22 August 2006
Living rooms often host a variety of activities. For this reason, controlling the lighting
separately and with dimmers, not only saves energy but also allows occupants to adapt
the lighting for the current use of the space. This may include casual or formal
gatherings, or use by one person. Compact fluorescent luminaires are available with
dimmable ballasts. Tungsten halogen floor torchieres, while popular in such spaces,
represent an enormous waste of energy and a significant fire danger. Far more efficient
compact fluorescent torchieres are becoming increasingly available.