Florescent lighting is energy efficient.

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Another suggestion from Ian was tube lighting. Knowing that lighting accounts for about a quarter of the electricity used in a home, I had planned on going with energy-efficient lighting. But florescent tubes conjured thoughts of my very unflattering high school cafeteria. I was hesitant about the tube light right until the very end of the renovation—but it's actually perfect.

My final choice was to use Oxygen Lighting. When making your own decision, check out YLighting, an outlet that lets you filter your search for really beautiful lighting for energy efficiency and LED lighting. LED lighting offers better hues of light and far surpasses compact florescent bulbs in terms of energy efficiency, but their price is still out of my reach.
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