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Recessed lighting for a “Green” home

Sharon Greenstein | Posted in Green Products and Materials on

What type of recessed lighting fixtures should be used for a new “Green” home?

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  1. John Brooks | | #1

    None

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    Martin Holladay | | #2

    Sharon,
    In an insulated ceiling -- none, as John says.

    In an uninsulated ceiling -- say, between the first and second floor -- anything you want. It's easy to buy screw-base CFLs now; CFL reflectors are a good choice for recessed can lights.

  3. Dan Kolbert | | #3

    I'd use the pin-type dedicated flourescent type for un-insulated ceilings.

  4. Riversong | | #4

    I would have to agree with John Brooks: none.

    Not only is there no place in an insulated, air-sealed ceiling for recessed lighting, but since they offer significantly fewer broadcast lumens per watt of consumed power they don't belong in a truly green home (except perhaps in very specific locations for task lighting, such as in kitchen soffits for workspace lighting).

  5. James Morgan | | #5

    None.

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