Green, green, green… that's all we seem to hear about new products and new ideas. With compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), we're told they last longer and use less energy. But there's more to it than just saying something is more energy efficient. Here, we break down the truth about CFLs and explain what's good, bad, and downright scary.
I love, love, love Edison bulbs. Even though most of our apartment is mostly illuminated by a combination of energy efficient CFL and LED bulbs, I've left two occasional lights with the moody orange hint of illumination only an Edison bulb can offer. Or so I thought, until I saw this LED light bulb with an old fashioned glow...
Everything else seems accessible/controllable from your smartphone these days, so why not individual light bulbs? The Insteon LED uses only a fraction of an incandescent bulb at just 8W and rated for 52,000 hours of use, which is nice and dandy in the energy efficiency department. But the Insteon LED also includes the ability to turn on/off or dim from both a remote control switch or directly from an Android, iPad, or iPhone when partnered with a SmartLinc Hub (extra, of course), its true stand-out feature. Multiple bulbs can be controlled all at once wirelessly for lights out with one swipe. See it in action below.
When Aden + Anais, best known for their muslim swaddling blankets, unveiled the Serenity Star at the ABC Kids show last fall I thought it was an unexpected next step for the company. But it's a clever product combining several functions into one item: nightlight, sound machine, room temp. indicator, clock and feeding diary.You can either plug it in or use batteries for moving from room to room during the night.
It's fairly easy to remember the lower the color temperature, the dimmer the light source. So for example, a candle hovers around 1000K while a clear sky day is rated at 10,000K. But when it comes to both photography and choosing a lightbulb, determining the ideal color temperatures can be all too easy to forget. The infographic illustrates clearly where everything falls, and also a helpful side chart for photographic presets to improve your next snapshot...
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Art and design students often create some of the most inventive product designs around. The only problem is that it can be difficult for those students to get their products into the hands of consumers. New e-commerce site Vespoe is solving that problem.
The light bulb landscape is rapidly evolving: incandescents are on the decline, compact fluorescents have become increasingly standard, and LED bulbs are becoming more affordable. The options one faces when replacing a bulb can be overwhelming. Recently, Marco Arment (creator of Instapaper and cofounder of Tumblr) performed a thorough and detailed test of some of the top LED light bulbs available.
I'm always interested in learning more about companies that manufacture products here in the US. Recently, I came across FireFly LED Lighting, an Austin, TX based company that was founded in 2009. They create energy saving LEDs, and their line includes replacement bulbs and fixtures, along with custom solutions for individuals and businesses.
The ushering in of spring on Tuesday may have gone unnoticed due to the lack of a proper winter in many regions of the US, but it is here, nonetheless! And with the change in seasons comes longer days, outdoor dining, blooming flowers, and an opportunity to renew and refresh your space. Take a break from preparing taxes and consider these 10 tips for reviving your abode; and please share your tips!
Tony Oliver spends his days working as lead carpenter on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but he recently ventured out and started his own design company, Dylan Design Co. Through Etsy, he sells wonderfully modern furniture and lighting, primarily with a focus on vintage materials and beautifully carved salvaged wood.