Singapore Architect: Enhance Eco-Living with Energy Efficient Lighting

Monday June 20th, 2011 2011, In the News

From a dollars and sense perspective, architects and building owners not only contend with increasing energy, material and manpower costs, but confront challenges of incorporating sustainable solutions to meet project requirements and a quick return on investment.

For the homeowner, high on their list of considerations when building or renovating are to keep costs low. Beyond planning for window placement and capturing the best angle of the sun to naturally illuminate interiors, choosing the right kind of energy efficient lighting blueprint seals the deal for low energy bills.

Good Class Bungalow

The objective for the home was to have a longer re-lamping period and save money on maintenance costs. A combination of induction bulbs and LEDs was utilised, resulting in a 60 per cent reduction in energy consumption as compared to conventional light sources. Apart from monthly savings on electricity, the ambience the interior stylist set out to achieve in terms of colour temperature and dimmable capabilities, was also delivered.

Faced with an eight to 10 metre ceiling, the focal point of the double-volume living room was tied to the centrepiece pendant luminaire through LEDs. To break the monotony of height, the room perimeter was encircled by cove lights. The easy to clean and long lifespan of dimmable T5 LED tubes did away with the usual difficulty in maintaining cove lighting.

In the garden, 50 pieces of 50 watt halogen and metal halide lamps were replaced with 6 watt LED MR16 bulbs. Employing a motion sensor system, the replacement resulted in energy requirement from 2.5 kilowatt per hour to 300 watts per hour.

Conservation Shophouse

Armed with the owner’s budget concern, the objective to meet was to refit lamps to an energy-saving configuration without spending too much on initial investment. The choice of light source was planned around the available natural light from the stairwell and long windows as well as the reflected light from the marble floors, bathroom tiles, glossed surfaces of the kitchen cabinetry and mirrors.

The solution was to replace all the incandescent bulbs and fit dimmable warm white compact fluorescent lamps around the house. In the garden and courtyard, LED sensor floodlights and induction wall lights were used to as facade and security lights.

Combining functionality and cost efficiency, energy savings and brightness requirements were delivered while staying within and even under budget.

Blending aesthetics and ecology can be seamless with energy efficient light sources that are fully able to replace conventional counterparts and match their intended applications.

As the world turns Greener, IEQ Global stamps our Green footprint in all our lighting plans, enabling clients and projects to benefit from energy efficient technology and cost savings. To suit the needs of our broad clientele, IEQ Global also provides energy efficient Induction and Plasma lighting technologies in addition to LED lamps.

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