March 8, 2011 / 6:12 PM / 8 years ago

Lowe's Debuts Low Energy Home Lighting

Osram Sylvania has partnered with Lowe’s Home Improvement hardware stores to sell a new home LED lighting system. The Sylvania LED Recessed Downlight Kit is expected to be available in Lowe’s stores sometime in March. The six-inch recessed lights expand the consumer options for energy efficient lighting outside of compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

The lights will come with a Lighting Facts Label from the U.S. Department of Energy that note watts used, light out put, and efficiency, among other things. As well, the lights have passed safety standards by ETL and energy efficiency requirements under California’s Title 24.

Each light uses 11 watts of power that the company says equals the light output of a 65 watt incandescent bulb. Based on the video, the lights look relativity easy to installed, especially for any D.I.Y. enthusiasts. A socket adapter allows the users to connect the unit as if screwing-in a lightbulb, and the spring-like mounts do not require and screws or bracketing to stay in place.

Rather plain in its design, the LED lighting units are meant to blend-in to the typical white ceilings found in most American homes. But the standard white lights are an improvement on previous models which some consumers might find to stand out compared to older lights. Price was not listed in the release, but simple, all-metal products similar in design range from $7 to $25.

Reprinted with permission from EarthTechling

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