Flip the switch to a more beau­ti­ful home

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(StatePoint) With the right knowl­edge, you can save money, pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and bring the best fea­tures of your home to life.

Here are four quick tips to get you started:

• Opt for LED. By 2020, half of all res­i­den­tial sock­ets will have con­verted to LEDs, which is good news, as LEDs can last over 10 years and use up to 85 per­cent less en­ergy than the tra­di­tional light­ing you may use to­day. To­day you can find a high-qual­ity LED for less than $5.

• Pay at­ten­tion to color tem­per­a­tures, wattages, shapes and qual­ity of light. A few light­ing facts can help you make use­ful pur­chases. For ex­am­ple, an av­er­age 60-watt re­place­ment bulb would re­quire about 800 lu­mens. The higher this num­ber is, the brighter the light will be.

• Iden­tify how you use each room and the mood you’d like to cre­ate. Use com­fort­able, soft white light in cozy places like be­d­rooms, fam­ily rooms and din­ing rooms. Ac­tive spa­ces like laun­dry rooms and play­rooms can ben­e­fit from an en­er­getic day­light bulb. Fea­ture pure, clean lights in kitchens, bath­rooms and craft and hobby spa­ces that tend to ben­e­fit from light that de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional color con­trast and bright­ness.

• Put your home in its best light. Even with the right colors, per­fect ac­ces­sories and trendy fur­ni­ture, a home can look lack­lus­ter. Look for new op­tions, such as GE’s High Def­i­ni­tion LED light bulbs which are en­gi­neered with a higher color ren­der­ing in­dex for greater color con­trast and bold­ness over an av­er­age bulb. This means the colors and fea­tures in each room can look even bet­ter.

Just imag­ine a room makeover in five min­utes sim­ply by changing your light bulbs. With to­day’s ad­vanced op­tions, there’s no bet­ter time than now to shed some new light in ev­ery room in your house.

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