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Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans

Like the other elements of a green home, a lighting plan needs to be logically designed, taking into consideration the other characteristics of the home. Using natural light (i.e.; windows) wherever possible will save energy. Adjusting the level of light by using dimmers will also save energy and make the room more inviting. There should be no incandescent lamps in a green home. CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps) last up to 10 times longer than incandescent lamps; they consuming about a third of the energy; and they give off less heat. LED lights have been around for a while in commercial construction, but are now being used in home lighting as well for recessed down lights, pendants, and wall sconces. LEDs are even more energy efficient than CFL’s, but are more costly and not as widely available.

Ceiling fans are able to earn the ENERGY STAR label by incorporating an improved blade design and a more efficient motor. Ceiling fans should only be installed if they have earned this rating.

 


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