Building Technology Update for 9/13/2009

September 13, 2009 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

We have kind of a wide ranging selection tonight for your surfing pleasure, from light bulbs to fancy full sinks.

The first item tries to solve a problem I myself have noticed, that of LED bulbs cooking themselves and have a very shortened lifespan. The article on Metefficient (http://www.metaefficient.com/leds/liquidfilled-led-light-bulbs-360-degrees-light.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=liquidfilled-led-light-bulbs-360-degrees-light) gives us a liquid filled bulb that should operate cooler and as a side benefit sheds light in a full 360 degree pattern.

Excerpt: “I’ve been testing a new LED bulb called the HydraLux. These unique bulbs are filled with a clear liquid coolant (a non-toxic paraffin oil). Other LED bulbs use large metal fins or fans for cooling purposes. The advantage of using a liquid coolant is that the LED bulb can produce 360° light like a regular incandescent bulb.The HydraLux also has a slim line, so it can fit in desk lamps and other light sockets with limited space. It uses only one 4W Cree LED to produce the equivalent of a 25 Watt incandescent bulb. In my bedside lamp, this bulb produced a pleasing warm light, similar to a 25 Watt bulb, as the manufacturer claims.

Next we have a disturbing announcement about that old staple, Astroturf.  It seems that the manufacturer uses lead to help with color longevity.  I have seen this product used in many places where lead contamination would be a serious problem, like preschools and day care centers.  The article on Building Green (http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/9/1/AstroTurf-Ordered-to-Curtail-Lead-Use/) gives the details, but I find this a deplorable example of corporate greed at the expense of safety.

A company, Aqua One Technologies has come up with an overkill level solution for a running or overflowing toilet. The device interrupts the flow of water tot the toilet if it senses that the water is still running or if it is close to overflowing. I agree with the folks at Cleantechnica (http://cleantechnica.com/2009/08/17/extreme-toilet-tech-can-flush-away-water-worries/) that this may be only applicable for certain situations, but it si still pretty neat anyway!

Lastly we have a little architectural eye candy from Web Urbanist (http://weburbanist.com/2009/09/13/15-more-spectacular-sinks-strange-wash-basin-designs/) with a collection of very interesting sinks.

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As always I thank you for your time and interest. Please take the time to Digg, Stumble Upon or add to the other social network of your choice to help me spread the word about these issues. Please forward any questions or suggestions to: askthefm@gmail.com

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