Updating Your Home's Lighting? Here's A Few Bright Ideas To Light The Way

Posted on: 30 March 2016

If you're tired of your high electric bills, but you are on a budget and you can't start with a huge upgrade, you may want to begin with your home's lighting. This doesn't necessarily mean your home's electrical system. Instead, you should look to your light switches. Here are three upgrades that you can make that may be able to help improve energy efficiency and save you money:

1. Light Switches with Built-In Motion Sensors

It can be hard to forget to turn off lights when you leave a room. And, for older people, in addition to forgetting to switch the light off, it can be difficult for them to even reach the light switch to turn them on or off. So why not make things easy on everyone by opting for a light switch that has a built-in motion sensor? You may have seen these in convenience store bathrooms. The motion sensor will detect when someone walks into the room and will spring into action to turn the light on. When the person leaves the room, the light will be switched off. Not only does this help those who are a bit absentminded every now and then, but it helps to save energy and money.

2. Light Switches with Built-In LED Night Lights

This is another one that is good for the elderly, especially those who are fumble trying to find the light switch in the dark. It's also a good one for the kids who are a little bit scared at night when they get up to go potty. This looks like a regular old light switch during the day. However, at night, it transforms into a light switch that has a LED backlight – which operates off of batteries – that will show you your way at night. By installing one of these, you won't have to worry about leaving on the lights all night, which will save both electricity and money.

3. Light Switches with Built-In Programmable Indoor Timers

Some people don't like to come home to a house that is dark and empty. It makes them feel insecure and unsafe. At the same time, though, they don't want to leave a lot of indoor or outdoor lights on all day and run up their light bill. Luckily, there's a solution that offers finds some middle ground – a programmable timer switches. This timer can be programmed so that the lights can be switched on at a certain time, which allows them to be on when you arrive home. This will allow you to save on energy and money, while also ensuring that you feel safe when you get home from work each evening. This one works out great when you're out of town on vacation, as you can get it to randomly switch on the lights as if you're home.

If you need help installing any of these, make sure to give your local residential electrician a call.