Lighting. Friday , September 21st , 2018 - 13:47:35 PM
In today's age, the idea of going green seems to have become passion for many people. There are many questions that people ask about going green. Many people are trying to lead a more environmentally friendly life by recycling, composting and organic gardening. However, one of the most consuming activities that our society still engages in is consuming energy. In America alone, more electricity is consumed per capita than in any other part of the world. People use electricity for lights, toys, and many other things. Lighting, however, is the biggest offender.
Fluorescent lighting has been around a long time and you may not think it is that efficient. Old fluorescent lighting certainly isn't T12 and T8 tubes and their drivers can be horribly wasteful, sometimes using double the amount of power they are rated at. However T5 fluorescent tubes coupled with a modern ballast is remarkably efficient, almost as efficient in fact as LED lighting. Modern warm start ballasts have also increased reliability and allowed for extending the life of the tubes which can now reach as much as 30,000 or 40,000 hours. Modern drivers also operate at high frequency, unlike their older counterparts, which mean there is no longer a noticeable flicker with fluorescent lights. Fluorescent lights do also suffer from early failures, and because they rely on a filament the more often they are turned on and off the shorter their life will be; this means turning them on and of with presence detection to reduce their use and save money on your bill could backfire when you have to frequently replace the tubes. If you do go down this route make sure the drivers feature warm start and don't set the controls to frequently turn the lights on and off.
The type of lighting to be used is largely determined by the effect that is to be created as well as the way that the area is to be used. For example, a garden patio may have subtle lighting that will create a comforting, relaxing atmosphere, whereas a fire pit area may use a central fire as the only light source. Too many lights spread throughout the garden will tend to look utilitarian rather than homely. Focal points such as large specimen trees, feature walls or art work benefit from lighting. Quite often it is the features that you enjoy in your garden during the day that you tend to also want to see after dark.
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