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Green Lighting Tips for Your Home  

These tips will definitely help you pay your tribute to the environment, while setting a good example for others to follow.

Going green is much more than a mere trend, even though many are choosing the eco-friendly lifestyle as a fad. Lighting is not something we can do without – as soon as the sun sets, our fixtures become alive. Necessary as they are, these fixtures tend to spend a lot of energy, which brings pollution related problems to the table. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of environmentally friendly tips for your home.

LEDs

Doubtlessly, you’ve heard about these many times now, so let’s explain what they are once and for all. Short for ‘light emitting diodes’, the LED technology has blessed us with energy efficient, long-lasting light bulbs. Although these bulbs are quite pricey (they are just about starting to hit the consumer market big time), they offer numerous benefits – the LEDs are capable of reducing energy consumption by as much as 80-90% and, on average, last significantly longer (around 100,000 hours) than your regular bulbs do. What this means is that they tend to pay off in the long run.

CFL

Short for compact florescent bulbs, the CFLs are pretty much the budget version of LED lights. They are a great deal, in economic terms – although they cost a bit more than the incandescent lights, they use significantly less energy and last around 10,000 hours, which means that a CFL fixture will start paying off after about 500 hours of use. Furthermore, the CFLs radiate less heat, which makes them a better choice, and a much safer alternative.

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The origin of a lighting fixture is just as important as making sure you spend less energy – if you’ve bought a “dirty” fixture, you’ve done a fair bit of supporting its immoral manufacturers, regardless of how green it is. When getting new lighting items, make sure that you buy only the items made from recycled materials, such as metal, glass, plastic, or natural materials, such as felt, cloth or wood.

Disposal

Now, if your lighting is ‘green’, disposing of used bulbs should follow suit. Although the CFLs really are eco-friendly, they still are fluorescent bulbs, which means that they contain a certain amount of mercury. This means that you shouldn’t simply throw them in the trash. It is important that you inquire about recycling options with electrical contractors in your area, if you want to stay completely green. f you want to try and do this without professional help, make sure to have a phone number of an emergency electrician in your area in case something goes wrong

Turn the Lights off

image 2 (1)No matter how green your lights are, they should not be turned on during the day under any circumstances. Of course, you should keep your blinds open and use natural light as much as possible. However, there are those houses that are not blessed with this option. Adding skylights is always a great compensation for the lack of well-placed windows, but if you’re designing your home or doing some renovations, consider placing more windows on the south-facing side or north-facing if you’re based in the southern hemisphere.

It’s a Thing of Mentality

If you’ve truly decided to go green with your lighting, setting your very mindset to the ‘green mode’ is perhaps the most important thing. It all may sound basic, but turning the lighting fixtures off in rooms that aren’t being used and making sure that no light is left on when your home is empty will go a long way not only in paying tribute to the environment, but also in making sure that your electricity bill is kept within reasonable limits.

These tips will definitely help you pay your tribute to the environment, while setting a good example for others to follow. The best part of using the provided advice is not only outlined in the fact that you’re helping promote the environmentally-friendly mentality, but also in the fact that you’re going to end up saving money in the end!

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Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.

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