May 152012
 
LED placemat Pegasus Lighting Roundup: National Remodeling Month!

Photo via Apartment Therapy

Did you know May is National Remodeling Month? Must have something to do with the after effects of spring cleaning. Are you inspired to start a home project? Here’s the latest and greatest in lighting:

In lighting news … 

We’re in the midst of a revolution, according to the Washington Post. A light bulb revolution, that is. This post is a great overview of the new legislation that is changing the lighting market, addressing concerns such as mercury content, cost & environmental impact of manufacturing efficient light bulbs, and LED sticker shock.

TED Magazine published a fantastic post on lighting by the numbers, using the Department of Energy’s latest statistics to take a closer look at electricity consumption categorized by light source. The main takeaway: Adoption of efficient lighting in the U.S. has grown substantially over the past ten years. However, the number of lamps we are using has increased by more than 1 billion – due to an increase in the number of households.

In lighting tips …

Here’s an interesting new interior design strategy: Think vertically. According to kitchen and bath designer Matthew Quinn, adding vertical lines to a room (through curtains that go all the way to the ceiling, subway titles turned vertically, painted stripes on the wall, etc.) will make a small space feel bigger. All designers employ this trick.

Other cool sites …

Apartment Therapy published a post on 10 Unexpected Household Uses for LED Lighting, which is where the photo of LED placemats above came from. Also in the article are animal harnesses, umbrellas, faucets, and skateboards. Who knew?

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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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