Saratoga Energy-Efficient Home

In 2002, the LRC designed the lighting for a 4,000 sq. ft. showcase home in Saratoga Springs, New York, as part of a lighting transformation initiative sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and ENERGY STAR(®). The project's primary objective was to promote energy-efficient lighting in residential new construction.

Fluorescent lighting in the bathroom provides uniform, sufficient lighting Design Techniques
By using the natural lines of the home and creating coves and valances through architectural integration, indirect fluorescent lighting became the primary ambient source. Warm color temperature linear fluorescents, dimmable in some cases, enhance the home's interior colors and finishes and create interest. Occupancy sensors further reduce energy consumption. As part of the project, the homeowners chose ENERGY STAR fixtures where possible, or fixtures that can use compact fluorescent lamps. Low voltage halogen spotlights and floodlights provided accent lighting. New fluorescent fixtures have virtually no flicker or hum, can be dimmed, provide incandescent-like warmth, and last more than five times longer than incandescent lamps. This minimizes both replacement cost and the need to access hard-to-reach places to change a light bulb.

The home had a warm fluorescent glow and attracted more than 6000 visitors over the course of three weekends and approximately 400 of them were surveyed. Of those surveyed, 79% felt the lighting is above average, more than 80% felt that it makes people look good, and more than 90% felt that the lighting looks warm in color, makes colors and furniture look good, is comfortable, and that they would want this type of lighting in their own homes.

For more information on this project and more images of the home, please visit the Saratoga Energy-Efficient Home.