In lighting news…
Toshiba has signed a contract to provide LED lighting for the Louvre (free of charge). The Pyramids, the Napoléon Court, and the Cour carrée will all be outfitted with LED lights by 2012.
Three women in southwestern Kenya have engineered solar lighting for two remote villages in rural Kenya. The story is really incredible.
The Green Savings Network blog wrote about a current trend in the green construction industry: certified general electricians are transitioning into energy contractors because of the booming market for retrofitting.
Houston’s Toyta Center, home of the Houston Rockets (NBA), has just been awarded with LEED EB Certification. Joining the ranks of Portland’s Rose Garden, Miami’s American Airlines Arena, Atlanta’s Philip’s Arena, and Minnesota’s Target Field, the news points to a surge in popularity of major sports arenas seeking LEED certification.
Recent studies indicate that workplaces promoting green initiatives and/or LEED certification have higher rates of employee productivity – definitely an interesting link! The Greenbiz blog lists the findings in detail.
A great interview on the New York Times Green blog revealed common misconceptions about the state of the energy-efficient lighting market. Don Peifer described the problem with putting new, energy-efficient technologies into traditional light sockets designed for incandescent bulbs.
In lighting tips…
Looking for inspiration for a summer home project? A few recent articles outlined easy ways to tackle kitchen remodels: Five simple projects for a 180-degree makeover in 6 hours or less, Seven steps to an organized pantry, and Kitchen tips to create a new look without expensive remodeling.
If you’ve ever considered adding a dimmer to a room in your home (or if you haven’t ever considered it), check out this doityourself.com article on the four benefits to a dimmer light switch. Save energy, control the mood of a room, and lengthen the life of your light bulbs with dimmers.
A helpful article on One Project Closer published a how-to on installing under cabinet lighting as a DIY project.
Other cool sites…
The GE “What’s your Lighting Style?” website is pretty awesome. You can explore a virtual home and answer questions to find out how to create the perfect mood for your home through lighting.