Lighting is an essential part of any home. Obviously, no one wants to live in the dark at night or when skies are overcast. There are plenty of lighting features to consider, and some of them are better than others. When it comes to picking out the best lighting situation for a new home, though, these factors below should be considered closely.
Focus on being Energy Efficient
Most homes that are older tend not to be very energy efficient, but newer homes are being made to combat that situation. Newer lighting features are better able to make use of light bulbs that focus on using as little energy as possible. An older home’s fixtures might not be compatible with these lightbulbs. Another feature to keep lighting energy efficient is to have lights that run on a motion sensor or a timer. These two features will make sure that energy is used as little as possible. Some lights also come with dimming features or multiple settings, so they can be adjusted to use only a certain amount of energy for providing a given amount of light. This feature also allows homeowners the most control over how much light to use and when.
About Those Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
A specific type of light bulb that is constructed to be energy efficient is the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). These spiral-shaped light bulbs can be purchased at most grocery stores or supercenters, but you will find a more diverse and specialized selection at a lighting store. Their shape is rather eye-catching, but it is immediately a part of their efficiency in saving energy. EnergyStar® rated CFLs are reported to save 75 percent more energy than older lightbulb models, so they can dramatically reduce typical energy consumption. This reduction also relates directly to how much money people do or do not spend on their energy bills. Hence, while these light bulbs cost a little more, they are more than worth the upfront cost when compared to the money they save on an electric bill.
Another type of lightbulb that has become popular in recent years is light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These light bulbs only use about 20 percent to 25 percent of the amount of energy that older, incandescent light bulbs typically use. Also, they last about 25 times longer than older light bulb types. There is also the added benefit that LEDs can be used either indoors or outdoors, which makes them extremely popular in all areas of home design. For people who want the light to provide a little color to their living spaces, or for people who want to be able to alter colors to reflect certain holidays or party situations, LED is the only choice to go with as they come in many colors. LEDs are more efficient in providing light that is focused to a single point, so they can be used to target a person's needs in an area of the house without disturbing others. This feature is great for people who want only to light one part of the room at night when other people in the house are asleep. On the other hand, CFLs and incandescent lights provide lighting to an entire room, which can be disturbing for some people in the house who might not be awake at the same hours as other housemates.
CFLs and LEDs have specific applications. As mentioned previously, CFLs are great for lighting an entire room. Therefore, they are great for use in living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. LEDs would just focus its beam of light to one, specific direction, which might not be as helpful in some rooms over others like dens, studies, a home office or bedroom.
When it comes to taking care of lighting in your new home, there are definitely certain aspects that need to be considered. More importantly, finding the right type of light bulb to use in certain areas of your home should be a main focal point when designing specific rooms or outdoor spaces.
This guest post was provided by Guardian Homes, and Idaho Falls home builder focused on providing unique living spaces for the best value in Southeast Idaho.
Note: this is a partnered post and consideration was received for its publication. CC-licensed image by Anton Fomkin.