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Lighting

  • Turn off lights when you leave a room or when they're not needed.
  • Use a timer to turn house lights off and on automatically.

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). CFLs last longer and use as little as one-quarter of the energy of regular light bulbs.

  • Put lamps in the corners of rooms so that light reflects off two walls. Use light colors on walls, ceilings and floors to reflect more light.

  • Use task lighting over desks, tables and workbenches rather than lighting the whole area.

  • Take advantage of natural light whenever possible. Keep windows clean and unobstructed.

  • Select low wattage, ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs for general lighting. If you do use incandescent lighting, avoid “long life” bulbs, which are the least efficient of all incandescent bulbs.
  • Use one higher wattage bulb instead of several lower wattage bulbs. However, do not exceed the manufacturer’s recommended wattage for a fixture.
  • Clean bulbs and fixtures regularly for brighter illumination.

  • When turning off dimmer switches, make sure the fixture is switched off. In certain instances, the light can appear to be off, but it is still consuming electricity.

  • Some compact fluorescent bulbs can be used with dimmer switches. Check the package to make sure they can be used with dimmers. Where possible, consider using dimmable compact fluorescent bulbs.

  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs in outdoor fixtures. Many bulbs will produce light down to an outdoor temperature of 0ºF. Check to see if they are compatible with sensor controls or timers.

  • For holiday lighting, consider using Light Emitting Diode (LED) solutions. Not only will LED lights reduce electric use by more than 90 percent, they can last up to 50,000 hours.

  • Install dimmers and motion sensors where possible. Dimmer switches can increase bulb life up to 20 times longer if dimmed to half the brightness.

  • Motion sensors give you light when you need it.
  • Daylight sensors detect the presence of sunlight, turning off lighting when outdoor light is present. These sensors are primarily used for exterior lighting or for interior spaces that have abundant natural light. They help ensure that exterior lighting is not accidentally left on during the day when lighting is not needed.

  • Daylight sensors should be located in non-shaded areas and placed facing south.

  • Timers turn lighting on and off according to a preset time schedule. Timers are primarily used for exterior lighting, turning lights on at night then off in the morning. They also can be used for security lighting to turn interior lights on and off when you're on vacation. This is more energy efficient than leaving lights on continuously while you're gone.

  • Dimmers allow you to adjust the amount of light your lighting fixtures put out. Dimmers not only save energy but allow you to change lighting levels and adjust a room's ambiance. Not all light fixtures are compatible with dimmer switches, so check before you purchase.



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