There is no question that lighting has the biggest influence on atmosphere and. Subtle lighting in a bedroom or at an intimate dinner results in a romantic ambiance; bright, purposeful lighting in the office or kitchen shows that you mean business; dimmed lighting in the living room makes for a calming atmosphere in which to watch a film or read a book.
Understated, back lighting behind flowers or a waterfall creates a magical atmosphere, whereas harsh floodlights turned on by a motion sensor would freeze most criminals in their tracks.
Getting the lighting wrong can have a seriously adverse effect on any room or occasion. Imagine a romantic dinner for two by candlelight and then imagine it by a naked 100 watt bulb hanging from the ceiling or a fluorescent tube.
It is said that the typical household could save at least twenty-five percent on its energy bills by using lighting more effectively and therefore more efficiently. More importantly, you could save more than sixty percent, if you switch from the normal incandescent light bulbs to high-output compact fluorescent lights. Sixty percent is a huge saving for you, your country and your planet.
Here are some of the means that you can achieve savings on the electricity you currently expend on lighting.
Insert dimmers wherever you use lighting. You can put a touch lamp dimmer into the wiring of any lamp, so that when you touch it, it cycles from low, to medium, to high, to off. You will be amazed how often you will dim the light once you are able to, particularly in the case of desk or table lamps and standard floor lamps.
In a similar vein is the touch switch that you can utilize to control lighting that traditionally hangs from the ceiling. You will be able to turn down the lights in any room and on the patio or deck too.
Photosensitive switches turn whatever they control off or on when the sun comes up. This is useful if you have motion-activated anti-intruder lighting. There is absolutely no need for it in the daytime, but you do not want to have to remember to switch it off in the mornings and reactivate it every night either.
Another use could be to turn the water fountain off when it gets dark. All of these photosensitive switches can have over-ride switches too. These photosensitive switches will practically half the cost of running the devices to which they are attached.
It is very easy to make quite substantial savings if you put your mind to it. Just moving your furniture to take full advantage of natural light can help a lot too. Sitting near a window or in the garden to read the newspaper is far better than having to put the kitchen light on to read it in there.
In the evening it is better to switch off all the main lights in the living room if you are watching television or reading a book and place one standard floor lamp just to one side behind you. It is plenty to read by or to save your eyes from the strain of watching TV in the dark.
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