By Clarissa Allison | July 1st, 2016
On this week’s blog, we focus on the “why’s” and “how’s” of energy conservation: Why is energy efficiency in lighting important and how does it help us in our every day lives? How is taking responsibility for our carbon footprint by using lighting, shaping the future? We’ve also included links to energy-saving light bulbs available on louielighting.com to get you started on your energy savings journey.
Energy efficiency saves you money.
Standard incandescent bulbs use far too much energy to produce light – 90% of the energy from these bulbs is given off as heat. This lost energy is like throwing money down the drain.
There are now many choices in energy-efficient lighting. The most popular light bulbs today are halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although LED light bulbs have a higher initial cost than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they use up to 90% less energy. You can find even find retro-fit LED bulbs to replace your existing incandescent bulbs online.
Additional controls like timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when they are not in use. Lutron Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels on lighting fixtures and also ceiling fans. Be sure to ensure that the dimmer you’ve chosen is compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use. If you have any questions, contact Louie Lighting at 1877-385-2104.
Using CFLs or LEDs in outdoor fixtures will also save a lot of energy and money. Many flood lights use CFL (and LED bulbs. These fixtures have been tested to endure weather conditions. Look for ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures that are designed use outdoors and come with automatic daylight shut off or motion sensors.
More popular LED bulbs:
Check out this timely infographic on the future of energy conscious technology.