• Energy Efficient Lighting (That Actually Looks Good)

    We all know energy efficient lighting is a good thing. But sometimes the designs are just... so... ugly . (There. I said it.) Thankfully as technology advances, so do the looks of these energy efficient fixtures. In honor of Earth Day, I've rounded up a few of my favorite light fixtures...
  • 4 Great Outdoor Lighting Ideas

    Outdoor Lighting at Thistlewood Farms Until recently the farmhouse has been covered in snow. But now the house is digging itself out (literally and figuratively) of a harsh, seemingly-never-ending winter. We've been planting bulbs and cleaning out flower beds and putting down mulch. All...
  • Tiny (Really Tiny!) Homes

    We came across this intriguing CNN story on the trend of the tiny home. These are ultra-small homes on the order of 150 to 250 square feet! From the story, "Bill and Sharon Kastrinos practice the ultimate in minimalism. They've squeezed into a 154-square-foot home that looks more like a kid's...
  • Fresh Home Ideas With Energy Efficient Ceiling Lights

    Autumn usually starts with my look-around-the-house at how I can freshen-up the inside of our home. I usually begin with moving furniture around, making new pillows, switching out my light fixtures or updating little things here and there that I’ve thought about during the Summer months. With...
  • Eco-Friendly Green Design

    Eco-friendly "green" design is officially here to stay. From recycled materials to re-purposed furniture to energy efficient light bulbs , the green trend has solidified a place in mainstream design. Here we dissect the trend and show you how to incorporate green décor into your own...
  • New - Energy Efficient Window Treatments

    With winter fast approaching, we spoke with our friend Esther at Blinds.com about energy efficiency and window treatments. She offered these tips we think you'll find interesting. "Like turning lights off and taking shorter showers, installing energy efficient window treatments makes a huge...
  • Lights Out for Earth Hour This Saturday

    Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour to drawn attention to energy efficiency and the global sustainability movement. Last year, 50 million people switched off their lights, and global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge...
  • The 4 Types of Lighting Dimmers

    The average home has 24 or so light switches (I've got 20 in my house), yet only 60% of homes use dimmers on one or more switches. The great thing about dimmers is that they are a simple way to lower energy costs (by 10% or more) and extend the life of your light bulbs (up to 30 times!) They...
  • LED Bulbs in the News

    New York Times article from the floor of Lightfair International , the lighting industry's annual trade show. The word from the convention: LEDs. From the article; "Manufacturers displayed LEDs incorporated into large warehouse, garage and street-lighting fixtures, flexible light ribbons...
  • Changing Bulbs - LED vs. CFL Light Bulbs

    National Geographic magazine's cover story this month is a timely look at energy efficiency, Energy Conservation: It Starts At Home . One side-bar to the article talks about the LED bulbs vs. CFL bulbs issue - while LEDs are the bulbs of the future, they're expensive now in relation to CFL...
  • Energy Efficiency Data for Ceiling Fans

    Want to know just how energy efficient your new ceiling fan will be? That information will be easier to find thanks to new government guidelines for retailers. You'll notice an "Energy Information" box listed for all our ceiling fans.Just scroll down on a ceiling fan product page...
  • Hybrids in Aventura Magazine

    South Florida's Aventura Magazine recently ran a nice feature on the new National Geographic hybrid outdoor lights. "With environmental concerns mounting, homeowners are looking for ways to conserve energy and lower their monthly electric bills. With this in mind, National Geographic has...
  • New ENERGY STAR Porch Lights

    Porch lighting, and outdoor lighting in general, is a great way to highlight your landscape when the sun goes down. It also adds security by lighting up the areas around your home. Because your outdoor lights may stay on much of the night, energy efficient fixtures are a great choice. We recently...
  • Ed Begley Jr. on Lighting

    Actor and environmental crusader Ed Begley Jr. talked to Residential Lighting magazine about the difference energy efficient lighting can make in your home. They've also posted an short excerpt from his new book, Ed Begley, Jr.'s Guide to Sustainable Living (available at Amazon ). Read...
  • Turn on the Green in Outdoor Lighting

    The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is a voluntary partnership between leaders of the homebuilding industries and representatives of Federal agencies concerned with housing. They recently released their PATH Remodeling Top 10 home projects to make homes more energy efficient...
  • Myths About LED Lighting

    Interesting Residential Lighting article by Dave Simon, President of Michigan LED manufacturer ilumisys, de-bunking some myths about LED lighting. "LEDs Last Forever: With proper thermal design, LEDs can achieve 60,000+ hours of life while maintaining 70 percent of original light output. The...
  • Positive Feedback - Notes from WIRED's NextFest

    This past weekend I attended WIRED's NextFest to see what kind of new technology is being developed which might have applications in the lighting industry. I spent the longest amount of time in the Green Pavilion where a Swedish research institute displayed a variety of projects they had funded...
  • The Best Homes in the West

    Sunset Magazine has posted a photo gallery of their Sunset-AIA Western Home Awards winners. Among the things they share is a blurring of the boundries between the indoor and outdoor spaces, and energy efficient lighting and design. Photo is of the Opie-Burleigh itHouse , in Three Rivers, California...
  • Go Green Sweepstakes Ending Soon!

    Our "Go Green Sweepstakes" is ending on December 31st. Don't miss out on your chance to win a Toyota Camry hybrid auto or great runner-up prizes. Enter our hybrid car sweepstakes ! Post update: this sweepstakes is over, but you can always enter the current Lamps Plus sweepstakes event...
  • Energy Awareness Month 2009

    In case you didn't know, October is Energy Awareness Month for 2009. This is a great reminder to get you thinking about your home energy use. Some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to cut your energy profile and save you money: install CFL light bulbs , upgrade with energy efficient lighting...
  • Saving Money with an Energy Audit

    National Public Radio reporter Richard Harris asked an energy auditor from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy to visit his 100-year-old Maryland home to show him what he could do to cut back on his electricity use. One of his observations is that the simple things add up over time...
  • Hybrid Style

    Hybrids aren't just for the roads. Our newest floor lamp design artfully combines two types of lighting: hidden from view, a top torchiere lamp offers general room lighting; a stack of four lights below this top light provides great accent lighting. You can use the lights together or independently...
  • Last Chance -- LED Desk Lamp only $3.99

    This adjustable LED desk light is battery powered, allowing you to use it just about anywhere! Right now it's only $3.99 -- that's 60% off the regular price. Price is only good through November 8th, so get yours now! Sale Terms and Conditions: Pricing applies to LED Adjustable Neck Cordless...
  • Earth Day Coupon from LAMPS PLUS

    Every day is Earth Day, but today we celebrate! Check out www.EarthDay.org and the lively Earth Day Network Facebook page for a comprehensive look at the events surrounding Earth Day 2010, and find ways to get involved and do your part. Couple of fun facts about Earth Day: -The first Earth Day...
  • An Energy Efficient Space Age Design

    When was the last time you went to the planetarium? Now you can enjoy the atmosphere at home without the Pink Floyd and neck ache. Introducing the energy efficient Planetarium Pendant Light whose bold looks were inspired by the shape of a planetarium viewing dome. And just in case this post...
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