Fluorescent Lighting

Save energy by choosing fluorescent lights

Most people think of the harsh lights at the office or the mall when they think of fluorescent lighting, but fluorescent lighting fixtures in homes are a steadily growing trend. One of the main reasons for this is that fluorescent lighting is more energy efficient than incandescent lighting, but it also has to do with the evolution of fluorescent light.

It used to be that fluorescent light bulbs were big and heavy, but now they're available in many different shapes and for many different lighting fixtures. Technological advances have also smoothed out the flickering that fluorescent lights were once known for, and though still more expensive than the average incandescent bulb, fluorescents have come down significantly in cost.

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Fluorescent Lighting Tips and Tricks

Frequently turning them on and off can actually shorten the lifespan of fluorescent bulbs, so when you're first starting to replace old incandescent bulbs, start with the lights that stay on for the longest periods of time, such as the hallway light that stays on after the kids go to bed. Under cabinet fluorescent lighting in a kitchen or bathroom is also a good place to start. It adds extra light over the sink or vanity and acts as a night light in the evening.

Another fact about fluorescent lighting is that the wattage is measured differently than that of incandescent lighting. Wattages for compact fluorescent light bulbs typically run from 5 to 40, while those for incandescent bulbs run between 25 and 150. Typically, you're safe choosing a fluorescent bulb that is one-third or one-fourth the wattage of the incandescent bulb.

Fluorescent Lighting Design Scheme

A comprehensive fluorescent lighting design scheme doesn't have to stop with the most-used bulbs; you can make replacements all over the house. Though fluorescent lighting used to have the stigma of being too "blue" and cold for most rooms in the house, nowadays many people don't notice a change from incandescent, or in some cases, even prefer the clean brightness of fluorescent lighting.

If you're adding fluorescent lighting to your bathroom, consider also adding mirrors for fluorescent lighting to further enhance your beauty routine. You may also want to put the light on a dimmer switch so that you can opt for a little less light on those late-night trips to the toilet.

If the aforementioned ideas haven't been enough to get you over your fluorescent lighting grudge and you're still shy about spending the extra money for every bulb, focus on small ways you can integrate fluorescent lighting into your home at first. You may find that once you ease into the change, in time, you won't notice the price per bulb and will notice only the savings on your energy bill.