• Broken Bulb Remover to the Rescue

    The bulb in my trusty architect's desk lamp finally gave up the ghost. When I went to change it, the glass broke loose from the metal screw element. What to do? Enter the Broken Bulb Remover ! Step 1 -- The Problem: Step 2 -- Working It: Step 3 -- Success!: It's quite the handy...
  • 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...
  • Repurposing Old Light Bulbs

    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 LED bulb , of course), here's a fun project. Once they're carefully cleaned out, these bulbs make...
  • Classic Edison Light Bulbs

    If you have a Victorian home or an antique looking fixture, you should know about these Edison style specialty light bulbs. They are fashioned to look like classic bulbs from the end of the 19th Century and have a wonderful nostalgic look. Choose from a Victorian light bulb or 1890 light bulb style...
  • 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...
  • How to Recycle Light Bulbs

    From time to time, we get asked how to recycle spent light bulbs and other electronics. Earth911.com 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...
  • The CFL Bulb Gets Color

    CFL bulbs save energy and now they can save your next party by adding a blast of color. These guys come in a hot red and a yellow, and offer 8,000 hours of party-tastic lighting. Take a look in our light bulbs sort: ECObulb Red CFL Light Bulb or ECObulb Yellow CFL Light Bulb .
  • The News on Incandescent Bulbs

    Here's an interesting New York Times article about new research on incandescent bulbs . "For lighting researchers involved in trying to save the incandescent bulb, the goal is to come up with one that matches the energy savings of fluorescent bulbs while keeping the qualities that many consumers...
  • IBS Update - This Year's Buzzword: LED LED LED LED

    The number one request at IBS this year was for LED bulbs and fixtures . This cost-conscious environment is making the energy-efficient LED even more appealing. Builders and remodelers are searching for the latest technology and the best light output. As manufacturers rush to meet this demand, we should...
  • Life Cycle of LED Bulbs Rated Best

    LED bulbs save energy when compared to regular incandescent light bulbs , but do they save energy and money when manufacturing, transportation and total "life cycle" rates are factored in? A new study by bulb manufacturer Osram says "yes". From a New York Times article: "Osram...
  • How an Incandescent Light Bulb is Made

    Here's a fun How It's Made Discovery Science channel video segment that shows how the incandescent light bulb is put together. Like a lot of simple things, there are more steps involved than you might think!
  • Future Alert: Light Bulb Speakers

    I was browsing Engadget this morning, keeping up on all things gadgety and new, and I came across the SoundBulb. A light bulb with a little speaker inside ... what will they think of next! It's designed to wirelessly stream music, so you can rock out anywhere just by changing a bulb. It's still...
  • 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...
  • 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 .
  • 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...
  • Lighting Tips for the End of Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight saving time officially ends this Sunday, November 6th, at 2 am, so remember to set your clocks back one hour (fall back) when you go to bed Saturday night. Since we'll all be in the dark more with the coming of shorter days and shorter daylight hours in the evening, here are a few tips...
  • 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...
  • Energy Smart LED Light Bulbs from G.E.

    For all you energy watchdogs out there, G.E. has a new line of LED bulbs called Energy Smart . You can find them in the light bulb section under the G.E. brand. These are reasonably priced for LED light bulbs and come with free shipping. Like all LEDs, these are super energy efficient and have a long...
  • New Dimmable LED Light Bulb

    LED light bulbs offer some great advantages - such as they'll last for decades, and are super energy efficient. In most cases, however, they aren't dimmable. Enter the Pharox 300 LED light bulb . It's dimmable via most standard wall and line dimmers, a big advantageg compared with...
  • CFL Light Bulbs Lower Your Electric Bill

    We ran across this blog post about switching from regular light bulbs to using CFL light bulbs in order to lower your electric costs on Blogging Away Debt : "What I did was install CFL light bulbs in almost every light socket in our house. I've heard so many good things about them saving...
  • Three for Thursday: Bulbs That Make a Difference

    Can a simple light bulb make a difference? If you use one of these three suggestions the answer is a resounding yes! 1) The MR16 LED bulb show above is affordable and replaces a regular MR16. It uses only 4 watts of power, yet outputs the equivelent of a 35 watt bulb. And it will last up to 50,000...
  • New Light Bulb Labels Coming to a Package Near You

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced new light bulb labeling that will begin appearing over the course of the next couple years. In the biggest change, new packaging will emphasize a bulb's brightness in lumens instead of wattage. Though familiar to consumers, wattage is actually measurement...
  • Tips for Keeping CFL Bulbs Glowing

    Popular Mechanics magazine reports on how to keep your CFL bulbs working at their peak performance level. One interesting idea: leave them running. "The more continuous the use of a bulb, the longer it’ll burn because the most damage to the components is done during starts," says Russ Leslie...
  • Bulbs are Beautiful

    Check out these light bulb still life photographs taken by Catharine Wagner , an artist based in San Francisco. While on a residency at the Baltimore Museum of Industry she artfully arranged portions of their historic light bulb collection and photographed them. The results are surprisingly engaging...
  • Recent LED Additions

    We are getting quite a few requests for LED lighting from our professional members these days and we adding new products at a steady pace. Since this is such a new field we are continually sourcing, testing, and trying out new products. Here is an overview of LED lighting we have added over the last...
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