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Luci Solar Lights | The Portable Solar Lamps by MPOWERD

Luci Solar Lights | The Portable Solar Lamps by MPOWERD | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Luci weighs only 4 ounces and collapses to one inch thin. Add a solar charged lithium ion battery and a 65 lumen light to the mix and you’ve got one impressive lady. Whether it’s for travel, disaster relief or anything in between, Luci always shines bright.

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My mom recently gave me one of these guys.  It seems pretty bright and the collapsable and waterproof nature makes it a natural fit for limited space (e.g. backpacking packs) or off-grid needs (e.g. first aid kits).

 

Nothing particularly revolutionary here, other than the fact this is a business trying to support the triple bottom line.

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How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema (And Make Cities Look Awesome)

How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema (And Make Cities Look Awesome) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The decision by the city of Los Angeles last year to replace its high-pressure sodium streetlights—known for their distinctive yellow hue—with new, blue-tinted LEDs might have a profound effect on at least one local industry. All of those LEDs, with their new urban color scheme, will dramatically change how the city appears on camera, thus giving Los Angeles a brand new look in the age of digital filmmaking. As Dave Kendricken writes for No Film School, "Hollywood will never look the same."
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An added benefit of the switch to lower energy lighting is the improved color spectrum for our built environment.

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This map shows the top 50 markets for energy-efficient lightbulb sales around the U.S.

This map shows the top 50 markets for energy-efficient lightbulb sales around the U.S. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Since January 1st, 2014, there's been a renewed interest in energy-efficient lighting thanks to a law that requires a minimum level of efficiency from lightbulbs, making the century-old incandescents a thing of the past.
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An interesting map with a nice visual aesthetic.  But there seems to be something a bit at issue.  The top 10 areas (in orange) are not necessarily the top 5 areas (the stars).  There seems to be something about sliceing the data in different ways.  In any event, you can see where Home Depot is selling the most non-incandescent bulbs.

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Week in Green: eco-friendly Christmas trees

Week in Green: eco-friendly Christmas trees | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

At this time of year, you tend to see lots of cars with Christmas trees strapped to their roofs. But that could become a less common sight due to climate change -- extreme weather events are making life harder for tree farmers, causing tree shortages in the northeastern US. As an alternative, Inhabitat rounded up a list of this year's top eco-friendly faux Christmas trees. In New York, this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit up with 45,000 solar-powered LED lights. In the spirit of the season, Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov took some stunning macro photos of snowflakes by hacking a cheap Canon PowerShot. Inhabitat also unveiled its annual green gadget gift guide, and we shared the real story behind the "design" of Christmas (hint: It involves Santa and 'shrooms).

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Lighted LED Carpet May Light the Way to the Future - Or the Bathroom

Lighted LED Carpet May Light the Way to the Future - Or the Bathroom | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Can't find your way to the bathroom in your new office complex? No worries. Lighted LED carpet will do it for you -- light emitting carpet; yes, it's true.

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LED Christmas Lights: Merry, Bright, and 17X Cheaper to Power

LED Christmas Lights: Merry, Bright, and 17X Cheaper to Power | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

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LEDs are a much improved option over the traditional indandescents. While we should also be striving to use fewer lights in the first place (i.e. sunlight is better than LED light), this is one area where I am happy to have the technilogy of diodes illuminating these cold wintre nights!

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Canyon Lights: Christmas Lighting in a Rainforest | Philips Lighting

Canyon Lights: Christmas Lighting in a Rainforest | Philips Lighting | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Continuing my quest to show you some of the most magnificent, unusual and fun Christmas lighting in the world, today I am taking you off the beaten path into the Rainforest of Canada’s Pacific coast. If you enjoy reveling in nature, exploring the illuminated beauty of Capilano Suspended Bridge Park, one of BRITISH COLUMBIA’s unconventional gems during the holiday season will definitely appeal to you.


Via Dean Ernst
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Awesome LED Xmas light!

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Infographic: What is Light Pollution?

Infographic: What is Light Pollution? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Light pollution refers to the various ways in which artificial light can negatively impact our natural environment. The four most common categories of light pollution are urban glow, glare, light clutter, and light trespass.


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Syracuse lighting company Ephesus ready to tackle NFL business

Syracuse lighting company Ephesus ready to tackle NFL business | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The local LED lighting company takes out an ad in upcoming SportsBusiness Journal reminding NFL owners that last year's Super Bowl blackout could have been averted.

Via Dean Ernst
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The NFL should go LED-esque.

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Last of incandescent light bulbs are banned

Last of incandescent light bulbs are banned | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The final phase of a ban on incandescent light bulbs goes into effect Wednesday, leaving consumers with pricier energy-efficient options that are expected to save people money over time.
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Skip the fluorescents...go LED!  Or better yet, design your space to not need artificial light (at least for the daytime hours).

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Innovative Philips SlimStyle LED bulb loses heatsink, gains unique flat style

Innovative Philips SlimStyle LED bulb loses heatsink, gains unique flat style | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 effectively bans the antiquated incandescent bulb starting Jan 1, 2014. Here's the new generation of LED!
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Neat new architecture of LED bulbs.

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In-depth LED bulb reviews and teardowns: More than you ever wanted to know about LEDs... (videos)

In-depth LED bulb reviews and teardowns: More than you ever wanted to know about LEDs... (videos) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It's not for everybody, but if you are the target audience, you've probably already stopped reading this and have clicked to find the reviews.
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Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The Philips Hue + Ambilight is our Home Gadget of the Year | Stuff

Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The Philips Hue + Ambilight is our Home Gadget of the Year | Stuff | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Philips' Wi-Fi enabled Hue lightbulbs have been casting coloured mood lighting around our houses since their launch – and it didn't take long for some bright spark to think, "What if we paired up the Hue lights with our Ambilight TV?" Now you can extend the soothing glow of your Ambilight tellybox out across an entire room, with your Hue lights picking up on the ambient colours shown on the screen. A real lightbulb moment.


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