Green Rookie: Chic, Energy-Efficient Lighting Options

| 10/1/2009 4:43:14 PM

As a kid, I was an avid bookworm—and more than once I was warned by concerned adults that reading in dim light would damage my eyes. The old maxim about reading in good light may be a bit of hooey, but there are plenty of reasons to have quality lighting throughout the house. 

With the right light, your rooms will appear bright, warm, and welcoming—day or night. Although your eyes might survive reading in dim light, the right illumination does make life easier.

The first step in reducing the environmental footprint of your lighting options is to choose the right bulb.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are widely available, energy-efficient and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit the many fixtures found in your home. Although a bit pricier, LEDs are worth considering too—they’re four times more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last much longer than CFLs. Learn about the pros and cons of different bulb options.

Replacing bulbs in your current fixtures is a great first step, but let’s be honest: Sometimes what a room really needs is a brand-new fixture. When you begin your search for the ultimate light, keep your eye peeled for these great green features:

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