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Best Lighting for Your Home

Ready to light the way? These home lighting ideas can help you optimize how your home is lit.



In the not-too-distant future, light-emitting diode (LED) lights may supplant incandescents and CFLs. LED bulbs consume less energy even than fluorescent bulbs. But for now, LEDs are considered too costly for widespread residential use.


What if you've tried CFLs and found their light too dim? The Lighting Research Center recommends using the "Rule of Three" when buying CFLs: to get the same brightness as an incandescent, buy a CFL that's rated at one-third the wattage (not one-fourth, as some have suggested). To replace a 60-watt incandescent, for example, you would get a 20-watt compact fluorescent light bulb.

Reviewed on September 21, 2010
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