How Green Lighting Can Save American Businesses Millions of Dollars

January 4, 2013 by  
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Installing green lighting may seem like a small and simple change, but it’s surprising how hefty the bottom line savings can be. Many companies across the globe have been switching to LEDs quietly and saving money, especially now that they offer such pleasing color options that really rival the look of incandescents. This international “switch out” has created green jobs and also helps companies revamp their stores and hire more workers with the cash they save – all great things for the economy. Read on for two success stories featuring companies that have swapped out their bulbs with the help of MSi lighting to achieve significant money and energy savings. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see  your  story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of How Green Lighting Can Save American Businesses Millions of Dollars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AmbientLED bulbs , best bulb , carnival cruise ships , cfl , cfl light bulb , compact fluorescent light , eco design , eco lighting , eco-friendly lighting , energy efficient light bulb , energy efficient lightbulbs , Energy Independence and Security Act , energy saving bulbs , energy saving lights , Federal energy mandate , green design , green light bulb , green lighting , how to green lighting , how to switch to green lighting , incandescent bulb phase out , incandescent bulbs , LED , LED bulb , LED light bulb , LED lights , LEDs , light bulb ban , light bulb makeover , light emitting diode , lightbulb makeover , lighting makeover , lighting renovation , phasing out incandescent bulbs , Philips , Philips 12.5W Ambient LED bulb , rc wiley furniture stores , sustainable design , sustainable lighting

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Massive LEGO Bat Cave is Lit Up with Energy-Saving LEDs

October 16, 2012 by  
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HOW TO: Switch Your Bulbs to LEDs To Get Ready for the Incandescent Bulb Phase-Out

May 2, 2012 by  
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By now, most of you have probably heard about the incandescent light bulb phase-out starting this year (likely as a result of the ridiculous partisan political bickering about the lighting legislation in the count-down to the end of 2011). However, a quick survey of your friends will reveal that few of us actually understand what it entails. The law is merely a way to encourage consumers to purchase more energy-efficient light bulbs – such as LEDs – that will save money and energy, both resources that we could all use more of at the moment. If you’re still unclear about what the incandescent phase-out means in terms of what kinds of light bulbs you’ll be able to find at stores in the coming years, or how you can switch to LED light bulbs while still maintaining the same quality and quantity of light supplied by your old incandescents, read on as we spell it out for you in our easy guide. And though we will be seeing less and less of Thomas Edison ‘s most famous invention over the next few years, we think that even Mr. Edison would be swapping his incandescent bulbs for LEDs if he were alive today! Read the rest of HOW TO: Switch Your Bulbs to LEDs To Get Ready for the Incandescent Bulb Phase-Out Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best bulb , cfl , cfl light bulb , compact fluorescent light , eco design , eco lighting , Energy Independence and Security Act , energy saving lights , green design , green light bulb , green lighting , how to green lighting , how to switch to green lighting , incandescent bulb phase out , incandescent bulbs , LED , LED light bulb , LED lights , LEDs , light emitting diode , phasing out incandescent bulbs , Philips , sustainable design , sustainable lighting

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PRODUCT REVIEW: We Test Out the LED Candle Light You Can Actually Blow Out

April 30, 2012 by  
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Candles can transform nondescript spaces into soothing and romantic scenes, but they can also be a fire waiting to happen (considering 5% of all home fires are started by candles ), and a smoky, waxy mess that lowers your indoor air quality. The LED candle light is a product that provides the warm, flattering illumination of the real thing without the worry, smoke and carbon in the air, and unlike a wax candle, it can be reused almost ad infinitum. Even cooler, the latest version of the LED candle doesn’t even need to be turned on and off via a switch – to put out the light, just blow it out. We recently had the chance to test out this clever little gadget which sells for just $4.95 to see how well it could mimic real candlelight. Read on for our full review! Read the rest of PRODUCT REVIEW: We Test Out the LED Candle Light You Can Actually Blow Out Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco lighting , energy saving lights , green design , green light bulb , green lighting , LED , LED candle , led candle you can blow out , LED candlelight , LED lighting , LED lights , LEDs , light emitting diode

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7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

April 22, 2012 by  
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It’s amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more people realizing the energy-efficiency benefits of LED lighting , it seems that everything from headlights to TVs to even clothing and wallpaper are now being lit up by the versatile lighting technology. Unlike incandescents, LEDs are super-compact, don’t emit heat and use just a fraction of the energy – plus their flexible, plastic design allows them to be used in a wonderful variety of innovative ways that other types of lighting just can’t touch. We’ve seen so many weird and wonderful uses for LED lighting lately that we decided to put together a roundup of our favorite examples for your viewing pleasure. Click through our gallery to see some of the quirkiest, most interesting uses for LEDs that we’ve ever seen. LED VIRTUAL SKY LED lights are 8 times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, but did you know that LED technology can make us happier and more productive too? That’s what researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO found when they developed their LED virtual sky panels . Designed to replace ceiling panels in offices, the light-laced modules mimic the sky, giving workers the sense that they are in an open wide field. Much more pleasant than being under harsh, flickering fluorescents, wouldn’t you say? And since studies show that natural daylighting improves productivity upwards of 15%, these LED panels could lead to more work getting done as well. SOLAR-POWERED LED CAR SUNROOF We all know how hot and steamy a car’s interior can get when it’s super sunny. Why not put some of the sun’s rays to work for you? That’s the idea behind this new solar-powered LED car sunroof from Philips. Drivers can flip a switch to choose between a normal, clear sunroof or a solar-powered light that illuminates the cars interior. There is also a wide variety of other LED lights for cars including turn signals and break lights. BIONIC LED CONTACT LENS Your current contact lenses may help with your vision but do they let you read your emails right on your retinas? Developed by Aalto University in Finland, this amazing “bionic” contact lens is a prototype that, in the future, could enable us to view an augmented reality. The lens works by transmitting information to a transparent sapphire chip that contains a single micro-LED, which allows the wearer to “see” what they might on their computer screen without the need for anything but their eyes and these contacts. LED LIGHT STRIPS You might get some funny looks if you tried to tape a bunch of incandescent bulbs to your car or under your cabinets, but you can achieve the same effect in a much more elegant way by using these handy  LED strips . Available in a dazzling array of colors, they’re super lightweight and are extremely versatile. The LEDs come on a roll and can even be cut to size so projects that you would have needed to hire a lighting specialist or contractor for in the past can now be done easily and for much cheaper. They’re also waterproof so they can easily be used outdoors. LED WALLPAPER Changing the color of your walls is currently a chore, but in the future, it might just take the flip of a switch. Developed by Philips, this LED wallpaper could make painting your walls a thing of the past. Emitting a soothing glow, the luminous wall panels can be configured in a myriad combinations of color. SUNSHINE IN A BOTTLE Anyone who remembers catching fireflies in a jar as a child and marveling at their glow can appreciate Consol’s delightful Sunshine in a Bottle lamp . Sold in South Africa, where sunlight is abundant, the glass bottle can be left out all day to collect the sun’s rays via a solar panel in the lid, and can then illuminate the night using a little LED. In addition to being a nostalgic object, this light provides an alternative for people without access to an electrical grid, who would have previously had to use dangerous kerosene to light their lamps at night. LED EYELASHES While they border on the bizarre, these crazy LED-laced eyelashes have been getting a lot of attention as an innovative way to mingle LED technology and beauty. Designed by Soomi Park, the lit-up lashes are meant to make the eyes appear larger and even contain a mechanism that allows them to be turned on and off by tilting your head. We’re not sure if we’d exactly call these attractive but we’re sure they garner a lot of attention for the wearer. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Consol , eco design , eco lighting , energy saving lights , green design , green light bulb , green lighting , how to green lighting , how to switch to green lighting , incandescent bulb phase out , incandescent bulbs , LED , led car lights , LED eyelashes , led innovations , LED light bulb , LED lighting , LED lights , LED strips , led virtual sky , LED wallpaper , LEDs , light emitting diode , sunlight in a jar , super bright leds , superbrightleds , sustainable design , sustainable lighting , virtual sky

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Agent Studio comes up with OLED lighting applications

September 11, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Lighting applications make use of energy-efficient OLEDs.

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Present a Tommy Bahama electric bicycle this holiday gift season

September 11, 2010 by  
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Eco Mode : Electric bicycle powered by 36-volt lithium battery to reach top speed of 20mph. Tommy Bahamas is making an effort to revive the bicycling culture by promoting health, recreational and eco friendly benefits the eco mode affords to us

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