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Verilux enters LED bulb market

BY Brae Canlen

Verilux has introduced a new collection of LED bulbs designed to look like the “traditional Edison bulb.” The line of 26 bulbs is designed without the large heat sink found on most other LED bulbs on the market today, according to the Waitsfield, Vt., manufacturer.

“Verilux engineers have been working with LED technology for several years to design an affordable, long-lasting LED bulb that looks like a traditional Edison bulb,” said Verilux CEO Ryan Douglas. “Our Classic LED bulbs are an energy-efficient solution, perfect for use in candelabras, chandeliers, sconces and desk and floor lamps because they do not compromise the appearance of the fixture.” 

The Verilux’s Classic LED bulbs feature an all-glass design that provides 360-degree illumination, just like a traditional incandescent bulb. They do not have a plastic casing on the lower third of the bulb that compromises the traditional look and blocks downward light. 

The new bulbs carry an estimated 13-year lifespan. Verilux’s Classic LED bulbs provide full, instant-on illumination and work with most common dimmers. Prices range from $14.95 to $29.95.

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Retail sales rise in December

BY Ken Clark

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for December, were $415.7 billion, an increase of 0.5% from the previous month and up 4.7 percent compared with December 2011. 

In the data released Tuesday morning, total sales for the 12 months of 2012 were up 5.2% from 2011.

Retail trade sales were up 0.4% from November 2012 and 4.4% above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 12.6% from December 2011. 

The figures are adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes. 

For building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, a category that includes home centers and hardware stores, December sales were estimated at $24.804 billion, essentially flat from November, but up 2.0% from the year ago month.

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CertainTeed boosts sustainability of ceilings

BY Ken Clark

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Ceilings is boosting the sustainability of its Ecophon acoustical fiberglass ceiling panels with the addition a fiberglass manufacturing method that combines a high-recycled content with a renewable plant-based binding agent. 

Called 3RD technology, the new binder reduces the environmental impact of the Ecophon product line, according to the company. With a formulation that includes 70% post-consumer recycled content, the panels are manufactured in facilities that derive a large percentage of their electricity from alternative energy sources and strive to reduce waste in packaging and transport. 

“The introduction of 3RD Technology marks a major milestone in our efforts to bring truly innovative acoustical solutions to the marketplace,” said Dawn Chittick, director of marketing for CertainTeed Ceilings. “The sustainability and indoor air quality benefits of 3RD Technology make Ecophon a natural solution for NICUs, patient rooms, schools or anywhere where high sound absorption and low-VOC emissions are of key importance.” 

Ecophon panels with 3RD Technology have been tested for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and found compliant to the current California Department of Public Health Standard Method Version 1.1, 2010 enabling these products to contribute to a healthier indoor environment, the company said.

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