How to Choose Energy Efficient Lighting
The green building and remodeling industry is bigger than ever these days, and homeowners are starting to see that there are actually financial benefits to “going green.” Obviously it would be great if we all chose the most environmentally-friendly options for the sake of our planet, but the money-saving properties of green design are also a powerful incentive. One extremely easy way to create a more sustainable home is to choose energy efficient lighting. You’ll not only be helping the earth, but also saving money on your power bills! Take a look at a couple of tips to help you get started, from Green Home Guide.
- LEDs are one of the best choices on the market due to their energy efficiency, longevity, low heat output, and small size. However, you’ll want to make sure you choose LEDs that have a color rendering index of at least 80 and a color temperature of 2700K to 3000K (K=kelvins), in order to get a more pleasant quality of light. LEDs above 4000 kelvins give off an extremely cool light.
- The most energy efficient option right now is fluorescent lighting. This form of lighting has progressed a lot in recent years, and is now available in warmer, more flattering choices. Make sure to choose bulbs with a color rendering index of 80+ and a color temperature of 3000K or less.
At Trilogy Partners, we specialize in high-end, sustainable custom home design. Contact our Breckinridge, Colorado based firm today to get started creating your sustainable home!
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