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Dutch-based Lemnis Lighting is hitting the LED scene with a cut-rate, basic light bulb selling for $4.95 — the Pharox 200 Blu. It uses 5 watts, has a 2700 K color temperature, has a CRI of 85, lasts about 15,000 hours, and outputs 240 lumens. The bulb could replace 25W incandescents and is suitable for task lights, accent lights, and other ambient illumination.
The Green Button Initiative is gaining traction with the launch of Green Button Connect, a web portal launched by energy-focused software developer, Tendril. One side of the site serves consumers who can upload their green button data and try out different applications to make sense of it. The other side of the site serves developers who want to develop applications for these consumers to use.
Letting the sun’s rays reach your home’s interior rooms, or down to lower level, is a challenge on any project, and virtually impossible without cutting a large hole in your roof. But now, Solectric offers an electronic skylight that promises the next best thing — interior lighting that is powered by the sun and can be rendered at the same color temperature.
I’m happy to announce that the last article in my Water-Wise Bath Redo project with HouseLogic is live today. Check out the finished bathroom — complete with a WaterSense faucet and showerhead in the 90 Degree Series from Moen and a WaterSense space-saver toilet from American Standard. HouseLogic also has a new contest giving commenters a chance to win $100, so visit HouseLogic if interested.