ENERGY EFFICIENCY – Lighting
Here are some ideas which will Save You Money on Utility Bills and Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
ENERGY STAR® COMPACT FLORESCENT LIGHT BULBS (CFLs)
- If the mention of fluorescent lights conjures the image of over-lit school gymnasiums and older office buildings, think again. Compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs, are now available in more flattering, softer shades and are currently the most cost-effective, eco-friendly option for lighting your home
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Although CFL bulbs cost more money, over the course of each bulb’s lifetime, you will save approximately $90 per bulb in energy costs!
- CFLs consume up to 75% less energy and they last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Although CFLs are slightly more expensive than incandescents, you will see significant savings over time: CFLs will last up to 10,000 hours, compared to just 1,000 hours for incandescent bulbs.
- Since LEDs dim for some time before they actually burn out, you’ll have a warning before you need to replace the bulbs.
- Incandescent bulbs operate at 350 degrees F in order to produce light, while CFLs operate at 90 degrees to produce light. The lower operating temperature of CFLs mean they are much more efficient that incandescent bulbs.
- Since CFLs give off less heat than incandescents, your air conditioner will get a break in summer months, reducing your next energy bill.
- Since CFLs use less power than regular incandescent light bulbs, they emit fewer harmful greenhouse gases into the environment.
- CFLs are best suited to large spaces such as kitchens and family rooms since they burn brighter than incandescent bulbs.
- LEDs are best suited for lights that are frequently turned on and off during the day – in the bathroom, garage, or a closet, for example – and they’re cooler than both CFLs and incandescent bulbs.
- Since they cast a white light, as opposed to an incandescent’s yellow tint, LEDS are easier on the eyes which makes them ideal for reading lights as well.
ENERLUME|EM® – LOWER THE POWER CONSUMPTION OF THE BALLAST
- The EnerLume|EM® is an energy saving device for use with new or existing fluorescent lighting systems. By timing the flow of power into the ballast, it reduces electrical consumption with negligible foot-candle loss at savings up to 15%. That means that your lights will not be dim just because they are using less power! Savings percentages are set using the EnerLume|EM® software (Windows® based) provided. This software allows the user to program changes to savings and “On/Off” as timed events.
- The EnerLume|EM® is not a power restrictors. Power restrictors limit power drawn by dimming the lights. The EnerLume|EM® tells the ballast to be more efficient. It actually increases the efficacy of the fluorescent lighting system.
- Installation is accomplished by “splicing” the EnerLume|EM® in between the supply feeder and the lighting panel. Suitable for three phase or single phase systems.
- Why pay for electricity when solar energy is free? Outdoor solar light fixtures give off no emissions, creating great environmental benefits. Requiring no cords and minimal maintenance, solar light fixtures can be installed virtually anywhere. On sunny or cloudy days, the solar cell panel converts light into electrical energy and stores it in the rechargeable battery. The battery holds enough energy for the light to shine throughout the night.
- Solar-powered lights – charged by sunlight and automatically illuminated once night falls – are currently the best option for outdoor lighting. Solar lights have made great strides since they were first introduced: they’ve become brighter, last longer, and are now available in a wide variety of styles and design.
- There are a number of attractive, energy-efficient lighting options for your backyard garden, deck, porch, and driveway, all of which provide safety at night and create ambiance for outdoor entertaining.
- The beauty of solar-powered outdoor lighting is that it is so easy to install. No cords or wires mean you can place the fixtures wherever you want and move them around as necessary.
- If you have electric powered Exterior Lighting, dimmers and timers are another way to control the amount of energy you use. Always make sure your outdoor security lights are on a motion-detector setting so they’re not on all night. This is irritating for your neighbors and costly for you.