How can I save money and energy and still have attractive lighting?
August 23, 2006 9:32 AM Subscribe
I understand that incandescent light bulbs are antiquated and extremely wasteful, but LED and fluorescent light looks horrible...
posted by bradn to home & garden (24 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I replaced my outdoor deck light with a compact fluorescent, and not only does it take minutes to warm up, the light it projects is stark and ugly. I recently bought a couple Philips LED rope lights to light the front porch, proud of myself for finding a cheap, long lasting, efficient solution that would allow me to leave the light on all night for security. When I got them home and plugged them in, the light they produced was the ugliest, starkest, harshest light I have ever seen. Back to the store they went.
I am somewhat obsessed with the light in and around my house, I believe that the quality of light you are exposed to effects mood and relaxation profoundly. I hate fluorescent and LED seems even worse. How can I save money and energy and still have attractive lighting?
Side question: Does anyone know a good chart online showing the electrical consumption of common light solutions, in particular, rope light?