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Introduction

This Builders Guide to Home Lighting offers builders and electrical contractors practical advice for installing energy-efficient lighting in homes. This information comes from The Lighting Pattern Book for Homes, a comprehensive home lighting design tool developed from extensive research on lighting technologies and applications as well as consumer surveys.

Lighting is a key visual element of an attractive home. Good, energy-efficient lighting is more economical than poorly thought-out lighting. Contractors and builders can work directly with customers to select lighting systems that operate economically in new and remodeled houses and effectively meet people's visual needs at home. The Lighting Pattern Book for Homes includes plans for installing quality lighting in every room, using energy-efficient lamps, luminaires, and controls. The Builders Guide to Home Lighting includes information and details that can be used to help select and install energy-efficient lighting.

A convenient way to achieve energy-efficient lighting is to use "ENERGY STAR" labeled lighting fixtures. "ENERGY STAR" labeled lighting fixtures use less energy than other fixtures, save you money on utility bills, and help protect the environment. "ENERGY< STAR" is a voluntary partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), product manufacturers, local utilities, and retailers.



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