One of the finishing touches that literally illuminates the
selection of wonderful materials, the creation of interesting
niches and/or the formation of utilitarian spaces is light. Both
functional and artistic, it breathes life into spaces. A great
selection of fixtures can be found at Lightopia.
Driven by federally driven mandates to become more energy
efficient, lighting manufacturers have responded with broad
choices - Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and Light Emitting
Diode (LED) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting.
Incandescent LED CFL
Price per bulb $0.65 $120.00 $4.00
15 years of usage $72.55 $9.67 $16.14
Life in hours 1,000-2,000 20,000-50,000 6,000–12,000
Title 24 (newest version effective August 2009) dictates use of high efficacy lighting
- Kitchens. At least half the installed wattage of luminaires in kitchens shall be high efficacy. However, some lighting
installed inside a cabinet may not be included in the wattage calculation that determines half of the installed wattage is
- Bathrooms, Garages, Laundry Rooms, Closets and Utility Rooms. All luminaires shall either be high efficacy or shall be
controlled by a vacancy sensor. Closet that are less than 70 ft² are exempt from this requirements.
- Other Rooms. This applies only to rooms that are not kitchens, bathrooms, garages, laundry rooms, closets, or utility
rooms. All installed luminaires shall either be high efficacy or shall be controlled by a vacancy sensor or dimmer.
- Outdoor Lighting. All luminaires mounted to the building or to other buildings on the same lot shall be high efficacy
luminaires or shall be controlled by a motion sensor in combination with a photo control, astronomical time clock, or
energy management control system (EMCS)
Lighting control growing rapidly - the ability to
rapidly control multiple circuits not only enhances
the level of creature comfort, but also aids in saving
electricity by minimizing the lights that are not in
use. "Smart" homes go a step further, integrating
light control systems, with sound control,
temperature control and any number of ancillary
functions - preheat ovens, hot tubs, control water