Honest opinions about how to buy Appliances and Lighting.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Green Kitchen....Final

Lets return to this new Green Kitchen. First, there was an article in the Wall Street Journal about the construction lagging on for 484 days. Actually the duration for us was less than 6 weeks. For review this kitchen is totally sustainable from the bamboo floors and pendants to the marble.

Have a look(again)...This time look at the lighting in particular

New green kitchen

Now guess how many watts...I threw in my whole lighting presentation from Innovation 08 for no extra charge. The actual Green Part is only the first few slides

Total wattage is 240 watts....Incandescent equivalent is 1342.


Bulb replacement: Incandescent 7 months, fluorescent 7 years, LED 20 years.

Heat output: Incandescent 300 degrees, Fluorescent 100 degrees, LED zero heat.


  1. Really more question than comment -has anyone calculated costs of fluorescent lights taking into consideration their usable, rather than total, lifespan?

    I know fluorescent bulbs last a long time, but they start to grow dim and unpleasantly yellow after awhile.

    Also, how long do dimmable fluorescent bulbs last before they're too dim all the time? They cost significantly more than regular CF bulbs. Are they worth it?

  2. Its a good question...

    Fuoresecnt has improved greatly over the years. The newer ones do not burn out as the previous ones did

    We have not started selling the dimmables as of yet. The TCP bulbs are expensive becouse they have a dimmable ballast...Good for reading lamps and bedside tables

    They are also necessary for any lamp with a built in dimmer since the regular bulbs will flicker

  3. Anonymous4:51 PM

    I just attended a lighting seminar and walked away a little more confused than enlightened (excuse the pun). In a typical kitchen remodel, incandescent canlights are (were) the norm. Then came florescent cans with internal ballasts with warmer color -- I understand some are even dimmable now. Now there's buzz about LEDs in ceiling cans. I thought LEDs created "uneven" light in this application leaving hot spots and shadows. Thoughts?

  4. I have tons of thoughts

    A. Bulbs need to emulate the color rendering of incandescent. Buy bulbs at about 2800-3300 degrees Kelvin...and then stop worrying about light color

    B. LED is the future of lighting, but buying it is reminiscient of the Wild West...Everyone claims everything...LRF is only recessed LED can worth buying, bceause of your outlined concerns.

    This will change as the technology evolves and improves

    Good Question