Cost-effective and powerful, fluorescent lights are a smart choice for many rooms in your home. Here's how to install them.
Fluorescent lighting is inexpensive to run, but the light from standard tubes can look cold and industrial. There are, however, ways to warm up fluorescents to make them more suitable for home use. Tubes labeled "warm" or "full spectrum" produce a warmer light, while a translucent cover helps diffuse the light and reduce glare.
Replacing an incandescent fixture with a fluorescent one is relatively easy. If your goal is simply to save energy costs, simply install a fluorescent bulb in an incandescent fixture. Otherwise, an existing fluorescent light might have cable running directly into it with no electrical junction box. That's OK—usually the fixture's housing is considered adequate for protecting spliced wires. Because some fluorescent fixtures are heavy and bulky, enlist a helper when removing or installing one.