More consumers are now purchasing CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) light bulbs at stores in hopes of reducing energy costs at home. Reduced energy costs also mean saving money on utility bills. According to the Energy Star website, CLF light bulbs produce 75% less heat and last six times longer on average than traditional incandescent bulbs. Additionally, CFL bulbs produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other lighting alternatives.
What they don’t mention is that CFL light bulbs can be dangerous if broken. CFL’s contain the periodic element Mercury, which is harmful to the environment in high doses. Therefore, when dealing with a broken CFL bulb, be careful not to inhale the vapors. Clean up the glass with a wet rag or towel, and dispose of any remnants in a sealed plastic bag. Please refer to the list below for suitable places to discard used CFL bulbs.
CFL bulbs are long-lasting and efficient while in use, but also potentially harmful after its lifespan. Do your part and stay informed of both the advantages and disadvantages of CFL lights when making lighting decisions for your home.
Places to check for proper disposal
• Your local household hazardous waste collection site
• Local authorities
• Your local hardware store
- • Online help - Earth911
Add a splash of color to your living spaces with these bold and vibrant decorative pieces by Seasonal Living. Another of Ginger’s favorites from the HD Expo, Seasonal Living featured vivid ceramic vases that are sure to liven up even the drabbest of spaces. These beautiful accessories are high quality, yet affordably priced. Made from environmentally friendly dyes and materials, these accessories are a perfect addition to any home.
Also featured by Seasonal Living, this Nest Day Bed has been hand-woven with polypropylene fabrics, coated with polyurethane at the base of the outer shell, and filled with polystyrene beads… that’s a lot of poly! Modeled by Philpotts Senior Designer Holly Boling-Ruiz, this day bed offers a graphic and modern edginess that remains compact, yet comfortable.
The annual Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas is one of the leading exhibitions of Interior Design vendors and products in the nation. Designer/Project Manager Ginger Lunt took note of some of her favorite vendors and products and shared them with the rest of the Philpotts Design Team at a recent “Pau Hana” sit-down this past May.
Ginger shared her thoughts and findings on a company called Innovations in Wallcoverings Inc. Since their induction in 1975, the company’s primary goal has been to create and provide innovative and original wallcoverings and textiles. They continue to inspire the Interior Design community with new, fresh and exciting products.
Innovations in Wallcoverings Inc. offers a variety of natural and metallic textiles perfect for residential dwellings. They also provide sturdy, durable wallcoverings for heavy traffic offices and areas exposed to the natural elements.
Here are some of Ginger’s other favorite findings from the HD Show:
• Yesterday’s News
• Woof Leaf
The Design Collective from Tai Ping “Lost by Anonymous” carpet line crated by an Australian artist who wishes to remain anonymous. The artist first assembled a group of drawings and paintings that examined the similarities and dissonance between lineal patterns, referencing cartography, historical textiles, and cultural examples. This body of work includes 20 designs. All designs can be color customized and the design can be adapted to fit any hospitality interior.
1956 by Tai Ping launched in Hong Kong in 1956 as a philanthropic endeavor to help preserve China’s tradition of artisan yarn spinning and rug making. It is now a global leader with manufacturing facilities in China and Thailand using the finest materials. Their premium hospitality brand serves many commercial needs and draws from a library of over 10,000 proprietary patterns and yarn colors to create woven Axminster, hand–tufted, machine–tufted, and Axminster carpet tile designs that surpass the industry standard.
Tai Ping’s “Design Collective” is a creative compilation of fresh and original designs that is sure to inspire and influence ones design direction.
Last year Thermador unveiled their Freedom Induction Cook Top offering instantaneous temperature control, making it as responsive as gas cooking. Its surface is made of transparent ceramic glass allowing integration of the color touch screen display that recognizes pot shape, size, and controls power setting and cooking time on the surface, while remaining cool to the touch. Additional benefits include:
• The freedom to place cookware anywhere on its surface, with 48 individual 3-inch induction heating elements, instead of the typical five predefined areas.
• It senses when a pot has moved to another location on the surface and continues cooking at the same temperature.
• Accommodates a 21” x 13” pan.
• The touch screen display uses technology similar to the iPad.
• Other induction cook tops uses 50 amps while Thermador’s only uses 40 amps. What will they come up with next?