4Rustic Lighting Blog
Energy-efficient indoor lighting design takes the direction of improving not only efficiently, but the quality of light in your home. If you are building a new home, one of the best ways to enjoy your new house is to focus on the lighting.
By taking a whole-house design approach, whereby the lighting is not just an afterthought, you can end up with a more integrated look throughout the house.
The following are some basic design methods and principals:
- Increased light is not necessarily more desirable; QUALITY of the light is more important than the quantity
- Pair the quality of the light and the amount of light to the functional requirement in that area. i.e. counter lighting in the kitchen
- Task lights are more desirable in most cases allowing the reduction of ambient light in other places
- It goes without saying, using energy-efficient lighting, controls and systems should be utmost important in your planning
- Using maximum DAYLIGHTING is not only usually superior aesthetics, but good for healthy living conditions
- If remodeling, consider installing LED or fluorescent fixtures over putting those kind of bulbs in an older incandescent fixture
- In areas where wall or ceiling mounted fixtures will be used in excess of 2 hours per day, (such as hallways, kitchen, bathroom and other high trafficked area) LED and fluorescent fixtures should be used for maximum efficiency
- Similarly, portable lighting that it is to be used more than 2 hours per day should also use LEDs and/or CFLs fixtures or lamps
- Always, if possible, stick with ENERGY STAR labeled fixtures
- Lighter wall colors will minimize the need for artificial lighting if they can be integrated in your decorative design
- Underwriters Laboratory (UL) recessed lighting fixtures should be used exclusively in ceilings with unconditioned space above. They should be airtight, Insulation Contact (IC) rated and meet ASTM E283 specifications
If you or your designer incorporated these lighting principles into the whole-house design, the result should be a home your family and you can enjoy for years to come.