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Be Mindful Of Light Fixtures & Fittings!

by Dave James
(Ontario, Canada)

Did you know….unclean light fixtures & fittings increase their energy consumption by up to a whopping 25%!. Thus, even if you use energy-saving lights, but don’t clean the fixtures regularly, you will end up consuming more energy!.

Aside from replacing traditional light bulbs with new energy-saving lights, you should also replace outdated or old light fixtures because the effectiveness of your light bulbs are greatly affected by your lighting fixtures. When you buy new lighting fixtures, be sure to look for the ones that have the highest ratings in energy efficiency.

Retail shop personnel will be able to help you with this, if you aren’t familiar with such ratings. Manufacturers of the fixtures always publish their fixtures’ efficiency rating so you won’t find it difficult to get this data from retail shops.

Install lighting controls

You can maximize savings by installing light controls that will turn off the lights when not in use. Many light controls work by turning lights on and off automatically, thereby, conserving a lot of electricity.

Some of the popular types of lighting controls are dimmers, timers, motion sensors, photo sensors and occupancy sensors. However, before you install such lighting controls, you need to have some knowledge of basic lighting terms and principles.

If you are unsure, it may be wise to consult experts to help you decide and install such devices.

Solar lights can help as well.

Another way to save on electricity is by replacing your outdoor lighting with solar lighting. Since solar lights aren’t as bright as regular electric lights, you need to shop around for solar lights that will satisfy your lighting requirements.

There are many manufacturers of solar lights already so you wouldn’t have any problems in finding one that will suit your needs.

Follow these tips and you will not only lower utility bills, but help conserve energy as well.

Click here to read more about energy efficient lighting

Updated: January 31, 2013 — 12:53 am

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