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Published on November 14th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans


Eco-friendly Light Fixtures

When you’re in the market for eco-friendly lighting, keep in mind that bulbs and electricity sources are only 2/3rds of the picture—light fixtures also come in various shades of green . . .

Whether you’re looking for lampshades, decorative glass covers, or lanterns, all light fixtures have an eco factor to consider.  Here are some of the greenest options:

Copper Light Fixtures. Copper is long lasting, incredibly durable, and 100% recyclable, so you can rest easy knowing that your indoor/outdoor copper fixtures never need find long repose in a landfill.

Recycled Glass and Aluminum Fixtures. The benefits are clear . . . beautiful and sophisticated designs made from reused materials shine out big energy savings for the planet.  Some companies collect worn-out glass stoplight covers and turn them into aesthetic adornments for home decor.

Other great material options include: metal, aluminum, steel, sustainably harvested wood, and post-industrial waste products.

Check out GREENCulture Lighting for a taste of the options available.  Their featured fixtures are made from recycled, eco-friendly materials and are designed to be compatible with various energy-saving bulbs.

For lampshades, search for linen, decorated prints on recycled cardboard, and felt.  In this department, sustainable designs are looking sweet indeed—literally!  Arteo designGroup, based in Germany, is showcasing the sturdy and super biodegradable SugarCubeLight, which contains a shade made from sugar and resin that emits a warm candle-like glow.

Here a few questions to keep in mind as you search for the right eco light fixture:

  • Is it durable and long lasting?
  • Is it made from recycled/recyclable materials?
  • Will it compliment the space I have in mind (is it best suited for outdoor or indoor use), and can I possibly reuse it in different spaces?

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