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  1. Introduction
  2. Lamps
  3. Fixtures
Beyond energy efficiency, I concentrate on fixture quality and efficiency to get optimal lighting performance. Using well-made, high-efficiency fixtures requires the fewest units to get the right amount and quality of light. But I also check on the environmental commitment of the manufacturers. With hundreds of to choose from, I give preference to those that demonstrate commitment in their product literature and websites to energy conservation, recycling programs, and environmental management initiatives.

This usually means that I recommend the 'big names' in lamps and fixtures because those high-profile companies have to take those responsibilities seriously. But I also like to work with smaller specialty or local manufactures to make sure the project gets the best equipment and travels the least distance to the site. In the case of our the Austin project, architect David Webber introduced me to Two Hills Studio in South Austin. They were able to translate our decorative fixture aspirations into locally-crafted metal and glass chandeliers, pendants, and sconces that use a selection of halogen and compact fluorescent lamps. This beautifully satisfied our goals for a warmly glowing home with a smart approach to energy conservation, by using sustainable lighting techniques and technologies to fit the owners' expectations.

Mark Loeffler, IALD, LEED is an associate director of Atelier Ten, an environmental design consulting firm with offices in New York, New Haven, and Baltimore. A professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a LEED accredited professional, he leads Atelier Ten's lighting design practice.
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