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Working on a home renovation or remodel and it’s time to look at all things lighting? You’re definitely working with more options for windows and lights than you would be a few decades ago. Whether you’re planning out a full redesign remodel or just looking at ways to upgrade your home’s efficiency and ambiance, here’s what you can use:

Ready to get rid of the drafty, old windows? Maybe get something a bit easier to maintain and clean yourself? The first on this list is ready to make your window dreams come true.

Dual-paned Windows

High quality double pane windows score high on wind and rain resistance and can be up to twice as effective at retaining heat or air conditioning than the single-paned units. Now single and double-pane refer to how many layers of glass are in each sash of a window, single and double-hung windows describe how that sash moves. Double hung windows are a crowd favorite for cleaning and maintenance. The lower inside sash can slide up while the upper outside sash can slide down, great for air circulation, cleaning and a very tight seal.

Single-Hung Windows

They look like double-hung, but only the bottom sash moves. (Making them less costly than double hung.) The top sash is sealed to keep chilly air and rain out.

Awning-Style Windows

Just as it sounds! These are hinged at the top and open outward from the bottom, once closed they are air-tight. These are often placed above or below other windows for a unique architectural look or extra light.

Casement-Style Windows

These can be great for providing an unobstructed view. Hinged on one side and often open with a crank, when closed they have a great, air-tight seal.

Hopper-Style Windows

The opposite of awning windows, these are hinged at the bottom and can open either inward or outward.

“They just don’t make ‘em like they used to”

The solid wood sold today doesn’t weather the elements like the wood used for windows anywhere from decades to a century ago! We just farm lumber too quickly. So, what are windows made of now?

Wood and vinyl fames are popular. Composite windows include fiberglass or a combination of wood and plastic materials. You can still find fully aluminum windows, but vinyl has rendered the aluminum much less popular.

Light It Up! The best lighting for different areas of your home:

Incandescent is that super common, inexpensive bulb we all know. This type of light has a warm quality and isn’t harsh on skin tones or eyes. Incandescent bulbs usually last between 700 to 1,000 hours and can be used with a dimmer. These are definitely starting to phase out in favor of more energy efficient lighting.

LED stands for “light-emitting diode,” and is long-lasting and energy-efficient. They provide only directional light, not diffused light, so they can’t be used to light up a whole room.

Halogen bulbs are a variation of incandescent. They mimic “natural daylight” the best, and really make colors pop and can set a great mood. They’re a few more bucks per bulb, burn at a higher temp, but are more efficient than incandescent lights.You see these used for pendant lights and custom lighting under cabinets.

Fluorescent gives off that flat, cold light we all remember from the classroom. They do produce more light and last longer than incandescent, and while they make warm, cool and special colored fluorescent bulbs… they are normally used for basements or attics.

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) consume a quarter of the energy that incandescent bulbs do and last 10 times longer. CFLs are quiet, instant, and less harsh.

Keep in mind that walls with cooler tones look great warmed up with the right lighting, and cooler glows brighten up a darker space! New windows or lighting really transform a home.