For me, saving electricity can’t be about my personal savings, because the $500.00 on Juno track lighting and a couple of hallway fixtures (Thanks, Mom, for the Christmas present) won’t get paid back in energy savings any time soon.

No, what’s in it for me is ending the household tussle over leaving the lights on when going elsewhere. Ah, family harmony!

And better lighting, which it absolutely is. I want to copy the success of the study, which I paid a handyman to install. I now direct three can lights (sorry, “step cylinders”) to where I want light, using a mix of lamps and beam width. Even with one nice Par 20 halogen in the mix, it’s 61 watts. This compares with the ceiling button fixture I took down, which used two incandescents for 120 watts of blah-nowhere-anywhere lighting.

My $500 is for three rooms and a hall, each getting a new lease on life. That’s the max I’ll spend–I’m going to do the installation myself. So add to the money the cost in pain and stiffness. You do realize that electrical work is darned physical for the arthritic. But I figure aches will be forgotten when I am enjoying new and generous illumination.

OK, I won’t gloss over that entirely. To keep to my theme of “ten easy steps” vs. my reality, I’ll chronicle the installation in the next segment. Wish me luck.

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