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Toshiba Unveils Traditional Looking LED

Toshiba recently announced a new A19 LED lamp that is shaped more like an incandescent than some of the other LED bulbs we’ve seen so far, excluding perhaps Panasonic’s LED with a filament appearance.  The new bulb is dimmable, available in 2700K and 4000K colors, outputs 450 lumens, and contains no lead or mercury.  The 40-watt replacement uses 8.4 watts and reaches full brightness instantly.

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Prestyl Intros Wall-Mount Heat Panels

I received an email about a “new” product that I thought I’d pass along.  Tell me what you think about this far-infrared heating panel that can applied to a wall or ceiling and run through an electrical outlet.  Made by Prestyl, the panel incorporates a “reliable French thin-film technology that has been used in aircraft, ships, trains, homes and public buildings overseas for nearly 16 years,” according to a company release.

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Maine Multi-Family Home of the Future

I recently read about an impressive, three-unit residential building in Portland, Maine through an article by Seth Koenig in the Bangor Daily News.  After a little digging, I learned the project is spearheaded by Paul Ledman and Colleen Myers, as owners and developers, Mike White of Island Carpentry, the general contractor, and Kaplan Thompson Architects, the architectural firm.  Ledman wanted a future-forward building and ended up with something that doesn’t use fossil fuels.

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