Anagraphic’s Starry Light LED Lamp Casts Constellations of Stars Across Your Ceiling

December 27, 2014 by  
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What if you could capture the night sky and bring the light of countless shining stars indoors? Budapest-based design duo Anna Farkas and Miklós Batisz’s new Starry Light LED pendant lamp does exactly that. The unique lamp provides local lighting while projecting a starry night sky on your ceiling through holes drilled in its hemispheric shade. The pendant’s LED light source—specially developed for Starry Light lamps—emits light beams of different strength upwards and downwards, thus creating ideal luminosity for an intimate dinner while conjuring the starry sky. The collection is based on Anna’s original idea of a lampshade as an art piece, and it’s set to debut next week at Tent London during the London Design Festival . + Starry Light 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Anagraphic , constellation lamp , eco-light , energy efficient lighting , green design , green interiors , green lighting , LED , led lamp , light emitting diode , star lamp , Starry Light , sustainable design , Sustainable Interiors

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Blue LED Inventors Win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

October 7, 2014 by  
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The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three scientists for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” The work of Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara was integral to the creation of now-standard white LED bulbs that provide “more long-lasting and more efficient alternatives to older light sources.” Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Blue LED Inventors Win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “light bulbs” , 2014 nobel , blue leds , green lighting , Hiroshi Amano , Isamu Akasaki , LED , LED bulbs , led invention , LED lighting , light emitting diode , Nobel Prize , physics , Shuji Nakamura , ucsb

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

December 17, 2013 by  
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Beginning January 1st, consumers will have to say “Adios!” to the two most common light bulbs – the 40- and 60-watt incandescent – as they will be permanently phased out of production due to federal legislation . Batteries Plus Bulbs , the nation’s largest specialty retailer for batteries and light bulbs, just launched a helpful infographic to help consumers understand the change, prepare for the phase out, and select the best energy-efficient lightbulbs for their homes. Check out the full infographic by clicking the thumbnail below! + Batteries Plus Bulbs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , eco light bulb , energy efficient bulb , energy efficient lighting , green design , green lighting , incandescent bulb , infographic , LED bulb , light bulb ban , light bulb switch , light emitting diode , see the light , sustainable design        

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Glowing ‘Fish Bellies’ LED Sculpture Reflects Local Ecology at Texas State University

March 8, 2013 by  
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Inspired by the biological diversity of the San Marcos River, JB Public Art recently installed a glowing LED sculpture called Fish Bellies on the campus of Texas State University. Mirroring the progress of a school of fish, Fish Bellies reflects the social and communal spirit of the university’s campus. The sculpture is fully interactive, and it’s glowing forms construct an organic, illuminated landscape that is meant to spark interest in the region’s unique ecology and biology. + JB Public Art 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-art , energy efficient lighting , fish bellies , green art , green design , JB Public Art , LED , led sculpture , light emitting diode , light sculpture , sustainable design , Texas State University

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Help Kickstart Highlight Design’s AmbientOne LED Table Lamp!

May 24, 2012 by  
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Good lighting design can change your mood, define living spaces, and with LED technology , it can last a lifetime without needing bulbs replaced. The AmbientOne Table Lamp has a custom LED array that will fill living and work spaces with warm and inviting light. In addition, the AmbientOne has been designed and manufactured to preserve energy and American jobs. It only draws 19 watts of power, puts out light that is comparable to a 75 watt incandescent bulb, and it’s designed to be manufactured in the USA from high-quality, durable materials. The AmbientOne is on Kickstarter to raise money to complete a 100 unit production run – if you’re a fan of this beautiful LED light donate today! + AmbientOne LED Lamp Kickstarter + Highlight Design 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ambientone , energy efficient lighting , green design , green interiors , green lamp , green lighting , highlight design , LED , led table lamp , light emitting diode , sustainable design , sustainable lamp

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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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Cree Unveils Its AeroBlades Modular Outdoor LED Lights

April 4, 2012 by  
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Lighting manufacturers  Cree just unveiled a design for its new  Aeroblades streetlights , modern, fin-shaped LED lights that the company hopes will replace traditional overhead streetlights. Cities around the US have recently begun replacing traditional metal-halide streetlights with energy-efficient and longer-lasting LED lights, and Aeroblades could be a great option to keep that momentum going. Read the rest of Cree Unveils Its AeroBlades Modular Outdoor LED Lights Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “lighting design” , Aeroblades Luminaires , Cree , cree lights , eco design , green lighting , LED , LED lights , LEDs , light emitting diode , lights , modular design , Modular Outdoor LED Lights , streetlights , sustainable design

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MIT Researchers Create LED Light That Exceeds 100-Percent Efficiency

March 7, 2012 by  
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Light bulbs have always been pretty inefficient, even those that have a rep for using less juice, like LEDs. Because of the energy conversion process, they consume more energy than they actually need to illuminate. But what if we told you that there was a light bulb out there, just waiting to be invented, that could produce more energy than it consumes? A group of researchers at MIT have figured out how to develop LED lights that wildly eclipse the efficiency of any other bulb. In fact, they successfully tested a LED light with an efficiency of 230 percent! Read the rest of MIT Researchers Create LED Light That Exceeds 100-Percent Efficiency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , 230 percent efficiency light bulb , energy efficient light bulb , green lighting , green technology , led light , led light bulb that generates its own energy , light bulb , light emitting diode , MIT , mit led researcher , science , super efficient light bulb

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