Spotlight your work spaces
Overhead bulbs can brighten a space, but often use more light than you really need. Using a kitchen counter light while preparing dinner—or a small lamp to read a book—brings better light to the task at hand and saves energy.
The strategy of burning fewer, brighter, more targeted lamps to light specific areas is called "task lighting." Good to know:
- Desk lamps and table lights are best for the bedroom or study.
- Recessed lights are appropriate for the kitchen or workbench. Think about incorporating these lights into your home's design.
- Many task lamps are compatible with energy-efficient bulbs, especially light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Unlike other bulbs, LEDs emit light in a specific direction, making them ideal for task lighting.
- If you have multiple switches in a room, label them so you can easily turn on the one light you need. Labeling is especially helpful for switches controlling outdoor lights or lights in other rooms.
- For convenience, plug in task lights to outlets connected to switches.
- Many task lamps are compatible with energy-efficient bulbs.
Added benefits: Using directed light while working reduces eye strain and is easier on your pocketbook. Also, you'll only need to turn off one switch.