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Green Lighting in a Can. Bulbs for Recessed Cans.

Recessed cans have been completely overdone. Let me just start by saying that. The pleasant light a few well-placed lamps can provide has been replaced by dozens of ceiling cans blasting a room with light to every corner and leaving your ceiling looking like Swiss cheese. So – if you’re building or remodeling, you might want to take it easy on these. 
 
The fact is it’s not unusual for a 3,000-square-foot house to have 30+ recessed cans.  And once they’re in, there’s no getting rid of them. So, just by their sheer numbers, replacing these fixtures with energy efficient bulbs can yield real energy savings and benefit the environment. With a little trial and error, you can find the right bulb for the right application without sacrificing quality of light.  
 
 

CFLs – Compact Fluorescent Lights, are the least expensive choice. For anyone who hasn’t tried these since they were first introduced, I’m pleased to say the quality of light has greatly improved. Where initially they were the cold color of the old fluorescent tube, today you will find a warm light very similar to the standard incandescent bulb. A few other features: 

 -   They are now available in a dimmable version.
 -   In the flood lamp and candelabra versions, they look
              normal in the can… not like a bending tube.
 -   These are no-brainers for areas where your cans are merely
              providing accent lighting.
 

Test their equivalency to incandescent wattage. In other words, they may say they put out the equivalent of a 65-watt incandescent bulb, but you may find this not to be the case. Try a couple and see. You can increase the wattage on the CFL bulb and still save plenty of energy.

 

 

LEDs – Light Emitting Diodes. These are currently an expensive alternative. At $40+ per bulb, you can quickly spend a lot of money. But, there are other considerations:
 
 -   Where quality of light is important – particularly in task areas such
                as the kitchen -- these may be preferable to CFLs. 
 -   Their useful life is said to be 10 times that of the CFL, so while higher
                in cost initially, they pay for themselves over time. 
 -   They come in warm and cool lighting colors -- the cool version closer to
                a halogen light, the warm, more similar to an candescent bulb.
 -   They aren’t made with toxic materials.

 -   LEDs are expected to become the standard in lighting in the future.

So, start with a recessed can lighting survey:
 
  1.   Determine the number of accent lights and required wattage.
  2.   Determine the number of task lights and required wattage.
  3.   Determine the number dimmable vs. non-dimmable of each.
 
Buy a couple of CFLs for both accent and task at the preferred lighting wattage for testing. For task applications, get enough bulbs to truly determine their appropriateness by completely replacing the area with the new bulbs. Figure out a cost and see if you can take the leap. Otherwise, go one room at a time. You’ll save money and the planet will thank you!
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