It’s pretty impressive when you see just how big of a difference a bit of lighting can make. And the good news about upgrading the lighting in your home is that you’ll be able to reduce your carbon footprint and save on energy costs. Whether you’re considering upgrading your lighting in your existing home or looking at new options for a home extension, taking the time to review your lighting options is wise from both a design and ambience perspective as well as from an energy efficiency perspective.
Lighting should definitely be a consideration during the planning stages of any home improvement or new design plan. Whether you’re redecorating a room or adding a home extension to your Perth house, look at your lighting options and it could make a positive difference to the outcome of your project.
There are great new products that will light the way in your home to energy efficiency as well as ambiance. The plain old incandescent bulb is beginning to go the way of the Dodo. Here are some things to consider:
- Solar exterior lighting. This can be a great way to save money. You’ll find a number of great solar options for outdoors.
- Design or re-design the home for optimum solar benefits. Whether this is that you’re installing solar products or simply making the most of daylight hours for heating and lighting purposes in the rooms you use most often, keep it in mind. If you’re doing a home extension, for instance, your designer can keep these things in mind and help you see some options that will help you take maximum advantage of the power of the sun. Many designers now list both active and passive solar as a specialty.
- Transition to energy efficient lighting. Not only will these newer products save you money on your energy bill but they also typically last a lot longer than their predecessors. Look at your options for fluorescent or halogen lighting as well as LED lighting, too. While it might seem expensive for an upfront cost, many people will realise a significant return on their investment quickly in terms of energy savings and fewer replacements.
- Utilise dimmer switches, motion sensors, timers, additional switches, and other technology to maximise your lighting design and value.
New lighting can look amazing when you renovate your home and a better configuration than you have today from a controls, type, and placement perspective can make a big difference to your energy consumption and costs, too.