Reduce Your Homes Carbon Footprint?

 

With so much back and forth about what to do to go “green” one can get very confused on how to take that initial step to lowering their carbon footprint. The key is to start small with the little things around your home, no matter what it is you do, just do something! No matter how small it may seem.


#1: Change your bulbs: by trading your incandescent to bulbs for compact florescent (CFL) prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gasses a year! Unlike the older version of the CFL that may flicker and hum, the newest version of the CFLs do not flicker and the output has a much better color quality than those of old. If you’re stumped as to which bulb type choose, try going for those that are labeled “warm”, “soft white” or “residential color”.

#2: Go Outdoors: Make sure that your outdoor space lighting is energy efficient. When considering outdoor lighting you should choose options that require a CFLs or LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) that feature a photocell or what’s commonly referred to as "motion sensored". Click here to view our list of Outdoor Lighting options

#3: Install a water filter: It may be hard to do but ditching those beloved disposible water bottles for the BPA free reusable plastic bottles not only saves a lot of money, but our landfills will be less populated by the millions and millions of trashed recycled plastic water bottles

Fun Fact! Most reusable water bottles feature a filter so you can carry the bottle anywhere and not worry about unclean water

#4 Do not run your AC when no one is home: We know it my be rough for 10 minutes, but setting your AC on a timer so it doesn’t run when no one is at home is helps the enviroment and not to mention your pocket books

#5: Buy Energy Star rated bulbs and fixtures: This means that all the lighting will be certified by the U.S. Department of Energy as energy efficient. Most lighting companies will feature an “energy efficient” line of products. Click Here to view 1STOPLighting's collection of Energy star rated lighting!

We all can do our parts to ensure that we keep the place we call home clean for our grandchildren's children to come!

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LED Table Lamps | Imageo Collection by Philips Lighting

Imageo Table Lights by Philips

IMAGEO COLLECTION BY PHILIPS LIGHTING

Philips introduces the IMAGEO LED Table Lights collection. This new LED technology is a safe and easy way to create an ambiance of light for a lifetime. Investing in an IMAGEO LED table light is not only cost effective, but also has multi-functional uses. Need a quick way to introduce an ambient glow for an outdoor party, try an IMAGEO LED table light in color! Planning a romantic dinner with that special someone? Why not try an IMAGEO Aqua LED Light for a charming glow in your center piece on that special night. Is your little one afraid of the dark? Provide your loved ones with a glow of light that won’t require you to waste energy and is safe to the touch. Use a IMAGEO LED tea light. With the IMAGEO collection by Philips Lighting, choose from a variety of LED Table Lights that will fit your lifestyle.

TABLE LIGHTS

"Philips introduces an LED that creates a romantic soft glow in an elegant design. The IMAGEO Table Lights create atmospheric lighting effects with a romantic glow. They complement every décor – from classic to contemporary. This particular model offers a blue and green shade ambiance, each set contains two plastic lamps that are closed at the top to prevent dust entering, and are waterproof for use on the balcony or in the garden. LED Table Lights are easily charged with the wireless induction charger (supplied), and provide 6 hours of continuous mood lighting."

IMAGEO - Benefits

  • Safe Usage - LED Technology
  • Easy wireless induction charging
  • No hassle with wires
  • Tilt control to turn on and off
  • Led technology is cool to touch
  • No open electricity
  • Waterproof - for indoor and outdoor use

IMAGEO - Specifications

  • 2xLED at 8 watt
  • Height 5.4 inches
  • Length 8.3 inches

AQUA LIGHTS

"Bring intriguing spa effect to the home. The IMAGEO Aqua Lights is a set of three floating lights in a truly stunning white design. Ideal for water-filled decorative vases and for recreating a romantic health spa look in the bathroom, they feature an elegant translucent stalk that contains the LED lighting. It is a convenient and appealing way to add lighting effect to water features without the hassle and cost of built-in spots or the risk of a real flame. LED Aqua Lights are rechargeable using the wireless induction charger, and provide an amazing 20 hour of intriguing light gently floating over the water."

IMAGEO - Benefits

  • Safe Usage - LED Technology
  • Easy wireless induction charging
  • No hassle with wires
  • Tilt control to turn on and off
  • Led technology is cool to touch
  • No open electricity
  • Waterproof - for indoor and outdoor use
  • Safe in Water
  • 10 charging hours, 20 operating hours

IMAGEO - Specifications

  • 3xLED at .5 watt
  • Height 4.5 inches
  • Length 10.1 inches

TEA LIGHTS

"The Tea Lights by Philip’s Lighting is a safe way to instantly create atmospheric lighting. IMAGEO Tea Lights is a set of six LED Tea Lights with a delightful flickering effect that simulates the flame of a real tea candle. They are supplied in six stylish frosted glass cups that can be placed everywhere, but since they are the same size as wax tea lights, they fit into existing holders. They can be safely used anywhere in and around the house, and will provide an intimate glow for up to 14 hours. Recharging is wireless, just stand the LED Tea Lights in the wireless induction charger that is also a handy holder for storage. "

IMAGEO - Benefits

  • Safe Usage - LED Technology
  • Easy wireless induction charging
  • No hassle with wires
  • Led technology is cool to touch
  • No open electricity
  • Waterproof - for indoor and outdoor use
  • Fits in standard-size tea light holders
  • 10 charging hours, 14 operating hours

IMAGEO - Specifications

  • 6xLED at 8 watt
  • Height 2.4 inches
  • Length 6.9 inches

We hope this month’s lighting feature inspires you to create ambiance in your home or outdoors with Philip's IMAGEO table lights. If you have any further questions please visit us at www.1stoplighting.com or contact us at 1.800.203.5392.

Source: Philips Lighting

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Recycle CFL Bulbs- Helpful websites to guide you

Energy users forget where to dispose of compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) after they've reached their lifetime limits. Because they last so long, it's often easy to think you can just toss them in the trash bin. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury. Enough, when improperly disposed of, can leach into soil and water. Each of us has to find a proper recycling service within our own municipalities. Here are four websites that will help you navigate this issue:

 (1) Earth911: Helps you find recycling centers. Just input what type of materials you want to recycle and your location. Simple and to the point.

 (2) Sylvania: Provides affordable recycle kits for CFLs.

 (3) Lightbulbrecycling.com: You can order recycling kits for a bulk amount of bulbs. This service might not work for the average energy user.

 (4) EPA: For more information and links, go to the EPA site.

In addition to these websites, IKEA has a permanent in-store zone for CFL recycling and Walmart has implimented one of its own (depending on its success, it may become a permanent zone).

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