In lighting news…
German researchers discovered an application for LED lighting that may change the future at office desks everywhere. They encoded a visual-spectrum signal in the LED undetectable to the human eye to broadcast high-speed wireless Internet – all from the desk lamp.
The US government is creating energy efficiency labels for homes. They will quantify efficiency and provide measures similar to your car’s miles per gallon. The purpose? To motivate people to think more about their energy use.
Recipients of government stimulus funds marked to purchase energy-efficient lighting products for public buildings and roadways are no longer required to buy American products. This comes as welcome news to states struggling to find affordable lighting products in the US.
Energy efficient T8 fluorescent lighting ballasts are going off the charts as far as availability with a 41% increase. This article in Environmental Leader provides charts to illustrate amounts of product availability increase in the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors.
In lighting tips…
This blog post candidly discusses the pros and cons of using LEDs as a source for cove lighting project. The consensus is that they’re worth it if you can handle the high initial cost. Energy savings will make up for it in 1-3 years, and the LEDs have so many benefits: they’re bright, they don’t produce heat, they’re extremely small, and they require virtually no maintenance.
The National Association of Home Builders published an article on five tips for a successful home remodel. They provided resources for contacting professionals and checking those professional’s references. They also reminded readers to take advantage of federal energy efficiency tax credits!
Wondering how to attack the winter blahs? Spring is on its way, and it’s a great time to get inspired for a small home makeover. Organize. Add more levels of light. Roll up the carpets. Bring in fresh flowers.
If you’re a photographer or even just a blogger who occasionally posts pictures, check out this post on how to “find the light” in an apartment for the clearest photos.
Other cool sites…
A couple from Boston built a home that literally creates two-and-a-half times more power than they need. It’s a three-bedroom house they built for $180,000 with cedar shingles and a metal roof covered with solar panels that generate about 4,892 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. They won a $10,000 prize for the best “Zero Net Energy” project from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.
If you are or once were a Lite Brite lover, you’ll love the LED technol0gy currently being developed. The LED ceiling light system called “Draw the Lights” comes with a special light wand to activate each tiny bulb so users can “paint” their ceilings in a precise design.