Green Lighting - Flip the switch to energy-efficient lighting

This do-it-yourself guide makes it easy to upgrade residential and commercial lighting to reduce costs and environmental impact while maintaining or even improving the quality of the lighting.

This do-it-yourself guide makes it easy to upgrade residential and commercial lighting to reduce costs and environmental impact while maintaining or even improving the quality of the lighting. Filled with step-by-step instructions, Green Lighting shows you how to save money and energy with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), compact fluorescent lighting (CFL), solar lights, windows, skylights, fixtures, controls, and other bright ideas. Methods for calculating return on investment, plus recommended sources for energy-efficient products, are included in this practical resource. Green Lighting covers:

* Color temperature measurements
* In-depth details on the differences between LEDs and CFLs
* How utilities bill for electricity usage
* Comparing wattage and determining energy savings
* ENERGY STAR® ratings
* Purchasing appropriate bulbs, fixtures, and sensors
* Developing a comprehensive green lighting plan for your entire home, office, or commercial environment
* Incandescent, halogen, and gas-discharge lighting
* Solar and next-generation lighting

Table of contents

Chapter 1. The Benefits of Changing Your Lighting;
Chapter 2. Basic Lighting Terms and Explanations;
Chapter 3. Incandescent, Halogen, and Gas-Discharge Lighting;
Chapter 4. Fluorescent Lighting;
Chapter 5. Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs);
Chapter 6.Fixtures and Controls;
Chapter 7. Beyond Energy to Green Lighting Materials;
Chapter 8. Lighting Best Practices and Daylighting;
Chapter 9. Solar and Next-Generation Lighting;
Appendix. Resources;
Biographical note

Brian Clark Howard (New York, NY) is a Web editor at The Daily Green (, which is part ofHearst DigitalMedia and is one of the world's largest and most trusted sources for consumer information on living a more environmentally friendly life. Brian was previously managing editor of E/The Environmental Magazine, the oldest and largest independent environmental magazine in the United States. He has written for Yahoo!, MSN, Plenty, The Green Guide, Popular Mechanics online, Men's Health, Mother Nature Network, Oceana, AlterNet and elsewhere. Brian coauthored a book on geothermal heating and cooling, forthcoming from McGraw-Hill, and he wrote the chapter on green power and green lighting for the 2005 book Green Living (Plume), which he also coedited. Brian also wrote the chapter on saving energy for the 2009 book Whole Green Catalog (Rodale). Brian earned an MS in journalism from Columbia University and holds two bachelor's degrees in environmental sciences. Brian was a finalist for the 2005 Reuters/IUCNEnvironmental Media Awards and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. He also blogs for Asylum and as the URTH Guy at The Daily Green.

Bill Brinsky founded Envirolite Systems which focuses on lighting and energy, from design of new systems to energy efficiency upgrades of current systems. He previously worked for Con Edison.

Seth Leitman is President and Managing Member of the ETS Energy Store, LLC ( which is an consulting company for organic, natural, and sustainable products for business and home use. Previously, he worked for the New York State Power Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where he helped develop, market, and manage electric and hybrid vehicle programs serving New York State and the New York metropolitan area. Seth is the co-author of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition.

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