With the right lighting, you can transform areas in your home into spaces that are safer, more comfortable or even more productive.
A good lighting plan includes a mix of light sources for ambience and the different activities you’ll be doing in each room.
When you’ve determined your lighting plan, you’ll need to pick your light globes. Here’s a quick guide to the technologies available.
- Uses about 25% less energy than incandescent globes
- Emits beautiful warm glow
- Suitable for use with any dimmer
- Uses about 65% less energy than incandescent globes
- Light colour not as rich and warm as halogen globes
- Requires time to warm up and reach full light potential
- Dimming is limited: look for ‘dimmable’ CFLs
- Most energy efficient: uses about 75% less energy than incandescent globes
- Mercury free
- Ideal with movement sensors
- Look for ‘dimmable’ LEDs if using with dimmer
Many new LED lights are sold as complete sealed units. When the light fades or fails, you need to replace the entire fitting.
Guide to Light Colours
Light colour can dramatically change the mood of a room. Get to know these common light colours and where best to use them in your home.
|Warm White||2700 – 3000k||
Softer, Warmer Light
Comparable to traditional incandescent lighting
|Bedrooms, living rooms, bathroom, kitchen|
Comparable to office lighting
|Home office, bathroom, garage, laundry|
Comparable to daylight
|Garage, laundry, workshop|
Comparable to the light outside in the midday
Light Performance – Lumens
Here’s how the energy consumption of various light globes compare at different levels of brightness. The greater the Lumen count, the more powerful the light, while Watts measure the energy consumed. Newer technologies, like LEDs, are more efficient.
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