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Lighting.iHomewise.comMon, 31 Aug 2015 18:28:39 +0000enhourly1http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.3New light bulbs offer alternative to LEDs and CFLs
http://lighting.ihomewise.com/new-light-bulbs-offer-alternative-to-leds-and-cfls/#commentsMon, 31 Aug 2015 18:28:39 +0000administratorhttp://lighting.ihomewise.com/new-light-bulbs-offer-alternative-to-leds-and-cfls/New light bulbs offer alternative to LEDs and CFLs News from San Jose Mercury News:
For consumers who are still bemoaning the phaseout of incandescent light bulbs, hate the harsh CFLs and can’t figure out LEDs, another option may be on the horizon — a new kind of bulb is slated to hit store shelves this fall.
Like LEDs and CFLs, the new bulbs, developed by a startup company called Finally Light Bulb, are much more efficient than the old power-sucking incandescent ones and are reputed to last far longer. But unlike much of the competition, they look almost identical to the old bulbs and promise to emit light of the same color.
“We’ve created a bulb that has everything you love about incandescents, especially the warm, comfortable light quality, just without the energy waste,” said John Goscha, founder and CEO of Finally.
The new bulbs come amid a huge shift in the lighting market. Laws in the United States, Europe and elsewhere that seek to curtail the energy used by light bulbs have imposed new standards that traditional incandescent bulbs generally can’t meet. That’s helped to create a market for a…………… continues on San Jose Mercury News
The Philips Hue product line is great, but it’s also very expensive with some starter kits costing $ 200. If you really want to be able to control multiple light bulbs at a time, Philips has something new for you — a $ 40 wireless dimming kit. In order to bring the price down, Philips had to remove a bunch of features, starting with the ability to control your lights from your phone.
Here’s how it works: The new dimming kit comes with one light bulb and a new wireless switch. This switch couldn’t be simpler. It has two big on and off buttons, and two buttons to adjust the brightness of your lightbulbs. It comes with a battery, and you can just stick to your wall without having to wire it or replace your existing switch. It’s a great way to try smart light bulbs if you are just renting your apartment.
But this switch only makes sense if you use it with multiple lights, letting you control all the lights in your room from one switch. So you’ll actually have to spend $ 20 for each extra Hue Lux light bulb.
Finally, the new wireless switch doesn’t come with the Hue bridge, meaning that you can use it without having to plug a tiny bridge to your router. But there are a few downsides. It means that the switch only communicates with you…………… continues on TechCrunch
Had Your Fil(ament)?: The Edison Bulb’s Trip From Niche to Mainstream News from Curbed National:
A selection of different vintage lightbulb designs offered by Aamsco. Clockwise from top left: the Art Deco Style, the F1900, the F1920Q, the Squirrel Cage, the Decora and the Tesla Commemorative.
Ask Ingo Maurer what he sees when staring at a simple light bulb, and he’ll go beyond wattage pretty quickly. “You can see the flame, the soul inside,” says the German artist, who since the mid ’60s, has been experimenting with the artistic possibilities of illumination (his signature piece is a bare bulb with two wings attached). He sees not just light, but what he’s termed the “poetry of the bulb”; used by cartoonists to symbolize when a character has an idea, it’s “in everybody’s heart.”
“Low-energy light bulbs, the ones with the spirals, are just white things, giving off very indifferent light,” he told The New York Times in 2007. “They’re boring. People don’t realize what they do to our wellbeing. Of course we should save energy, but not by ruining our lives.”
While Maurer’s idea of a better bulb is a little high concept for most people, his yearning for something better is commonplace. Even though lighting is an inescapable and elemental part of interior design, for much of the past 50 years, it’s been…………… continues on Curbed National … Read the full article
]]>http://lighting.ihomewise.com/philips-launches-cheaper-hue-smart-light-bulb-kit/feed/0Light bulb outshines solar and wind on grid
http://lighting.ihomewise.com/light-bulb-outshines-solar-and-wind-on-grid/#commentsFri, 21 Aug 2015 20:27:14 +0000administratorhttp://lighting.ihomewise.com/light-bulb-outshines-solar-and-wind-on-grid/Light bulb outshines solar and wind on grid News from San Antonio Express-News (subscription):
Eagle Ford & Energy
LEDs beat solar, wind at energy conservation
By Naureen S. Malik, Bloomberg News
August 14, 2015
Photo: Getty Images File Photo
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Energy-hogging incandescent bulbs currently are on their way out, and increasingly, consumers are turning to LEDs to light their homes. But unlike an incandescent light, an LED doesn’t need to be bulb shaped at all. In the last few years, tech companies have started to show off exciting new form factors for LED lighting. If you’re looking to ditch the tired, traditional light bulb, check out a few of these interesting and innovation new lighting options for around the home.
Philips Hue Go and Light Strip
Philips won a lot of fans several years ago with its color-shifting, smartphone-controlled Hue bulbs. The company has continued to push the boundaries with its latest entry, the Philips Hue Go. Much like other Hue lighting options, the Go can be set to any color you want, and can be controlled with the Hue app. Howev…………… continues on Fox News
Cooper Lighting of Peachtree City, Ga, is recalling more than 1.62 million utility wrap light fixtures sold in the U.S. and Canada.
The socket can overheat, arc and melt, posing a fire hazard.
The firm has received 7 reports of sockets overheating, melting or arcing. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves indoor 2-light fluorescent light fixtures that range in size from 18 inches to 4 feet long. The fixtures were sold in white and can be mounted from heights between 8 and 12 feet. A date code between 182 11 (July 1, 2011) and 090 15 (March 31, 2015) is affixed to the fixture near the ballast in a DDD YY format. Catalogue and model numbers are located on the second line of a label affixed to the inside of the fixture.
Catalogue and model numbers included in the recall: DLE217RLP, DLE217RLPB, DLE 232RLP, DLE232RLPB, SL232R, SL232R/1, SL232RPC, SL232RTP, SLNR232R, SLNR232R/1, SLNR232RCHR, SLW232R, SLW232R/1, SNF115R, SNF117R, SNF125R, SNF217R, SSF217R, WP217R, WP217RNKLLU, WP232R, WP232RLU, WP232RNKL, WP232RNKLLU and WP232RNKLRL.
The fixtures, manufactured in China, were sold at Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, True Value…………… continues on ConsumerAffairs
1.6 Million Fluorescent Light Fixtures Recalled Due to Fire Hazard News from Sevier News Messenger:
Risk of fire has prompted the recall of certain Metalux, Portfolio and Utilitech brand fluorescent light fixtures manufactured by Eaton’s Cooper Lighting.
Cooper Lighting LLC of Peachtree City, Ga. has issued a recall of several models of retail fluorescent light fixtures after receiving seven reports of sockets overheating, melting or arcing, which poses a fire hazard. The fixtures are white in color and range from 18 inches to 4 feet long, hold one or two lamps, and have either a decorative cover or exposed bulbs. The recall affects about 1.6 million units in the United States and another 27,000 units in Canada.
According to Cooper Lighting, a consumer may fail to fully seat the lamp into the socket. If there is insufficient contact between the lamp terminal and the socket contact, the fixture could arc under certain conditions. The plastic in the sockets could overheat and melt if there is enough electrical energy present.
Cooper Lighting will replace the recalled Metalux, Portfolio and Utilitech fluorescent light fixtures for free.
Consumers can identify recalled Metalux, Portfolio and Utilitech brand fluorescent light fixtures by their DATE CODE and CATALOGUE AND MODEL NUMBER. The Catalogue and Model Number label is located on the inside of the fixture. A date code label is affixed to the fixture near the ballast. Dates appear in…………… continues on Sevier News Messenger
]]>http://lighting.ihomewise.com/cooper-lighting-recalls-fluorescent-lighting-fixtures/feed/0Gem, Décor LED Bulb projects stunning warm light
http://lighting.ihomewise.com/gem-decor-led-bulb-projects-stunning-warm-light/#commentsThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:11:17 +0000administratorhttp://lighting.ihomewise.com/gem-decor-led-bulb-projects-stunning-warm-light/Gem, Décor LED Bulb projects stunning warm light News from Designboom:
Inspired by the desire to merge elegant design with sustainability, the Gem features a unique dodecahedron shape and frosted white glass finish. The bulb emits the same gorgeous warm light as an incandescent while using only a fraction of the energy. Elegance fit for any home, studio or interior design space, the Nanoleaf Gem is a greener option for those looking to make a long-lasting statement.
Specifications: 40W equivalent bulb uses 5W of energy to produce 470 lm. Available in E26 bulb base. Lasts for 25,000 hours (23 years), based on three hours’ use per day. Constructed of durable, recyclable and shatter-resistant glass. Dimmable with a dimmer switch.
This item ships directly from Nanoleaf in Toronto, Canada. Ships out in 4 – 7 Business Days from when order is placed.
We accept complimentary returns within 14 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
i-Pix Db1 LED entertainment lighting fixture makes dance event debut at 10×10 News from LEDs Magazine:
i-Pix’s unique new db1 video / beam LED entertainment lighting fixture made its UK dance event debut at the 2015 Manchester International Festival (MIF)’s ‘10×10 Day & Night’, a special two night collaboration between MIF and The Warehouse Project (WHP) to celebrate 10 years of both events in the city of Manchester.
Interested in more articles & announcements on LED entertainment lighting?
Manchester based lighting specialist dbn was providing lighting and visuals. When the organisers confirmed they wanted something inventive and different, the db1s were proposed by dbn and i-Pix’ Chris Ewington … and they found the additional production budget needed for the 23 LED entertainment lighting fixtures to grace the main stage at the Mayfield Depot.
Jon Drape, MD of Ground Control which co-ordinates all production for the WHP organisers, commented, “We’ve been waiting to get the DB1s on a show since Chris first invited us to see the fixture in development. The unique collaboration between the Warehouse Project and Manchester International Festival was the perfect opportunity. The db1 is a ground-…………… continues on LEDs Magazine
]]>http://lighting.ihomewise.com/gem-decor-led-bulb-projects-stunning-warm-light/feed/0Track lighting installation: Easy as replacing fixture
http://lighting.ihomewise.com/track-lighting-installation-easy-as-replacing-fixture/#commentsSun, 26 Apr 2015 05:54:45 +0000administratorhttp://lighting.ihomewise.com/track-lighting-installation-easy-as-replacing-fixture/Track lighting installation: Easy as replacing fixture News from Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Q: I want to replace my old light fixture with track lighting. Is it much different from replacing a regular light fixture?
A: There are a few minor differences, but nothing that should cause any problems. If you have replaced a light fixture before, this will be a piece of cake.
Whereas a single light fixture has one or more bulbs in a single group, track lighting spreads single light fixtures along a track. You can lengthen the track or even change directions with different connectors and still control the lights with a single switch.
Track lighting can give a room a much different feel than that of a single light fixture. With track lighting, you can direct the light where you want it. If you have artwork you want to highlight, just point a bulb toward it. By adding different bulbs (e.g., spotlights or floodlights), you can completely change the way a room feels.
To replace the fixture, start by turning off the power for the circuit at the main panel. Remove the light cover and the old fixture base and test the wires to make sure that the power is off.
The wiring for the track light is the same as for a single light fixture, except that instead of attaching the circuit wires to a fixture’s base, you will attach them to a connector.
Connect the white circuit wire to the white fixture wire and the black circuit wire to the bla…………… continues on Las Vegas Review-Journal
LED Bulbs Are Now Two for $ 5—Officially Too Cheap to Ignore News from Wired:
If you’re among the holdouts who cling to their incandescent light bulbs like plastic eggs on Easter morning, you may want to loosen that grip. A new 60-watt equivalent LED bulb from Philips could be what finally convinces you to upgrade your lamps with a tiny dose of the future.
There are more capable and longer-lasting LEDs than the new Philips LED A16 bulbs, but you won’t find any that are cheaper. A single bulb, rated for ten years, will set you back $ 4.97 once they go on sale in May at Home Depot. That’s already a significant savings over Philips’ existing $ 9.97 60w equivalent, and in line with the most affordable options in the market. But what makes the new bulbs especially notable is that for the first three months they’re available, you’ll be able to get two bulbs for that same five bucks.
It’s time to upgrade your lamps with a tiny dose of the future.
That is very cheap! It’s cheaper, in fact, than a two-pack of GE incandescent 60w bulbs that are roughly as bright and that last about one-tenth as long. Another fun point of comparison? The new Philips 60w…………… continues on Wired
]]>http://lighting.ihomewise.com/track-lighting-installation-easy-as-replacing-fixture/feed/0South Side’s CCI Center to be renamed for Whitehall native instrumental in …
http://lighting.ihomewise.com/south-sides-cci-center-to-be-renamed-for-whitehall-native-instrumental-in/#commentsWed, 22 Apr 2015 20:56:17 +0000administratorhttp://lighting.ihomewise.com/south-sides-cci-center-to-be-renamed-for-whitehall-native-instrumental-in/South Side’s CCI Center to be renamed for Whitehall native instrumental in … News from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Ann Jones Gerace oversaw the transformation of a building built in 1910 on Pittsburgh’s historic South Side into the CCI Center. It was one of the first energy efficient, environmentally sustainable showcases for what would become the city’s still growing “green” building scene.
Today, on the 45th Earth Day, the building will be transformed again, renamed the Ann Jones Gerace Center, after the woman who recycled the former glass warehouse, soap factory and art gallery, into a sustainable incubator for start-up environmental firms.
New building signs will be unveiled in a late afternoon ceremony by Conservation Consultants Inc, the nonprofit focused on energy efficiency and owner of the three-story building at 64 South 14th St. Ms. Gerace, 77, is expected to attend.
A Whitehall native and Allegheny College graduate, she was instrumental in the redesign, development and operation of the CCI Center, which opened in 1993. She was an elementary school teacher before quitting to raise four children and re-entered the workforce at CCI in 1987, starting as an energy manager and becoming executive director in 1990.
As leader of CCI, Ms. Gerace championed the economic, health and environmental benefits of energy efficient homes, buildings and sustainable communities, especially in low-income neighborhoods. She envisioned the CCI Center building as an…………… continues on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Earth Day: 20 Easy Ways to Conserve Everyday (including your Diet!) News from Go Dairy Free:
In honor of Earth Day, I dug up several simple ideas to help all of us conserve throughout the year and even unearthed interesting findings about the role diet plays in our environmental impact.
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that our food choices may be just as important as what types of cars we drive, when it comes to global warming. It seems the average American diet requires an extra ton and a half of carbon dioxide equivalent when compared to a strict vegetarian diet (per year I believe). As noted by Natural Resources Defense Council giant livestock and dairy farms (with hundreds of thousands of pigs, chickens or cows) often generate the waste equivalent of a small city! But beyond going strictly ve…………… continues on Go Dairy Free
]]>http://lighting.ihomewise.com/south-sides-cci-center-to-be-renamed-for-whitehall-native-instrumental-in/feed/0Kohl’s, Manpower, A.O. Smith, Marcus post double-digit gains
http://lighting.ihomewise.com/kohls-manpower-a-o-smith-marcus-post-double-digit-gains/#commentsMon, 20 Apr 2015 20:22:27 +0000administratorhttp://lighting.ihomewise.com/kohls-manpower-a-o-smith-marcus-post-double-digit-gains/Kohl’s, Manpower, A.O. Smith, Marcus post double-digit gains News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
While the broad stock market plodded out of the gate in the first quarter of 2015, shares of some of Wisconsin’s most prominent companies raced ahead.
Department store retailer Kohl’s Corp., staffing firm ManpowerGroup, water technology company A.O. Smith Corp. and theater-and-hotel operator Marcus Corp. were among state-based public companies whose stock prices posted double-digit percentage gains in the first three months of the year.
Shares of Kohl’s jumped 28%, while the common stock of ManpowerGroup climbed 26%. Shares of A.O. Smith and Marcus rose 16% and 15%, respectively. At the same time, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index inched up only 0.4% for the quarter.
In the case of Kohl’s, the company’s shares busted through a general $ 45-to-$ 55 range where they seemed stuck for years, and closed the first quarter of 2015 at more than $ 78.
“Their gears are starting to mesh and the Street has come back to them,” said John Collopy, research director for Oshkosh-based Carl M. Hennig Inc.
Collopy, who tracks Wisconsin stocks, said that Kohl’s — like other retailers — has been helped by lower gas prices that have left consumers with more money to spend. But the Menomonee Falls department store chain set the stage for stock growth with a strong ending to fiscal 2014.
“They came along nicely in the last quarter, and you get a feelin…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
]]>http://lighting.ihomewise.com/kohls-manpower-a-o-smith-marcus-post-double-digit-gains/feed/0PREMIERE: Kaitlin Riegel Scratches Beneath The Surface On Fluorescent …
http://lighting.ihomewise.com/premiere-kaitlin-riegel-scratches-beneath-the-surface-on-fluorescent/#commentsSat, 18 Apr 2015 19:36:34 +0000administratorhttp://lighting.ihomewise.com/premiere-kaitlin-riegel-scratches-beneath-the-surface-on-fluorescent/PREMIERE: Kaitlin Riegel Scratches Beneath The Surface On Fluorescent … News from Stereoboard.com:
Kaitlin Riegel’s journey to date has been one characterised by subtle reinventions. Fluorescent Lighting is the first taste of her new EP, ‘41.9’, and marks a further shift, melding a shimmering pop melody with lounge jazz touches and an inquisitive lyric.
“Fluorescent Lighting deals with the perception of reality, relating back to the old ideas of ‘things aren’t as they appear’ and ‘is ignorance bliss?’,” Riegel said. “Over time, memories get warped in your head. People, places, and events live inside your mind, how you choose to remember them, and it is easy to delude yourself into a false reality.
“When you start peeling away the layers and brutally examine the world, it is revealed not everything was as perfect as you recalled. Sometimes the memory is better.”
Having worked together on the System single, Riegel again enlisted the services of producer James Yuill for Fluorescent Lighting, which you can exclusively check out below. The single is out on April 27, with ‘41.9’ poised to follow in the autumn.
“It was a coming of age track in a lyrical and musical sense,” Riegel said. “It’s hard to lose a cherished memory to the truths of the universe, but that doesn’t take away your experience.”
Kohl’s, Manpower, AO Smith, Marcus post double-digit gains News from Standard Bulletin:
Although the broad stock market plodded out of the gate in the first quarter of 2015, shares of some of Wisconsin’s most prominent companies raced ahead.
Division store retailer Kohl’s Corp., staffing firm ManpowerGroup, water technologies organization A.O. Smith Corp. and theater-and-hotel operator Marcus Corp. have been among state-based public organizations whose stock costs posted double-digit percentage gains in the initial 3 months of the year.
Shares of Kohl’s jumped 28%, while the common stock of ManpowerGroup climbed 26%. Shares of A.O. Smith and Marcus rose 16% and 15%, respectively. At the identical time, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index inched up only .four% for the quarter.
In the case of Kohl’s, the company’s shares busted by way of a common $ 45-to-$ 55 range where they seemed stuck for years, and closed the initial quarter of 2015 at a lot more than $ 78.
“Their gears are starting to mesh and the Street has come back to them,” stated John Collopy, analysis director for Oshkosh-primarily based Carl M. Hennig Inc.
Collopy, who tracks Wisconsin stocks, mentioned that Kohl’s — like other retailers — has been helped by reduce gas rates that have left shoppers with a lot more money to devote. But the Menomonee Falls department shop chain set the stage for stock growth with a powerful ending to fiscal 2014.
]]>http://lighting.ihomewise.com/premiere-kaitlin-riegel-scratches-beneath-the-surface-on-fluorescent/feed/0Light bulb maker TCP loses CEO after company was hit with lawsuits
http://lighting.ihomewise.com/light-bulb-maker-tcp-loses-ceo-after-company-was-hit-with-lawsuits/#commentsFri, 17 Apr 2015 23:27:04 +0000administratorhttp://lighting.ihomewise.com/light-bulb-maker-tcp-loses-ceo-after-company-was-hit-with-lawsuits/Light bulb maker TCP loses CEO after company was hit with lawsuits News from cleveland.com:
Ellis Yan, founder and CEO of TCP International, will leave his position when his current contract expires June 30. Yan here shows off the dimability and measures the energy usage of a new LED floodlight for a crowd at the opening night of the company’s 10-city product “road show” in 2013.Lynn Ischay
AURORA, Ohio — Ellis Yan, the embattled founder and chief executive of lighting manufacturer TCP International Holdings, has stepped down.
Yan told analysts Thursday morning that he would not renew his employment contract this summer when it expires June 30.
“I will remain chairman of the company’s board, and as one of TCP’s largest shareholders. I will continue to be involved in the company’s strategic direction,” he said.
The company’s share price has plummeted from $ 6.41 on Feb. 26 to as low as $ 1.83 on April 1, following a series of lawsuits against the company that began with a suit filed by the company’s former general counsel Laura Hauser, which the company revealed Feb. 27.