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Q: Randall, with screw-in compact fluorescent bulbs expected to appeal to consumers, do the hardwired rules in California’s Title 24 seem off target? Available dimmable products require expensive fluorescent dimmers and more... read more
The National Mall in Washington, D.C., became a hub of environmentally friendly activity and education this October when 20 solar-powered houses were on display as part of the 2007 Solar Decathlon. This annual competition,... read more
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently launched two websites to spread the word about environmentally friendly building options and the organization’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes... read more
Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs is no new concept. It is one of the biggest pushes of the green movement and perhaps one of the easiest practices to adopt. Some tout the wonders of CFLs so... read more
Crystal chandeliers have come a long way from the days as traditional, stately pieces only enjoyed in the most formal of spaces and positioned to impress guests in the dining room or the foyer. Crystal’s use in various... read more
Lighting designers, get ready to show off your stuff. It’s time to enter the annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition, organized by the American Lighting Association, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest... read more
Kevin Gauna, Project Engineer at the California Lighting Technology Center, breaks down the science behind solid-state light sources. Residential Lighting: What are LEDs? Kevin Guana: A light-emitting diode or an LED is a... read more
Residential Lighting: What is the difference between line voltage and low voltage? Meeker: Line voltage means that it’s running on the line voltage of the home without a transformer, which is 120 volts. It’s table lamps, and... read more
He likes sports; she likes romance. He wants a bar in the kitchen; she wants a breakfast nook where the kids can play — once they have kids. How do you design a home to appease both the yin and yang of a newly married couple... read more
Lighting retailers might think this is a pretty-doom-and-gloom time as the housing market continues to languish. But there is a bright spot on the horizon thanks to the Baby Boomers. Defined as those born between 1946 and... read more
As energy prices continue to climb to record highs, the push to make sure homes are as energy efficient as possible has become more important than ever. Usually, newly constructed homes get most of the attention when it... read more
These days, it seems everyone is in love with recessed downlights. “For the past 25 years or so, the trend in residential new construction and remodeling has been to install recessed downlights as the predominant luminaire... read more
Short of moving into a cave or becoming Amish, is it possible to live in a modern a home that uses no electricity? David Johnston, president of What’s Working, a Boulder, CO-based consulting firm that encourages the home... read more
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) have been touted as the environmentally-friendly alternative to incandescent bulbs because they use much less energy to operate than an incandescent bulb. But some consumers have been wary of... read more
Marconi: One of my most recent projects is the Geometrics line for Uncommon Radiance, a company that is pioneering hand-blown glass that incorporates precious metals. This is the first time I’ve designed lighting for the... read more
As anyone who has even taken a bite of a not-quite-done hamburger knows, having good lighting around the backyard grill is essential. And these days — as more Americans are building extravagant outdoor kitchens complete with... read more
Got a lighting problem? Give it to a college student learning about lighting design, and you’re sure to get a creative solution. At least that’s what happened when Chatsworth, CA-based Lamps Plus Professionals and the... read more
As fluorescent and halogen lamps continue to gain acceptance among consumers, “color temperature” has become one of the hot new buzzwords in the lighting industry. Some lighting manufacturers quip that their products have... read more
Dimmers are popular applications in many homes these days, allowing people the ability to add drama and a touch of romance whenever the mood strikes. But if consumers want to replace their incandescent bulbs with more energy... read more
These days, it seems everybody’s got a high-def, flat-screen TV, a PlayStation, an Xbox and a pile of Netflicks movies -- and a media room to watch them in. Lighting is especially important, and tricky, in media rooms,... read more

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