While daylight is the most energy-efficient means of illuminating a home, and is a primary focus of green building through room and window design, there are only so many daylight hours available. Electric lighting is the most obvious choice for illuminating those hours of darkness.
Traditional electrical lighting consumes almost 15 percent of household electricity on average, while using readily available alternative lighting technologies can reduce energy use by 50 to 75 percent.
This fact sheet from Build It Green discusses the following lighting topics:
- Lighting Terms
- Green Building Benefits
- Lighting Design Recommendation
- Green vs. Conventional
- Operation and Maintenance
- Lifetime Costs