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2017’s Most Energy-Efficient Lighting Systems

We’re always looking for ways to cut down our electric bills. Efficient lighting systems have always been a great method of saving energy and also doing our part for the environment. For those looking to reduce their carbon footprint, check out the latest updates in modern lighting systems.

New Technologies in Energy-Efficient Bulbs

LEDs are quickly overtaking compact-fluorescent bulbs as the most efficient choice amongst the energy-conscious. Not only are LEDs more efficient, but they come in a wide range of colors dictated by their Kelvin rating. Finding your favorite color may take some experimentation.

Depending on your goals (it’s not uncommon these days for individuals to install LED lighting in their entire homes), you may need to enlist the help of an electrician to assist with all the wiring. But even if you don’t plan on fully transitioning to LEDs, you can still save huge amounts of energy by using ENERGY STAR rated compact fluorescent bulbs as an easy replacement for incandescents.

Could Incandescents Make a Comeback?

In a word: possibly. A reinvented incandescent light bulb may be a welcome notion for those who dislike the bright, clinical feel of compact fluorescent bulbs. By now, we’re well-aware that incandescent bulbs waste a lot of energy as heat. But new research out of MIT demonstrates a method of potentially “recycling” that wasted energy back into the bulb to be released as light.

While this research is still in the very early stages, it may show promise for the “reimagined” incandescent bulbs of the future.

Motion Sensors and Connected Lighting

Every time there’s a light left on that nobody’s using, you’re wasting both energy and money. Despite our best efforts to turn out the light when we’re not using it, it’s easy to forget. Further, leaving a light on in a room we plan to use soon may lead to more wasted energy than we think. Fortunately, motion and occupancy-sensing lighting systems are continuing to gain traction in 2017.

According to the US Department of Energy, switching to occupancy or vacancy sensor lighting systems can cut 30 percent off your lighting expenditures. These lights are simply on when you’re there, and off when you’re not, taking out all the guesswork and wasted energy of traditional systems. As a bonus, motion-sensor lighting can also double as a security boost to your home, giving the impression of detection or lighting your path in dark, hazardous locations like front steps or slick driveways.

The average home spends about 5 percent of its energy on lighting. From simply switching light bulbs to overhauling your home’s lighting system, chances are there’s some change you can make to improve your home’s lighting efficiency. Consult with your local electrician to learn more about how you can lower your electric bill through the latest lighting systems!

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