• 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 are...
  • 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. Airflow divided by electricity use gives us the airflow...
  • 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 number...
  • Track Lighting Techology on the Desk

    I'm definitely digging this desk light design which features track lighting technology. The head attaches magnetically anywhere on the length of the pole making it infinitely adjustable. Three LED bulbs in the bullet head offer bright light and energy efficient operation. This desk lamp only uses...
  • Tips from Martha

    Saw this great, little primer on MarthaStewart.com with ideas for increasing the energy efficiency of your lighting. She suggests using a three way switch so you can decrease the light output of a lamp if you don't need it. Click here to see a selection of all of our three way switch portable lighting...
  • Review of the Decade

    ABC News has posted an "End of the Decade" feature at their website. It's a great rundown of top stories from the 00's. Reminisce about Enron, the debut of American Idol, Martha Stewart goes to prison, and more. Click to see it at ABCnews.com . This decade in lighting has been all...
  • Little Monster Desk Lamps Scream for Halloween

    Get in the Halloween spirit with the Little Monster desk lamp . These furry creatures feature flexible necks, and the LED light can be powered by batteries or USB. Oh, and they come in non-Halloween colors, too. More great orange and black stuff to share ... stay tuned!! For now, browse more energy...
  • Flight of the CFLs

    I found this video the other day while researching CFLs . The city of San Francisco set up a whole channel of Let's Green This City videos with all sorts of animation and interesting graphics. If you're inspired by all this, check out our selection of energy efficient CFL bulbs .
  • Convert Your Recessed Lights Into LEDs

    This screw-in module converts most standard 6" recessed IC or non-IC housings into an LED light. It's a quick and simple installation and a great way to retrofit older recessed lighting. LED recessed light module . Product Update 4-17-08: This is actually a twist-and-lock base, not a screw...
  • GE Announces Ultra Long Life LED Bulb

    GE has announced a new LED light bulb with an estimated life of 25,000 hours. At an average of 3 hours per day, that's more than 20 years. The bulb produces 450 lumens, which is equivalent to a 40 watt incandescent bulb . Plus, the bulb is engineered to spread the light throw more evenly than...
  • Energy Saving Tips for Renters

    Everyone these days wants to save money and be energy saving. Apartment renters face some additional hurdles in their quest to be Green, however. After all, as a renter you don't own your place and making big changes is a lot harder. Even little things can add up, though, so there are still...
  • New Designs in ENERGY STAR Lighting

    One of the hottest styles of lighting isn't a visual look at all, it's ENERGY STAR rated fixtures and ceiling fans. These products all meet the strict consumer product energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy. So not only do they look great, but they'll save...
  • Tips for Turning Back the Clock Tomorrow

    Don't forget ... clocks go back tomorrow, November 1st, at 2am. As Daylight Savings Time ends, energy bills get bigger in part because people keep their lights on longer throughout the winter months. As we turn back the clocks, here are a few tips to help turn down your energy bills. - Replace...
  • Incredibly Cool LED Wall Dimmer

    Lutron recently unveiled their line of Vierti wall dimmers. These sleek, futuristic dimmer designs feature a one-touch finger slide; touch anywhere along the illuminated control bar, and the LEDs adjust to set the lights to your specified level. We love the minimalist design and the high-tech wallplate...
  • LEDs from Ann Arbor to Buckingham Palace

    Here's an interesting overview of the cost-saving promise of LED lighting in the New York Times: Green Promise Seen in Switch to LED Lighting . The technology is on a very fast learning curve, becoming more efficient and less costly every year. LED light bulbs have even found a home in Buckingham...
  • Good Reads for You

    Another quick roundup of some links and articles that we've discovered lately. Settle into a comfy chair and dig in! Blog Your Decorating Hotline offers a Top 10 list of go Green ideas that includes the energy efficient National Geographic outdoor lights . Our Autumn Branch Tower Lamp caught...
  • Smart Home at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

    If you're in the Chicago area be sure to check out the Smart Home exhibit on the grounds of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry . The home is a fully-functioning, eco-friendly design that's been redone for the 2010 season. Says the website, "The 2010 exhibit will emphasize...
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