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Green Lighting – Reused, Recycled and Energy Efficient

March 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Eco Lighting

We all know the old light fixtures in your grandma’s kitchen and the food all looks to be a strange color. It wasn’t until I was grown that I realized that it was the fluorescent lighting she used. It was boring to look at and gave off the most horrible color. It was that experienced that made me promise that I would never have that type of lighting in my home. My opinion has recently changed due to two major factors, the economy and the world itself. Eco lighting or Green lighting is making a strong presence in the lighting industry. If we all did our part, we would have a huge impact on the global warming we are experiencing today and it would save all of us money, putting $ in our pocketbooks.

Whether you are remodeling your home or making energy efficient upgrades, doing even the smallest thing can add up to a huge reduction in energy consumption. The easiest change to make are the light bulbs you use. Many of the fixtures and lamps that we have use conventional light bulbs. By changing to a fluorescent, or a CFL (compact fluorescent) you will use about a quarter as much of energy compared to that of a conventional bulb. They also burn cooler, allowing your home to cool easier in the summer months.

Keep in mind it isn’t all about the bulb. Look for eco-friendly lamps and fixtures that are made with reused or recycled materials. Many manufactures are looking for ways to use recycled glass or metal, in an attempt to reduce what we put into landfills. The designs of these fixtures are beautiful compared to that of what Grandma had!

This chandelier shown below, uses reclaimed wood and 70% or better recycled steel. The bulb is a standard household bulb, making it easy to convert to the CFL version light bulbs.

Recycled Chandelier

Shown below, a pendant from the ribbon collection, using 100% recycled aluminum. Also uses standard household bulb making for easy bulb conversion. Our pop cans have never looked so good!

Recycled Aluminum Pendant Light

The bath fixture shown here uses recycled hand pressed glass and the frame is made of recycled steel.

Recycled Bathroom Light

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  • Tom

    Good post, lighting is something that every home or office shares, and by making a few conscious choices, you can make a large impact on both the environment and your utility bills.