Ceiling fans do more than just add decorative appeal to a room’s décor. They can significantly reduce lighting and air conditioning costs. Recognizing the customer’s need for energy-efficient home accessories, http://www.1000bulbs.com is proud to announce Fanimation as its newest ceiling fan vendor. This new product line will include a selection of indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, as well as portable desk and floor fans.
Founded by Tom Frampton, Fanimation has established itself as a leader in the ceiling fan industry with its quality manufacturing, innovative designs and use of unique materials. As a globally recognized brand, Fanimation’s designs have been featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair as well as on popular television shows such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
“Selling Fanimation’s line of ceiling and desk fans was a no brainer for us.” says 1000Bulbs.com CEO Kim Pedersen. “Their quality is some of the highest in the business and we know that’s something important to our customers.”
With styles ranging from contemporary to traditional, each one of Fanimation’s products has something unique to offer. Ceiling fans that include light kits and bulbs are equipped with beautiful glass shades in various colors. 1000Bulbs.com will also be offering a selection of outdoor ceiling fans. UL listed for wet locations, these outdoor fixtures are ideal for cooling off a covered deck or enclosed patio. For an added element of versatility, many of the fans include remote controls, reversible motors and reversible blades. These fans are available in timeless finishes such as cherry, mahogany and walnut. They also include a versatile array of fixture combinations.
As the world of lighting continues to move into a more energy-efficient age, Fanimation takes green innovation one step further by offering a selection of Energy Star rated fans. Fans with an Energy Star rating are over 50% more energy-efficient than conventional fans. They are also proud to produce fans with energy-efficient brushless DC motors and integrated LED light kits.
In addition, Fanimation offers a collection of portable desk and floor fans which are a fashionable ceiling fan alternative. Effortlessly combining function and style, these free-standing and wall mountable products feature vintage and antique designs with contemporary appeal.
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Jul 19, 13
There’s been a buzz around here at 1000Bulbs.com as of late, created by the arrival of some incredible LED MR16s. These aren’t just any MR16s. No, these Soraa bulbs are truly raising the bar in efficiency and brilliance. In fact, our own CEO Kim Pederson has expressed his excitement for these products. So what separates these bulbs from the rest of the pack?
The Soraa Difference
On the outside, Soraa MR16s look just like any other LED, but the technology packed inside is where it’s at. Soraa claims their MR16s feature technology that’s a whopping two years ahead of other MR16s. Soraa LED MR16s feature LEDs crafted from pure gallium nitride substrates, which is referred to Gallium Nitride on Gallium Nitride, or GaN on GaN for short.
GaN on GaN?
So what does this GaN on GaN technology actually mean for you? A lot, actually. For starters, Soraa’s LED MR16s give you superior beam characteristics, including crisp shadows and minimal light spill, giving you a precise, controlled beam of light. In fact GaN on GaN crystals are up to 1,000 times more precise than any other LED crystal. Also, this technology gives you superb color rendering, meaning whites will be whiter, reds will redder, and colors will be more vibrant and rich.
The Design Difference
Apart from the technology that brings you unprecedented light, the design of Soraa LED MR16s brings you unprecedented versatility. Soraa MR16s feature an “origami” driver circuit, which is designed with components used in extreme temperature environments, such as automotive environments. This feature allows the bulb to be operated at temperatures much higher than other MR16 lamps and gives you very efficient thermal dissipation. Take the Outdoor line for example. The bulbs in this family are designed to work in all types of light fixtures, including enclosed, sealed, and unventilated fixtures.
How Can Soraa Lamps Help Me?
The sun has a CRI (color rendering index) of 100. Soraa’s LEDs have a CRI of 95. The high CRI of these LEDs create brighter brights and whiter whites, while colors become more vibrant. This is what makes these bulbs perfect for track lights in museums and art galleries or track lights in retail stores, as they make colors pop, stand out, and become more vibrant than ever before. Not only are these lights great for commercial use, but they’ll look great in your home’s track or recessed lighting.
Still not convinced? Check out the video below and see the Soraa difference for yourself. Tell us how you plan to use these bulbs on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!
Jul 05, 13
In this edition of Light Post, we’ve collected some great lighting stories from around the world, from LEDs lowering suicide rates in South Korea, to fireworks safety tips to ensure a fun and safe Independence Day. So, post up in your favorite spot and enjoy Light Post.
Bridge Equipped with LED Lights and Sensors Lowers Suicide Rates
South Korea has seen their suicide rates double over the past decade, giving them the title of having one of the highest rates in the world. However, Cheil Worldwide has equipped the Mapo Bridge in Seoul, where dozens of South Koreans jump every year with 2,200 sensors and LEDs within the bridge railings. The sensors detect when someone comes close to the railing, and the lights flash messages of hope, such as “How have you been?” and “What is troubling you?” Are the lights and positive messages working? Cheil Worldwide reports that suicide rates on the bridge have declined by 77 percent.
Purses and Handbags with Built In Lights?
This one goes out to all the ladies out there: tired of digging around in your purse, never being able to find the things you need quickly? Wish you had a light at the bottom of your purse? Well, you’re in luck. Glass Handbag, who announced they’ll be opening a corporate office in New York City in August of 2013, sells luxury handbags and clutches that have built in lighting systems to combat this nuisance. Many of these battery operated lights are water resistant have long lives of 25,000 hours.
Audi Introduces Matrix LED Headlamps
The German manufacturer is once again changing the face of LED headlamps with the announcement of their Matrix LED headlamps. These revolutionary LEDs increase driving safety by utilizing a camera to adapt to oncoming traffic and road topography data supplied by a GPS system. By using the camera, the matrix becomes dimmer, or part of the matrix is extinguished, until the oncoming car passes. The system uses the on-board GPS to navigate corners and other road features. For example, as the car approaches a corner, the lights are moved in the direction of the curve, right before the driver turns the steering wheel. This new system will be installed on the A8 models to be released later this year.
Fireworks Safety Tips
It’s hard to believe it’s already time to break out the fireworks and celebrate the fourth of July with family and friends. We here at 1000Bulbs.com love a great fireworks show, but here’s some tips to ensure you’re holiday celebrations go on without a hitch.
- Before buying or using any fireworks, make sure they’re legal. Also, look into any burn bans that may be in effect.
- Never place any part of your body over the item you’re trying to light. Fuses may burn quicker than expected, and the results could be disastrous.
- Make sure that adults supervise firework activities, even sparklers. Sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt some metals.
- Keep a bucket of water or a water hose handy in case of the unexpected. Fireworks may tip over during their display.
- If fireworks fail to light, don’t pick them up or try to relight them. Douse them (and all spent fireworks for that matter) with water.
- Finally, please don’t point fireworks of any kind of people. You’d be surprised how fast bottle rockets travel and how much they hurt.
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Apr 26, 13
Do you know what percentage of homes in America utilize energy-efficient bulbs? How is one of America’s largest cities keeping tabs on its energy use? For the answers to these questions and interesting lighting news, read on!
More U.S. Households Using LEDs and CFLs
According to recent data by E Source, the energy efficiency trend is gaining a lot of ground here in the U.S., as more and more households are using compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light emitting diodes (LED). E Source reports that 87% of households use at least one CFL or LED, while 77% use three or more. What factors decide who uses which type of bulbs and how many of these bulbs are used in households? E Source uncovered some interesting findings. For example:
• The percentage of households using multiple LEDs or CFLs goes up as annual income increases.
• Homeowners are more likely to use multiple LEDs and CFLs than renters.
• Older adults are more likely to use multiple CFLs, while younger adults lean more towards LEDs
Rachel Cooper, research manager at E Source, raises interesting speculation: “These findings lead us to wonder, ‘What would saturation levels look like if these energy-efficient bulbs-particularly LEDs-were more affordable?’”
Philips’ LED Bulb Could Replace Fluorescent Bulbs
LED technology is rapidly advancing, quickly changing the face of energy efficiency by offering longer life hours and considerably reduced electricity usage. LEDs first replaced CFLs, and now they’re replacing… fluorescent bulbs? That’s right. Philips has announced a prototype LED that could save the U.S. billions of dollars annually by replacing fluorescent bulbs. This new bulb only consumes 5 watts of energy, but produces a whopping 200 lumen per watt, far superior to the 100 lumen per watt fluorescents can produce. Philips estimates that with the new LED, the U.S. would save an astounding $12 billion a year while preventing the release of 60 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Philips said it plans to deliver commercial and industrial versions of the bulb to the market by 2015, with consumer products quickly following.
UCLA Publishes Electricity Usage Map
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has created an innovative way for Los Angeles to monitor how it uses electricity, block by block, allowing the city’s planners and Department of Water and Power to develop more finely tuned programs aimed at high energy users or low-income neighborhoods to improve energy efficiency. The map uses census and land use information to show how income levels affect electricity use and the differences between electricity usage of single family, multi-family, and commercial buildings. The map can even give usage projections for high heat days.
Conroe ISD Receives $15,000 to Upgrade Lighting
Conroe Independent School District (CISD), located in Conroe, TX (near Houston) has been recognized by Entergy Texas, Inc. for participating in their SCORE program and rewarded CISD with a $15,000 check to upgrade the district’s lighting. The goal of the SCORE program is to provide energy performance benchmarking, technical assistance, and cash incentives to help schools save energy and money. The $15,000 prize will go a long way for the district’s lighting upgrade, with CISD saving more than $28,000 in annual energy costs, the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of 30 homes for a year
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Mar 29, 13
In this week’s issue, we’ll discuss a new way to cure jet lag, the worst city in the world for star gazing, and an Edison LED bulb. So post up in your favorite spot and enjoy Light Post!
Hong Kong is World’s Worst in Light Pollution
While living in a big city hampers your star gazing ability, it certainly fails in comparison to living in Hong Kong. In a study done by faculty of science at the University of Hong Kong, parts of the city are as much as 1,000 times brighter than international norms, giving Hong Kong’s light pollution the title of worst in the world. But why is Hong Kong so bright? Study leader Jason Pun Chun-shing gives us three main reasons: Hong Kong is an extremely densely populated place, the government is obsessed with providing public safety, and unregulated lighting on buildings. However, upward-facing lights and advertising aren’t the only culprits. For Chan Yuk Lung, who runs the astronomy club at Queen’s College, the light pollution issue is overstated: “We have very polluted air in Hong Kong and we have a lot of floating particles in the air and these floating particles reflect light back into our eyes – this is why we feel the sky is so bright at night.”
Delta’s Photon Shower Cleans Off Effect of Jet Lag
Any frequent flyers out there? How do you deal with the time zone changes? Extra coffee? Power naps? Well, caffeine jolts and cat naps may be a thing of the past as Delta Airlines unveiled a Photon Shower earlier this year at the 2013 TED conference in Long Beach, California. This isn’t your typical shower: while you’re rinsing in a light spray of water, you’ll also soak up powerful blue LED lights that create artificial sunlight, therefore rinsing away the effects of jet lag. Delta Airlines explains the importance of light in regards to the body: “The symptoms of jet lag occur because the body gets off schedule, not only because of the day/night pattern of its new location, but with itself. This is where light comes into play.” However, don’t get too excited at the thought of landing at the airport and combating your jet lag, as Delta released the Photon Shower as a concept-only display.
Lighting Science Group Launches Edison-Inspired LED Lamps
One of the reasons people haven’t switched to LEDs is the shape. Some people don’t like the odd shape of some LEDs and therefore won’t switch to them. However, thanks to Lighting Science Group, that is no longer a valid excuse. They have launched a new line of standard shaped (A19) LED bulbs, the Definity Professional, that more closely resemble the typical light bulb shape: “Consumers have been asking the LED industry for bulbs which more closely replicate the form and function of a traditional Edison bulb,” said Lighting Science Group CEO Jeremy Cage. But don’t worry, you won’t have to give up performance for the new shape: these new bulbs are capable of producing up to 71 lumens per watt and capable of dimming down to 5%.
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Everyone has heard the adage “my dog ate my homework.” Educators would say this is an excruciatingly poor excuse for not doing homework. However, “my dog ate my lamp, so I couldn’t do my homework” may soon become a legitimate excuse.
Thanks to some incredibly creative artists, the lighting world has a new addition, edible lamps. A sweet treat and good for the environment, these lamps definitely bring a new, distinctive quality to lighting.
Lumière au Chocolat
Lumière au Chocolat
Delicious, scrumptious, and delectable, all words to define a lamp. What’s so tasty about a lamp? The idea that it is made of chocolate is a start. A Swedish designer by the name of Alexander Lervik worked with LED specialists from Saas Instruments to create the Lumière au Chocolat (Chocolate Lamp), which was on display at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Influenced by the concept of polar nights, the lamp, as solid trapezoid of chocolate, is completely dark when turned on. As the heat from an incandescent bulb hits the chocolate, it starts to form holes, allowing more light to pass through. Once the chocolate thoroughly melts down, it slowly forms back into solid pieces for a delectable treat. Perhaps this lamp isn’t ideal for homework; it could be a wonderful addition to a restaurant’s dessert menu.
BITE ME LED desk lamp
Not a chocolate fan? No worries! New York based designer Victor Vetterlein’s BITE ME bioplastic LED desk lamp is made from natural, non-toxic ingredients including agar (a gelatin formed from sea algae), flavoring, food coloring, purified water, and vegetable glycerin. Coming in flavors of apple, blueberry, orange, and cherry, this lamp resembles a fruit roll-up with the solidity of plastic. The lamp includes an LED circuit board with an adhesive strip to be placed on the underside of the lamp and two power cords, one to be connected to a low voltage power converter and the other to a USB port. Once the lamp becomes a terrible bore, toss it in your backyard as compost or eat it, of course. Simply wash the lamp with organic soap and warm water and soak it in water for an hour; it will soften and have the consistency and taste of a fruit snack.
Time to Eat
Roald Dahl would be proud; we’ve gotten a step closer to Willy Wonka’s “world of pure imagination.” While we haven’t quite gotten to the full-fledged chocolate waterfall or 3-course meal gum, we do have edible lamps. Interested in one of the two, or both? Unfortunately for all of us, these lamps are not currently for sale, but we’ll be standing in line next to you when they are.
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