With energy prices at an all-time high, one thing on everybody’s mind is how people can reduce the cost of their energy bill. One way to reduce this cost is to switch to more sustainable lighting solutions in both homes and in the workplace. Not only will this help save money but this also allows you to do your bit for the environment.  Here, we discuss what we mean by sustainable lighting and what to consider when choosing your next sustainable lighting fixture.

What do we mean by sustainable lighting?

Sustainable lighting isn’t a particular product or solution, it is best described as

“…a set of qualities a lighting product includes that helps to reduce the negative effects the light product has on the environment.”

This could relate to any aspect of lighting, from the material of the fixture to the power and the bulb itself. According to Research Gate, studies suggest that the number of light points around the globe is to increase by 35% between 2006 and 2030 due to the increasing population.  It is therefore more important now than ever to install more sustainable lighting features.

What to consider when choosing sustainable lighting?

When it comes to choosing your next sustainable lighting feature, there are some things you need to consider.

Light source

The first thing to consider is the type of light source for your sustainable product.  Using LED light bulbs is currently the most efficient and sustainable way to power an electric light.  Here’s why…

  • An LED light source uses around 75% less energy and lasts much longer than the traditional incandescent lightbulb
  • LEDs barely generate any heat, have low power requirements and are highly durable
  • Using high-quality LED lights with high beam precision will also allow you to target the light exactly where you need it to help you reduce the amount of light pollution

Lighting fixture material

If you’re looking for a sustainable light, another feature to consider is the material the fixture is made from. Lighting can be made from utilising recycled or renewable materials and there are dozens of options to choose from. Some examples of sustainable materials could be wood, bamboo, rattan or recycled glass.  While these materials are not suitable for every use, it’s something to consider.

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Placement of lighting fixtures

Not only do you need to consider the light source and light material, you also need to decide where to place your fixtures to help improve the efficiency for the best sustainable lighting.  Thoughtful placement can also help to reduce the amount of light pollution produced. You need to put your light where it is most needed.  It should address the needs of the space and not be lighting areas unnecessarily. For example, provide the most light where specific tasks are carried out and make sure the lighting is fit for that function or space.

For internal lighting, this may mean lighting specific areas that need to be lit for functional reasons, (i.e. specific areas within a kitchen such as a cooker, a dining room table, or a space where people need to read or work.)  For external lighting, this is likely to be doorways, entrance ways, side passages, driveways and dark areas.  Of course it is important to utilise a design that is pleasing to the eye and fits with the character of the space, but so too is the function of the light itself.  You want to make sure your external lighting makes an area look good and that it provides the illumination needed to ensure safety during hours of darkness.  There is no need to generate more light than you need.

Reduce unnecessary energy wastage by considering timings vs. needs

Integrating “daylighting” is a great way to help you achieve maximum energy-efficiency.

Daylighting is the practice of illuminating indoor spaces using natural light from windows, skylights, or other openings in the building. This reduces the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours, which can lead to energy savings and improved visual comfort.

Daylighting is a building strategy that can save money for homeowners and businesses. It is also a “controlled” admission of natural light, direct sunlight, and diffused-skylight into a building to reduce electric lighting and save energy.

Your electric lighting can also be timed, (sometimes remotely) to make sure that lights are not on when they don’t need to be.

Restoration and repair for sustainable lighting

Restoring a light fitting is a great option to become more sustainable.  Sometimes this is also a more cost-effective option than buying new. Restoration reduces waste, conserves resources, and preserves the original design. Manufacturing new fittings requires the extraction of raw materials and contributes to the carbon footprint. Restoring an existing fitting requires minimal resources and energy in comparison. While this is not always possible, when it is, it is a responsible choice that benefits the environment and your wallet.

Retrofitting an ‘old’ piece of lighting and replacing the power and/or light source to a more modern, more energy efficient, alternative is a great option too.  Our team provide comprehensive retrofitting and restoration services for this exact requirement.

High quality sustainable lighting manufacture

High-quality light fittings last longer and require fewer replacements. This reduces waste, saves resources and money, and lowers your carbon footprint making your lighting more sustainable.

If you’re looking for lighting that will stand the test of time, consider investing in high-quality fixtures made to a superior standard. At William Sugg, we produce a range of sustainable heritage lighting options that are crafted to the highest standards in our Horsham factory. In fact, many of the lights and lanterns you see in cities around the world were made by us centuries ago! While they may require occasional refreshing, these fixtures are an incredibly sustainable solution. The exceptional craftsmanship and manufacturing quality means that they can be repaired and refreshed rather than thrown away and replaced. By choosing high-quality, long-lasting lighting, you’re making an eco-friendly choice that benefits you and the environment.

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Use sustainable lighting for the environment

Sustainable lighting is a critical aspect to consider when it comes to creating an environmentally responsible workspace, home or public space. Using high-quality light fittings that are designed to last longer and consume less energy is a cost effective and sustainable choice. By investing in well-made light fittings, businesses and public spaces can reduce waste, save resources and money, and lower their carbon footprint.

Sustainable lighting can improve the aesthetic appeal of any space, create a comfortable and healthy environment, and enhance overall quality of life.

At Williams Sugg and Co Ltd we can restore or repair your heritage light fittings and add modern up-to-date technology to help you reduce waste and become more sustainable. If you would like to discuss your sustainable lighting choices, get in touch with our team of lighting experts today.