In lighting news…
The buzz around GE’s new 17-year-life light bulbs is the expensive price tag ($40-50/bulb). Industry leaders are hoping to reduce the cost of LEDs to push them into mainstream lighting. Still, $40-50 doesn’t seem like such a big deal when it’s the only bulb you buy for a lamp in two decades.
One of our favorite Twitter follows and blogger Sarah Lloyd (@ClarityK) wrote about the dominance of LED lighting at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show this year. This post includes great pictures of how LEDs are being incorporated into design.
The US government has offered a $10 million prize for the company offering the best energy-efficient alternative to the 60 Watt light bulb. First in the line of contenders as of yet is Phillips.
For any designers out there, this article in the Washington Post was fascinating! A couple transformed a 1970s-style architecture house into a modern oasis. They also wired the house to control lighting with an iPhone application.
Looking for more information about the current state of LED lighting? Here’s a helpful article about the pros and cons in response to a debate about whether LED fluorescent tubes are ready for prime time. In relation to that, make sure you check out our recent blog post, Why LEDs Aren’t Always the Answer.
For an even more in-depth report about LEDs including how they work, current research and development, industrial applications, and future expectations, read this Technology Insight Report sponsored by Patent iNSIGHT Pro.
Ever wondered if an 80-year-old kitchen can become eco-friendly? Designer Cynthia Bennett restored an ancient Pasadena kitchen into a sustainable space.
This video from DIYhometips describes the differences between fluorescent and incandescent lighting. We found another interesting video about energy-saving as well where LEDs, CFLs, and incandescent lights are all connected to a meter to show energy usage.
Disney Cruise Lines is using LED lighting to give its window-less staterooms virtual portholes that display a video of the outside and also feature interactive Disney characters for kids.
In lighting tips…
Find out if lighting is showing off your best assets. This article discusses hotel lighting in particular, but it’s also a great source when considering increasing property appeal.
Ambient lighting is crucial in all areas of the home: this article provides tips for the bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, and hallway. Also, this site creates 3D visuals to show what your interior design could look like – neat!