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Philips Wins $10 Million Prize with 60-Watt Equivalent Bulb That Uses 1/6th of the Power

Philips Wins $10 Million Prize with 60-Watt Equivalent Bulb That Uses 1/6th of the Power

The US Department of Energy (DOE) just awarded Philips Lighting America the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize along with a cool $10 million for the development of their new energy efficient LED light bulb

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Ricoh Unveils Solar and Wind-Powered “Eco-Board” Billboard in London

Ricoh Unveils Solar and Wind-Powered “Eco-Board” Billboard in London

Sustainable office solutions company Ricoh has just unveiled its “eco-board” billboard in London. The high-tech board is powered by solar panels and wind turbines and only lights up when it

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MIT Students Install 10,000 Revolutionary Solar Bottle Lamps in Manila Slums

MIT Students Install 10,000 Revolutionary Solar Bottle Lamps in Manila Slums

Currently, millions of Filipinos live without any kind of light source at all, but a band of resourceful MIT students have begun changing that. The students found that a one liter plastic bottle filled

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Meinhardt’s Interactive “Hopscotch” Light Installation Makes Rainbows

Meinhardt’s Interactive “Hopscotch” Light Installation Makes Rainbows

Meinhardt's “Hopscotch” installation, showcased at the Vivid Sydney light and music festival, had visitors hopping up and down to create their own LED light rainbows. The low-energy light installation

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Masiosare Studio Creates Fun and Functional Green Products

Masiosare Studio Creates Fun and Functional Green Products

Three young designers working under the name Masiosare Studio are creating green products that mix humor and Mexican identity with a cradle-to-cradle design approach. Their Ms line is comprised of 4

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Designer Clinton Sheldon Repurposes Ercol Furniture Parts Into Statement Pieces

Designer Clinton Sheldon Repurposes Ercol Furniture Parts Into Statement Pieces

We have seen and loved IKEA Hackers because by personalizing, repurposing, and rearranging existing parts and products, there is no need for using new raw materials. Plus, the result is always very

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Flat Pack ZETA Lamp Unfolds From Interlocking Plywood Pieces

Flat Pack ZETA Lamp Unfolds From Interlocking Plywood Pieces

Florence-based ZPSTUDIO designed this brilliant flat pack table lamp, which is made from interlocking poplar plywood pieces. Dubbed ZETA, (because of its Z shape), the luminaire is made from a single

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Omar Huerta’s Solar Light Tree Concept Grows Real Plants

Omar Huerta’s Solar Light Tree Concept Grows Real Plants

These solar light trees from Milan designer Omar Huerta are not just a unique installation of solar-powered street lights. They grow actual plants on their branches, using a hydroponic system that pulls

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Hannastina Crick Transforms Simple Straw Into Luxurious Seating

Hannastina Crick Transforms Simple Straw Into Luxurious Seating

Hannastina Crick, a graduate fresh from Brighton University, believes that we should all live closer to nature. Inspired by the great outdoors and more, Hannastina pulls from classic Scandinavian design

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House Passes Amendment Banning Enforcement of the Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

House Passes Amendment Banning Enforcement of the Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

Well that certainly was a short lived victory. Just last Wednesday, we were celebrating the House of Representative's rejection of the BULB Act, a bill that would put a stop to the light bulb efficiency

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Lutron Unveils Energy-Saving Dimmer Switch for CFL and LED Bulbs

Lutron Unveils Energy-Saving Dimmer Switch for CFL and LED Bulbs

Despite the Republican party's best, yet misguided efforts, incandescent bulbs are on their way out. Energy-efficient lighting like CFLs and LEDs are fast becoming the norm, and it was only a matter of

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House Rejects BULB, a Misguided Attempt to End Lighting Efficiency Standards

House Rejects BULB, a Misguided Attempt to End Lighting Efficiency Standards

Environmentalists across the nation can breathe a sign of relief. On Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives rejected the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, a bill designed to repeal light bulb

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Luminous LED Wallpaper Lends a Low-Energy Glow to Any Room

Luminous LED Wallpaper Lends a Low-Energy Glow to Any Room

Philips just teamed up Kvadrat Soft Cells to unveil a brilliant new breed of luminous wallpaper that could forever change the field of mood lighting. The beautiful textile combines sound-absorbing

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Michele Bachmann and Fellow Republicans Throw Weight into “Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act”

Michele Bachmann and Fellow Republicans Throw Weight into “Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act”

Republicans in the House of Representatives – in the midst of attempting to raise the debt ceiling and balance our budget – have decided to take on what some are calling the “Light Bulb

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Repealing Light Bulb Efficiency Standards Would Cost Americans $12.5 Billion

Repealing Light Bulb Efficiency Standards Would Cost Americans $12.5 Billion

Since the idea was first put forth last fall, we have been closely following the quest of U.S. Republicans to repeal the energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. Introduced by Representative Joe

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Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

About 10 years ago, with the demand for traditional Japanese umbrella decreasing dramatically, Kotaro decided to get involved in his wife’s family business in order to help it survive. He took a deep

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Nosigner’s Lunar LED Lamp Places the Light of the Moon in Your Hands

Nosigner’s Lunar LED Lamp Places the Light of the Moon in Your Hands

If you've ever been told to reach for the moon, we have the perfect light for you. Japanese designer Nosigner has created a gorgeous spherical lamp that puts the whole moon in the palm of your hands.

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The Funoos Lamp is Funky Way to Recycle Old Binders and Folders

The Funoos Lamp is Funky Way to Recycle Old Binders and Folders

Designers are constantly creating or making improvements on designs in order to help reduce others’ eco-footprints, but what happens when a designer studies their own usage and excess? The Funoos Lamp

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Miss Maple Pendant Lamp Is a Complex Form with a Cozy Glow

Miss Maple Pendant Lamp Is a Complex Form with a Cozy Glow

Elisa Strozyk’s pendant lamp “Miss Maple” is a cozy lighting fixture that emits a warm glow as sweet as its bee’s nest-like construction. Built from a “textile” that

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Illuminated Tables and Planters Made from 100% Recycled Plastics

Illuminated Tables and Planters Made from 100% Recycled Plastics

What do you do when you have a room that needs a side table, and an accent lamp? Look to Rotoluxe, a company that makes sustainably, eco-friendly illuminated tables and planters. Their glowing pieces come

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Solar Powered Candles Create a Romantic Garden Environment

Solar Powered Candles Create a Romantic Garden Environment

These towering candles designed by John Housmand are a great way to bring a little 18th century romanticism to any garden. Constructed from acrylic tubes and using a small solar cell, each tower features

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Yasser Jamani’s Cityscape Light Brings Dazzling Urban Skylines Indoors

Yasser Jamani’s Cityscape Light Brings Dazzling Urban Skylines Indoors

Inspired by cityscapes, this customizable light by Yasser Jamani allows individuals to get a taste of urban planning by letting them choose the shape of their own skyline. Using a perforated aluminum

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Bigg Design Transforms a Drab Scottish Underpass With Dazzling LED Lights!

Bigg Design Transforms a Drab Scottish Underpass With Dazzling LED Lights!

This project demonstrates a great way to reclaim city spaces and turn them into 21st century places as the colorful lighting transitions completely transform the atmosphere  throughout the day and night.

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Edward Chew Creates Stunning Geometric Lamps From Recycled Tetra Paks

Edward Chew Creates Stunning Geometric Lamps From Recycled Tetra Paks

Each spherical Tetra Pak lamp requires approximately 450 empty soft drink packets and is 260mm in diameter. The boxes were unfolded and then transformed into 108 hexagons by cutting 6 strips of 6 squares,

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Announcing the Winners of the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition!

Announcing the Winners of the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER - ED CHEW'S TETRA PAK LAMP! We guess hard work really does pay off because all those nights that designer Edward Chew spent cutting box drink cartons into hundreds of strips and

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Autumn Workshop Transforms Birch Logs Into Beautiful Touch Lamps

Autumn Workshop Transforms Birch Logs Into Beautiful Touch Lamps

Touch-activated lamps are not just for your grandma anymore! Brooklyn-based Autumn Workshop’s Birch Log Touch Lamps are beautiful, innovative and modern. Made from repurposed raw birch log pieces of

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Russell Johnson’s Antique Pendant Lamps are Made Out of Old Seltzer Bottles

Russell Johnson’s Antique Pendant Lamps are Made Out of Old Seltzer Bottles

Russell Johnson's vintage pendant lighting fixtures are cut from antique seltzer water bottles, lending them a unique flair. Dating back to the 1930s, these extraordinary pendants are both beautiful and

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LAST CHANCE TO CAST YOUR VOTE: Bright Ideas Voting Closes Tonight!

LAST CHANCE TO CAST YOUR VOTE: Bright Ideas Voting Closes Tonight!

Did you get a chance to cast your vote yet in the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition? Voting for the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition closes TONIGHT at midnight, which makes this your last

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Glowing Nourishment Lamp Feeds the Eyes with Elegant Design

Glowing Nourishment Lamp Feeds the Eyes with Elegant Design

Carolyn Joan Lau's Nourishment Lamp transforms commonplace plastic bottles into beautiful organic forms reminiscent of coral reefs. The lamps are made from bottles of Yakult, a Japanese probiotic milk

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