• Solar Decathlon Home Design Winner

    David Pogue's Circuits column in the New York Times this week is about the Solar Decathlon competition . Sponsored by the Department of Energy, 20 college and university teams competed to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The homes must be...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Upcoming Lighting Trade Shows

    Just a quick heads up about two big lighting shows. Light+Building 2010 kicks off in Frankfurt, Germany today. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by to check out the latest in architecture and technology. The show runs all this week. Here's the site for more info: Light+Building 2010 Next...
  • 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...
  • Lighting for Tomorrow Design Competition

    Lighting for Tomorrow is a design competition that recognizes energy efficient lighting , Energy Star lighting fixtures and energy saving bulbs for their efficiency, attractiveness, and value. Since the first round of Lighting for Tomorrow winners was announced 2004, each year’s winning products...
  • The World's Longest Running Light Bulb

    Incredibly, there is a light bulb in Livermore, California that has been burning since 1901. The aptly named Centennial Light serves as a nightlight for the firetrucks of the Livermore Fire Department. There is a live webcam on the official website of the Centennial Light . It has been declared the oldest...
  • Emerging Technology Alert: CCFL

    If you missed John's recent post, Ed Begley Jr. on Lighting , you missed a very interesting tidbit. In an interview with Residential Lighting, Begley discussed his favorite new technology, and it's one we're excited about, too. CCFL, or Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lighting, is an emerging...
  • Update: Convert Your Recessed Lights Into LEDs

    John recently did a post on these energy-efficient LED recessed lights on February 27th. In the meantime, our the team from the Lamps Plus Professionals side attended a trade show. They had a booth next door to the display pictured above with the recessed lights actually installed. They were really enthusiastic...
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