Lighting can be a lot more than reading lamps and overhead fixtures. You can add directional or accent lighting to show off artwork, path lighting to define a sidewalk or driveway, and outdoor lighting for security. You can install dimmers and timers, and schedule them to control the lighting in your home. Smart lighting systems can even mimic your daily routine so your house looks occupied while you're on vacation. Changing the lighting in your home changes everything, including color, brightness, heat, reflectivity and even the mood of the people in a room. To set the lighting up right in your home, rely on Rosie on the House-certified lighting specialists.
Can I add security lighting without raising my energy bill?Even if you spend a bundle on outdoor security lighting, there’s no need to overspend when you operate it. Here are Rosie’s tips for more energy-efficient outdoor lighting.
What is an LED?LED stands for light-emitting diode. It’s not a light bulb, but it acts like one. Read more about LED's.
What are the pros and cons of compact fluorescent light bulbs?Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are poised to replace those familiar incandescent bulbs we’ve been using since electricity became a household necessity. Learn about CFLpros and cons.
What should I do if a break a CFL?Two words: Be careful! Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) contain tiny amounts of mercury, which can be harmful if it’s released in the environment. The mercury is sealed within the glass light bulb, so there’s no danger to anyone while you burn the CFL. A problem will arise only if you break a bulb or if you throw one in the trash (so recycle it instead!). See the EPA's quidelines for cleaning a broken CFL.
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Catch Rosie and Romey Saturday mornings on their call-in home improvement radio show on all things related to your house, home, castle or cabin. Below are a few clips from the shows that covered topics related to lighting your home and nightscaping.
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Tips for using security lights efficiently, cheaplyEven if you spend a bundle on outdoor security lighting, there’s no need to overspend when you operate it.
Energy-efficient security lights conserve electricity, focus light only on the areas you want to illuminate, and attach to timers or sensors so they switch themselves off when they’re not needed.
Too many outdoor lights shine large amounts of light in every direction--including upward, where the light is wasted, and outward, where it will shine into your neighbor’s windows instead of onto your patio or driveway.
Light your yard, not the sky. Here are Rosie’s tips for more energy-efficient outdoor lighting:
See Rosie's tips on outdoor lighting.