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From Watts to Lumens: Choosing Lights Based on Brightness

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When incandescent light bulbs were the only options on the market, wattage (or power supply) was viewed as a measurement of a light’s strength, or brightness. However, the magic of LEDs and CFLs is that they can produce comparable levels of brightness while using very little power. This means that when choosing new, energy-efficient lights, wattage is no longer an accurate estimate of a bulb’s light output. To light your home the way you intend, you must stop thinking about watts and start thinking about lumens.

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Greenhouse Automation

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could build a “set-and-forget” hydroponics garden?  What if you could transplant your seedlings into new pots and return later to harvest fresh vegetables without ever having to set foot in the greenhouse on your own?  Sure, this isn’t ideal for everyone (gardening can be very therapeutic), but there are some tasks and types of plants that would be great to automate and remove from your daily routine.  We haven’t been able to automate everything yet, but it’s possible to make life much simpler with a few devices in key locations. Read More

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Five Home Lighting Trends for 2015

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The New Year has officially begun, and you know what that means: New Year, New You. For some that entails getting a daring new haircut or a flashy new wardrobe, but for others it means making some much-needed improvements to their home. Unbeknownst to most, one way to make a big difference when updating the look of a space is changing the lighting. Lighting design can be much more creative than most people think, and this is more evident than ever when looking at the major home lighting trends experts forecast for 2015.

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Green Creative Cloud LED Giveaway

Green Creative Cloud BR30 LED

1000Bulbs.com is proud to announce its “Cloud LED Giveaway” contest, set to begin today, January 28th and end at midnight on February 11th. Three winners will be chosen to win the brand new Green Creative Cloud BR30 LED Bulb. The BR30 Cloud features a new lightweight, environmentally friendly design and is one of the only BR30 replacement bulbs rated for use in totally enclosed spaces. It is also ENERGY STAR® certified and backed by a three year warranty.

 

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OLED vs LED Lighting

OLED LED Lighting

Organic is a term often used to describe natural foods that are considered healthier for human and animal consumption. Not exactly the word you would think of to describe a form of lighting. However, organic LEDs (OLEDs) are a fairly new type of light source that is beginning to gather quite the shine in the lighting industry.  Growing in popularity as a more flexible source of light, how do OLEDs compare to LEDs, and is one form of light more superior than the other?

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NEW Green Creative Cloud BR30 LED Bulbs at 1000Bulbs.com

Green Creative Cloud BR30 LED Bulbs at 1000Bulbs.com

Featuring a revolutionary lightweight design, the new Green Creative Cloud BR30 LED bulbs are making their debut at 1000Bulbs.com. The BR30 Cloud LED is the latest addition to Green Creative’s Titanium LED Series 4.0, but unlike other bulbs in the series, it uses 35% less material for a more environmentally friendly construction and provides a more efficient light output at up to 87 lumens per watt. It is one of the five Green Creative lamps chosen for the Illuminating Engineering Society’s 2014 Progress Report, which showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry.

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How Do I Setup Greenhouse Ventilation?

Ventilation Exhausts

Ventilation is extremely important to your plants.  Without proper ventilation, CO2 levels can become stagnant around plants and temperatures can reach damaging levels.  Regular air flow is necessary to refresh the air with a new supply of CO2 while keeping lamps and plants cool in hot weather.  While we’ve covered methods of cooling, and the effects of air circulation in your grow room before, we haven’t really spoken on how to properly set up a ventilation system in your greenhouse.  You’ll find there are two common types of ventilation:  IN/OUT and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). Read More