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Three New Lamps

New energy codes require thatat least 75% of a home's lighting be provided with... More

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Can Dimmer Switches Save Energy?

Q: We know that compact fluorescents deliver energy savings, but how about dimmer switches? The assumption is that homeowners will use them to turn down lights to save money — but do they actually save energy? More

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Designing Balanced Lighting

A lighting designer explains why most rooms require light from a variety of... More

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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. More

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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. More

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Notebook

Heatway & Goodyear square off in radiant tubing failure, L-P adds money to siding settlement, Senergy leaves EIFS group, dangers of fluorescent lamps, wood stoves & Y2K, mold lawsuits in Calif., benefits of insulating attics More

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Products

Tools for cutting steel studs, specialized wire stripper, filter fabric that slows root growth, new steel shingle, safety harness for women, fabric form for concrete footings More

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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. More

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Kitchen and Bath: Lighting the Kitchen

Basics of kitchen lighting More

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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. More

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