Re-purpose Your Christmas Lights

January 14, 2011

Trees of Frozen Material via Yanko Design

The following creations are Christmas tree lanterns designed and executed by Hugon Kowalski, and you can make one yourself! Take a peek at the materials and methods and go for it!

Yanko presents a clever piece of art that re-purposes Christmas lights.  Find the simple instructions here.

Anyone can do this; you can too.  Try it out at home and let us know how it went in the comments.

Survey Sezzzzzzz!

January 12, 2011

Did you know the government is phasing out incandescent light bulbs?  A lot of Americans don’t know about the progressive ban that is slated to start in 2012.  For others, the concern is negligible because their families’ are already phasing them out on their own. 

Below are the results of a survey that gets to the heart of American’s attitudes and understandings about the upcoming ban.

Here are the results of the IKEA lighting survey, conducted by telephone in December 2010 by Harris Interactive among 1,011 US adults. [via businesswire]

  • Changing light bulbs in home to energy saving lights. Nearly two-thirds (59%) of Americans have changed majority of light bulbs in their homes to energy saving lights. Women (63%) are more likely to have changed their bulbs than men (55%).
  • Awareness of US Legislation; The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which will mandate more efficient light bulbs by 2012-2014. More than half (61%) of Americans are not aware of the legislation to phase out incandescent light bulbs. And 84% of people, ages 18-24, are not aware of the legislation.
  • Concern for energy saving lights. More than two-thirds (67%) of Americans care about using energy saving lights. And more than half (56%) of Americans are ready to switch to energy saving lights.
  • Saving money. Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) Americans believe that using energy saving lights will save them money.
  • Disposal of old bulbs. 62% of Americans are not concerned about disposal of old bulbs.
  • Environmental Practice. 81% of Americans say that using energy saving lights is a good environmental practice.
  • Light color and intensity concern. Only 14% of Americans are “very concerned” about light color, in regards to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights in their homes. 51% of Americans are “not at all concerned” about light color. More than half (61%) of Americans are not concerned about light intensity, in regards to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights in their homes.

    73% of Americans are not concerned about being able to dim the lights with energy saving lights. In regard to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights, more than half (56%) of Americans are not concerned about the bulb not being able to fit in their regular light fixtures.

 

Survey Sezzzzzzz!

January 12, 2011

Did you know the government is phasing out incandescent light bulbs?  A lot of Americans don't know about the progressive ban that is slated to start in 2012.  For others, the concern is negligible because their families' are already phasing them out on their own. 

Below are the results of a survey that gets to the heart of American's attitudes and understandings about the upcoming ban.

Here are the results of the IKEA lighting survey, conducted by telephone in December 2010 by Harris Interactive among 1,011 US adults. [via businesswire]

  • Changing light bulbs in home to energy saving lights. Nearly two-thirds (59%) of Americans have changed majority of light bulbs in their homes to energy saving lights. Women (63%) are more likely to have changed their bulbs than men (55%).
  • Awareness of US Legislation; The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which will mandate more efficient light bulbs by 2012-2014. More than half (61%) of Americans are not aware of the legislation to phase out incandescent light bulbs. And 84% of people, ages 18-24, are not aware of the legislation.
  • Concern for energy saving lights. More than two-thirds (67%) of Americans care about using energy saving lights. And more than half (56%) of Americans are ready to switch to energy saving lights.
  • Saving money. Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) Americans believe that using energy saving lights will save them money.
  • Disposal of old bulbs. 62% of Americans are not concerned about disposal of old bulbs.
  • Environmental Practice. 81% of Americans say that using energy saving lights is a good environmental practice.
  • Light color and intensity concern. Only 14% of Americans are “very concerned” about light color, in regards to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights in their homes. 51% of Americans are “not at all concerned” about light color. More than half (61%) of Americans are not concerned about light intensity, in regards to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights in their homes.

    73% of Americans are not concerned about being able to dim the lights with energy saving lights. In regard to the change from incandescent to energy saving lights, more than half (56%) of Americans are not concerned about the bulb not being able to fit in their regular light fixtures.

 

Will Government Reward You For Using LED Lights In Your Homes?

January 8, 2011
“Positive environmental benefits could come as a result of both homeowners and businesses switching to LED lighting … Tax deductions and grants may be available for individuals who decide to replace their lights with LEDs.” [via featurelight]

Have you thought about the tax breaks or incentives that you might be eligible for through your green-minded efforts?  Your concern for the environment doesn’t have to be altogether altruistic. 

You can strive to save money or even make money without loosing your Environmentalist Badge of Honor.  Ah, Cool!  A badge of honor!  “How do I get one,” you say?  You don’t.  I just made that up. 
There is a snobbery that encircles the green movement which looks down on any endeavor that isn’t 100% pure, through and through.  The fact is, most people can’t afford to “green” every aspect of their life.  However, the battle can be won if small, incremental steps are encouraged.

Looking at your homes’ or business’  lighting is a good start.  Adding LED bulbs, progressively, as the old lights burn out, is a smart and strategic method for adding LED light to homes and businesses, while maintaining a budget.  Plus, you may be rewarded through federal and state incentive programs.

Business incentives and tax breaks
Home incentives and tax breaks

Traffic Light as LED Art

January 4, 2011
The style and design of LED light for homes is bleeding into the world of the mundane.  Ordinary and utilitarian pieces of our routine existence are reaping the benefits of LED light.  Check out how the functionality of LEDs has changed an urban eye-soar into a work of art.

We’ve seen some really cool Traffic Lights Concepts and going to the list is the Mobius Strip Lamp. It’s a one-in-all installation that features vehicle signals, pedestrian signals and a street lamp. The main idea is to reduce the visual mish-mash of lights and get them composed into one neat strip. The signal values are standard, meaning green, yellow, and red light.

Mobius Strip Lamp is a Red Dot Concept Design Award winning entry.

Designer: Kisung Lee

Read more…..

Merry Christmas from LEDLightForHomes!

December 25, 2010

5 Steps to LED Downlight Installation

December 16, 2010

REALITY_Installation_Instructions_(1).pdf (1318 KB)
View this on posterous

[via Lithonia Lighting]

Is it really this easy?  Lithonia Lighting, whose brochure you see above, either thinks so, or it really is.  I put my doubts to the test via Youtube and I discovered that it REALLY IS that easy.  Check out the how-to videos I found below.  See how easy it is to go from traditional light for your home to LED light for your home?

http://www.youtube.com/v/xZVRg65-7yE?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00

 

http://www.youtube.com/v/5LtXn0saJpk?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00

3 Roles of Artificial Lighting Design

December 15, 2010

lighting home

According to ShelterPop, “Artificial lighting plays three roles in design: ambient light, task light and decorative lighting. The fourth — and sometimes most important — element is natural light.”

1. Ambient Light
2. Tasking Lighting
3. Decorative Lighting

The full article discusses ways to design your lightning needs with these roles in mind. 

What LED Christmas Lights Can Do When Set to Music

December 4, 2010

What LED Christmas Lights Can Do When Set to Music

December 4, 2010