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Solar Electric Bonsai Tree for the Home

Here’s an update to an old article about a tree-shaped charger powered by solar energy. Vivien Muller’s Electree+ is on Kickstarter seeking to raise $200,000 to mass-produce these little home/office gadgets here in the USA. The new prototype will be made with an 14,000 mAh internal battery, 27 amorphous silicon solar cells (each about 3.7 inches), and an easy-to-assemble tree structure that can be customized. In case you’re interested, the early bird gets in at the ground level for ~$199.00.

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Top-10 Products from BuildingGreen [2013]

For the eleventh year, BuildingGreen has announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. BuildingGreen picks the products from additions to the GreenSpec Directory, coverage in Environmental Building News, and blogs on BuildingGreen. Make sure to keep this selection of residential-related winners on your radar:

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Sylvania Intros 100w Equivalent LED Bulb

This week Massachusetts-based Osram Sylvania announced a 100-watt replacement LED light bulb that uses only 20 watts of energy. In fact, the company claims it’s the first to market with such a replacement offering. Sylvania Ultra LED is an A21 bulb (larger than the A19 shape) with a rated life of up to 25,000 hours, a color temperature of 2700 Kelvin, and a CRI of 80. The LED bulb outputs 1600 lumens, according to LEDs Magazine, and is expected to sell for about $50 at Lowe’s.

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House-Lamp is a Tiny Prefab LED Luminary

House-Lamp is a new Kickstarter project by San Francisco-based architect Lauren Daley.  The project features three styles — modern, bungalow, and eco — of architecturally inspired luminaries made of CNC and laser-cut basswood with a solid wood or plywood base.  Daley is offering these LED-powered illuminated houses without the task lamp for $250 and with the task lamp for $275. Pictured is Eco with laser-etched rooftop solar PV.

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Switch Liquid-Cooling LEDs at Batteries Plus

This is an update to let you know of the status of the much-anticipated liquid-cooling LEDs from San Jose-based Switch Lighting.  SWITCH60, a 60-watt equivalent bulb that produces 800 lumens at 12 watts (clear) or 13.5 watts (frosted), is currently available at 350 participating Batteries Plus stores nationwide.  The SWITCH40 and SWITCH 75 will also be available later this month from Batteries Plus.

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Best Buy to Sell Cree Insignia LED Bulbs

Today Best Buy entered the consumer LED lighting game in a major way with two Insignia light bulb offerings from Cree.  Available exclusively at Best Buy, the 40-watt and 60-watt equivalent bulbs have the shape of a traditional incandescent bulb with omnidirectional lighting and they’re sold for $14 and $17, respectively.

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