I haven’t been the biggest fan of Paperstone, the sustainable solid surface material made from recycled paper, because it shows water spots. However, I recently stumbled across these images of a kitchen and an island countertop made with various shades of the eco-friendly material.
Designer Alessio Bassan gets all the credit but I’d like to give a nod to the fabrication team for the Key Kitchen Project.
Harbor Breeze Bath Fans with Heater and Light sold at Lowe’s and manufactured by Chinese Manufacturer Delta Electronics (Dongguan) Co. Ltd announced a voluntary recall due to a fire hazard.
Numerous fans have been reported as overheating and smoking or having flames because the heater blades do not spin properly.
The fans are white and measure about 11 x 17 inches and were sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores and their website from September 2010 through March 2012 for about $90.
Model number 7109-01-L, Lowe’s item number 194492 and UPC code 820633985358 are printed on the fan’s packaging. A date code beginning with either 0, 11, 12 or 13 is printed on the fan’s housing, which indicates the fan was manufactured between August 2010 and March 2011.
If you own a recalled fan, stop using it and contact Delta Electronics Dongguan on their webpage or call toll-free at (855) 301-6578 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to schedule a free repair.
Do you remember the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007? Provisions began taking effect the first part of this year, with many popular incandescent reflector lamps being outlawed.
If you used to buy 100 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 1600 lumens
If you used to buy 75 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 1100 lumens
If you used to buy 60 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 800 lumens
If you used to buy 40 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 450 lumens
Watts are a better predictor of how hot a light bulb will be than how bright it is. Lumens tell you how much light a bulb will provide.
To make it easier to compare light bulbs, the Federal Trade Commission has designed a new label which you have probably already seen. It was required to be on all packages starting this year.
It important to look for the ENERGY STAR on light bulb packaging, which means that they meet strict criteria set by EPA for both energy efficiency and quality. Other bulbs may be cheaper, but the tests that ENERGY STAR requires are important, and necessary for consumers to get the performance they expect.
One ENERGY STAR LED Bulb worth mentioning is the Phillips EnduraLED 12.5W. This lamp was the first LED replacement for a 60W incandescent bulb. The lamp lasts 25 times longer and uses 80% less energy than the 60W incandescent it was designed to replace.
This lamp exceeds the ENERGY STAR minimum required light output of 800 lumen, a color temperature of 2700K, Color Rendering of 80, and a minimum 3 year warranty. (806 lumens, 2700K, a CRI of 80 and a 6 year warranty)
Using a dimmer switch (bonus) can further reduce energy usage.
The long life properties eliminates the hassle of repeat relamping in hard to reach areas. It’s initial cost may be a shock at first if you have not jumped on the LED bandwagon yet and still use incandescents or CFLs