Category Archives: Home Lighting

100-Watt Light Bulb, Goodbye

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The 100-watt light bulb is history. Not yet well-known, except perhaps in California where it has already happened, Thomas Edison’s incandescent bulb is rapidly being phased out. It’s not because no one wants to use a 100-watt light bulb anymore (many Americans do) nor because there are cheaper alternatives (there aren’t). This article is about available alternatives, which you will need to buy when the 100-watt bulbs in your lamps and overhead fixtures burn out.
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How Safe are CFL Bulbs in your Home?

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Citing the State of Maine’s CFL Breakage Study Report, this article explores the issue whether CFL bulbs are safe for use throughout your home.
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What are the Best Bulbs to Replace Incandescents?

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With inefficient incandescent bulbs being phased out by law, homeowners are now faced with the task of replacing ones that burn out. Even if you are already using some reduced-power CFL bulbs, replacing a burned-out incandescent bulb gives you an opportunity to see what other types of lighting are available for your particular application.
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Philips Halogena Light Bulbs Replace Incandescents: Review

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With the phase-out of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs well underway in the U.S., saving energy does not mean that you are restricted to a curlicue CFL or a $40 LED light bulb when replacing a burned out standard incandescent. Thanks to innovative ways that manufacturers have found to use tungsten-halogen lamps inside a light-bulb shaped luminaire, you can save energy and still achieve the brightness, light color, light spread, convenience, and general comfort you want in lighting your home’s interior spaces.
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Lighting Innovation

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Imperatives to reduce building costs, power consumption and electric utility expense; improvements in light-emitting-diode (LED) and battery technology; and increasing interest in using interior and exterior lighting for design purposes are driving innovation in lighting today. These themes come together in solar lighting and without doubt the sector will benefit tomorrow from the engineering and architectural work being done in residential and commercial lighting today.
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Are LED Grow Lights Right for Your Indoor Plants?

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A revolution in plant lighting has taken place over the past few years, with LED grow lights now being marketed to replace high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps and natural light T5 fluorescent tubes. LED grow lights have been touted as the solution for many indoor plant lighting problems. But are they ready for prime time?
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