Lighting – Using Energy Efficient Lighting In Your Home

You are creating your luxury home but I do feel it’s important to keep “green” in mind when applying your techniques. Lighting is a vital part of the artistic process and using low energy lighting is increasing in popularity. Currently, in the United Kingdom building regulations require approximately 30 percent of lighting in newly developed projects have to be dedicated low energy. Housing already built have to stock the use of high wattage standard incandescent lamps as they are being phased out.

Though with government and special interest groups adding pressure to become a greener environment, many still don’t recognize the differences on the conventional lighting and the green counterparts. A lot of energy is needed to power a regular incandescent bulb. These bulbs contain a tiny filament known as tungsten, which is then heated to give off a bright light. Tungsten bulbs come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, with a number of different caps. The standard life of a tungsten lamp is around 1000 hours. The most common wattage is 60 Watts. ]

Another type of light bulb is the halogen. Halogen lamps have very small filaments filled with halogen gas and typically run at extremely high temperatures. They are most suited to small, bright or decorative fittings. Halogen lamps are for the most part, slightly more efficient than tungsten bulbs, and the standard life of a halogen bulb is about twice as long. Halogen bulbs can be spit into two types – those that run off of 240v mains voltage, and low (12v) voltage. The term low voltage should not be confused with low energy as they require a transformer to reduce the voltage. Halogen lamps can get very hot and they should never be handled until they have cooled fully.

Low energy lamps known as fluorescent lamps are actually a low-pressure gas discharged which is then held in a cylindrical shaped tube covered in phosphorous coating. As the gas discharges, it produces ultra-violet radiation that is converted into visible light by the phosphor coating. Low energy lamps can last up to 4 times as long as a halogen lamp (equaling up to 8000 hours), and offer HUGE savings in energy consumption.

Keep the lighting in mind when decorating your home. Often you can utilize the same, if not a better effect with the proper energy efficient lighting techniques. Luxury does not have to be wasteful and you can get the more while consuming less.