According to the U.S. Department of Energy, around 5% of an average household’s energy budget is dedicated to lighting. Therefore, switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest and most effective ways to cut down your energy bills.
Despite these staggering statistics, most homes are still not using energy-efficient lighting to illuminate their property. There are two simple reasons for this:
- They never got down to changing their landscape lighting.
- They don’t know how to make exterior lighting more energy-efficient
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Why should you switch to energy-efficient landscape lighting?
- Enhanced energy efficiency means lower consumption of energy, which reduces energy bills.
- Lower energy consumption leads to reduced carbon emissions.
- Reduced light pollution as energy-efficient lighting gives owners more control over their lighting options.
- Increased safety as energy-efficient security lights makes the perimeter safer at night.
- Improved appearance as energy-efficient lights come in different styles.
What Can Make Your Landscape Lighting More Energy-efficient?
If you are seriously considering adopting more energy-efficient options for landscape lighting, then here is what you need to know.
Automated and smart technology:
Smart home technology has made it possible for homeowners to control lighting to conserve energy and increase security. They can use apps on their smartphones or tablets to set daily schedules to automatically turn lights on and off at given times, dim/adjust the lighting to change the mood, monitor unexpected lighting use, and more.
Excess lighting adds to light pollution, so avoid installing too many outdoor light fixtures and only illuminate areas as needed.
Timers, dimmers, and motion sensors:
Timers and dimmers help control and adjust both lighting and energy use, as per your preference. Motion detectors turn lights on and off depending on whether the area is occupied to ensure that lighting is on only when needed.
Also, floodlights with motion sensors make a great security option that will save energy as you don’t need to keep the lights on constantly.
Full cut-off or fully shielded lighting fixtures:
Light pollution (excess illumination at night using artificial lighting) is a major problem in most cities. To reduce your contribution to light pollution, use lighting fixtures that do not shine light above a 90-degree angle. Also, fully shielded lighting can be retrofitted.
Lighting sources with CCT:
To further do your part in reducing light pollution, the International Dark-Sky Association recommends using lighting with correlated color temperatures (CCT) that are no higher than 3000K.
Each year, you can save $45 on your energy bills by replacing your home’s five most frequently used bulbs or light fixtures with ENERGY STAR models. Lighting options with an ENERGY STAR® rating are the highest quality, most energy-efficient lighting options available in the market.
Switch to money-saving options like LED, halogen bulbs, and compact fluorescent lights (CFL). Also, consider installing solar lights on your property to further bring down costs.
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