Lighting Your Home
Colour Consultant Kellyville
Lighting alone costs the average New South Wales household up to $150
There are four main types of household lamps or lights to choose from:
Inexpensive to buy, but running costs are high compared to other lamps. Bulbs
only last up to 1000 hours. Recommended for infrequently used rooms.
Twice as energy efficient as incandescent globes. They are more expensive to buy and last up to 2000hrs. Ideal for highlighting features such as paintings on the wall. Halogen lamps are low voltage lights and require a transformer which uses more energy.
These are the most energy efficient form of lighting bulbs. They are cheaper to run and last up to 8000-16000 hrs. There are two main types of fluorescent lamps compact and tubular, check with your retail stockist.
Where lighting is required at a great distance from electrical circuits, such as in the garden or along driveways, solar lights may be suitable. Solar powered lights can be a practical and cost effective alternative to conventional electrical lighting.
Handy Lighting Hints Colour Consultant - The Hills District
Turn lights off when not required or in use.
Use two way switches and place them in the main exits of each room to encourage people to switch off lights when leaving the room
Avoid having several lights activated by one switch use separate switches for each light eg. Kitchen downlights (under cupboards for ambience and effect) put one on each power switch in the kitchen.Use the lowest wattage light needed to light up an area
Keep lights and fittings clean. Dusty or dirty globes and fittings can reduce light output up to 50%.
Do not leave external lights on all night or during the day set on a sensor or timer.
Visit www.energysmart.com.au for more information it is a free advisory service and covers many topics with advise by technical expert
For Assistance with your new home or renovation call:
Linda McConville Colour & Decor consultant - Mobile: 0412 664 593