If you’re the kind of person that takes pride in their home, there’s a high chance that you have spent a huge amount of time and money, making sure that every single detail is perfect. However, with more and more people learning just how precious our planet is, it seems as though these people are now taking a second look at their lighting options. After all, living an eco-friendly lifestyle isn’t all about reducing our use of single-use plastics and stepping away from intense factory farming processes. Sometimes the smallest changes can make a real difference, and adopting eco-friendly lighting in your house is one of those small changes.
Check out your bulbs
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to see how eco-friendly the lighting is in your home is to check out your bulbs. That’s because, if you haven’t changed your bulbs in a few years, you may still have regular ol’ incandescent ones hanging around your ceiling. While these look nice when they’re covered in your lamp shapes and when they’re shedding light on your favourite wall colour, they aren’t actually very eco-friendly.
In fact, they are so unfriendly that they have been completely banned in Australia! Don’t worry, though, because it’s super easy to pick up some energy-saving light bulbs and switch your old ones out. These will consume less energy without affecting how much light they give off in the process. It’s a win-win situation, right?
Keep it natural
Many people feel the instinctive need to turn on their lights when a dark cloud covers the sun, but do you really need to do that? Using electricity when you don’t really need it is such a waste, and these decisions all have a negative impact on the world. Of course, we’re not telling you to sit around in the dark as though you have been transported back to the Dark Ages – quite literally – but there are certain ways that you can improve the natural light in your room. Choosing light colours to paint your walls is one of the best ways to do this, but you can also create a brighter and bolder atmosphere by using mirrors to your advantage. By strategically placing these mirrors opposite windows and doors, you can reflect the light from the outside into your home.
No, we’re not forcing you to go on an electronics course. Becoming smarter in terms of the lighting in your house is actually all to do with technology and smart electronics that have since made their way into our world. With this to your advantage, you can make your lighting as eco-friendly as possible, without running the risk of wasting energy.
That’s because you can now buy things like motion sensor lights, which will turn off automatically when they sense that there are no humans around to utilise the light. Alongside this, there are many other smart and automated systems that can help you create programmes that mean you don’t have to worry about turning the lights on and off yourself – because the smart technology will do it for you!
In with the old
Of course, eco-friendly lighting doesn’t just include the bulbs and the light itself. That’s because many people shroud their bulbs in fixtures and fittings such as lampshades. While most people don’t really think about these in an environmental way, the processes used to make these lampshades aren’t always as eco-friendly as you would think.
Various materials are used to make them from scratch, but why don’t people use ones that have already been made? Scoping out vintage light fittings can help you give a new home to something old, and it also stops these fixtures from making their way to landfill where they will probably stay for hundreds of years, taking up space and harming the environment. It’s in with the old and out with the new people.
If you’re looking to overhaul the lighting in your home, it might be time to look at how eco-friendly your lights and your fixtures are. Yes, hopefully we’ve helped you to see the light…