How to Shop for Sustainable Lighting
From CFLs and LEDs to dimmers and sustainable materials, there are many different ways to approach lighting from an eco-friendly point of view. Check out this year’s updated guide to bringing green lighting into your home.
Fixtures, switches, and bulbs.
This lighting company specializes in dimmers and controls that save energy, and they carry everything from whole-house systems to standalone controls that even renters can use. This Credenza Lamp Dimmer ($11) works with table and floor lamps and allows you to dim a standard, CFL, or LED bulb.
This online store sells a wide range of dimmable CFLs, LEDs, and rope lights. They also list color temperature and lumen output for each of their bulbs, so you can get a good idea of how much light the bulb will put off, and how warm or cool it will be.
Shop for lighting made with green materials.
Based in Aquebogue, New York, Lampa’s lighting is compatible with compact fluorescent bulbs and they have a product take-back policy for recycling fixtures. Many of their drum shades and lamp bases are crafted from FSC-certified woods and veneers.
Reuse, recycle, and shop solar.
This Etsy shop is one of our favorites — it always has a well curated selection of second-hand lighting and accessories. This vintage Pendant Lamp is expensive at $425, but it’s still less than you might pay for a new aluminum pendant, and it’s as beautiful as designs we’ve seen from higher-end modern retailers.