Survey: Most Americans unfamiliar with incandescent bulb ban
A survey recently conducted for Lutron Electronics found that very few Americans are aware of the 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulb ban that just went into effect, let alone their lighting options going into 2014.
According to the survey, which polled 1,000 U.S. adults in November, fewer than one in three are aware that manufacturers are no longer allowed to produce the bulbs.
Additionally, one in 10 adults is familiar with lighting alternatives such as LEDs and CFLs.
“Manufacturers, retailers and others in the lighting industry—including the trade and general press—have been working to get the word out for the past two years,” said Terry McGowan, director of engineering for the American Lighting Association. “But since the 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs represent more than 60% of all U.S. household bulbs sold annually, some people will definitely be in for a shock.”
Some survey information could be potentially valuable for manufacturers; three-quarters of respondants said that it’s important for the new energy-efficient bulbs to be dimmable.
The survey was conducted by The Futures Company, an independent research organization, in time for a panel gathering of experts in New York City that took place just before the law went into effect.
From Lumber Liquidators to Gracious Home
New York City-based home furnishings retailer Gracious Home named Rob Morrison to the post of chief operating officer.
The former Lumber Liquidators executive begins his new role on Jan. 6.
At Lumber Liquidators, Morrison was senior VP of stores and operations, a position he held since January 2006. He was also president of Artistic Tile from 2004 to 2005.
At Gracious Home, Morrison’s responsibilities will include developing a one-, three- and five-year strategic plan. The company said he will be influential in developing strategies and techniques for increasing market share and competitive advantage in the competitive New York and online marketplace.
Morrison left Lumber Liquidators in March 2012.
Lowe’s brings new Iris to International CES
Lowe’s will be unveiling the latest installments in its Iris Smart Home Solutions series at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, taking place Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.
New Iris products and services will include a water shut-off valve that cuts supply when a leak is detected, a voice control feature,smart sprinkler systems, smart meter add-ons, universal garage door openers, additional energy saving devices and more.
"Our goal when creating Iris was to make home automation systems simple, affordable and able to grow with customers’ evolving needs," said Kevin Meagher, Lowe’s VP and general manager, Smart Home. "Lowe’s relationship with our vendors allows us to develop and deliver the broadest range of connected home solutions to make homes safer, more efficient and easier to manage."
Lowe’s will be offering product demonstrations at its booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Meeting Room S115.
It will also host a panel on the future of smart home on Jan. 7, featuring Kevin Meagher and executives from LG, Samsung and Verizon. Bruce Upbin, managing editor of Forbes, will moderate the panel.