7 bright ideas for optimizing energy efficient indoor lighting design.
Here are some basic methods for achieving energy-efficient indoor lighting:
- Install fluorescent or LED light fixtures for all ceiling- and wall-mounted fixtures that will be on for more than 2 hours each day, such as kitchen and living room, bathroom, hallway, and other higher-demand locations.
- Consider installing fluorescent or LED fixtures, rather than using fluorescent or LED replacement lamps in incandescent fixtures.
- Use CFLs or LEDs in portable lighting fixtures that are operated for more than 2 hours a day.
- Use ENERGY STAR® labeled lighting fixtures.
- Use occupancy sensors for automatically turning on and off your lights as needed.
- Consider light wall colors to minimize the need for artificial lighting.
- If you are using recessed lights in a ceiling with an unconditioned space above it, use only Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved fixtures that are airtight, are IC (insulation contact) rated, and meet ASTM E283 requirements.
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