There are many advances on energy efficient lighting these include LED, solar powered and DC ceiling fans for energy savings.
Led lighting produces more light for lower wattage and save you money. The price of led technology has fallen considerably and now is very competitive with normal lighting and warm white. A 60w incandescent is the same as a 7w led light. In outdoor lights a led fortress like the one below that is on sale for $60.00 down from $89.95 uses 30watts of energy and produces the same as 2 par 150w light globes. That is a tenfold improvement in energy usage.
Switch to LEDs
LEDs ( light emitting diodes leds ) are better value for money than traditional incandescent incandescent and halogen downlights /halogen light bulbs light levels and can be used in the majority of existing fittings. LEDs use about 75% less energy than halogen light bulbs and last 5-10 times longer, greatly reducing replacement costs and the number of light bulbs ending up in landfill.
The up-front cost of led bulbs generally has a payback time of less than 1 year compared to traditional bulbs
By replacing 10 halogen light bulbs with led light bulb, an average household can expect to save around $650 over 10 years on their electricity bill. State or local government assistance for new LEDs may also be available.
Solar Powered Lights
Solar powered lights / compact fluorescent lamps cfls are very convenient cost effective way of using less energy and lowering your carbon foot print. Solar lighting is very cost effective as there is no need for an electrician to install most products. Examples of solar lights and potential uses for them are discussed below.
Solar Flood Lights
Solar flood lights are cheap way of creating extra light and security around your home. The lights have a sensor allowing them to only go on when you need them. This helps for security purposes and allows the charge to last most of the night as there is no drain when not in use. They can be installed anywhere without the need for wires or a qualified electrician. Examples of solar flood lights are shown below:
Solar battens are an exciting new product that allows quick installation colour temperature and energy efficient power usage. The lights don’t require an electrician to install as there are no cords or electrical work needed. This makes them great for farms where it would be costly to install lighting otherwise. They are great for many other uses to such as carports, tool sheds, storage, green houses, you name it if the area would be difficult to light it will be easy with this product. The light is great for camping as well with a solar usb charger in the light to charge all your phones and other gadgets. The light comes with a remote to easily change functions such as how many hours you want it on or if you want it to turn on at night. A picture of a solar batten from Martec that lighting and living stock is shown below:
Other ways to be more energy efficient.
Sensors can turn off lighting when a room is unoccupied or when daylight is sufficient. Some LEDs can automatically adjust according to the amount of sunlight entering a room.
Take advantage of sunlight
Install skylights, transparent roof panels and/or light tubes to maximise sunlight entering rooms. Be aware that these kinds of installations need to be well insulated.