Let your light shine down -- with the help of a lighting control systemBy John Kirchner
From an article in the March 2011 issue of Qualified Remodeler magazine:
According to the Energy Conservation Enhancement Project at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 20 percent of all electricity produced in the U.S. is used for lighting, but 50 percent of that electricity is wasted by inefficient lighting sources or careless consumers. Lighting-control systems, which long have been utilized in commercial buildings, have become affordable for the average homeowner. And today’s wireless lighting-control systems make installation easy and practical for renovators.
Easy-to-use lighting control systems make homeowners more likely to use only as much light as they need, only when they need it. Like most other energy-efficiency efforts, a single home deploying this technology won’t make much of an impact at a global level. But as these technologies become more affordable and more commonplace, it’s sure to make a dent in overall energy usage and all that comes with it.
Wired systems are better-suited for new construction because of the intricate wiring system that would be rather invasive where walls already exist. Wireless control systems are, obviously, less invasive, avoiding damage to walls. But they require batteries or some other power source and can cost more, which is the trade-off made for ease of installation.
The article from Qualified Remodeler offers more details about this family of products, including an introduction to several specific models you can choose from.
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