Applying Energy-efficient Lighting in New Home Construction

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Residential Lighting

In this project, the Lighting Research Center minimized the use of recessed incandescent downlights in the demonstration home by using the natural lines of the home and creating coves and valances, making indirect fluorescent lighting the primary ambient source. Warm color temperature linear fluorescents, dimmable in some cases, enhance the home’s interior colors and finishes and create interest. Occupancy sensors further reduce energy consumption. As part of the project, the homeowners chose ENERGY STAR fixtures where possible, or fixtures that can use compact fluorescent lamps. Low voltage halogen spotlights and floodlights provided accent lighting. New fluorescent fixtures have virtually no flicker or hum, can be dimmed, provide incandescent-like warmth, and last more than five times longer than incandescent lamps. This minimizes both replacement cost and the need to access hard-to-reach places to change a light bulb. View the different energy-efficient lighting examples in the showcase home:

Saratoga Energy-Efficient Home

Published with the permission of Lighting Research Centre of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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