If you haven't made the switch to LED bulbs, now is the time to do it. LED bulbs use 75 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer. The bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and you can also choose the specific colour temperature and brightness you want for each room of the house.
Kelvin is a measurement used to describe the color temperature. As a rule of thumb, lower numbers mean warmer, yellow light while higher numbers mean cooler/blue light. Use these tips from Hydro One to set the right mood lighting in each room of your home while reducing your electricity use:
In the bedroom
- Add dimmer switches to set the mood and save energy.
- Choose a warm bulb around 2700K to create a calm, relaxed setting.
- Reduce countertop glare by choosing fixtures with diffusers that soften the light.
- Choose cool, bright white bulbs of at least 3500K to 4100K.
- LEDs aren't affected by humidity making them an ideal choice for the bathroom.
- For a bright, cool light good for applying makeup or shaving, choose a bulb with at least 3500K to 4100K.
- For warm, inviting light, choose a temperature of about 2700K.
- Table lamps place in the corner of the room reflect light off the wall, brightening up the room while using less lamps.
For more tips on saving energy in your home, visit www.hydroone.com/saveenergy.
- Published February 14, 2017