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  • Repurposing Old Light Bulbs

    Repurposed Old Light Bulb Photo

    I'm working on a theme here -- see my recent post on recycling light bulbs.

    Next time an incandescent bulb burns out (and after you've replaced it with an energy efficient CFL bulb or an LED bulb, of course), here's a fun project.

    Once they're carefully cleaned out, these bulbs make a neat little vase.

    Pretty cool!

    See images of more bulb designs at Gizmodo and Instructables.


  • Synchronized Neighborhood Christmas Lights

    Couldn't resist one last post about Christmas holiday lights!

    This neighborhood in Murrieta, California, went all out this year. All twelve houses on the neighborhood street feature synchronized lights set to music.

    Resouces used: "30000 plus lights, 130 extension cords, over 8000 feet of control cable.

    Programming time" "Dont ask."

    LED lights were used for the entire installation.

    Click to above  to view a very cool light show!

  • The Magic of the Spheres

    Modern Table Lamp Picture

    In this case, not spheres of celestial bodies, but two elegant table lamp designs from the Possini Euro Design lighting collection.

    The sleek, fluid look comes in a polished nickel finish and is available in both a single sphere (pictured) and a double sphere design.  

    Possini Euro Design Single Sphere Table Lamp

    Possini Euro Design Double Sphere Table Lamp

    Post Update 4-2-2013: Hi everyone. Unfortunately, the two table lamp designs listed above are no longer available. Click the link above to view new looks from Possini Euro, or check out our entire lamp collection for the latest designs.



  • Guitar Hero Christmas Lights

    Have you seen this?

    This enterprising dad in my neighborhood set up his Christmas lights to put on a light show in sequence with Guitar Hero. 

    If you're inspired to step up your holiday light display then you can stock up with our holiday light selection. If you want to get your own light show going then we carry these LED light display/karaoke kits that sync to Guitar Hero and Rock Band.


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  • Z with LEDs

    Z LED Desk Lamp Photo

    From Koncept Lighting, this neat gizmo looks like a fold-up ruler, but it's actually a super-slim folding desk lamp.

    Called the Z Desk Lamp (you can also make a 4 and an upside-down L out of it), this design pivots and folds at two points, so you can direct the light as needed for reading and other tasks. Very handy.

    Z Bar LED Desk Lamp

    And it comes with super bright, long-lasting LEDs making it both stylish and energy efficient!

    So much so that the Z desk lamp was named by none other than Time Magazine as one of "The Best Inventions of the Year" for its inventive looks and energy efficient, energy saving design.

    It uses just 9 watts of power and produces a bright light with just six high output LEDs.

    A 4-step dimming system gives you total lighting control , from super bright to dim.

    You can take one home for yourself in the hot red pictured above, or a sleek black or silver.

    Take a look: Z Bar LED Desk Lamp.


  • Staff Picks: Susanna's Gift List

    White and Lavender Cottage Birdhouse

    It's crunch time. Well, actually you have four more days to order in time for Christmas delivery but it's definitely decision-making time. Here are some ideas for the characters in your life...

    For the Gardner ... You can match their home's exterior with one of our birdhouses for a personal touch. This assortment is under $50!

    For the New Mom ... Our Walt Disney Signature prints are a fun yet sophisticated selection for a nursery. Our kids themed picture frames give working moms a great new desk accent.

    For the Recently Relocated ... An address plaque can be a nice gift for a family that's getting comfortable in a new home.

    For your Niece ... Our florals are currently on sale! This pink hat rack also features a yard stick to measure a growing princess.

    For the Gamer ... Guitar Hero, Rock Band, or karaoke take on more dimension with this light show, mini monitor, and amplifier. If you have your own mic or instruments there is a lower priced version.   

    Post Update: Many of these designs are sold out and unavailable. Try browsing our novelty accent light selection for gift ideas, or visit our home decor and accessories section

  • How Lava Lamps Work

    Grande Blue and Green Lava Lamp

    I don't know about you, but I love lava lamps.

    They’re kitschy, psychedelic, silly and just plain fun. Here's a neat Science Channel video that explains in scientific, technical mumbo-jumbo terms how they work.

    Classic Blue and Pink Silver Base Lava Lamp

    Me, I just think they look cool!

    Especially cool is the the grande, mega-big, twenty-nine inch-high, extra tall lava lamp monster that is shown up at the top.

  • Last Day for Regular Christmas Delivery

    Calling all procrastinators!

    Gifts must be ordered by tomorrow (12/15) to arrive by December 24th via standard delivery.

    If you choose express shipping, you have until 1 PM PST on December 21st.

    Need some ideas or inspiration?

    Check out our staff gift picks from John, Susanna, and myself. And shop our Holiday Sale for savings of 10% to 50% off 100's of items.


  • How to Recycle Light Bulbs

    Tesler 25 Watt Warm White Energy Star Spiral CFL Bulb

    From time to time, we get asked how to recycle spent light bulbs and other electronics. is an easy way to find out how to dispose of all kinds of light bulbs, including incandescent bulbs, LED light bulbs, and CFL type light bulbs.

    On the above site, there's info for virtually anything you need to get rid of, from computer monitors to paint, to (yes) light bulbs.

    Plus, you'll find many large retailers conveniently offer collection centers.

    Give it a try and get green!

December, 2009