Outdoor lighting is the cherry on top of a beautiful patio or deck. But it also can bump your electric bill into a range you cannot afford.
Keep reading to learn about ways to save money on your outdoor lighting.
- Use Energy Saving Bulbs
Shoot for using energy-saving bulbs for your outdoor lights. In particular, look into installing low voltage lighting, which is usually energy efficient as well.
Outdoor LED lights put out a higher quality amount of light compared to incandescent halogen bulbs. They also use up to 20 percent of the same energy an incandescent bulb requires.
Energy-saving bulbs also emit less heat, making your deck and patio one of the coolest places to hang out both physically and aesthetically.
- Use the Sun for Outdoor Lighting
You’re already using the sun during the day, but you can also use it during the night with outdoor solar lights on your patio or deck. you can use them to light walkways, sidewalks, and around pools.
An outdoor solar light converts sunlight into energy. These lights come on automatically as dusk settles in and begin to shine bright throughout the evening.
Plus, you don’t have to worry about cords, and you certainly won’t see a change in your power bill. You’ll be using a clean energy source that makes you feel good.
- Use Motion Sensing Lights
Motion sensing lights are another great solution for outdoor lights. Basic outdoor light fixtures have a sensor installed that senses motion. When something moves within the sensor’s range, the light comes on.
The light is on a timer so that when the motion stops, it stays on for a period of time and then turns off. You no longer have to worry about forgetting to turn lights off because they do the job for you and save potentially hundreds of dollars on your electric bill.
- Maintain Your Environment
While engineers make outdoor wall lights for durable use, they still receive wear and tear from their environment. You can reduce this wear and tear, making them as efficient as possible, by maintaining your environment.
Keep bushes and trees trimmed around the lights. Look for built-up debris and remove it. Regularly change out damaged bulbs, and keep an eye out for damaged cables.
- Use a Timer
You can also set your outdoor hanging lights on a timer. A timer will tell turn your lights on and off automatically so you do not have to worry about remembering to do so on your own. You also do not have to worry about some wayward neighborhood cat triggering a motion sensor in the middle of the night.
Some of the more sophisticated timers will be sensitive to the season. They use a photosensor to turn the lights on when dusk hits and then a timer turns the lights off at a set time of night.
Be Smart, Save Money
Your beautiful outdoor lighting doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. A few small smart changes here and there and your bill can stay low while your deck and patio stay beautiful.
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