GE High Efficiency Incandescent Lamp

incan.jpgEdisons invention may stay around a little longer now that GE has begun work on creating a high efficiency incandescent light bulb that will be as energy efficient as a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and deliver high-quality light output.

Over the last four years GE has invested over $200 million in the development of their high efficiency incandescent (HEI).  GE has set a target for these new lamps at initial production to be nearly twice as efficient as current incandescents and deliver 30 Lumens per watt.  Their later goal is for the HEI bulb to be four times as efficient and comparable to CFL bulbs.

In addition to desirable light quality, GE says the new HEI lamp will have instant-on convenience and be priced less than current CFLs.  Don’t worry about waiting for the CFLs you just bought to burn out; these new HEI lamps won’t be on the market until 2010.

Luxury Medicine Cabinets

For years we’ve all been told not to keep medicines in the bathroom because the heat and moisture may destroy them.  Now, homeowners have a way to break the old rules.

Biszet, a German manufacturer of quality medicine cabinets, worked with pharmacists and dermatologists to create a medicine cabinet with three temperature zones to provide correct storage for creams, lotions  and medicines.

biszet.jpgThe first zone is ideal for storing products that contain vitamins such as anti-aging creams. Kept at 5-8 °C (41-46 °F) creams are less likely to separate.  Chilled creams also feel pleasant and cause the skin to tighten and improves circulation.

The next zone is for luxury cosmetics that contain natural ingredients like avocado oil, papaya mouse or pure aloe vera which can quickly loose their effectiveness in warm moist environments where bacteria can breed. These products are best kept at 8-10 ° Celsius (46.4-50°F)

The third zone, 12° Celsius (53.6°F),  is for products with collagen  

Biszet cabinets are made of stainless steel and glazed glass and come with a lock to keep medications secure. A free-standing model is also available.

Another medicine cabinet with cold storage will be available soon from Robern.  It’s not surprising that this leader in bathroom storage solutions should add a refrigerated compartment to it’s already impressive line-up of features such as interior outlets, door defoggers and night lights.

Half of the 8-inch deep, 20-by-30-inch cabinet will be dedicated to cold storage at 42-50°F . Just like the Biszet cabinet, it will allow users to extend the life of high-end cosmetics, maintain the quality of health and wellness products or simply keep beverages chilled and handy. The other half is for toiletries that do not require refrigeration, like toothbrushes, soaps or towels.

The Robern cabinet can be installed semi-recessed or surface mounted. It has interior shelves to maximize storage and a handsome mirrored front door with a minimalist style that enables it to complement the other design elements of the vanity or room.

Get a sneak peak of the Robern here.

Blacklight CFL for Halloween

blb.gifSet a festive mood and light up your home with compact flourescent party bulbs while saving in energy costs.

This new breed of effect lighting is now available as twist bulbs, floods and mini tubes

In addition to blacklights, colored CFLs are also available if you prefer orange or red and green for the upcoming holiday season.

These can easily be found on sites like Amazon if you can not find them in a store near you.

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Updated Ways to Use Glass Cabinetry in Kitchens

barrique.jpgI absolutely love these glass door cabinets by Ernestomeda, an Italian manufacturer of high-end cabinetry.  The Barrique Collection is one of their newest offerings showcasing lacquered and glass cabinetry. 

This first picture shows a small aluminum fame door with Merlot glass – a huge departure from the typical frosted glass shown by most contemporary cabinet lines.

Any glass or acrylic panels can be used in these doors so the design possibilities are endless.

These cabinets can be lit to showcase items inside or left unlit, as shown here, to give a hint of what is inside.  I prefer them unlit because it gives greater flexibility for the types of items stored inside. 

ernes2.jpgThis next picture shows a dimensional door with pantry type shelves to showcase glass ware.

This is a unique way to showcase items and have functional storage at the same time.

It is hard to tell by the picture but it seems the lights shine towards the front so the items stored in the rear are not apparent.

If you try to duplicate this look  be careful to calculate the weight of the door.  The hinges could very easily fail and cause the door to sag.