Today Cree unveiled a concept LED light bulb with seriously impressive numbers. Third party testing confirmed the delivery of 1,331 lumens at 8.7 watts with a CRI of 91 and a warm color of 2800 K. With these numbers, the concept light bulb exceeds the 21st Century Lamp requirements in the L Prize competition, according to Cree.
LED lighting is better every day and the best designers in the world have come up with some beautiful and stylish lamps for use at home or in the office. Here’s a list of several designs ranging in price from about $130 to $740. Depending on what you need in a table or desk light, perhaps one of these will suit you just right.
As it turns out, with near real-time feedback, most electricity consumers will take action to reduce energy usage, according to information released by CenterPoint Energy. CenterPoint conducted a pilot program with 300 Texas customers using a simple in-home display (IHD) wirelessly connected to a smart meter. Consumers used the IHD to obtain electricity usage data and a forecast of monthly usage and costs, spurring them to turn off lights, adjust the indoor temperature, and switch to energy-saving light bulbs.
Dash is a new LED task light by Details, a Steelcase company, that was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners. The modern lamp is said to be the first LED task lamp to achieve BIFMA Level 1 certification — it has a mercury-free LED and PVC-free wiring — and made with 32% recycled content. Dash [$] includes a 3,500 K, 8-watt LED and a 50,000-hour rated life. It has a 32″ horizontal and 22 3/4″ vertical reach.
Blue Line Innovations, maker of the PowerCost Monitor for tracking home energy use, recently introduced a new partnership with the People Power Company which includes a new mobile app called People Power 1.0. Now, abandoned Hohm and PowerMeter users can switch over to People Power 1.0 for real-time electricity data, real-time pricing, budgeting, gaming, social interaction, and other information.