Shedding Some Light on Sustainability
Artificial lighting accounts for 20% of electricity usage in a home. However, by making small changes, we can reduce this number down to 10%!!!
Temperature of lighting plays a big part in the comfort and efficiency of your home as well. A dimmer can control energy used and be set to exactly what suits the activity taking place. Temperature of lighting is measured in kelvins. The higher the kelvin, the brighter/cooler the light. For example, 5700k is the temperature of daylight, whereas 2700k is much warmer and something you might find in a fancy dinner restaurant. This can be set on a dimmer to match our circadian rhythms.
"A circadian rhythm is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours. It can refer to any biological process that displays an endogenous, entrainable oscillation of about 24 hours."
3. Keep paint colors light: Doing this allows light to reflect more light within the space off of the lighter walls. Dark hues soak in the light which then does not allow for any reflection around the room!
4. Employ tactical lighting: Utilize lamps instead of lighting the entire room when doing specific tasks in a space.
5. Keep fixtures/light bulbs clean: Simple right! This allows the fixtures to shine to their full potential. This may be a small thing but over time the energy saved adds up!
6. UTILIZE your Natural LIGHT as much as possible!: Be mindful of where, when, and how the natural light enters yours spaces. Utilize it as much as possible and make other design choices that will assist in making the absolute best out of that natural energy.
In my opinion, lighting is the most important part of design. Without it, all other design decisions would be nothing as it would not be able to be seen.
While keeping the dignity of the lighting we are STILL able to easily create a more sustainable space that conserves energy for our planet.
These small changes are not only eco-friendly.... But keep more money in our pockets!
Until next time, that's Minutes with Meg!