LED Downlights: CR6-575L vs. CR6-800L

Although the new, four-inch CR4-575L is available at Home Depot, the updated, six-inch CR6 is not at this time.  So, as Doug pointed out in our comments, it may be worthwhile to post a comparison of the existing CR6-575L with the updated CR6-800L.  Before doing that, note the new CR4-575L has similar specs to the existing CR6-575L with the main difference being one is made for a 4″ housing and the other is for a 6″ housing.  Here’s a head-to-head of the popular six-inch CR6 downlights.


By |September 11th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Technology|4 Comments

Philips L Prize LED Now Selling for $40

I was walking the aisles of Home Depot when I happened upon a screaming deal for the L Prize winning LED light bulb by Philips. This is the bulb, you may recall, that caused a national fuss over the reported price tag of $60. Turns out you can get the same bulb just five months later for the more reasonable price tag of $40 at Home Depot right now.


By |September 10th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Technology|3 Comments

New Cree LED Downlights Are a No Brainer

In July 2012, Cree announced brighter LED downlights in the CR Series.  The CR4-575L fits a 4″ housing and delivers 575 lumens, 90 CRI, 2700 Kelvin, dimming up to 5%, and 50,000 hours while only using 9.5 watts of energy.  The CR6-800L fits a 6″ housing and delivers 800 lumens, 90 CRI, 2700 Kelvin, dimming up to 5%, and 50,000 hours while only using 12 watts of energy.  Both are Energy Star qualified and they’re available in either the Edison or GU24-type bases.  The CR4 sells for about $53, and the CR6 sells for about $55 (both at EarthLED).


By |September 9th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Technology|3 Comments

Hulger Intros Baby Plumen CFL Lightbulb

Today Hulger announced the new Baby Plumen 001, a designer CFL light bulb that tracks the original Plumen 001.  It’s a smaller 9-watt bulb that’s meant to replace a 40-watt incandescent.  The 220-volt version is available today through Plumen.com, while the 120-volt version, which is compatible in North America, will be available later this year.  The Baby Plumen lasts about 8,000 hours and has a color temperature of 2700 Kelvin.


By |September 7th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Technology|0 Comments

SmartThings is a Universal Smart System

There’s an interesting Kickstarter campaign right now for an innovation called SmartThings.  SmartThings is a Minnesota-based company and an open platform to connect everyday things to the internet to monitor, control, and automate.  The company wants to add “intelligence to everyday things in your world, so that your life can be more awesome.”  It consists of a hub, “things,” maker tools, a cloud platform, and mobile app.


By |August 30th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|0 Comments

Ariston Washer-Dryer for Small Spaces

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), urban micro homes, and tiny houses typically have space limitations and may even have energy and water constraints. So it’s critical to find appliances that are both energy-efficient and the right size — like this Ariston’s Elegance line of combination washer/dryer units. Available in white or silver, the Ariston washer/dryer is 33.5″H x 23.4″w x 22.8″D and has Energy Star certification.


By |August 14th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Technology|9 Comments