Energy-efficient solutions for your home are here to stay, and we can be thankful for innovation driving our options up and our costs down.
Green lighting alternatives for homes abound, which not only save on your energy cost in the short term, but their longer lifespans mean you’ll need to replace bulbs less often as well.
Here are a few options for energy-efficient, green lighting for your home – what we like, and what we don’t, about each option:
Pro: Solar lights can be installed easily, requiring little to no wiring or plugs. And because they operate on a lower voltage, they are safer to work with than traditional lights.
Con: With low cost, sometimes comes low quality. Lesser expensive solar lights may not last very long. And, you must affix the solar panel in an area that will provide adequate sun exposure to bank the energy for nighttime.
Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lighting
Pro: CFL bulbs have more even lighting throughout the bulb, similar to incandescent bulbs.
Con: There are mercury concerns with CFL lighting; as such, they need to be recycled, or disposed of properly. Also, most CFLs are not dimmable – so if you prefer that for a living room or bedroom, you may need LED instead.
Light emitting diodes (LED) lighting
Pro: LED lights use even less energy and last even longer than CFL. They are also readily available for purchase nearly everywhere, in an increasing number of colors.
Con: They may make a buzzing sound when used, and do not always cast an even light.
The best possible alternative (daylight) isn’t always available! Opening your curtains, installing skylights and additional windows (especially on the south side of your house) all provide a way for more natural light to seep in.
If you’re considering switching over to one of these green lighting alternatives for your Rumson or Madison area home, call Nittolo & Son at (973) 377-2266 to ensure your electrical work is done by a professional.