It’s a new year, and time for a new Lighting Roundup: featuring quick recaps of the latest news, tips and trends in the industry. Here’s to a bright start to 2011!
In lighting news…
LED has been the talk of the town lately. Read about some of the latest technological advances here. Also, check out this blog post from an attendee of the Green Building Conference in November: it discusses hype vs. reality on current LED lighting products on the market. The LED lighting market is expected to triple over the next three years.
Green building is thriving, according to a new report by McGraw-Hill Construction. Over the past two years, the market has grown 50%, even though total construction starts have shrunk 26% over the same time period.
In lighting tips…
Does your New Year’s Resolution involve something along the lines of “save more money?” Check out this article on easy ways to cut your winter energy costs. Only a few months ‘till spring, but these can make a big difference!
DIY-ers, start your to-do list for 2011 with these 8 simple renovation projects. For anyone dealing with an unattractive drop ceiling, check out this video on how to replace it and add great lighting. Or, revamp that boring, unused corner of your home by turning a forgotten space into a Place with Purpose.
Expand the space in your home without increasing square footage with this article. You’ll learn design tricks that will instantly make your space feel roomier.
Go green with 7 ways to create a more energy efficient office.
Become a lighting expert with this video on how to choose kitchen lighting. It explains important design concepts that will help you understand how to plan appropriate lighting in any room.
Other cool sites…
The Tacoma Art Museum in WA completely upgraded their lighting recently. Not only did they cut electric usage by 84.9%, they also substantially improved the quality of light illuminating each exhibit. The associate director of museum services said, “We have a variety of people who come into the museum store regularly, and they’re saying, “Wow, what have you done with the store? Have you moved things around? The only change has been the lighting.” See the incredible transformation here.