Mall Brightens Parking Garage With LED

When consumers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, need to go shopping they have the option to visit the Shops of Grand Avenue. This inviting shopping destination is located conveniently in the heart of Milwaukee and is filled with a fun combination of national chain stores and locally based establishments. Shoppers who are anxious to add the latest fashions to their wardrobes, browse for the perfect gift, or simply run errands all in one place flock to the Shops of Grand Avenue nearly every day of the year. Overall it has always been a lovely and enjoyable experience, at least outside of the parking lot areas.

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LEDs Turn Out The Light On Incandescents And CFLs

Most people have accepted that it’s all but over for old incandescent bulbs. But CFLs—compact fluorescent bulbs, the titular replacements for incandescents—may be rapidly becoming extinct as well.

Light bulbs have evolved from the standard incandescent (right) to compact fluorescents and now LEDs (left), which come in a variety of shapes -- some quite familiar in appearance.

Light bulbs have evolved from the standard incandescent (right) to compact fluorescents and now LEDs (left), which come in a variety of shapes — some quite familiar in appearance.

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LED Makes Countertops Really Shine

Two areas of the home that account for most of the decorating expenditures and most of the design headaches that homeowners find themselves facing are the kitchen and the bathroom. These are formidable locations that anyone would rather ignore than deal with. Maybe that is about to change, thanks to new and innovative ways that LED lighting is being used to upgrade and update kitchens and baths around the planet. Forget about utilitarian under-cabinet lighting and overhead task lighting. We are talking about pure and simple fun, fashionable lighting. Making it all look good is the whole story this time, and the only way to achieve these fantastic new looks is with LED lighting solutions.

Countertop in nightclub bar is glass with LED lighting incorporated in the glass. Bars and other businesses are discovering creative new ways to use LED lighting to create spectacular effects.

Countertop in nightclub bar is glass with LED lighting incorporated in the glass. Bars and other businesses are discovering creative new ways to use LED lighting to create spectacular effects.

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Shine On, You Crazy Lightbulbs

The other day I found myself at a loss in the light bulb aisle of my hardware store. I might as well have been shopping for a carburetor. There were too many options with too many symbols and verbiage that I couldn’t decipher (LED, CFL, halogen, lumens, Kelvin, CRI), not to mention all of the various brands (GE, Philips, Cree, EcoSmart — each with its own packaging lingo). Since when do you need an electrical engineering degree to buy a light bulb?

This fluorescent energy saving light bulb (CFL) is illuminated by electrical wires inserted in the back of the bulb base. It is in a garden with primarily green plants. (Richard Goerg/Getty Images)

This fluorescent energy saving light bulb (CFL) is illuminated by electrical wires inserted in the back of the bulb base. It is in a garden with primarily green plants. (Richard Goerg/Getty Images)

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Popular Texas Hotel Lights Up With LED

Austin, Texas is one of the great party towns of the Southwestern United States. Ask anyone west of the Mississippi River where a good place to hear live music is, and they will tell you without hesitation, Austin, Texas. The city is well known for its live music scene that has introduced generations of TV viewers to it, and all of the genres that it encompasses, through the long running series, Austin City Limits. So it’s only logical that if people flock to Austin to see live bands, they will need a place to stay after the show. Cue the Austin Hilton.

The lobby of the Austin Hilton hotel. Like so many businesses and institutions, the hotel chose to switch to LED lighting because of a number of benefits—longer life per bulb, lower energy requirements, reduced electrical costs, and environmental benefits to name a few.

The lobby of the Austin Hilton hotel. Like so many businesses and institutions, the hotel chose to switch to LED lighting because of a number of benefits—longer life per bulb, lower energy requirements, reduced electrical costs, and environmental benefits to name a few.

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Used As Intended, LED Lights Are Perfectly Safe

Early in the development of Light Emitting Diodes (LED), the rumor started that LEDs are bad for human eyes. Unfortunately, this misinformation continues to spread. Some people say that because some people claim to see a halo around a blue LED, this proves the theory. The reality is that there is no definitive proof that LEDs used properly routinely cause eye damage.

220px-Blue_light_emitting_diodes_over_a_proto-boardIt is true that LED light intensity is not standardized. It is true that some irresponsible writers have wrongly compared LED lights to looking directly at the sun. It is true that the industry monitors itself. It is true that staring directly at an LED is not a great idea. But, most importantly, it is true that there is no scientific proof that LED lights cause eye damage. Continue reading

EPA Publishes the Final Draft of the Energy Star Lamps Specification

Intended to become effective September 1, 2014, the final draft of the Lamps V1.0 specification includes refinement of dimming requirements and other minor changes from draft 4 that was recently circulated for comments.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final draft of the Energy Star Lamps V1.0 specification that has been under development for more than two years. The changes from draft 4 that had been published this spring are relatively minor, and the new specification is slated to take effect September 1, 2014. The agency intends to publish the final specification in August. Continue reading