Lighting

Ban The Can: Why You Should Avoid Recessed Lights

July 29, 2013
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    That image above is of a recessed light in a house built in 1994. The blower door was 5750 CFM50, which unless one were testing the Astrodome, is quite high. The outside temperature was around 10F and you can see that inside the can is 27F. Bad bad bad. I ran into a […]

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Why I Hate, Hate, Hate Skylights

May 27, 2013
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  Title reference in memory of Roger Ebert and his book, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie. Why the skylight hate? Because I’ve rarely seen one that isn’t either causing a problem or in the process of causing one. They fall squarely into a group with recessed lights and cathedral ceilings: Homeowners love them and […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.6

June 15, 2012
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    *Sigh* Recessed lights…so sleek and discreet. So modern and sometimes, so lousy. This is one of a string of recessed lights in a ranch house. They were all of the same flavor: Insulation contact but unsealed, letting air flow through unimpeded. This particular recessed light was about two feet from the vented soffit, […]

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Replace Incandescent Bulbs to Save on Air Conditioning

April 17, 2012
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  We’re in the midst of the first paradigm shift in electric lighting since … well, since forever. It’s been over 200 years since incandescent lights were first conceived and over 130 years since Joseph Swan and Edison nailed the particulars. In the intervening more than a century? Nothing much has changed in the lighting […]

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Color Temperature – Why You Need To Know

March 5, 2012
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  Ack, I had one more lighting article kicking around…and here it is. Color temperature is one of those topics everyone will be familiar with, but not understand. And you don’t really need to understand it, but if you’re discussing lighting and light quality, then color temperature will come up. The radiation mechanics and what […]

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