2012 in Review

Not bad for 2012!  Thanks for reading and commenting everyone!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Some of My Favorite Posts:

Forget Climate, are We Prepared for the Weather?    You can debate climate change as much as you’d like; harsh weather still occurs and we aren’t ready for it.  There is Sustainability in Preparation.

Saving Rain for a Dry Day.    There are several ways to capture and use water effectively, efficiently, and aesthetically.

Getting ‘Sustainably’ Involved in St. Louis.  Sometimes it’s tough being green.  Here is a list of organizations and events that sustainability advocates might consider in the St. Louis area.

The Yard: Golf Course or Natural Resource?    A backyard doesn’t have to be a pesticide-ridden green floor.  A front yard doesn’t have to be a front yard!  Native landscaping, urban farming, xeriscaping…lots of options.

Boschert Greenway Living Wall.  Why would you retain a slope in a city and add even more hardscape?  This is a living retaining wall system that incorporates plants to help reduce stormwater runoff, combat the heat island effect, and improve aesthetics.

Voyage to an Earthship and Enjoyable Earthship.  Both of these posts focus on my visit to some incredible ‘biotecture’ near Taos, New Mexico.

Threshold of Consequence.    Surely we don’t have a significant impact on the environment and the climate.  But we still do things.  How far do the consequences of our impacts extend?

Lost in Transmission: Energy.  Powerlines and pipelines dance across the landscape almost everywhere.  But what are the consequences of transporting our precious energy from far-away sources??

Stewards of Earth.  The Purpose of my Blog.  “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”  ~John Muir

I also have several photo entries throughout the blog.  Feel free to peruse that category available through the menu to the right.


A Call for Candelabra LED Lighting

I’ve recently moved into a place with several ceiling fans.  I think ceiling fans are fantastic for air circulation and important for reducing the need for constant air conditioning.

But now I have a problem with the lighting situation.  In many rooms, these fans also serve as the primary light source.  Unfortunately, all of my fixtures can only use candelabra style bulbs.  What about my cool LEDs?

WHY?  Why can’t I put in my medium-base LED lights into these fixtures in the name of energy conservation?  It turns out Uncle Sam has changed lighting regulations for ceiling fans in an effort to conserve energy (See the Reg Info).  Not all medium-base fixtures are technically banned, but manufacturers are exploiting a loophole by switching to an almost completely candelabra-based ceiling fan market  (See the point of contention).

Short-Lived Compact Fluorescent Candelabra

I understand these regulations were changed for the greater good, but what good are they if they stifle innovation in energy efficient lighting  (i.e., LED technology)?  I’ve posted about LED lighting before (Bright Future in LED Lighting), and the technology is here and improving dramatically.  There are several options out there for several fixtures, including candelabras.  However, most R&D has been devoted to medium-based bulbs (Edison Bulbs, E26 / E27).  These efficient bulbs could easily work with the Wattage restrictions if the medium-base fixtures were reintroduced  en masse.

Please let me know if you’ve found a candelabra that puts out adequate light (at least ‘equivalent’ to a 45 W incandescent).  I have yet to find suitable LEDs or even CFL candelabras that work.  And the few CFL candelabras bright enough for my applications generally have much shorter life spans than would be expected.

Anyway, enough of the fist shakery.  I simply want to enlighten anyone in the LED lighting industry that there is a niche that desperately needs to be filled!