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We have all been hearing about “green lighting” in recent times, and most of us agree that eco-friendly lights and appliances are a great idea.  Unfortunately, getting started can be confusing and over-whelming because we are not sure what the best energy efficient choices are, what types of effects our lighting choices have on the interior and exterior look of our home, and where to use certain types of lighting.  It does not have to be so confusing if you are equipped with some information and a few good tips about where to start.

Let’s begin with what we are already familiar with.  Regular, old-fashioned light bulbs are called incandescent light bulbs.  They can produce the exact type and color of light that we are all used to living with and seeing on a daily basis.  Incandescent bulbs also create a lot of heat and actually only use about 20% of the energy they consume to produce light.  In a home with many rooms and a lot of lighting needs, both indoors and out, it is easy to see how expensive and energy inefficient this can become.

CFLs, or compact florescent lights, are the current answer to many lighting needs.  We often think of florescent bulbs as those long tubes that hung from school and office ceilings and produced harsh, flickering light and made a terrible buzzing sound.  They also took forever to turn on once the switch was thrown. But, compact florescent bulbs have come a long way in just a few years, and new improvements and better ideas are appearing almost daily. Read More