Philips unveils EnduraLED A21 17-watt bulb
Philips Electronics will unveil the Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt light bulb today at the Lightfair International trade show.
Designed to replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb, while reducing energy consumption by 80% and lasting 25 times longer, the Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt marks another important milestone in LED lighting technology for everyday use, the company said.
"Once again we have demonstrated that consumers do not have to wait for quality alternatives to the incandescent or to sacrifice the soft white light they have become accustomed to, because LED can deliver all the benefits without compromising quality," said Ed Crawford, general manager of lamps for Philips Lighting North America.
The EnduraLED A21 17-watt is the latest addition in Philips’ portfolio of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs that can efficiently replace traditional incandescents. These include 25W and 40W equivalents, as well as the Energy Star-qualified Philips EnduraLED 12.5-watt bulb, the world’s first commercially available 60-watt replacement.
Philips estimates that about 90 million 75-watt incandescent light bulbs are sold annually in the United States. Switching to this LED replacement has the potential to reduce energy use by 5,220 megawatts of electricity, a cost savings of approximately $630 million annually. According to Philips estimates, switching to the EnduraLED 21 17-watt could also eliminate 3,255,205 metric tons of carbon emissions annually, or the equivalent of removing nearly 1 million cars from the road.
Available during the fourth quarter of 2011 in the United States, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for consumers has not yet been finalized but is expected to be in the range of $40 to $45.
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Temple-Inland unveils GreenGlass Tile Backer
Diboll, Texas-based Temple-Inland expanded its GreenGlass family of products to include a tile backer.
GreenGlass features a built-in, moisture-blocking acrylic coating that resists water penetration through its surface, plus a water-resistant gypsum core formulated to include the TemShield Mold Protection System. Faced on both sides with naturally mold- and moisture-resistant fiberglass mats, this combination has been shown to be highly mold-resistant in tests.
“GreenGlass is a premium fiberglass-faced product that delivers the strong, stable and durable substrate you expect from a glass-mat tile backer. It is SCS-certified to include at least 90% recycled content,” said Stephen Raley, VP Gypsum Products. “That level, we’re proud to say, sets a new industry standard and can make a significant contribution toward environmental certification.”
Available in 1/4-in., 1/2-in. and 5/8-in. thicknesses, a 48-in. width and both 8-ft. and 10-ft. lengths, GreenGlass scores and snaps like traditional gypsum board and offers improved fiberglass encapsulation for easier handling over other glass mat products. It produces less dust when cut than typical cement and fiber-cement backer boards, is lighter weight, enables cleaner cuts and eliminates the need for installing a separate water-proof membrane that is often required with cement-based products.
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RainPerfect provides eco-friendly pump for barrels
Gloucester, Mass.-based Rule is promoting greener gardens through a new solar-powered RainPerfect pump system designed for use with rain barrels.
The product made its debut in January, and is now working its way to consumers nationwide, according to the company. It was developed and produced by ITT Corp.’s Flow Control division.
"This year, we’re encouraging people to try one new ‘green’ initiative for their garden by focusing on water conservation," said Gina Arnone, marketing manager, Innovation Lab, at ITT Flow Control. "One of the best alternatives to traditional watering is recycling rain, and the RainPerfect pump system makes this goal easy and affordable.”
RainPerfect’s features include a rechargeable NiMH battery, powered by the included solar panel. It offers easy and quick top-mount installation, adaptable to most rain barrel styles. And it pumps up to 100 gallons on a single charge, emptying most standard barrels
A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need to water plants or wash a car. Rain barrels provide an ample supply of free "soft water" containing no chlorine, lime or calcium, making them ideal for gardens, flowers or potted plants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a rain barrel can potentially save homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.
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