Inhabitat’s Andrew Michler is seen here chatting with Lunera about their integrated LED-lit ceiling tiles. The metal ceiling grid actually acts as the electrical connection, so the panel is powered by simply clipping it – no messy wiring needed. Another innovation that allows the product size to be so slim is that the LEDs inside the fixture are aligned on strips of circuit board. Those strips are attached directly to the outer metal frame, which doubles as a heat sink, and keeps the LEDs from ever getting warm and reducing their life span. We were impressed by the nice daylight color and evenness of the light, as well as its generous output (which us lighting geeks call foot-candles).
Niagra introduced a toilet that only uses 0.8 gallons per flush! At first this didn’t sound different from flush rates touted by other plumbing manufactures, but the difference is that their toilet is not a dual flush. Most other bowls have the option of a “liquids” flush at a lower flow rate, and a “solids” flush that uses double the amount of water. This toilet handles all the effort with just one flush option. The model is Water Sense-certified, and right now it is only available for wholesale purchasing.