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Energy efficient lighting

Integrating energy efficient lighting into project designs is a primary objective of interior designers, architects, and the design community, because of its direct positive impact on a building’s carbon footprint.

In the Circular Economy, the focus on reducing embodied and operational carbon levels is critical as projects need to align with the UK Government’s Net Zero Carbon strategy.

Energy efficient lighting has become a hot topic in the built environment and design community. Incorporating energy efficient lighting into interior design is a long term strategy for slowing down climate change.

The manufacture of fluorescent lighting (CFLs) was banned in 2018 as the impact of traditional lighting fixtures on the environment became more widely understood.

Energy saving LEDs are now the preferred, sustainable choice. There are many LED light sources and fittings that can be used in the design of truly unique LED lighting systems in commercial and residential spaces.

Energy efficient lighting

Benefits of energy efficient lighting

At Detail Lighting we advocate the benefits of energy efficient lighting, which include:

  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • Lower electricity costs
  • Improved quality of lighting through energy efficient lighting designs that are bespoke to the layout and natural light in a room
  • Durable products that require replacement less frequently
  • Improved wellbeing and productivity in commercial spaces due to reduced glare, better colour rendering and reduced flickering
Designing lighting schemes for residential spaces

Sustainable lighting design principles

The main objective of sustainable lighting design principles is to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Design professionals are increasingly adopting sustainable lighting design as a way to make buildings carbon neutral and cost efficient.

By maximising natural light and choosing materials that cause less harm to the environment because they can be recycled, sustainable lighting design is instrumental in reducing carbon emissions.

Sustainable lighting design principles also consider the lifecycle of lighting systems. This involves evaluating the environmental impact of the entire journey of a lighting product, from raw material to disposal – from cradle to grave.

Repair why replace – our sustainable lighting policy

The Detail Lighting ‘repair, why replace?’ sustainable lighting policy supports energy efficiency as a primary objective in lighting design.

The circular economy in lighting design is a repair/reuse/recycle concept that is based on using a product more fully during its lifecycle. This reduces the use of raw materials and therefore has less of an impact on the environment.

A ‘repair why replace’ strategy is, we believe, a significant player in environmentally friendly lighting design.

LED lighting solutions

Maximising natural daylight is a way of making lighting sustainable. Lighting schemes should be designed to complement natural daylight rather than trying to override natural light that enters a building through windows, atriums, skylights and so on.

Reducing the number of inefficient, energy sapping light bulbs is key to making lighting sustainable. LEDs (light emitting diodes) are an energy conservation alternative to traditional bulbs. They are low maintenance and provide a long service so need to be replaced less frequently.

Detail Lighting provide a range of LED lighting solutions. These include linear LED lighting, LED lighting tracks, LED downlights and LED wall lighting.

A popular LED linear lighting option is the Volans Premium Warm-Dimming light – a 10mm wide flexible LED strip light that produces 1800K – 3000K warm dim lighting tones. Interior designers and architects favour the Volans Premium Warm-Dimming light as it can be integrated with DALI lighting control systems.

DALI stands for Digital Addressable Lighting Interface and is a lighting interface that allows lighting to use a digital signal for more precise and flexible control for the user. This means lights can be controlled automatically so whenever there are no occupants around, lighting can be switched off, resulting in a more sustainable approach to lighting design.

Commercial LED lighting

Detail Lighting supply a vast range of commercial LED lights. The Danny Max 70 track spotlight is mains dimmable and adjustable to a 90° tilt and 350° rotation. Its black matt finish makes the Danny Max the perfect fit for any contemporary space.

Our Cortes 48V system is a low voltage track that is dimmable and can be fixed to a surface or trimmed and recessed. Available in both black and white, the Cortes 48V system looks good in any room.

Sustainable residential lighting design principles

Energy efficient lighting design projects

Take a look at some of Detail Lighting’s energy efficient lighting design projects. We work with specifiers to create lighting schemes that improve energy efficiencies and provide lighting that is appropriate to each individual space.

We incorporate cutting edge products and smart technology to give users control over their energy consumption.

Indeed, smart technology is impacting the sustainability of lighting. Remotely controlled or programmed dimmers and timers reduce the amount of artificial lighting used each day, and the intensity of light that is required in each room. Light sensors automatically reduce the use of artificial lighting by only being switched on when daylight is insufficient. Motion light sensors are also effective by only activating the lighting if someone has entered a room.

Why work with Detail Lighting for your sustainable lighting project?

The Detail Lighting team offer unparalleled expertise and hands-on experience in sustainable lighting. We’d be happy to discuss your sustainable lighting project and explain where we can add significant value. Contact us for more information.


How energy efficient are LEDs?

They use 85% less energy than traditional light bulbs and produce less heat, even though the light is of a better quality.

Are smart controls compatible with LEDs?

Yes. Let us know the smart technology you are interested in and we will recommend the most suitable products.

Do you design lighting schemes for both commercial and residential settings?


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