Lighting Efficiencies are the Newest Consideration in Home Remodeling

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Allstar Electrical Service finds homeowners are more likely to invest in efficiency lighting when they plan to stay put

When choosing light fixtures in a home remodel, homeowners are more likely to spring for green, efficiency lighting the longer they intend to stay in their home, according to a study by Allstar Electrical Services, headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Over the past two years, Allstar Electrical Service has tracked purchases of light fixtures, particularly those used in home remodels. What the Denver-licensed electrical subcontractor has found is that homeowners are 50% more likely to invest in efficiency lighting when they plan to stay in their homes for more than 2 years; 75% choose efficiency lighting when they will stay put for 4-plus years.

“Homeowners who are investing in remodeling simply to put their home on the market for immediate sale, are less inclined to spend extra on energy saving fixtures and bulbs because it affects their net profit from any offer they get…if they get lucky enough to get an offer,” says Gary Stone, founder of Allstar (http://www.allstarelectrical.com). “The homeowner who is remodeling with the intention of staying put will weigh the savings over the long-term and pay more now for significant savings over the next few years. It’s particularly motivating when homeowners look at their Xcel bill now and wonder how high energy costs can go in the near future.”

The benchmark standard of energy efficiency is the U.S. government's ENERGY STAR rating system.

Fixtures that qualify for Energy Star rating meet the following requirements:

  • Use 1/4 the energy of traditional lighting.
  • Use bulbs that last 10,000 hours (7 years of regular use).
  • Distribute light more evenly than traditional fixtures.
  • Feature dimming, automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors on exterior lighting.
  • Carry a 2-year warranty — twice the industry standard.

Government statistics show that if every homeowner in this country replaced five frequently used light fixtures with Energy Star-rated fixtures, greenhouse gasses equaling the emissions of 10 million cars would be eliminated.

“Like most home remodeling decisions, it naturally comes down to money,” Stone continues. “What homeowners often overlook is that the energy-smart fixture, a newer product on the market, also features some conveniences that traditional fixtures don’t. The automatic daylight shut-off is a perfect example of innovation and convenience resulting in energy savings.”

Stone urges homeowners to take the time to investigate differences in lighting when embarking on a remodeling effort. “Homeowners buy fewer light fixtures on average than they do cars and a smart buyer doesn’t buy a car without driving it first. Do your due diligence, online or by seeing product first hand in a lighting store. It will help distinguish the new features that are worth extra money.”

Allstar Electrical offers their clients a discount on lighting purchases for projects that Allstar installs.
Contact Stone at 303-399-7420 for information. Allstar Electrical Service is located at 3311 E. 42nd Ave., Denver, CO 80216.

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