Don't Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

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By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there’s still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is just not as warm or attractive as the old filament-filled bulbs we grew up with. To dispel this fallacy, we sought out a group of people with a critical eye for light bulb color and ambiance – lighting designers on the show floor of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at New York Design Week. These meticulous designers take light warmth and quality very seriously (that is their job after all), so we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to give an honest opinion about the latest generation of high-tech LED light bulbs. Watch our video above to see how we retrofitted five gorgeous designer lamps with new Philips LED light bulbs – and in the process saved $1,732.86 in energy costs and won over some designer converts to the future of LED lighting.

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Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

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Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant patterns, rugs and home accessories. Not only did this awesome party train give commuters a taste of IKEA’s wares, but it no doubt made their train journey a little more fun!

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This Tiny 'Orange' Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

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Urban Cow Tipping? Smart Cars Overturned by Vandals in San Francisco

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What’s a bored city dweller to tip over when there aren’t any cows around? Smart cars, of course. The act of tipping Smart cars became notorious after a Facebook page surfaced in 2011 showing Smart car tipping from all over the country and on Monday, four more Smart cars were found tipped over in San Francisco. While car tipping may seem like a quirky way to have some fun, police say that they are taking the matter very seriously and those responsible could face felony charges if caught.

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach the Highest Point Ever in Human History

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Monday marks a major milestone for life on Earth, and it isn’t one to be proud of. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are the highest they have been in at least 800,000 years, reaching beyond 402 parts per million. Scientists warn us that we must act immediately if we want to slow the effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, even as those levels continue to climb into uncharted territory.

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

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ModFruGal isn’t a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a “gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.” The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee woods. Put together for just $1500, the treehouse features a sliding door to maximize space, a chalkboard wall for the kids to draw on, and a choice of hammocks in which to relax. Regardless of age, it’s the perfect place for anyone to escape it all and reconnect with nature.

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Bentley Unveils its First Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car

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Bentley is known for producing large powerful luxury vehicles, but they aren’t very “green.” Well, that’s about to change with the debut of the Bentley Hybrid Concept, which previews the plug-in hybrid technology that will be offered in the automaker’s upcoming SUV in 2017.

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Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

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6a Architects Creates Curved Timber-Clad 'Tree House' for an Architecture Critic

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Pinch Public Library Unveils a Sweet Rooftop Playground for Kids in Yunnan Province, China

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MIT Proposes "New Meadowlands" Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

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How would some of the nation’s smartest minds approach the Eastern seaboard’s increasingly dire problem of rising tides and storms? A team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently submitted their proposed solution to the Rebuild By Design competition. Called “New Meadowlands,” the plan centers on utilizing existing marshlands in New Jersey and New York to protect vulnerable areas from future superstorms.

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Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra's National Arboretum

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Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

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Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in…

The falling price of solar photovoltaic systems was the main driver of an increase in global renewable energy generation in 2013, according to a new report produced by the Frankfurt…

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Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926…

The 28th Street YMCA was listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2006 and was acquired by nonprofit developer Clifford Beers Housing (CBH) in 2009. Commissioned to revive…

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MIT's "New Meadowlands" Marshland Plan Could Protect New York from the…

Yesterday we took an early peek at the top ten designs from the Rebuild By Design competition, a contest to find ideas that protect the tri-state area from future superstorms. One of…

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SuralArk: Giant Ark Coming to Queens to Raise Climate Change Awareness

SuralArk: Giant Ark Coming to Queens to Raise Climate Change Awareness

A modern-day Noah's Ark will be coming to Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park this summer. While it won't house animals or humans like its biblical counterpart, the hope is that…

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Guedes Cruz' Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

Guedes Cruz' Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven…

The Social Complex in Alcabideche is comprised of 52 houses and a support building spread over a well-planned 10,000 square meter site. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos write that “Portugal is…

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