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 and over-the-counter fluorescents 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 light bulbs, especially light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Some 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.
Added benefits: Using directed light while working reduces eye strain and is easier on your pocketbook.