First Japanese Solar Powered Condo

by Justin Thomas •

This condo complex, called the Grandia Solare, is said to be the first of its kind in Japan. Each apartment gets 1530 watts of solar power from the building’s roof. Apparently the solar cells are owned by a third-party, so the upfront cost of the panels was not passed on to the condo’s residents. The condo also has a number …


12V Compact Fluorescents (15 or 23 Watt)

by Justin Thomas •

This is a meta-efficient bulb because it is a 12V compact fluorescent. Available in 15-watts, equal to a 60-watt incandescent (880 lumens), or 23-watts, equal to a 100-watt incandescent (1350 lumens). These lights have a warm color (2700K), operate at 14° to 130°, and measure 5.2"L x 2.1" diameter.

Three-Way Compact Fluorescent 120V

by Justin Thomas •

Three-way compact fluorescents are now available. This bulb offers the warm glow of an incandescent in three different wattages: 11, 22 and 33 watts, comparable to 40, 75 and 115 watt of a standard bulb. Available from: Amazon ($11.90)