The right lighting can enhance any situation, and with the range of options now available, there is no excuse for having dull and dreary lights in and around the home. Lights evoke feelings of warmth, welcome and safety which could be a hangover from the days before gas and electricity when the world plunged into darkness after the sun went down. Guests arriving for a party immediately feel part of the gathering when they see lights and hear laughter and music.

Designers Incorporating Energy Efficient Lighting in their New Designs

A properly designed and installed lighting system adds value to the home, helps to create or change the mood in a particular area, and does not have to be expensive to run. In fact, by using Eco friendly lighting options, it is possible to reduce household lighting costs by as much as 66%. With energy costs being the number one expense that householders are looking to reduce, building designers are incorporating every energy-saving trick they know into new building designs.

Home lighting systems can successfully combine a number of different Eco friendly practices to get the desired result. This does not mean that large areas of the home will be without lighting to save costs. It means that every part of the home that needs lighting will have it, but some options will be different from others, depending on the purpose and location.

Set and Forget Solar Lights Great in the Garden

Solar lights, for example, have been around for a few years now to enhance the appearance of the garden at night, and provide very low-cost lighting for pathways. The solar panel absorbs energy from the sun during the day, and discharges it at night in a completely automated process that requires no intervention at all from the home owner. They need no wiring so they can be placed anywhere outside, and with the range of decorative lights increasing every year some beautiful effects can be achieved.

Building designers are now changing their designs to allow more natural light to enter. Dark areas like hallways can be illuminated by the installation of skylights or sky tubes and the use of mirrors to reflect light into dark areas is another way to brighten up a dreary space. Walls that are painted in dark colours absorb light, so just by painting them white or a light colour will reduce the need for artificial lighting.

CFLs or compact fluorescent lights, as the name suggests, are much smaller than fluorescent tubes but last much longer and cost much less to run than traditional incandescent globes. They do cost more to buy, but in the long run, replacing each incandescent globe with one of these when necessary will save money. They do not need any special fittings, and come in both screw or bayonet caps so they will go into either of these types of fittings.

With eco friendly lighting in place around the home, not only will the householder be saving considerable amounts of money on their lighting costs, but they will be doing their bit for reducing our emissions. They also create a beautiful ambiance that everyone will enjoy.