Q: What is the most energy efficient lighting?
I am interested in using some more eco-friendly lighting in my house? What are the best options? Also, old non-incandescent lights have a kind of harsh blue white color? Are there newer options that are more like traditional light bulbs? Thanks.
There are some very exciting, energy efficient, options for updating the lighting in your home, which you may find more satisfying than screw-in fluorescent bulbs. Consider investing in some high-quality LED fixtures. Check out http://www.creeledlighting.com for some excellent information on LED lighting and consider using the LR6 LED to easily replace any incandescent recessed lights you may have, or the LR4 for replacing recessed low voltage halogen fixtures. The benefits: 12 watts of power used with light output equaling 65 watts of incandescent, you can dim them, LEDs render color very close to natural lighting (92 CRI), comes in 2700 or 3500K color temperature (2700K close to incandescent which means none of that ‘blue’ look you don’t like). These LED replacement fixtures cost about $100 each, (gasp!) but will last 20 years, and the savings over the lifetime of the fixture will offset the initial cost. Also, there is no mercury present in LEDs, like there is in fluorescents, which to me, is a huge environmental advantage. For more information about LED options check out my colleague, Tal Mashadian’s website and blog. Tal has been researching and testing LEDs for the past several years and is a great resource. http://www.discoverylighting.com
Sustainable & eco-friendly lighting goes way beyond fluorescent. Enjoy!
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