Demystifying Sustainable Lighting

Beautiful lighting can transform a space by creating the right ambiance. It impacts how we feel about a room instantly, and often sub-consciously. On a practical level, it is a necessity for every day life and and can even affect a person's mood. But lighting is also a major drain on the earth's resources and our budget.

That's why learning about energy saving lightbulbs is such an important topic. It used to be that incandescents were the only way to achieve the highly desirable warm natural light, while CFLs and LEDs generated more of an austere, clinical feel. That is simply no longer the case. Energy efficient lightbulbs have made huge strides over the last few years, but not all bulbs are created equal. Here on Re-Nest we launched the Lightbulb Wars series to help readers find the right bulb for all of their needs.

Each of our reviews included basic information on each of the bulbs tested such as lumens, color temperature, and watt replacement, but how does a lumen compare to a watt and how is a color temperature determined?

In his new book, "Losing Edison - Beautiful, Sustainable Lighting at Home," New York City based lighting designer and sustainability advocate James Bedell helps clear up the confusion. Readers learn how to choose the right eco friendly bulbs to make a space beautiful and functional so that we can move past incandescents for good.

We have a chance to abandon the crutch of old thinking and bring beautiful lighting to every American home. By embracing this opportunity we can create a culture that is not only more sustainable, but also more dynamic and interesting that just table and floor lamps scattered about one's home. This is an opportunity to embrace new inventions, to grab a little piece of the future and put it in your home. This is a chance to think about creating light in myriad new ways - ways incandescent light never could. 

The book is filled with easy to understand, useful information including the most recent information on incandescent regulations. Bedell explains which types of incandescents are being phased out, when this will happen and why.

And while the book includes some technical information, it is not just for those interested in the science of the bulb. The book is organized so that the most practical and applicable information about bulb types and lighting design is easy to find and to understand. Sustainability tips are peppered in along the way in this book which aims to help "boost our collective effort to reduce energy and resource consumption."

Find it! Losing Edison - Beautiful, Sustainable Lighting at Home at Amazon

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