Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Energy Efficient Homes


Learn about the different lighting options for energy efficient homes.

Environmentally friendly lighting both saves money and the environment. Your home is only as energy-efficient as the materials you use to build it and keep it well lit. Part of owning sustainable, energy efficient homes, is utilizing environmentally friendly interior and exterior lighting. Alternative Energy Construction, a local construction company specializing in sustainable architecture, can help you choose the right energy-saving and eco-friendly lighting for your home.

Traditional incandescent light bulbs burn bright, but they require large amounts of power to do so. On average, a single bedroom uses five or more 40-60 watt bulbs. The power usage in that single bedroom is between 200 and 300 watts. Multiply that by every bedroom, then add several more bulbs (usually of higher wattage) for your kitchen, and your energy usage skyrockets.

Moreover, traditional bulbs have a relatively short life span, burning only for a 3-6 month period (2,000 hours), meaning you buy and throw away more bulbs. Light bulbs, unfortunately, are not recyclable and most recycling companies will not take them. Instead, they are thrown away and sit in a landfill for many, many years. Traditional lighting is not typically used in energy efficient homes for obvious reasons.

CFL Bulbs for Energy Efficient Homes

CFL, or Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs are affordable, coiled light bulbs that can conserve a large amount of energy. A CFL 40 watt replacement bulb (meaning it emits an equal amount of light to that of a 40 watt incandescent bulb) will only use about 15 watts, and has a longer burn life than traditional bulbs at roughly 15,000 hours. Using CFL bulbs is a great way to increase the efficiency of energy efficient homes and cut utility costs.

LED Bulbs for Energy Efficient Homes

LED bulbs consume a fraction of the wattage incandescent and CFL bulbs use. Though an LED bulb may have a higher purchase price tag, you will quickly recover the cost with the savings of a lower wattage and longer bulb lifespan. An LED 40 watt replacement bulb will only use 7 watts, and better yet, burns brighter and longer than incandescent and CFL bulbs. LED bulbs have a more concentrated light source than their higher wattage counterparts, meaning that the light does not spread as quickly as other light sources.

While other light sources spread further and more quickly, their illuminating distance is limited. LED light bulbs burn brighter at the center so the light spreads slower and narrower, allowing for a more broad illuminating distance. More importantly, LED bulbs burn for up to 50,000 hours. At ten hours a day, that equates to just under 14 years. By switching to more modern LED bulbs, energy efficient homes will be brighter, your energy consumption will be lower, and the long-lasting life of your bulbs will have you sending fewer of them to the landfill.

Sustainable building is not only a lifestyle, it is a money-saving, ecosystem-friendly, necessity. Investing in green building is one thing, but investing in the environment is the ultimate priority. Using CFL or LED bulbs furthers your efforts with the added benefits of saving time, money, and the environment.

Choose to work with a company well-versed in the construction and design of energy efficient homes and contact Alternative Energy Construction today.

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