Have you ever had light bulbs that have burned out too quickly, have turned a lamp black, or burned yourself by touching one? Well there are ways that you can change your lighting while also saving energy.
Lighting plays a role in mood, happiness, and relaxation. By changing your bulbs you can influence feelings while also saving money.
Ever wanted to look at the stars but pollution gets in the way? By the types of lighting we use, we affect more than what we think. Lighting can affect crimes and safety, harm human health, and shifts the balance of natural light.
For example, extra light disrupts ecosystems and wildlife. Sea turtles, when they hatch, use the moon and stars to determine their direction into the ocean. Now with all the bright lights we use, it confuses the turtles, and makes them move in the opposite direction towards streets and drains where they end up dying.
For more information of how light pollution affects us, visit International Dark Sky Association.
Which Bulbs to Use To Be More Efficient
Incandescent bulbs are a thing of the past. Fluorescent light bulbs last a lot longer and can save money in energy costs. If every person changed to fluorescent bulbs, can you imagine the amount of pollution would decrease? A lot.
(However when fluorescents do burn out, make sure you know where to recycle them. They do contain a little mercury and are not suitable to throw in the garbage.)
Another term for fluorescent is CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs). Have you ever tried to grab a light bulb and it was hot? Has a light fixture turned golden black from being burned from the bulb?
Incandescent bulbs emit heat while CFLs do not. Believe or not that there is even more energy efficient bulb than CFLs. And it is the LED light. They even last longer (100,000 hours) and save 80-90% of energy costs. They also do not contain mercury but still try to recycle them.
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Besides just changing the bulbs out, there are lighting fixtures that also use less energy. Eco friendly lamps, light switches with dimmers, or automatic lights that only turn on when needed are some examples. If you are interested in looking at some of the best lamps to use, check this site.
If you like the design and look of your incandescent bulbs there are LEDs that have the same look. LED Eddison bulbs are found here. They have the look and the energy efficiency.
Going a step further, look at using natural light more. Take hold of that hammer and add a skylight or more windows to your home (only if you know what you are doing). Or use lighter colors that are more reflective for light to reach darker areas.
The best practice for using less energy is turning off lights when you are not using them or need them.
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