Ann Schiffers is vice president of specification sales for USAI Lighting and served as principal of her own lighting design firm for eight years. Here are some of the best tips for lighting solutions from her July 31 Home Front chat with Jura Koncius.
1. Switch to LED light bulbs.
“LEDs have low energy usage (a bulb might use 20 watts where before we used 100 watts) for the same quantity of light and have a long lamp life (was 1,750 hours, now 50,000 hours). With new technology such as ‘warm glow dimming,’ this allows the LED color to shift warmer as it dims, a very beautiful lighting effect.”
2. Dimming lamps can extend the life of your light bulbs.
“The best way to conserve the bulbs you have is to dim them. Dimming just 10 percent (90 percent on) will quadruple the life of the bulbs.”
3. Use dimmers except in utility places such as closets and the garage.
“Dimmers on incandescent and halogen lamps save an enormous amount of energy and increase lamp life.”
3. Try a moveable lamp for a desk space with a computer.
“The best type of fixture is one that moves easily, aiming upward and downward for flexibility in mood and light output when working long hours. LEDs are my favorite choice (3,000 or 3,500K and no cooler).”
4. Recessed lighting is a great go-to for kitchens.
“Track [lighting] can work and LEDs can work, as well as using a wide-beam lamp, but I prefer recessed fixtures in a kitchen. Track lighting and pendants collect dust and grease and can be difficult to clean.”
5. More options for lighting the home is better for the visually impaired.
“Having a vision challenge could also mean less light is reaching the back of the eye, and therefore more light is needed than average to not only see but stimulate the photoreceptors in the eye for biological functions.”