LED lighting / Guides

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
Lighting

All about LED bulbs - video

...LED bulbs and DIY lighting fixture installation tips. LED bulbs are here to stay, it's time to make the leap. The colours are warmer now, the bulbs are dimable and the price is coming down. Incandescent bulbs give off lots of unwanted heat, which in summer months makes your air conditioning system work harder. Compac...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

All about LED filament bulbs

...LEDs have significantly warmed in colour in the past few years, and now with the introduction of their answer to filament bulbs, LEDs can finally offer that old-time glow of antique chandelier lights. Are there filaments on an LED bulb? Sort of... it's just an illusion: LED filament bulbs contain a glass frame with...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun offer free heat, but free light as well. Natural and certain types of artificial lighting can reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Studies show that people who live...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...LED lighting to minimize electrical loads. The asymmetrical gabled roof also leverages coastal storms, collecting rainwater that is funneled into three 6,700 litre cisterns. The storage tanks are the sole source of water for the house. © Janet Kimber Lockeport Beach House © Jan...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...LED lighting (LED bulbs have an extremely long lifespan as well as being energy efficient) Triple pane fiberglass windows Stainless steel exterior door thresholds Asphalt waterproofing membrane under steel roof covering Foundation anchored in rock User friendly: Regardless of sustain...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...LED lamps . LED are more expensive, but the price is dropping quickly; they last forever and use a fraction of the energy. The quality of bulbs has also improved, see the new LED filament bulbs here . Cook fresh: do whatever you possibly can to avoid using your stove on the hot days. Preparing cold meals like salads,...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, large windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the patient experience, “say...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...lighting, as LED technologies have become cost-competitive with the compact fluorescents and incandescents that came before. While still somewhat more expensive than these other choices, LEDs last much longer (often estimated around 20 years), and consume only a fraction of the energy. We put in all LED lighting to min...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...lighting: Lighting during power outages: Flashlights and headlamps with charged batteries are always good to have; alternatively (or in addition), you can keep wind-up devices. There are head lamps and even LED lanterns that can operate for hours or more on a single wind, however, to ensure a strong battery, you shou...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...lighting, cooking and general home operation, the biggest risk to home comfort and security in a power outage is not being able to heat your home. Lighting with candles and eating a cold dinner is manageable, but not being able to keep your house warm in winter is another matter altogether. Obviously, if you heat ele...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. Also think to fix dripping faucets using our handy guide ! Off grid passive solar home side elevation © Craig Anderson Passive solar design interior for this off-grid home © Craig Anderso...