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5 Great Green Appliance And Lighting Ideas

by Steve Sheinkopf

At this point, everyone wants more environmentally sound products, but the problem with Green products is the lack of return on your investment. In other words, you should save immediately by buying more environmentally friendly, energy saving products not in long term, but now.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Compact Fluorescent, Energy Efficiency

Dimmable Fluorescent Lighting

by Steve Sheinkopf

So Fluorescent lighting cannot be dimmed:  Check again.

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Topics: Lighting, Compact Fluorescent

Bulbs

by Steve Sheinkopf

So many bulbs, so many choices...LED, Low voltage, halogen, incandescent. Let me explain.
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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting, Compact Fluorescent

The Future Of Incandescent

by Steve Sheinkopf

I am leading a panel discussion about The Future of Incandescent Lighting tomorrow at the RDC show. Personally, the incandescent bulb should be outlawed (then only outlaws will have incandescents), because it is only 10% efficient, lasts about 5 months and emits 90% of its energy as heat. That's 300 degrees, which will turn on your air conditioner.

A 100 watt bulb will cost Mass citizens $45 dollars a year to operate if used only 6 hours...(How many people left the lights on at home as you are reading this.)

Below is my presentation to the trade...



Big thanks to www.michaelbluejay.comand his energy calculator....

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting, Compact Fluorescent

Why I Am So Cold

by Steve Sheinkopf

I like working later...less distractions. Recently, however, I noticed that it was a lot colder in the store. And the reason?

The switch from incandescent bulbs to CFLs and LED bulbs has eliminated residual heat from the store.




In a humorous departure, I am the moderator of a panel of experts at the Residential Design Show in April. My seminar (unbelievably): The Future of Incandescent Lighting.

My talk should last about 30 seconds, and I will create a Powerpoint with one slide, which will say: NONE.

Wonder if the architects and designer who are paying to hear me will appreciate the candor or despise the brevity.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Compact Fluorescent

Mercury And You Part 2

by Steve Sheinkopf

Quick Question:

Which contains more mercury; this Yale associate or a compact fluorescent bulb?




Correct answer is the Yale associate. The Yale associate has fillings, which contain higher levels of mercury than this bulb. Mercury is a dangerous element and harmful but, the bulb has only trace levels of mercury. You still however, have to dispose of it properly.

The benefits in my opinion (Hello Benton Harbor) outweigh the risks. The fluorescent is 4 times more efficient, lasts 10 times longer and emits 1/3 the heat compared to a standard incandescent bulb. We actually converted most of the showroom to color rendering (similar color output as an incandescent) fluorescent.

Total savings first month $1500-2500. Staggering as it may seem, we were able to use 5 watt fluorescent instead of 25 watt incandescent, and we no longer have the heat issue in the store...which turns on the ac, etc. We also do not have to change bulbs constantly.

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Topics: Compact Fluorescent

Ban The Bulb

by Steve Sheinkopf

As of Monday August 30: 100 watt Incandescent bulbs will be banned in Europe. If this is the first time reading the blog, following are a few points about incandescent...

Invented in 1803

Mass manufactured in 1875 (give or take)

90% of the energy is heat, not light

Lasts about 7 months as opposed to 7 years for fluorescent and 20 years for LED


Banning this bulb will save a ton of energy, cut carbon emissions and waste disposal.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Compact Fluorescent

Products to Consider...Lighting

by Steve Sheinkopf

Yesterday was about mistakes...Today will be about considerations.

LED Recessed: 11 watts is equivalent to about 75 watts, with no heat output and a 20 year lamp-life.




Color rendering Fluorescents (in certain applications): Especially with white globes, these bulbs can actually accentuate fixtures. Second pic is 15 watt incandescent(yellow color) versus 5 watt fluorescent






Penadants: Guess what, if you have an informal kitchen/dining room, bar or other informal dining area, you will probably need a few.






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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting, Compact Fluorescent, Recessed Lighting

Changing of The Bulb

by Steve Sheinkopf

We changed 214 bulbs in our wall sconce room from 15 watt incandescent to 5 watt color rendering fluorescent.

Have a look...



In addition to the fluorescent actually being brighter, it also expels less heat and lasts 10 times longer, but look at the energy difference.

Fluorescent - 214 times 5 watts is 1070 total watts

Incandescent - 214 times 15 watts is 3210 watts

Small tip: If you want good quality, buy it with a Kelvin temperature of less than 3000 degrees, so it looks like incandescent.


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Topics: Compact Fluorescent

Retail Planning

by Steve Sheinkopf

Last year, I spent 118,000 planning a second store. It has not happened yet, functional word yet, but it is easy to understand how commercial lighting is adapted to residential.

Lamp choices will change in 10 years. In a new store, the most expensive part is the HVAC system, lets look at the impact of bulbs in adding added temperature (and more cost) into the room.

Incandescent - 300 degrees




Fluorescent - 100 degrees




LED - 0 added heat




Think of the savings over the lifetime...Roughly $1122 over 17 years per bulb PLUS the savings to to HVAC.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting, Compact Fluorescent

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