Here at the Urban Homestead, we try to use CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs) wherever possible. They save energy and last for years, and the technology has improved so the light color is warmer and the bulbs no longer flicker — athough we do have one old CFL high in an upstairs fixture that makes the hallway feel a little like a cheap hotel.
Anyway, I could never bring myself to install CFLs in the few recessed lights we have here; they just looked too weird in the fixtures. Perhaps because I’ve worked for homes and lifestyles magazines for so many years, my design sensibilities do overrule my green sensitivity at times. That’s why I was excited to find glass covers for can lights at Lowe’s. The covers are designed to cover recessed fixtures in a shower, but I used them to retrofit several can lights in other rooms. They do a nice job of hiding the CFL bulb and cast a soft glow in the room. I paid $15 for the cover, which fits snugly over the recessed opening:
If you’ve discovered any creative solutions for blending good design with sustainable choices, I’d love to hear from you.