In lighting news…
TIME Magazine published an article called “OLEDs: The Light Idea” about the incredible light-emitting diode that has the potential to “revolutionize the world’s $100 billion lighting industry.” OLEDs are extremely energy efficient, thin, and flexible – making them applicable for lighting designs the world has never seen before. It’s a fascinating read.
The Department of Energy released a second fact sheet offering more information about the use of LED T8 replacement lamps in ceiling fixtures. According to the DOE, LED T8 replacement lamps are not yet considered viable replacements for fluorescent T8s.
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has updated the LEED checklists they have available on their website, in response to complaints from many users. The new checklists will hopefully better inform project managers about LEED documentation.
In lighting tips…
Does your kitchen feel tiny? Read these tips for visually expanding the space, including installing under cabinet lighting, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack, using glass cabinet doors, elevating the microwave, and more. Also, this checklist includes 10 “must do” steps in kitchen design to save money and maximize potential.
Energy efficient lighting is not always considered the most design-friendly choice. When lighting designer Randall Whitehead remodeled his two-bedroom home, he said, “I have made it my personal mission to find energy efficient lighting that can be attractive – and dare I say it – sexy.” Check out this article to find out what lighting designers say about incorporating energy efficient lights.
This article offers a great list of things to brainstorm before starting a major bathroom remodeling project.
Other cool sites…
One of our favorite Twitter follows, Paul Anater (@Paul_Anater), has been posting his reflections on the 2011 Sherwin-Williams color forecast to his Kitchen & Residential Design blog. He published the four color palettes Sherwin-William has released and is asking people to discuss what they think. It’s very fascinating! Check out Part One, Bold Invention; Part Two, Purely Refined; Part Three, Gentle Medley; and Part Four, Restless Nomad.