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Shoppers Stockpile Incandescent Bulbs in Anticipation of Phase Out

In anticipation of a new law that will phase out incandescent light bulbs beginning next year, some shoppers are stockpiling large quantities of the bulbs for future use. According to USA Today, people aren't happy using the more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), which are cheaper than LEDs and use 75-percent less energy than incandescents. Some complain that CFLs aren't quite as...

Delaware Family's Christmas Decorations Make the Griswolds Look Like Amateurs

Share Clark Griswold's power-sapping, aircraft-guiding Christmas light extravaganza once represented the pinnacle of overzealous Holiday displays. The last few seasons have witnessed an evolution of progressively elaborate home illuminations, though, including one brilliant and blinding arrangement from Delaware's Faucher family. The Fauchers have apparently adhered to a Griswold-style...

MIT's Adaptive Lighting Could Open the Door to Sci-Fi 'Smart Homes'

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) consistently produce ingenious and creative feats of technology. Those innovative creations often pertain to energy and power, and the University's engineers -- with official support from Philips -- now intend to develop a revolutionary, responsive and environmentally-friendly LED home lighting system. According to Engadget, MIT's...

LED Pumpkin Makes Halloween Less Spooky, More Nerdy

Rather than carve a plain ol' jack-o'-lantern for Halloween, the guys at Hack A Day installed a 5-by-14 matrix of LEDs inside October's favorite squash. Like Kitt from 'Knight Rider,' the pumpkin flashes a series of disco-like patterns, along with the seasonally obvious greeting "HAPPY HALLOWEEN." The project took eight hours of soldering and required more than 70 holes to be drilled, commanding...

GE's Hybrid Lightbulb Is Instant-On

Your hybrid car should help reduce your carbon footprint, but what about all the energy you waste when you come home and turn on the lights? Apparently, GE's new hybrid lightbulb can help control your energy usage, without sacrificing your late-night lighting. As Engadget explains, GE's forthcoming product is essentially two lightbulbs in one. At first glance, it looks like any other compact...

Bacteria-Filled Chandelier Seems Like It Would Be Stinky

This, dear readers, is sadly not a robotic jellyfish. Bacterioptica, designed by MadLab, is a chandelier whose light is filtered through bacterial colonies. Why, you ask? We wonder, too. Each lamp is fitted with a petri dish that allows the lamp to "evolve" as it grows full of various prokaryotes. MadLab's site is light on the details, but it mentions that the chandelier "is living and...

The Week in Design: Dynamic Learning Tech and the Back of the Design Class

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. As our...

The Week in Design: ECG Toasters and Disposable Printers

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. This week we...

Louvre Adding LED Lights to Pyramid, In a Lazily French Way

Despite the twin facts that most everything closes at 7 p.m. and no one who lives there is ever, ever happy, Paris, for some reason, is still known as the 'City of Lights.' [Ed. Note: We feel like we have to say this every time Amar tackles Paris. He lives there. He is grumpy.] Yet, when all the bars close at midnight, and everyone goes home to the warm bed of someone other than their wife, one...

FTC Says 'Lighting Facts' Must Be Plastered on Light Bulb Packaging

Have you ever wondered exactly how "healthy" a light bulb is for your energy bill? If so, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is here to help. According to an FTC press release, every light bulb manufactured after the halfway-point of 2011 will feature a "Lighting Facts" label on its packaging. This label, which is a clear nod to the Nutrition Facts label on food products, will provide information...

Nokero Solar-Powered N100 Bulb Could Offer Kerosene Lantern Alternative

A new solar light bulb could be a safer and more affordable lighting option for people who live in developing nations. According to CNET News, the Nokero N100 solar LED bulb can provide up to four hours of light on a single charge -- making it the world's first solar-powered light bulb. The N100 is about the size of your average incandescent bulb, but the green plastic housing holds four solar...

Home Depot Offers $20 EcoSmart LED Bulbs, Undercuts GE and Phillips

When we mentioned the new, hyper-efficient bulbs from General Electric (GE) and Phillips, we suggested that, at $40 and $50 a pop, consumers wouldn't be eager to jump on board that lighting train. But according to Engadget, The Home Depot's new EcoSmart LED is cheaper and almost as powerful as the ones soon to be available from GE and Phillips. The EcoSmart LED, which is the equivalent of a...

GE Unveils LED That Could Replace the 40-Watt Bulb, Phillips Not Far Behind

On Thursday, General Electric (GE) revealed a new LED light bulb that could replace every incandescent 40-watt bulb in your house. According to CNET News, the Energy Smart LED bulb emits about 450 lumens, which is equal to the output of your average 40-watt bulb, but consumes only nine watts of power. If you used it for an average of four hours each day, the bulb could last 17 years. "This is a...

Light-Up Stairs Give a Grand Entrance, But Don't Play Piano

Remember that movie 'Big' with Tom Hanks? Of course you do! And you'll especially remember that iconic scene where he plays 'Chopsticks' by dancing on the giant-electric piano, and how that made all of us direly want one of those giant-electric pianos (which could possibly explain the bizarre popularity of 'Dance Dance Revolution' some years later). And the meme-savvy among you may remember...

Collapsible Cube Lamp Shade Folds Flat in Seconds

Searching for the perfect present for that home design nut on your Christmas list? Well, avoid the jammed aisles of Ikea, and check out this collapsible lamp shade from ultra-hip design studio Dror, which designed a line of home accessories for Target. According to Fast Company, this latticework cube was cut with lasers and uses the same design concept as those Hoberman spheres we used to play...