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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS YEAR’S LIGHT BULB REVOLUTION This page: Kichler’s Design Pro LED Linear series offers flexible, easy-to-install, 1/4-inch profile fixtures that can be installed just about anywhere. Photos courtesy of Kichler Lighting.

We’ve put together a guide to help you make the switch to the ultra-energy saving lighting solutions required by federal law. Back in 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy issued new energy efficiency standards for fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, and in December 2007 the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was signed into law. The law requires manufacturers to produce certain reflector bulbs and other household light bulbs that meet or exceed the new energy efficiency standards as stated in EISA. Bulbs must meet new minimum Lumen perWatt (LPW) requirements, so traditional incandescent bulbs are being phased out and new, more energy efficient bulbs that produce attractive, fully dimmable light will replace the familiar incandescent bulbs.

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Bulbs being phased out include incandescent household, reflector, and linear fluorescent bulbs. Between 2012 and 2014, some of these bulbs will be discontinued and will be replaced by more efficient versions. You will still be able to purchase incandescent bulbs — they just need to be more efficient. Bulbs are now labeled with their Lumens per Watt (LPW) output. This is an expression of how many lumens are put out by a light bulb, versus to how much energy (wattage) we put in. The light bulb that produces the greatest number of lumens per one watt of energy is the most efficient bulb (much like a car that can travel the furthest distance on a single gallon of gas is the most fuel efficient car). The new generation of energy efficient bulbs and lighting solutions includes LED (light emitting diode) lighting, Compact Flourescents (CFLs) and Halogen Incandescent bulbs. See chart, page 72.

LEFT: Flexible, ultra-thin linear LED lights can be placed under a bed, inside a bookcase, over a cabinet, around a cove. Kichler’s energy efficient Design Pro LED products are said to last four times longer than xenon alternatives. Photo courtesy of Kichler Lighting.

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MAKING THE SWITCH

Many manufactures have already embraced these energy efficient technologies and offer a wide array of bulbs. It helps to get familiar with the basics and then visit with an experienced lighting consultant at a lighting store to determine the best solutions for your home. LED bulbs provide some of the most energyefficient lighting available. LEDs are especially popular for under-cabinet and in-cabinet lighting. Kichler’s Design Pro LED series, named a Top 10 New Green Product at the 2010 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, uses advanced technology, taking LED a step further than most manufacturers to deliver high brightness, a cooler operating temperature and superior color rendering LED. “Lighting has become a significant portion of home remodeling projects,” says Ann Morgan, who oversees Builder/Designer Services for The Lighting Gallery. “The homeowners deciding to remodel are remodeling the kitchen/breakfast room and master bathroom. Most of these areas become out-of-date quickly in this ever-changing market.”

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Morgan also says that improper lighting can affect paint choices, granite choices and cabinet staining choices. “For more brilliant true-color lighting for under-counter lighting in a kitchen application are the newer Xenon slimline lights,” says Morgan. “They come in a variety of lengths and compliment granite with beautiful true spectrum lighting without distorting color.” Xenon under-cabinet lighting provides brilliant light to countertops and other work and display areas. This low-voltage, energy-efficient, option lasts four times longer than traditional halogen lighting. “A lighting technician can help with those selections for proper lighting,” says Morgan, who also notes that recessed lighting is preferred to the fluorescent overhead ceiling lighting. “The new HaloXen bulbs for recessed can lights are being used because of their long-life and they save up to 35 percent in energy costs, compared to regular incandescent light bulbs,” says Morgan. “It is a crisp white light not the yellow or "blue-ish" light you can get from some compact fluorescent bulbs”. HaloXen bulbs use a special mix of halogen and xenon gases for higher Lumens per Watt output, elevated color temperature and long life. These bulbs outperform and outlast incandescent and standard halogen, turn on instantly, are dimmable and mercury free. “Master bathrooms are the No. 2 room on the list for remodeling,” says Morgan. “Depending on the finishes in a bathroom, such as faucet selection, paint, tile and granite, you can select the wall sconces and decorative fixtures such as a chandelier or fan in the bathroom that will best compliment the decor. All of our lighting consultants have a combined 75 years of experience in helping the client achieve the right look and style.”

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