If our light bulbs and fixtures are covered in blankets of dust, we’re wasting energy and money. Instead of simply adding light to a dreary room, we should first clean our existing light fixtures and bulbs. For suggestions on how to clean light bulbs and fixtures, go to Cristalier’s tutorial on how to clean a crystal chandelier, which includes tips applicable to most lighting sources.
And before replacing those grimy, light-blocking lamp shades with costly new ones, check out Michigan State University’s Extension article on how to clean just about every kind of lamp shade on the market.
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