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Empire State Building Pegasus Lighting Roundup for July 31 to August 20

The Empire State Building: a new beacon for energy efficiency?

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.

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…

HGTV Kitchen Pegasus Lighting Roundup for July 31 to August 20

Photo from the “12 Great Floor Plans” article from HGTV.com

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.

Or, admire these beautiful kitchens on HGTV for inspiration – 12 great floor plans. Don’t forget under cabinet lighting for your kitchen.

As this article by real estate experts says, “If you put granite countertops in, it’s almost a sin not to have under cabinet lighting.”  Finally, here are some ideas for kitchen updates on a budget.

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.”

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…

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!”

Be sure to always let us know if you have any suggestions for additional topics in our Roundups!

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Emily WidleEmily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

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 Posted by on August 23, 2010 at 10:00 am
  • http://blog.builddirect.com Rob J

    Hi Emily,

    I’m glad you found our 8 ways to light up a room post to be useful. I’d love to get more lighting-oriented posts on our blog. Let me know if you’re interested in writing a guest post.

    Thanks again!
    Rob.

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