LED product finds way to shelves at Lowe’s
Nexxus Lighting’s Array brand of LED light bulbs will be offered on Lowes.com and in 1,100 Lowe’s stores across the United States beginning June 2011.
Lowe’s will offer 17 different Array products, including Par 38, R30, R16, GU10 and MR-16 bulbs that have qualified for the Energy Star rating.
"Lowe’s is proud to offer consumers a wide selection of energy-efficient options for their homes, and the Nexxus Array products provide our customers with many choices to help save energy and money over the lifetime of the bulbs," said Karena Bailey, Lowe’s merchandise VP lighting.
Lowe’s has been recognized every year since 2002 with an Energy Star award. In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Lowe’s a winner of the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in Retail for the second consecutive year.
British women say ‘no thanks’ to DIY husbands
A recent survey conducted among female U.K. homeowners found that 61% would rather hire a professional for a repair job than give it to their husband or significant other. The on-line survey was conducted by myhammer.com.uk.
At the top of the list of the jobs women felt their partners could not complete to a good standard were fitting [remodeling] a kitchen (57%); tiling a bathroom (47%); laying flooring (43%); and replacing an electrical socket (34%). Only 35% entrusted their partners with wallpapering.
The survey, which involved 2000 women, was undertaken by online research specialist OnePoll in March 2011.
MyHammer is an on-line listing of certified contractors that allows consumers to get quotes for jobs from builders, plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen and then submit reviews once the work is done.
Champion Window reveals ambitious expansion plans
Champion Windows, the Cincinnati-based maker of windows and patio rooms, has opened a new showroom in Fredericksburg, Va., its third new site so far in 2011, according to an article in the Cincinnati Business Courier.
The company now has 80 locations in more than 35 states and nine more in the pipeline; 15 more are planned for 2012. The company’s stated goal is to reach 60% of U.S. households over the next five years to take advantage of national advertising opportunities. Its current coverage is 30%, according to CEO Denny Manes.
Founded in 1953, the privately owned remodeling company installs most of its products and also has a brokerage division that helps customers arrange financing.
Cincinnati and Denver are among the company’s largest markets, according to the article. The company operates factories in Cincinnati, Ohio and Denver. It also sells and installs doors, siding and awnings.