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deodorizing cfls

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while i was perusing treehugger this morning i came across an interesting post about a certain compact fluorescent light bulb.  fresh² cfls do normal cfls one better.  included in the bulb is titanium dioxide.  i’m no chemist, but from what i read between the treehugger post and the company’s website is that the bit of titanium dioxide actually acts as a deodorizer.  this explains the use of titanium dioxide better than i:

  • there is a “photocatalytic reaction when exposed to the fluorescent light. this reaction releases electrons, or negatively charged particles. at the same time, a positively charged hole is formed in its place. this combination of negative and positive creates a very strong oxidizer called the hydroxide radical. odors that come into contact with the positively charged holes are broken down by these oxidizers into odorless compounds.”

so there you have it, buying a light bulb can not only save the world and save you money, but it can freshen the air within your home.

7 March 2007 Posted by | green, products, society | Leave a comment

plumen project

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according to the plumen project’s website, “the plumen low energy light bulb prototype is a reaction to the lack of real diversity, imagination, and personality offered by the market today.” as a hugler spin-off the plumen design was inspired by contemporary “lightwriting.”

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using the tublar form of the bulb’s fluorescent cavity to their advantage, the designers spun up some surely fantastic forms.

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i find it fascinating to see the wide variety of forms the plumen folks came up with. after all, why does a light bulb have to be pure utility? can’t it too be activated by design? the folks working on the plumen project sure think so and i for one agree. these are fun (and at 2700 kelvin a nice warm cfl light), i certainly hope they find their way to the market.

21 November 2007 Posted by | green, materials, modern, products, society, technology | Leave a comment

australia bans incandescent lights

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over the next 5 years australia is phasing out the use of incandescent lights according to recently passed legislation according to usa today. by 2012 australia hopes to be incandescent free saving an estimated 4,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from being emitted annually. alternatives, such as compact fluorescent lights (cfl), use only about 20%-25% of the power required to generate the same amount of light. for example a 13 watt cfl can produce as much light as a 60 watt incandescent. the result is less pollution and cheaper energy bills. consumers can save upwards of 50%-80% on their electricity bills just by switching out their light bulbs. to put that in perspective, if every american household (110 million of them) changed only one light bulb to a cfl, the energy saved could power a city of 1.5 million people, or in other terms, it would be like removing 1.3 million cars from our roads.  jill over at inhabitat had a very thorough, very informative article on the subject of lighting as part of their green building 101 series (which by the way you should make a point of checking out).  nonetheless, bravo australia for taking the initiative. now go change your light bulbs; it’s by far, the easiest way to shrink your carbon footprint (and save you money too!).

21 February 2007 Posted by | green, products, society | 1 Comment