8 tips for energy-efficient lighting
1. Effective lighting technologies
Use energy efficient lighting technologies. The optimal lighting of your home depends on three possible technologies: the very low voltage halogen, the LED and the fluocompact. Each of these techniques has its specific advantages that you must take into account when making your choice.
2. Lighting according to the need
Only turn on the light where it is needed for your well-being. Often, it is not necessary to light the whole house.
3. Turn off!
Do not forget to turn off the light when leaving a room. Otherwise, the meter continues to run for nothing.
4. Clear walls and ceilings
Paint your walls and ceilings in light colors as they reflect the light of a fixture. The whole room then has a brighter lighting. Thanks to this effect, one can often choose a lamp of less power.
5. Vary the intensity
You can vary the intensity of halogen bulbs and many LED bulbs. This makes it possible to adapt the atmosphere and to make additional savings.
6. Clean bulbs and fixtures
Regularly clean your bulbs and fixtures with a dry cloth, this allows the light sources to have more light output. Make sure that the bulbs are turned off and cold.
7. Motion detector
Install a motion detector in areas where you rarely go and where you do not stay long: in the hallway, the cellar or outside, for the lighting of the aisles. The motion detector turns on and off automatically and effortlessly as you enter and exit the defined area!
8. Efficiency classes
Choose bulbs with a high energy efficiency class. The European label is present on all packaging of bulbs. The energy efficiency is calculated from the diffused lighting power (luminous flux, lumens unit ) per power absorbed in watts. A represents a very high energy performance, G a very low.