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A brighter idea for college dorms

December 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Lighting innovations have taken the world by storm over the past few years, moving us from the incandescent bulb of Edison’s day, to LED lights that use 10 percent of the energy. This efficiency gain is helping colleges brighten up for less, and also creating safer, more pleasant dorm rooms, hallways and byways. Read about how North Carolina State University is lighting the way forward.

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LED Christmas lights can save energy and aggravation

November 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Those old-style incandescent lights? They’re still around, certainly. But more and more, they’re being crowded out by the new kids on the illumination block: The longer-lasting, more energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) option.
LEDs have been around for a few years now, and they’ve got quite a bit going for them. Promotional materials tout energy savings of 80 percent or more over their incandescent brethren.

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Shining a light on the light bulb controversy

May 19th, 2011 · No Comments

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

You’d think that new light bulb efficiency standards would be a pretty basic matter. Light bulbs, after all, didn’t change much for more than 100 years. At home, we used the classic household incandescent. At work, we toiled under rows of tubular fluorescent lights.

Astronauts blasted off to the moon. The Internet revolutionized communication. Light bulbs stayed the same.

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Push back progress on light bulbs? Not a bright idea

March 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Rep. Joe Barton’s last bright idea – to apologize to BP for having to make reparations for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – earned him national ridicule.

His pandering may not have misfired (much) in the conservative-leaning Texas district he represents, but it was a rude affront to those who earn a living on the gulf, and anyone who cares about the workers and wildlife there.

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Now, less than a year later, Barton again appears to have his finger on the pulse of the mean-spirited minority.

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Cree one ups Edison — makes an LED for home use

January 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Move over CFLs. LEDs are ready to take on the residential market.

Cree, Inc., the North Carolina-based LED light manufacturer, is crowing today about its new LED-based light bulb that the company reports is the brightest and most efficient LED replacement for the standard 60-watt bulb.

The Cree TrueWhite® as its being called will bring the end of the “horse-and-buggy era” incandescent bulb invented by Thomas Edison 131 years ago, according to a Cree announcement.

The TrueWhite bulb, which emits 800 lumens and yet consumes fewer than 10 watts, has been sent for third party testing to verify its output and energy efficiency.

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Dreaming of a green Christmas? Tips for an eco-conscious holiday

November 29th, 2010 · No Comments

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It was Bing Crosby who immortalized a white Christmas in his 1942 hit single, but these days more and more eco-conscious consumers are dreaming of a green Christmas instead. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season, consider these tips from Dedee DeLongpre Johnston, director of sustainability at Wake Forest University.

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LEDs offer an energy-efficient alternative for holiday lighting needs

November 24th, 2010 · No Comments

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Christmas, of course, isn’t a famously “green” time of year, unless you are talking about the trees we cut down or the currency that seems to fly endlessly out of our wallets and purses. The spirit of the season almost insists that we throw caution (and energy) to the wind when it comes to fancying-up trees and winning the arms race on outdoor decorations.

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Give greener electronics this holiday season

November 11th, 2010 · No Comments

If visions of a new computer, an upgraded cell phone or a flat screen TV are dancing in your head this holiday season, you don’t necessarily have to feel guilty about it. No one will confuse adding 50 inches of viewing pleasure with planting a tree when it comes to carbon footprint, but bringing that shiny new toy into your home may not be quite the environmental faux pas it used to be.

From design to operation to disposal, electronics are getting a little more eco-friendly. That’s a good thing, too, since we seem to be incorporating more and more of them into our daily lives. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, a typical American household features 24 electronic devices, from clock radios to DVDs and Blu-Ray players to computers and TVs.

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Salt Lake City moving to LED street lights

October 18th, 2010 · No Comments

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Salt Lake City will soon join the ranks of cities moving to LEDs to light city streets. Compared with traditional high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights, LEDs are more efficient, provide more uniform light distribution and increase light levels.

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Introduction to LEDs: What you need to know

October 4th, 2010 · No Comments

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As with other technologies, advances in lighting just keep coming. Now that you’re somewhat comfortable with CFL — compact fluorescent lamp — bulbs, get ready for things to change again. The latest generation of LEDs — light-emitting diodes — are here and manufacturers claim they rival the look, dimming ability, and light quality of incandescents. Better yet, LEDs contain no mercury, and last up to five times longer than CFLs and 50 times longer than incandescents. They are pricey, many sell for $60 or more, but could save about $300 in electrical cost over its life compared with an incandescent.

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Furniture Row finds cost savings with Cree LED lighting

September 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Who says it too expensive to change out the bulbs?
Not the Furniture Row Companies, a large family-owned retailer with 330 stores across the U.S., which is switching its showroom lighting to Cree Inc. LED lights
So far, Furniture Row has installed about 13,000 Cree LRP-38 LED spotlights, out of more than 80,000 planned, at its stores, which include the Sofa Mart®, Oak Express®, Bedroom Expressions® and Denver Mattress Company®.

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Consumer Reports’ top picks in CFL lightbulbs and a sneak peak at LEDs

September 9th, 2010 · No Comments

According to the recent survey by Consumer Reports, eight in 10 (81 percent) Americans have purchased energy-efficient lightbulbs. The latest tests for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) showed there’s no shortage of inexpensive, money-saving, energy-efficient options. Most delivered on brightness and many provided color that was closer to incandescents’ than in earlier versions. All bulbs tested had significantly less than 5 milligrams of mercury, the cap set by Energy Star for those bulbs.

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