LED bulbDecorating a living room can get out of hand fast. These technologically advanced times have a downfall: too many options. If you’re looking for a way to light your sacred space and still be green, check out this list of gorgeously green lighting options. When looking for an eco-friendly lighting system, you should examine two things: the energy efficiency of the fixture and the recycled content/recyclability of the fixture. It may be hard to pinpoint the recycled content and recyclability of the lamp, but asking sales associates or specifically searching for such items should give you an idea of what to expect. These days, newer lighting fixtures that meet energy requirements are marked Energy Star certified, so keep your eyes peeled for that label.


Green with Glamour offers made-to-order table lamps (and several chandeliers) made from natural clay and nontoxic glazes made by LightenUp Design. The company also operates a carbon-neutral website, and it is also a member of 1% For the Planet, an alliance that gives 1% of its profits annually to environmental causes. This cork-and-recycled-paper lamp serves lighting and organizational purposes. Want to utilize some power from the sun? Check out this solar-powered lamp. Charge it outdoors (it’s waterproof, and upside down it looks sort of like a flowerpot), and then bring it in to light up your room. Here’s another mason jar solar-powered light that uses LED bulbs and the generous power of the sun. Efrain E. Velez designed this Krank lamp that you wind yourself. Crank it for one minute and you’ll have light for 20 to 30 minutes. From the website, the description reads: “this manual LED fixture uses the principle of magnetic induction.” This is great, especially if your kids don’t mind cranking it up for you! Make your own lamp from fun recycled materials. Instructables shows you how to turn a blender into a table lamp. Scout out your local thrift store for used teacups, and you can make this nifty lamp, which is also a great conversation piece!


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