Eco-friendly outdoor lighting is an idea that just makes good sense. When you are placing lighting in the great outdoors, doesn’t it make sense that this lighting should be kind to the environment? It is easier than ever to go with green outdoor lighting that not only uses less energy but also meets the needs of the homeowner. This article from MommyMatter will review some of the choices for eco-friendly outdoor lighting.
One of the standard outdoor lights is the floodlight. The standard floodlight that illuminates yards all over our great country are overpowering and unnecessary for the purposes of most homeowners. Replacing the bright floodlight with a more tame compact fluorescent bulb or even a standard incandescent bulb will save a lot of energy. For those circumstances when you need the power of the traditional floodlight, there are eco-friendly outdoor lighting choices as well.
Manufacturers produce floodlights in both compact fluorescent and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. While the LED floodlights are quite expensive, they last a lot longer and use much less energy. LED floodlights are great for light fixtures that are difficult to change as they are expected to last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Standard light fixtures on porches and other locations can be made easily made into green outdoor lighting by changing incandescent bulbs out for compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED light bulbs.
As far as gentle light for sidewalks and patios, the well known solar light stake is the way to go for eco-friendly outdoor lighting. The solar stake light is great as it requires no maintenance. Just push them into the ground per the manufacturer’s recommendations. I bet you didn’t know that green outdoor living could be so easy!
Perhaps the most efficient way to go green is in your outdoor sheds and buildings. Cheap and easy to install solar lights can be purchased inexpensively. In fact, the solar lighting for sheds is almost certainly less costly to having traditional AC electric installed in your building. The tool retailer Harbor Freight sells a ready to install solar shed light for $25.
So the answer to the question of how to go green with your outdoor lighting is probably easier than you think. Whether you are asking how to go green meaning environmentally friendly or by keeping green in your wallet, there are many choices available. As with all things in life the most important step is the first. Making one change to more eco-friendly outdoor living and more frugal living at the same time is one step in the right direction.
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