Good lighting is essential if a home is to have the flexibility demanded by contemporary living. Adequate illumination makes a home safe and easy to use, satisfying to work in, and invigorating. By contrast, it can also help a space to be relaxing or even romantic after a long day at work.
We all need to reduce our carbon footprints by lowering the energy usage. Lighting is a specific area where we can cutback especially since it constitutes 15% of the energy we consume in our homes. The easiest way to do this is to maximize the use of natural light in every area of our home. We can do this by allowing as much natural light as possible in being cognizant of not overheating. Reflective surfaces to bounce light as well as color choices are very effective ways to throw light back into your environment. Once the sun goes down, artificial lighting takes over. Low-energy lighting is the way to go to reduce your energy usage. Here is the short-list of options:
- Compact Fluorescent bulbs
- Light Emitting Diodes