It's no secret that there's an array of different home lighting options out there. Your abode will no doubt have some standard bulbs lighting your rooms and any outdoors areas. One thing you'll know is that it costs a lot of light up your home!
And, as you may already know, the cost of electricity isn't cheap. You could just sit in the dark, of course. Or maybe use candles like we used to many centuries ago. But, what if I told you there were some practical solutions you could try that didn't keep you in the dark?
In today's blog post, I will share with you seven fantastic ideas to help you light up your home for less. Keep reading to find out what they are:
1. Replace your incandescent bulbs with energy-saving ones
In most parts of the world, it's almost impossible to get hold of the "old fashioned" light bulbs. These days, one must select CFL or "energy-saving" ones instead.
They only take a few seconds to reach full brightness. But, the benefit of using them is they use a lot less energy.
2. Install motion sensor lighting in halls and landings
The problem with hall and landing lights is that we often forget to turn them off. If you've got a busy household, it's almost impossible to make sure people turn the lights off!
Now you can solve that problem by installing motion sensor lights instead. In a nutshell, your lights will come on only when somewhere is there.
3. Replace dimmable incandescent lights with energy-saving bulbs
Some people assume that you can't get CFL light bulbs if you want to use a dimmer switch on them. The truth is there are plenty of dimmable energy-saving lights available to buy!
4. Power your outdoor party lights with a battery
Are you planning on having some friends visit for a party you're hosting? If so, you should consider using battery-powered outdoor lights. The Lithonia battery packs, for example, can keep your lights going for hours.
The other advantage is you can place your lights anywhere in your backyard. That means you don't need to worry about extension cords trailing around your home!
5. Replace recessed halogen bulbs with LEDs
Most homes have some recessed lighting of some description. For instance, your abode may have some in the kitchen and bathroom.
You'll save a lot of money by replacing your halogen bulbs with LEDs. They also generate less heat, and last longer than halogen lights too.
6. Fit recessed LED stair lights
Quite often you don't need a strong light for your stairs and landings, especially at night. A more efficient alternative is to fit recessed LED stair lights. They get installed on the baseboards and look pretty good too!
7. Avoid cheap or unknown brands
Last, but not least, stick with branded light bulbs. Yes, they may cost more than the alternatives. But, there's a reason for that: they're more reliable! They will last far longer, and it means you'll end up saving money in the long term.