With the rising popularity of home automation energy efficient lighting is quickly becoming a streamlined process for the tech savvy homeowners. However, home automation can be expensive so thankfully there are still a lot of different ways to ensure that you’re not wasting energy on inefficient lighting. This is both a great way to save money as well as protect the environment and live a cleaner existence. Here we’ll look at some easy ways to get your home or business up to par with energy efficient lighting.
An important discussion happening right now is the difference between LED and CFL light bulbs.
LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs have existed for a long time in computer and electronics but only recently have they overcome some of the important technical barriers barring them from mainstream homeowner usage. While they still are notably more expensive than incandescents they are beginning to be seen as a smarter investment due to how much longer they last and how much less energy they use. A typical 6-9 watt LED will last up to 10 times as long as a compact incandescent and emit the same amount of light as a 40 watt incandescent. Finally, one additional bonus of LEDs is that they don’t generate as much heat as incandescents effectively nulling the already low risk of fire.
CFL (compact fluorescent lights) light bulbs are another great option for energy efficiency and price. When compared to LEDs they are not quite as durable or efficient but a popular choice still because they are always much cheaper. Additionally, CFLs are noted for having a ‘warmer’ and more pleasant kind of light when compared to the competition. However, there are some drawbacks that you may not have known about before. CFLs contain small amounts of mercury that can be hazardous if a light bulb breaks or when disposing of one. Additionally they lose value when they are constantly turned off and on and don’t do well outdoors in the elements. Ultimately CFLs are still a great choice for saving electricity if you can’t muster up the money for LEDs.
Lastly, a great and easy way to save additional energy and money on your home or business lighting is to use some basic automation such as timers and motion sensors to make sure that lights aren’t being left on when they aren’t in use. These things are simple to set up and can make a small difference that will quickly add up.