TechSpec: Energy Efficent Lighting

Lighting technology has advanced tremendously over the last decade, and numerous options are available for providing aesthetically-pleasing ambient light at a fraction of the energy usage of traditional incandescent lamps. Two types of lamps provide energy-efficient residential lighting—LED and fluorescent lamps.

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are well suited for ambient lighting. CFLs are categorized by their type of base—screw-type, pin-type, and the new GU24 twist and lock sockets. Screw-type lamps fit into standard fixtures, while pin-type and GU24 bases must be matched to dedicated fluorescent fixtures. The variety of dedicated fluorescent fixtures is rapidly increasing, due in part to programs such as ENERGY STAR ( and fixture design competitions such as Lighting for Tomorrow (

Energy Efficient Lighting
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