Philips' Prototype LED Could Replace Fluorescents and Save the US…

Office parks and convenience stores across the country rely on fluorescent lights. These flickering gas-filled tubes suck down far less energy than the incandescent bulbs they replaced but still consume some 200 TWh of electricity every year. This new super-efficient LED prototype from Philips, however, puts… » 4/11/13 1:20pm 4/11/13 1:20pm

Going Inside the DayGlo Factory Is a Mind Bending Colorful Trip

Byte Size Science took a tour inside the DayGlo Pigment Plant to show how DayGlo makes all of its fluorescent colors. It's pretty fascinating—the color becomes taffy textured and then solidified by cooling and then ground up to be like sand and then ground up again to be between 3-5 microns in diamater. And it's so… » 1/09/13 9:00pm 1/09/13 9:00pm

Bulb 2.0: Homage to a (Once) Timeless Design

Not that there's anything particularly wrong with the soft serve style of traditional CFLs, but we sort of love the overly cutesy nature of the Bulb 2.0, a compact fluorescent shaped lamp with the faux filament of a traditional incandescent lightbulb. It's both a nod to Edison in an era when his most famous invention… » 8/13/08 1:16pm 8/13/08 1:16pm

Panasonic's Pa-Look Fluorescent Bulbs Get Lit Fast

Not since Adam Frucci's last house party have we seen anything get lit as fast as Panasonic's Pa-Look fluorescent bulbs. These use a hybrid lighting method that makes for "instant bulb brightness," which is more convenient for bathrooms where you want to get light right away and not accidentally step on errant urine.… » 6/11/08 8:20pm 6/11/08 8:20pm

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Are The New Hotel Robe

While hotels are used to catering to the shady sides of society—there's good reason that rooms are void of blacklight fixtures and stocked to the gills with plenty of cheap towels—they are not used to appeasing eco-conscious thieves. According to Montana's page on energy efficient CFLs, "building owners, hotel… » 3/02/08 10:29am 3/02/08 10:29am

IKEA Recycles Old CFL Bulbs for Free

If you've made the switch from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs in order to be more energy/money efficient, one issue possibly plaguing your otherwise greener conscience is where to recycle it after it goes cold in about seven years, since it can't be recycled with glass bottles, thanks to its mercury content. IKEA to… » 11/01/07 1:00am 11/01/07 1:00am

Halloween CFLs Keep You Spooky AND Eco-Friendly

When decorating this Halloween, there's no reason to throw out your Gizmodo-sharpened electronics mind. On the contrary, Halloween is your time to shine. Literally. Just check out these Halloween-themed compact fluorescents. The 13W bulbs run 2 for $9 (one black, one orange), and will last you every Halloween for the… » 10/12/07 11:03am 10/12/07 11:03am