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Should You Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Can lighting change your home?

Energy Efficient appliances are one of the quickest and simplest methods to improve efficiency in your home, with a wide array of appliances and products that provide increased performance while also using less power. There are even high efficiency light bulbs that will help you make the switch to energy efficiency without having to make big changes like replacing your kitchen appliances. There are two main options for these bulbs, CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs and LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs. LEDs are the best option on the market today, as they generate light without generating heat, which is a big issue with standard incandescent bulbs. These incandescent bulbs use energy to run power through its filament, which is that little metal wire you can see in the middle of your bulb. This results in light from heat generation, which is where the inefficiency lies–most of that power is lost in the heat that is produced rather than the light generation. CFLs are similar and also highly efficient, but are often outlived and outperformed by LEDs.  Taking the plunge in including energy efficient appliances in your home, even just in your lighting, will provide great benefits to you and the environment.

 

Less Energy

The greatest benefit to adapting your lighting to energy efficient solutions is that both LED and CFL bulbs consume energy at a much lower rate than your traditional incandescent bulb–as little as a tenth or less wattage for LEDs and half to an eighth for CLFs. While replacing just one fixture’s bulbs won’t do much to your energy bill, upgrading your whole home to energy efficient lighting will make a drastic difference in your energy costs. 

 

More Life

Energy efficient bulbs, while more expensive than the traditional bulbs you might have in your home now, are a great investment in your home because they outlive those cheaper traditional bulbs by years. After you’ve made the switch to LEDs or CLFs, you won’t have to regularly repurchase bulbs to replace the burnt out ones for years to come.

 

Increased Stability

All of these energy efficient bulbs also outperform incandescent light bulbs in extreme temperatures. Whether in freezing temperatures or sweltering heat, they fail far less often than a traditional bulb. Furthermore, because they produce less heat, you might even save a bit on your cooling costs over the summer without the added heat of lighting. 

 

Better for the Environment

Not only will you be doing your part for your wallet, energy-efficient lighting will help you do your part for the environment. With these bulbs, you’ll be replacing them less and consuming less power, which will make a dent in your carbon footprint. 

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Can Lighting Change Your Home?

Can lighting change your home?

If you’re looking for a way to revamp your home that’s a little less complicated than knocking down walls and replacing floors, you might want to consider changing up your lighting. There are a lot of different creative ways to change up the feeling of your space with light, from temperature to brightness. We can help you utilize these techniques to suit your home, your needs, and your budget. 

 

Brightness

Installing dimmers in your home allows you to control the brightness in your space, so you can customize the ambience of your space.

The level of brightness in your space is actually correlated to emotional response, partly due to the association with heat. During the day, you might notice the natural light helps put you in a good mood. In the same way, bright, glowing lights in your space can significantly improve the general atmosphere of your home.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more cozy setting, low level lighting helps to make your space feel warmer and cozier. With a dimmer, you can change what kind of feeling you want in your home through the brightness of your lighting with the simple touch of a finger.

Bulb Type

The temperature of the lighting in your home is also an easy way to transform your space. For warmer, yellower light, the type of bulb you might be looking for would be something like a fluorescent light, while an LED bulb will give off a cooler, bluer glow. The room that you’re lighting might play into your decision on bulb type and temperature. For example, lighting in bedrooms is more likely to be softer and comforting, while your kitchen’s lighting is usually brighter for functionality. 

 

Placement 

The placement of your lighting can make a big impact on your home and is an easy process. Adding ambience can be as simple as adding accent lighting to give your space a focal point. In your kitchen, a great way to elevate your kitchen is to install under cabinet lighting. It’s easy to install, cost-effective, energy-efficient, and helps to increase safety, while also making the space feel inviting. In other areas of your home, like your living room, accent lighting helps to highlight your favorite parts of your home and create the ideal ambience. Spotlighting a focal point, like artwork or a unique architectural feature draws the gaze to these areas and can completely transform the feeling of the room. 

 

If any of these ideas sound like something you want to tackle to change the feel of your home, call us at Coffin Electric. With the help of our professionally trained technicians, you can have peace of mind knowing that your transformation will be safely and correctly installed, and will look great too. 

 

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Safely Light Up Your Outdoor Space!

Safely Light Up Your Outdoor Space!

Looking to shed some light outside? Whether you’re looking to add a twinkle to your deck, wanting to see your grill after dark, or seeking extra security, there are multiple ways to light up your outdoor space. Let’s weigh the pros and cons to help you find the best way that fits your needs.

 

Plug In Lights

Pros: The simplest and easiest way to brighten things up is as easy as plugging in a strand of string lights into an exterior outlet. Most building codes require a certain amount of outlets outside your home, and you’ll usually be able to find at least one near the front and back doors. With splitters, extension cords, or remote-plug ins, you can take full advantage of the outlets you have access to. 

 

Cons: If you decide to use extension cords, be sure to check that they are intended for outdoor use and be careful with how you utilize them. If used improperly, cords can not only be a trip hazard, but can pose worse risks like fire or shock hazards. 

 

Solar Lights

Pros: If an outlet isn’t accessible or you’re looking for something a little different, solar powered outdoor lights offer a variety of choices. Without wires or battery packs, they’re good for the environment and easy to place. From floodlights to path lights, you should be able to find the light for you without the stress of tangled cords or far-away outlets. 

 

Cons: Solar lights are easy and eco-friendly, but their placement is key. They need to have access to adequate sunlight to store power, which can even be impacted by weather if clouds obscure the amount of sunlight the receptors can gather. 

 

Wired Lights

Pros: Hardwiring outdoor lighting to its own circuit will give you the most consistent power source without the extra elements like outlets, extension cords, or the sun. This is a great option for your outdoor spaces, as it is more than a temporary option, can reach harder spaces like sheds and patios without the need of an outlet, and you won’t have to worry about hiding any ugly extension cords. 

Cons: DIY isn’t an option for wiring your outdoor space. To ensure your lighting looks great and works safely and properly, you’ll need a licensed electrician to do your wiring. But there’s a bright side to this con: Coffin Electric is here to help. Our team is made up of qualified licensed electricians who are happy to help you bring your vision of your outdoor space to life.

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Energy & Money Saving Tips

Energy & Money Saving Tips 

With more technology being used day to day and temperatures outside increasing, you might be seeing your energy bills get a little bigger each month. If so, you might want to explore what you can do to reduce your energy usage in your home. 

 

Upgrade old or unreliable appliances

It might be time to get rid of that old refrigerator that doesn’t stay cold, or even just to replace those flickering lights. These appliances often aren’t energy-efficient and increase the risk of electrical fires. Using newer, correctly working, energy efficient appliances might be an investment, but it will be one that will save you money in the long run.

 

Cut back and unplug

Even with new or energy efficient appliances, you might not be able to make as much of a dent in your energy bill if you’re not using your appliances wisely. It’s always a good idea to unplug or power off power strips for devices or appliances you’re not using often in your day to day life. But your biggest culprits of energy usage in your home will be your air conditioning and heating system, so using these only when needed will help you save money and energy. Look out for nice days to open the windows and let in some fresh air!

 

Better bulbs

Flip the switch on your incandescent bulbs and replace them with LED bulbs or compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL). CFLs use 75% less energy than your average incandescent bulb and can last 10 times longer, while LEDs are 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Either way, you’ll be happy you saw the light of energy-efficient bulbs. 

 

Watch out for air leaks 

After all of this hard work trying to make your home more energy-efficient, you can still lose energy to this problem! Air leaks are a huge source of energy loss in your home. Look around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, fixtures, switches, and outlets for telltale signs of air leaks–gaps, improper caulk or weatherstripping, and doors or windows that don’t close properly. Sealing these leaks is one of the quickest ways to save money and energy in your home.   

 

Get an electrician’s opinions 

When all else fails, getting an electrician to inspect your home can never hurt. Without a trained eye, there may be something you’re missing in your home’s electrical system that’s eating away at your energy usage. Coffin Electric is proud to provide professional, expert service and help you get the most out of your electrical system.