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Residential Lighting

Residential lighting affects virtually everyone and is often overlooked when it comes to design. Effective residential lighting provides sufficient illumination to perform household tasks. It can and should be comfortable, easily controlled, and energy efficient.

The LRC investigates energy-efficient technologies and lighting design issues related to residential lighting. The Residential Lighting section of the Energy Efficiency program provides useful information and photos of effective residential lighting.


On-line Guides

Lighting Patterns for Homes
Click to see this new guide for selecting quality, efficient lighting for homes.


Lighting for Universal Design pdf icon - Featured in the Jan/Feb 2007 issue of Ultimate Home Design, this article by an LRC researcher focuses on lighting design principles providing accessibility, flexibility, and aesthetics for everyone-including those with disabilities.

Lighting the Way: A Key to Independence - A series of guidelines for designing lighting for older adults.

DELTA Snapshots: Home Office Lighting - A guide to comfortable and flexible lighting for home offices.

NLPIP Specifier Reports: Energy-Efficient Ceiling Mounted Residential Luminaires - This issue of Specifier Reports evaluates 42 hardwired ceiling-mounted residential luminaires that use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

NLPIP Lighting Answers: Alternatives to Halogen Torchieres - A guide that examines the strengths and weaknesses of halogen torchieres and provides information about the energy efficiency, light distribution, and price of halogen and alternative torchieres.

Builder's Guide to Home Lighting - Offers builders and electrical contractors practical advice for installing energy-efficient lighting in homes.

Screwbase Compact Fluorescent Lamp Products - This issue of Specifier Reports contains performance data for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) rated at or above 13 watts.


The Lighting Pattern Book for Homes - By Russell P. Leslie, AIA, IES, and Kathryn M. Conway, MS. Originally in hardcover, this 222-page book is now available online at no charge. Illustrates common home lighting installations as well as energy-efficient upgrades and redesigns.

The Outdoor Lighting Pattern Book - By Russell P. Leslie, AIA, IES, and Paula A. Rodgers, IES. A hardcover guide to the development of effective and attractive outdoor lighting designs.

Related Programs

Education Programs

Lighting Education Online is an interactive, Internet-based education program for building, design, and facility management professionals who want to learn more about light and lighting. Available courses include:

The LED Lighting Institute is a three-day, hands-on workshop for people who want to learn more about this quickly evolving lighting technology in a small-class setting.

New! Daylight Institute - An intensive one or two day seminar for architects, engineers, and other building professionals interested in learning more about daylighting design and daylight harvesting control systems.


Saratoga Energy-Efficient Home - Survey results and a photo gallery of energy-efficient lighting in a showcase home.

LRC Designs First-of-its-kind Interactive Lighting Lab - An in-store “lighting lab” at a home improvement center shows customers the benefits of energy-efficient lighting for the home.

Energy Star® Durability Testing - A study of the continued functioning of the lamp/ballast system several years after installation.

New York State Excellence in Lighting - Conducted by the LRC and sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), this project encourages and supports efforts by New York manufacturers to design and commercialize energy-efficient lighting products that equal and exceed ENERGY STAR® and other high performance specifications. You can also view the PDF version pdf icon

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