Outdoor lighting around your home is important for security and aesthetic reasons, but it can also end up costing you quite a bit each month. If you have multiple fixtures that are connected to your home grid, it can be expensive to leave them on all night long. If you’re concerned about how much your exterior lighting is costing you, there are ways you can improve your efficiency without spending a fortune. The experts at Hacienda Lighting in Scottsdale can help you find the perfect options for your outdoor lights.
Add Timers and Sensors
Timers and other controls are great for outdoor lighting, and can make a big difference in how much energy you’re using to power your exterior fixtures. If you set the timer to turn on the lights at a specific time each night and turn off before the sun comes up, then you won’t have to worry about controlling them with a switch, or perhaps forget to turn them off when you leave for work. For perimeter lights, such as those on your garage or in the backyard, motion sensors are a great way to cut down on power usage. The sensors will cause the lights to turn on only when they need to be. There are also light fixtures with photocells that automatically turn on and off based on the amount of light that’s hitting them.
Update Your Fixtures
If you’re ready to update your outdoor fixtures with more contemporary options, take the opportunity to find products that use less energy than your current lights. Outdated porch lights can use quite a bit of energy each month, and replacing them with Energy Star certified fixtures that use CFL or LED bulbs can greatly reduce your monthly electric bill. If you have a deck or backyard area that needs ambient lighting, consider using fewer, brighter fixtures that provide enough illumination to see by, but don’t drown the space in light. CFL and LED technology can greatly improve your outdoor lighting while using considerably less energy. Adding LED garden lights can also improve the appeal and charisma of your landscaping and outdoor areas.
Many homeowners are reluctant to update or add to their exterior lighting because of the fear of what it will cost in energy usage. By taking the proper approach and finding more efficient fixtures, bulbs, and controls, there will be nothing to worry about; plus, you can greatly improve the curb appeal of your home with just a few lighting changes.
The staff at Hacienda Lighting can show you all the outdoor options we have to offer, and help you narrow down your choices for new fixtures. We’ll explain the best way to install and control your new lights, and help you calculate what your energy savings will be each month. Before you know it, the exterior of your home will have better lighting, and you’ll be able to use the money you save on other home projects, or that special item for which you’ve been saving.