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Light smart. For a comprehensive look at all of your home lighting options, pros and cons, check

Light smart. For a comprehensive look at all of your home lighting options, pros and cons, check

Nobody wants to waste energy or money to light their home or workspace. It seems logical to simply repopulate every fixture with the most efficient lamps available. But that may be a poor solution because it ignores a fundamental principle of lighting design: Make only as much of the right kind of light as you need, and shine it only where it is needed. New energy-efficiency standards for electric lights, based on “lumens per watt,” have been imposed in the United States and elsewhere. Lamps that don’t meet these standards are being phased out and replaced by more efficient (and more expensive) products. Unfortunately, standards based solely on lumens per watt don’t tell the whole story—they ignore that first fundamental rule of lighting. Beyond Lumens Per Watt I’ve been shopping for lighting based on lumens per watt since I first moved off the grid in 1991. With my first ...

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