This post is the fifth in a series on how to optimize the lighting in your home or business for the utmost energy savings. Click here to view the entire series.
The bathroom offers a unique combination of utility and luxury. It’s an essential in every home and every office, and an integral part of everyone’s daily routine. Not to mention that the restroom is also a place for rest and rejuvenation. For some of us, it’s the only place where we can find a little peace and quiet.
When a room is as important as this one, you make sure the lighting is of the highest quality. Because what is a functional room without functional lighting? And what is a luxurious room when the lighting is harsh and abrasive?
Having quality bathroom lights that also save energy might seem like too tall an order, but making your bathroom lighting energy-efficient is actually easier than you might think. Just follow my lead…
1. Change out those light bulbs!
By now, you probably know that upgrading your light bulbs to more energy-efficient varieties is the easiest way to save a little energy. But, some of these newer lamps won’t thrive in the variable atmosphere of the bathroom.
CFLs, while the go-to energy-saving light bulb for the majority of consumers, don’t tolerate moisture very well. Those long, steamy showers you’re so fond of can actually damage CFLs and shorten their rated lives.
2. Upgrade exhausted exhaust fans.
Loud, clunky exhaust fans can also jack up your energy bills to an unnecessary high. Save a little more energy by replacing your older fixture with a newer, sleek model.
Added bonus: the incredibly quiet fans accompanying any of our bathroom lights are very quiet, so running yours won’t ever distract from relaxing “me time.”
3. Take control of your lighting controls.
Lighting controls like dimmers and occupancy sensors, are a great way to save energy with the lighting you already have.
At home, you don’t always need to operate your bathroom lights at full brightness, like when you’re taking a tranquil soak in the tub, or just waking up in the morning. When you control your lights on a dimmer, you get to customize your bathroom’s light level, and also save energy. When you dim a light source by 50%, you’ll save 40% of what it costs to power that light at full brightness.
For bathrooms in office buildings or commercial settings, it would be more beneficial for you to put the lights on occupancy sensors. That way, the lights will come on automatically when you need them, but when nobody is around, they won’t waste energy by remaining on.
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Stay tuned for more energy-efficient lighting advice in the very near future!