With the movement towards a greener world, the U.S. is developing stricter requirements focusing on energy efficient lighting. Over the next five years, several changes will occur in the lighting industry, the most prominent of which will be the phasing out and replacing of standard light bulbs by more energy efficient alternatives.
Many people are misinterpreting these regulations by thinking that they have to stock up on incandescent light bulbs being phased out because they will no longer be available. This is not the case, as these regulations are simply being put into effect to replace current bulbs with more energy efficient lightbulbs.
For example, here at Golden Lighting, many of our fixtures such as our Bristol Place Four Light Vanity recommend 100W bulbs for proper clarity and illumination. In January of 2012, 100W incandescent bulbs will be phased out; however they will be replaced by more energy efficient 72W bulbs. These new bulbs will be required to emit the same amount of lumens as a 100W bulb, just without consuming as much electricity. Remember, lumens refers to the amount of light produced, whereas watts refers to the amount of energy consumed by the bulb. This trend will continue through 2014 in an effort to increase overall energy efficiency.
In addition, packaging standards have been in the process of changing since the middle of this year. Instead of referring to bulbs by their wattage, packaging now refers to them according to their Lumens, and will include a cost figure for yearly usage. In addition, packaging will now include a “Lighting Facts” portion that will inform consumers about brightness, energy cost, life expectancy, light appearance, wattage, and mercury content.
How Can You Be Even More Energy Efficient?
In this day and age, electrical energy accounts for a majority of overall energy consumption with lighting accounting for about 17% of all electricity use in homes. Here at Golden Lighting we support energy efficient alternatives especially since many of our larger fixtures, such as the Two Tier Chandelier found in our Meridian Collection require a much larger number of bulbs than your standard light fixture. In addition to making smart, efficient bulb choices, you can reduce your electric bill by using a variety of other green techniques.
Here are a few energy saving tips to help reduce your electrical consumption.
Turn off lights whenever possible
Install dimming controls to reduce unnecessary electric use
Install motion sensors or timers outdoors, or wherever possible
Use CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) or LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) wherever possible
Use halogen incandescent bulbs when incandescent lighting cannot be avoided
Look for products that have the Energy Star symbol for certified energy efficient products
For more information about lighting collections, or expertise on the lighting industry contact Layla Cotton by phone at 850-877-8265 or visit http://www.goldenlighting.com/