lighting. Sunlight transport-devices are another method of using natural light. They collect sunlight on your roof and bring into different rooms of your house via fiber optics. Apart from saving energy, sunlight has a major influence on your health.


Lamps



While overhead lighting requires a lot of unnecessary energy, because it lights up every corner of a room, an electrical lamp will give you enough light at a lower cost, also enhancing the ambiance of a room.  It is a great solution when you need a dedicated light to perform a task, such as sewing, for example. Knowing that a dusty light bulb or a dirty lampshade can block as much as half the light, however, you should dust the bulb and wash the lampshade from time to time.


Wattage and Dimmers



When choosing a bulb, you should consider the function of the room and the mood you would like to create, and that is where the bulb’s wattage comes on the scene. This is important because a room with an excessive lighting can make people feel like they are in, say, a factory or office. Aside from lowering the amount of electricity a lighting fixture uses, dimming also increases the life of low-wattage lighting. Remember to check if a bulb works with dimmers when buying it. 




Multiple Switches, Motion Detectors & Green Combos


If you are installing lighting in a large open-plan space, multiple switches are very good choice as you will be able to limit the use of lighting to a certain area. When installing lighting outdoors, making sure that the lights have integrated motion detectors or timers. You will save a fair amount of electricity this way, as the lights will work only when needed. By the same token, a contemporary ceiling fan with lighting is a powerful green combo, offering twofold benefits. Not only does this solution consume less energy than two separate devices, say Sydney-based suppliers of ceiling fans, but it also represents a much healthier alternative to the vast majority of air-conditioning units.    
Applying any of these ideas will, no doubt, result in a more eco-friendly lighting and, consequently, a lower your energy bill.  

Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn

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