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Amid confusion, decorators fear a phaseout

BY HBSDEALER Staff

An article in the New York Times sheds light on how some high-end designers view energy rules governing the use of incandescent light bulbs.

The article states that anxiety and stockpiling are some of the results of legislation designed to save energy by phasing out certain incandescent light bulbs, and phasing in compact fluorescent light bulbs.

However, many are confused by the rules of The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which calls for a series of rolling deadlines between 2012 and 2014 to make bulbs more efficient. It does not ban the use or manufacture of all incandescent bulbs.

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DeWalt launches boxing promotion

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Power tool manufacturer DeWalt has announced the launch of its 2011 “Knockout Challenge,” a series of competitions that will take place at selected Home Depot stores nationwide from May 5 to June 17. The contests — where participants will compete in driving screws into a challenging surface — will help promote the WBC Light Middleweight Championship fight between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Ryan Rhodes on June 18 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Winners of the contests will receive a "Fight Prize Package," which includes a pair of DwWalt boxing gloves signed by legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya, a DeWalt 12-Volt MAX 1-1/4" Impact Driver Kit, and a DeWalt /Golden Boy T-shirt.

The Knockout Challenge, part of a partnership with Golden Boy Promotions, will run up until the fight and is open to legal U.S. residents over the age of 18.

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Research points to opportunities in outdoor entertaining

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More than 75% of home entertainers prefer the more laidback approach and spacious feeling they get from entertaining in the great outdoors, according to Outdoor Entertaining Trends 2010: Consumers Bring the Indoors Out, a report from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group.

The top outdoor entertainment items currently owned by consumers cross a variety of industries. Outdoor furniture, gas barbecue grills and plastic (non-disposable) tableware are items, in addition to outdoor lighting, that continue to thrive as staple purchases for outdoor entertaining.

According to NPD’s Consumer Tracking Service, in the 12 months ending April 2011, dollar sales of acrylic/plastic beverageware grew by 3%, with the largest growth coming from sets of glasses/stemware/tumblers and drinking glasses/tumblers. Another positive sign for the industry is that more acrylic/plastic beverageware purchases are being made by consumers for their own use, rather than as a gift.

About a quarter of home entertainers told NPD they power wash outdoor spaces in preparation for their outdoor events, as well as purchase themed or decorative items.

“Consumers emphasize product availability and selection as the key shopping considerations when selecting a retailer for their outdoor entertaining purchases," said Peter Goldman, president of NPD’s home division. "Despite a challenging economy, consumers are on the lookout for that new item that will spruce up their outdoor living space each year. It’s just a matter of where they can find it."

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