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Home > Resource Conservation > Electricity > Light fixtures  > Indoor Lighting 

Resource Conservation: Electricity: Light Fixtures: Indoor

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     Sometimes buying efficient light bulbs isn't the only thing we can do to have more efficient lighting. Bad fixtures can drain electricity as well. This page investigates the possible ways to have more efficient light fixtures to go with our efficient light bulbs.

 

Overview:

     Old light fixtures may be ugly and not very energy efficient. If you are getting tired of your fixtures or are building a new home, we suggest you look into the newer, ENERGYSTAR approved light fixtures. We know that many light fixtures in the past have been just as ugly as some of the energy efficient light bulbs that go in them.      However, many of today's fixtures are sleek and stylish. If you haven't looked at them in a while, you may want to take a look again. Of course, you should buy what you like and not what we tell you. This is a decision you will have to live with for a long time to come.

Energy Efficient?

     There are many fixtures today that carry the ENERGYSTAR logo. This means that the fixtures have passed a rigorous set of standard to be called energy efficient. You could buy cheaper fixtures, but in the long run you may pay more (quality issues, energy efficiency).
    Some older light fixtures are not compatible with CFL, CCFL and LED light bulbs so replacement may be necessary.
    Some of the new light fixtures have mini ballasts built into them. The fixture would then require the less expensive CFL bulb or LED bulb and not have the mini ballast built into them. An example is the 4 pin CFL and the Twist and lock type bulbs.
     Dimming may also be a problem for some light fixtures and CFL or LED bulbs. Newer constructs may take the new "dimmable" bulbs.
     It is hard to estimate just how much energy efficiency light fixtures will bring you.  

Installation:

    Installation may be as easy as plugging into an electric socket or as complicated as remodeling a room in your house. Either way, you may want to consult the services of an Electrician.   Searching for an electrician in your area can be done through Angie's List. You can also go to our Contractor Services section to look for other ways to check out contractors in your area.
    Always use care when working with electricity.

Follow this link to see some of the more popular YouTube videos about installing a light fixture.

Disposal:

    This is a tricky area. Some types of fixtures (old and new) require ballasts. If the fixture has an old ballast, it may have PCB's in it (a toxic material that needs special disposal).  Some new types of fixtures may require a ballast that is a different design then is currently installed.
     Older fixtures will have all kinds of things in them. One thing common most everything is copper wire. Some will have aluminum, steel, wood and plastic. Most of that plastic will not be recyclable. It may not be worth your time to recycle the parts of the fixtures unless you have a good amount of it.
    Mixed steel may get around $0.10 a pound. The Aluminum may be near $0.30 a pound.  Copper $2-$3 a pound. We are not sure if the wood is even worth anything.
     One thing you may want to consider is that some of the charitable organizations (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc) may take old lamps and fixtures even if they do not work. If they can not get them sellable in their stores they have massive recycle bins (this may not be true in your area).
     This link may help you get started looking for recyclers in your area.
     Else, it is off to the land fill.

We are finding it difficult to research the disposal of some of the products we recommend. If you have a suggestion for other means of disposal write us and we may post it on this site.

Our Picks:

    At the top of the page we said that we would not put a bunch of light fixtures in our store because there are hundreds of fixtures to choose from. Therefore, we are recommending an online store that specializes in ENERGYSTAR approved light fixtures. That company is 1800Lighing.com and Greencompletely.com are an affiliate of them.
    
    There web site is easy to use. Simply click on their "Go Green" tab and it will direct you to products they sell that are ENERGYSTAR approved. They have Outdoor fixtures, indoor fixtures, ceiling fans and so on.  

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Check here to see if there are rebates in your area for lighting fixtures

Quick Note On Savings:

    On average 11% of a residential  electric bill will come from lighting. For a business it may be much more than that. If you cut your power use in half by using more efficient lighting, you can see 4-6% savings on your over all electric bill.        Buying new fixtures may not save much money, however, it may allow you to use more efficient light bulbs.
     One thing you may save on is having fixtures with ballasts already built in so that you are only buying replacement bulbs and not ballast and bulb.  

Calculator For Your Needs:

We are not going to provide a calculator at this time.

Glossary Of Terms:

ENERGYSTAR: A government agency that creates efficiency regulations. To earn the ENERGYSTAR approval a company must put their product through tests designed to meet a standards.

References:

http://www.need.org/needpdf/infobook_activities/SecInfo/ConsS.pdf , "Energy Consumption", Taken 7/26/11.

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=LF , Specifications for Light fixute to be ENERGYSTAR approved. 2/17/12

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