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Published on December 27th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

5 Lighting Design Tips for Energy Efficiency

If you’re in the process of designing a lighting scheme for a room, a remodeled wing, or a brand new house, remember that energy conservation doesn’t always have to rely upon the latest fancy new technology.  Some common sense and readily available materials often do just fine on their own!  To maximize the energy efficiency of your lighting and achieve a beautiful, natural look at the same time, follow these tips to illuminate your space:

  • Install task lighting where you really need to see, such as in the kitchen and at your desk, and reduce ambient lighting to the minimum necessary to keep from bumping into things.
  • Use energy efficient compact fluorescents and LED lighting in spaces that require artificial light.
  • Make the most of natural daylighting wherever you can.  This way, turning on a light during the day becomes an unnecessary practice.
  • Paint your walls and ceilings with light colors to reflect as much light as possible.
  • Consider installing a lighting control system that follows a set schedule to automatically turn your lights off for you.  If that’s not an option, act as your own light control system and do it yourself!  Make a habit out of turning off lights as you leave rooms—you’ll be surprised at the energy you save.




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