• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • You Say it's Your Birthday...

    Thomas Alva Edison was born today, February 11th, in 1847. The electrical systems that we have today are based on the same functionality that Edison patented and explored throughout his career so it is a special day for those of us in the lighting field. I wonder what he would make of our modern world...
  • 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...
  • Lighting City Monuments with LEDs

    We've noticed an increased commercial interest in LED applications, for example, in exterior lighting. Cities all over the world are exploring new ways of lighting their monuments at night. LEDs offer a highly efficient, colorful new approach. All of the possible applications are still being explored...
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