It’s been a little while since I’ve published a Roundup, so there’s a lot to catch up on. If you love interior design articles, don’t miss the “lighting tips” section! There have been some great resources in the last couple of weeks.
In lighting news…
The Empire State Building currently consumes the energy equivalence of 40,000 single-family homes. That is all about to change: in the next three years, the famous building is aiming to become the most energy-efficient skyscraper in the world.
A New Zealand study reportedly dispelled myths about eco-friendly light bulbs. In the study, consumers couldn’t tell the quality difference between eco-friendly bulbs and traditional light bulbs.
The Hearst Tower in New York recently became LEED Gold certified. Why is this a big deal? It’s the first occupied commercial building in NYC to achieve this rating, making it clear that retrofitting and remodeling existing buildings to green standards is very possible.
The National Association of Home Builders (@NAHBRemodelers on Twitter) wrote a blog post called “What is ‘Design for Independent Living,’ Anyway?” It’s extremely well-written and insightful, and explains the new design trends that are a result of Baby Boomers wanting to “Age-In-Place.”
To wrap up the lighting news section, check out this article on The Future of Lighting and Why LEDs Will Change the World (from Forbes.com).
In lighting tips…
Designing a new kitchen? We’ve got some great resources for you. If you’re the DIY type, check out this article on how to wire an inside cabinet light. If you’re still considering paint colors, consult this guide to the use of color in kitchen design.
I loved this article on eight easy ways to brighten a room. The tip about placing furniture according to light-flow is so true.
In the current economy, most homeowners are choosing to stay in their current place and make updates. Here’s a great piece from the Chicago Tribune with tips on that from home design consultant Gale Steves whose mantra is, “Don’t move; improve.”
Wanting to go green but don’t know where to start? Check out this article on Ten ways to greenify your home right now.
This article on Bedroom Lighting 101 was extremely informative and helpful – the illustrations show the right height for lights and the article explains differences between accent, task, ambient and general lighting. If you’re still in the dark about those, make sure to skim through!
Other cool sites…
I’m a big fan of infographics, so I naturally thought this one on “The Energy Impact of Light Bulbs” was awesome.
Hank Green from Ecogeek.org reviewed CFLs, incandescent light bulbs, and LEDs in this very enthusiastic Youtube video. So, in the words of Hank Green: “Rock on, LEDs!”
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