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  • Trade Talk: Switching Lights With X10 Controllers

    Switching lights with X10 controllers

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    Designing Balanced Lighting

    A lighting designer explains why most rooms require light from a variety of sources — ambient, task, and accent.

  • Q&A: Advantages to 240-Volt Lighting

    Q: I am planning to install new lighting in a warehouse. Are there any advantages, either in installation costs or in operating costs, to installing 240-volt lighting fixtures instead of 120-volt?

  • Products

    Ergonomic file handle, LED flashlight, super ceiling fan, more

  • Undercabinet Lighting Options

    Fluorescent strips are not the only choice for task lighting below wall cabinets. This overview explains the difference between halogen, xenon, and fluorescent lamps and sorts through the various fixtures available.

  • Remodeling a Bathroom a Day

    A remodeler whose production team installs 300 to 400 small baths a year describes the fixtures and finishes that guarantee trouble-free field installation.

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    Making the Most of Skylights

    By letting in daylight, skylights can enhance a room and even save energy in some cases. Here are some tips for making your installations look great.

  • Resources

    Books on lighting design

  • Shopping for Recessed Lights

    For a few extra dollars, a typical off-the-shelf recessed fixture can be upgraded to provide more effective light for a variety of tasks. We look at how various bulbs, trims, and housings affect performance.

  • Products

    Cheap live-current tester; underground electrical splice kit; new compact whole-house AC; ICF bolt holder; squeak-free floor fastener; ridge-vent installs with nailgun; undercabinet halogen lights; fancier thermostats

  • Resources

    Fifteen-volume business reference, woodworking primer, bathroom design and construction, HUD design guide

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    Electrical Code Update

    A veteran electrician gives you a leg up on your inspector with this summary of the latest NEC changes.

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    By Design: Efficient Laundry Rooms

    Planning an efficient laundry room

  • Kitchen and Bath: Transforming a Galley Kitchen

    Opening up a galley kitchen

  • Practical Lighting Design

    Excerpted from the recently published Lighting Pattern Book for Homes, this article shows how to lay out and choose fixtures and lamps for improved light quality and better energy efficiency.

  • Kitchen and Bath: Molding Tips for Kitchen Cabinets

    Using moldings in the kitchen

  • Kitchen and Bath: Lighting the Kitchen

    Basics of kitchen lighting

  • Allowance Pricing That Works

    Clients who overspend allowance prices can take a bite out of your profit. Accurate pricing and clear specs are the keys to this system for surviving allowance overruns.

  • Kitchen & Bath: Low-profile Undercabinet Lighting

    Low-profile undercabinet lighting

  • Temporary Site Lighting

    It’s hard to do good work in the dark. Here’s an overview of products to light up the job site, from hand-held and string lights to powerful stanchion lights.