Nowadays, sustainability is a topic that is on everyone’s minds. With new environmental laws and regulations, “going green” is no longer a matter of style or looks but is essential to the world we live in today. This is also true for the lighting industry. Fortunately, present-day technology allows us to make use of new tools in order to reduce our environmental footprint and to create products that are better for the world globally.
The use of LED lights is a constant when talking about sustainable lighting with designers, architects, builders, and purchasing companies. They are a proven technology that reduces energy consumption by 20 to 25 percent in comparison to incandescent bulbs. On top of that, LED lights are becoming more cost efficient, compact, customizable, and aesthetically pleasing giving them the upper edge over their older counterparts. The fact that LED lights last much longer than traditional incandescent lamps helps reduce waste and creates a more sustainable solution.
CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) are also an environmentalist favorite. They use about a quarter of the energy that incandescent bulbs use, and last much longer (about 10,000 hours). They emanate less heat, which in turn keeps the space consistently cooler, translating into more savings on HVAC and air conditioning costs.
Smart “connected” lights also help reduce the impact of light fixtures. Sensors and lights programmed to automatically dim in well-lit situations, or when not in use, help reduce energy consumption exponentially, while the use of presence detectors in low-traffic areas can reduce the impact that would otherwise have been made by a fixture being always on or fully lit.
The materials with which lighting fixtures are made should also be taken into account. From using recycled metal to eco-friendly wood alternatives such as bamboo, there are various measures that can be taken to help reduce a project’s impact on our planet.
Sapphire Chandelier understands the importance of sustainable lighting, which is why we are always looking for ways to keep our environment as green and clean as possible. Our experienced team is always ready to help our clients achieve their sustainable product goals.