Designer Lighting Can Be Energy Efficient and Attractive
Learn what you can do this year to save energy, save money and help protect our environment in your own home. For those of you in states like California, these things are becoming the law starting in 2010. For those of you in other states, this will be coming down the pipeline. Learn how you can start doing your part now.
What is a Kelvin Anyway?
The color of light is often described using a term called color temperature which is measured in degrees Kelvin or kelvin (K). Lower Kelvin numbers mean that the light has a warmer color, while higher Kelvin numbers mean the light has a cooler color.
What Is A Lumen Anyway?
A lumen is actually the measurement of light output. Unlike watts, which measure the power consumed by the bulb, lumens indicate the amount of light you are getting.
How Much Light?
To choose the ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb with the right amount of light, find a bulb that is labeled as equivalent to the incandescent bulb you are replacing. Light bulb manufacturers inlcude this information right on the product packaging to make it easy for consumers to choose the equivalent bulb. Common terms include "Soft White 60" or "60 Watt Replacement."
You can also check the lumen rating to find the right bulb. The higher the lumen rating, the greater the light output.
To determine which Energy Star qualified light bulbs will provide the same amount of light as your current incandescent bulbs, consult the following chart:
Did you know?
ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs run cool and will last longest when used in fixtures that have plenty of air flow.
Family and Living Room
Open fixtures that allow air flow.
- Table Lamps
- Floor Lamps
- Wall Sconces
- Open Ceiling Fixtures
Need a little more convincing on Energy Star lighting fixtures and their benefits? Read this short list of trivia facts (Energy Star Lighting Facts You Must Know) and you will be surprised at what impact you can have on the reduction of energy waste and the greenhouse gase effects.
Minka-Lavery has developed a program in conjunction with ENERGY STAR to provide decorative indoor and outdoor product that is functional, attractive, and efficient. You can save money, greenhouse gases and not have to compromise on quality and style. For outdoor lighting Minka manufacturers the premier outdoor lighting line for discerning customers known as The Great Outdoors. Energy efficiency legislation has targeted outdoor lighting to reduce energy consumption and Minka makes some beautiful energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures.