Traditional incandescent light bulbs aren't made anymore because they use more energy and produce more heat than newer options. They're also less durable than newer lights like halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs, or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Upgrading the lighting in your Phoenix, Arizona, home can lower your utility bills, help the environment, and improve your decor. You can also make your lights more efficient by using switches often, painting rooms, and opening blinds and curtains.
Make sure all the lights in your home have their own light switches so you can control them independently. Also, use lamps instead of overhead lights whenever you can. That way, you can light only the area around you instead of an entire room. If you have trouble remembering to turn off the lights when you leave a room, an electrician can help you install occupancy sensors that switch lights off in unoccupied rooms automatically.
Choose light colors and reflective materials for your walls, floors, and ceilings to make your rooms look larger and reduce the amount of light needed. Lighter colors also don't absorb as much heat on sunny days, so you won't need to spend as much on air conditioning in summer. As long as you have good ventilation, you can save money by painting a room yourself.
Open your blinds and curtains during the day to use natural light instead of electricity as much as possible. In winter, the extra sun helps heat your home as well. Just remember to close your curtains at night for better insulation. For even more savings, add solar panels or solar shingles to your roof.
Mr. Sunshine’s Electrical Services is family-owned and operated, with a team of expert electricians. We can help you with installing, maintaining, and repairing a variety of electrical systems. Call us anytime at 602-910-6267 for more help with making your home's lighting more eco-friendly.