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Lighting for Homes
Lighting is an important element of a home. A good, energy-efficient lighting system uses less energy, is more economical and meets people´s visual needs. A lighting system includes lights (light bulbs), light fixtures (luminaires), and controls (switches, dimmers, timers and motion detectors).  
Some general rules of thumb for lighting your home:
  • A good way to achieve energy-efficient lighting is to use ENERGY STAR® labeled lighting fixtures. "ENERGY STAR" labeled lighting fixtures use less energy than other fixtures, save you money on utility bills, and help protect the environment. 
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs rather than incandescent lights. The compact fluorescents will reduce lighting costs by 70 percent and last eight times longer. They will cost more initially, but those costs will be recovered over time.
  • Use windows or skylights in every room to provide general lighting. 
  • Light-colored walls and ceilings will reflect the light much more effectively than those painted or stained a dark color.
  • Have switches at the room entrances. 
  • In a lighted closet with a swinging door, a door switch can automatically switch off the closet light when the door is shut.  
 
 
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