How often do you think about lightbulbs other than when you have to change them? We would guess rarely. Yet this workhorse of home illumination can be beautiful in its own right. Showcasing your bulbs is a way to appreciate tech old and new.
Deciding to switch from incandescent light bulbs to energy-saving CFLs or LEDs is easy. Figuring out how many lumens your new bulbs should be is not. Luckily, we've got a handy cheat sheet for you that shows the right conversions for switching your home lighting needs from watts to lumens.
Traditionally, gold conveyed a sense of opulence and glamor. Today, a punch of gold can also convey pop fun. These gold accessories are current and functional too. Even the smart phone handset you say? It may look like mere trendy tchotchke, but it cuts down on 96% of cell phone radiation, making it both fun and functional.
Do you know any real-life morning people? The kind who hop out of bed five minutes before the alarm and immediately spring into alertness? If you're like me, those people are exotic objects of your envy, while you try to will yourself to sleep at night and have a stress injury from hitting the snooze button too much. Sleep researchers say the most important sleep and wake-up cue for your body is light. Is the light in your life messing up your sleep cycle?
There's no denying the wonders that a little natural light can bring into a home. But due to tight spaces, strange layouts or close neighbors many of us are stuck with artificial light. Day lighting company, VELUX, recently set out so solve this problem with their new product, the Lovegrove Chandelier, which can be installed anywhere and is powered by the sun.
For all the fancy, futuristic tech available in the world, simple windows remain a luxury. They're expensive, breakable, energy-inefficient- and that's just the glass itself. Windows with a view- even a glimpse of the sky- are harder to come by, especially in offices and cities. But what if the ever-changing, luminous quality of the sky could be reproduced on your ceiling?
Just in case you missed it, Re-Nest tested out 18 lightbulbs in 10 weeks during the Lightbulb Wars, highlighting the pros and cons of various brands, models and lighting technologies. If you want to dust up on your knowledge about the differences in current light bulb options, check out this infographic from WellHome Energy Audits outlining their cost, life, lumens, and environmental impact.
Our extensive review of energy-efficient lightbulbs and hopefulness that everyone will make the green switch have left me wondering about the fate of all of those inefficient lightbulbs? Designer Uwe Hecker has a clever response— to repurpose them as vases.
Let me start right off by warning you that this post is not PC. Anytime someone begins a discussion on light bulbs today, it usually starts by describing the energy-consuming and landfill-filling characteristics of the incandescent bulb, and concludes by encouraging the use of low-energy alternatives - and rightfully so. But not this post.
Beautiful lighting can transform a space by creating the right ambiance. It impacts how we feel about a room instantly, and often sub-consciously. On a practical level, it is a necessity for every day life and and can even affect a person's mood. But lighting is also a major drain on the earth's resources and our budget.