Light Bulbs

Boston, MA: A six-alarm fire on October 17, 2011 devastated Wardman Apartments in Roxbury, one of 16 affordable housing developments developed and co-owned by Urban Edge. There were no fatalities due to the courageous actions of residents and firefighters. But thirteen people were injured and more than 75 residents became homeless.

Urban Edge was able to clean up some of the affected units to allow for a number of families to return to their homes by the end of 2011. However, because the fire required immediate demolition of the 71 Westminster Avenue section of the building where twelve families lived, those families were temporarily housed in other units elsewhere.

The reconstruction of 71 Westminster Avenue is now complete and the families have returned. In keeping with Urban Edges sustainability standards, the new building exemplifies the best in green affordable housing.
::: Read the complete story in the Press Release here :::


There are several common light bulb options, but compact fluorescent lights (CFL) will typically save more energy and money than most bulbs. According to ENERGY STAR, ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs use 66 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and lasts 10 times longer. A 32-watt CLF will save at least $30 in energy costs during the life of the bulb. The features of incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and compact fluorescent lights are described below along with information about CFL light fixtures.

When comparing ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs to traditional bulbs, compare the light output, or lumens, and not the watts. Watts equal the energy used, not the amount of light. In other words, if the package of a 60W incandescent bulb tells you that it puts out 800 lumens, to get the same amount of light you should look for an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb that puts out 800 lumens or more.

Urban Edge Guidelines

  • For indoor lighting, select compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, where possible. However, do not use CFL bulbs and fixtures outdoors or in cold locations.
  • Select CFL fixtures with CFL bulbs instead of incandescent fixtures with CFL bulbs. Specify fixtures that have a CFL ballast. While today’s CFL lights also work with incandescent fixtures, the availability of these fixtures may encourage tenants to revert to using the more familiar and less expensive incandescent light bulbs. 
  •  When bulbs are replaced in incandescent fixtures, replace the incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb. 
  •  Always look for the ENERGY STAR label when purchasing light bulbs and light fixtures.

Spotlight on Urban Edge

Urban Edge currently uses only ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting products.

Options and Critera Review

Types of Lighting

  • Incandescent Lights
  • Halogen Lights
  • Fluorescent Lights
  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

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CFL Light Fixtures

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