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How to Save On Lighting Costs in Winter

Winters in New England can be bitterly cold, with unpredictable snow squalls and ice storms. The start of 2018 has brought unseasonably cold weather to Connecticut and some families may be worried about their next utility bill. While heat is a necessity in the winter, there are tips and tricks to saving energy this time of year; one is reduced lighting consumption. We offer 3 quick tips to cut back on lighting costs this season.

Let the Sunshine In

motorized window shadesDid you know the sun’s rays in winter can be even stronger than in summer? When sunlight is reflected off snow, it’s double trouble – you are being hit with sunshine from both the sky and ground. On green grass, sunlight does not bounce back up.

Although you may get an unexpected sunburn, there is a benefit to brighter sunshine in winter: More natural light to illuminate your home! During the day, keep the curtains open and let the sun work in place of your light fixtures. As an added bonus, you can retain some of the sun’s heat after dark if you close the curtains tight at sundown.

Install Lighting Controls

Many of us can overuse our lights, especially during winter when the sun goes down earlier in the day. However, you may not need the number of fixtures that you think to keep a room well-lit. We always recommend layering your lighting design, which means a balance of ambient, task and accent lighting. For instance, recessed cans paired with a lamp and wall sconces. In many cases, you do not need all three sources on full-strength. That’s where lighting controls comes in.

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How LEDs Are Changing Lighting Design

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are essentially computer chips that produce light, designed for small applications. The technology can be built into a fixture or standard bulbs can be swapped out for increased energy-efficiency. At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have a variety of modern LED chandeliers, pendants, flush mounts, flood lights and wall sconces for customers to choose from. As LED technology continues to evolve, what impact do the advancements have on contemporary lighting design?

Beautiful, Lightweight Fixtures

LED technology has revolutionized the way light fixtures are being made. Think of a traditional four-light chandelier made from steel with glass shades. This fixture likely weighs more than 20 pounds and would require some muscle to transport. With today’s technology, an LED fixture from innovative brands like Elan and Dainolite can feel virtually weightless.

More Room for Creativity

LED technology is making everything smaller, which means homeowners have more open space to use. Rather than cluttering rooms with multiple floor lamps and wall fixtures, LED light bars, undercabinet lighting and tape lighting allows for more versatility. These categories of lighting make interior and exterior design more fun. Use LEDs for task lighting and to create cool lighting effects that highlight your home’s unique architecture.

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Get to Know LED Bulbs

Light-emitting diode (LED) is an evolving technology that has emerged as the preferred alternative over traditional lighting methods. Like cars and clothing, LED is a category with different varieties, from light bulbs to light fixtures. Many customers visit our Hartford and Southington showrooms and are overwhelmed by the many options; our displays have over 50 models of LED bulbs! In this blog post, we help make LED simple.

Lumens vs. Wattage

It’s a common misconception that a light bulb’s wattage equates to its brightness. A bulb’s lumen output relates to how much light is produced, while wattage is all about energy consumption. Consumers are often confused by LED boxes that say “4-watt bulb equivalent to 60 watts” – this simply means that the LED bulb is more energy-efficient than the typical incandescent or halogen light bulb.

What Is Color Temperature?

In layman’s terms, a light bulb’s color temperature refers to the colored light that is produced by that individual source. On the Kelvin scale, color temperature is measured from 1,000 to 10,000K (candle flame red to clear sky blue). The vast majority of LED light bulbs we carry are either 2700 or 3000K. These “warmer” color temperatures are more prevalent in residential settings. What’s the right application for each?

  • 2700K: If your home has traditional wood tones, an incandescent bulb could wash everything out. A 2700K LED bulb is a better complement in conventional homes.
  • 3000K: For homeowners with more modern rooms and white tones will benefit from LED bulbs with a slightly higher color temperature.
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Lighting for “Home of Distinction” in Southington

Home of Distinction at the North Ridge Estates is a future show home in Southington, CT – one of our showroom locations. Constructed by Lovley Development, this community will feature 94 properties that showcase the latest materials and designs, including lighting – which Connecticut Lighting Centers is honored to provide. Sarah Cody from Fox 61 recently stopped by our showroom to explore LEDs, decorative hardware and outdoor lighting with President David Director.

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What Are the Benefits of LED Light Bulbs?

Recently our Vice President, Todd Director, appeared on Western Mass News to discuss the innovations of LED technology and choosing the right LED light bulbs for your specific needs.

The New & Improved LED Light Bulb

In the past, we used to hear customers say all the time that LED light bulbs were “ugly” because they didn’t look the same as traditional incandescent bulbs. Today, an LED light bulb is nearly identical to the styles we’re used to seeing in our homes. Available in several varieties, from bulbs to fixtures, LED light bulbs produce no heat, emit quality brightness and last much longer than a typical bulb.

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