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LIFX is a WiFi-Enabled Smart LED Bulb

I’ve seen innovation in the smart LED space from the likes of Google and Insteon, but San Francisco-based LIFX Labs aims to reinvent the light bulb with a new, successfully-funded Kickstarter project called LIFX. The LED bulb is WiFi-enabled, energy-efficient, multi-colored, and controllable from an iPhone or Android. It will be available as Edison-type, bayonet cap, or downlight with everything necessary to work at home or in a business with a pledge from $69 on Kickstarter.

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Philips L Prize LED Now Selling for $40

I was walking the aisles of Home Depot when I happened upon a screaming deal for the L Prize winning LED light bulb by Philips. This is the bulb, you may recall, that caused a national fuss over the reported price tag of $60. Turns out you can get the same bulb just five months later for the more reasonable price tag of $40 at Home Depot right now.

So I picked one up, and I’ll say this is one impressive bulb. The L Prize light bulb is brighter than the 12.5-watt AmbientLED with a similar yellow exterior.  I have several of these, and they’re excellent but not as powerful as the L Prize bulb.

The L Prize LED bulb uses only 10 watts of energy and delivers 940 lumens, 92 CRI, 2700 Kelvin, and 30,000 hours. In addition, the light bulb is dimmable and installs in a cinch with the Edison-type base. The one thing you may not like is the sealed plastic packaging it comes in. After you hatchet through that and recycle the remains, you’ll be well on your way to conserving energy with a nice dose of soft and warm light.

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The Light Bulb as a Home Appliance

I’m sure by now you’ve read some of the political talk circulating the web as a result of a recent article by The Washington Post about the Philips LED bulb that won the L Prize and $10 million.  The contest was meant to spur lighting innovation and make LEDs more affordable, but readers noted the bulb’s unrebated MSRP of $50 and basically flipped out.

Even Energy Secretary Chu commented on the price: “Nobody expects to pay $50 for a light bulb and quite candidly, if you’re filling your house with light bulbs like that, they should be part of your will,” according to Andrew Restuccia of The Hill.

With the media this LED bulb has generated — especially considering the fact that Philips won the contest in August 2011 — I can’t figure out why there’s not been a more grounded approach to the discussion in the last week or so.  So let’s just cut through the clutter and address some of the main talking points.

What are the specs for the L Prize bulb? 

It’s a screw-type replacement for the 60-watt incandescent and uses 10 watts of energy.  The omnidirectional bulb outputs 900 lumens, has a life of 30,000 hours, has a color of 2700 K (similar to an incandescent), and a CRI of 92.  It’s dimmable, contains no mercury, and turns on instantly.

What is the price of the L Prize bulb? 

It’s reportedly going to sell for the MSRP of $50, not counting rebates, if available.  As of August 2011, 31 utility providers and energy efficiency program partners had signed up to promote and develop markets for the new L Prize bulb.  Philips expects to achieve the $22 target L Prize price through utility partner rebates of up to $30 off in-store purchases.

Doesn’t Philips already have a bulb like this on the market?

You can buy a different Philips 60-watt replacement at places like Home Depot.  I purchased four AmbientLED bulbs less than a year ago for $40 per bulb and they’re awesome.  This same bulb is selling retail for about $25, or $20 right now on Amazon (Wow! You mean it dropped 20 in price in about a year?  Yes.)  It uses 12.5 watts, outputs 800 lumens, has a life of 25,000 hours, has a color of 2700, and has a CRI of 80.  So it’s close in performance to the L Prize bulb but not has high performing in key areas.

What’s the cost of purchasing and using the L Prize bulb?

Based on the cost of the bulb, plus the cost of energy to run the bulb on an assumption of $0.11 kWH: the L Prize bulb costs $82 (prior to any rebates), a halogen bulb costs $186, and an incandescent costs $213, according to a recent Philips press release.  These numbers closely align with the same math performed by Think Progress in response to the WaPo feature.  By the way, WaPo now concludes that the incandescent will cost $145 more over the life of the L Prize bulb.

But that’s still a high initial price?  What to do?

The reality is, many Americans live check to check.  Replacing a bulb every 6-8 months is a lot easier than investing in something that won’t need replacing for like 20 something years.  Which is why it’s probably time we as a nation find a way to treat home lighting as an appliance worth saving for and purchasing, as opposed to an expendable that’s tossed in the shopping cart and trashed when dead.  If it’s cheaper to buy the L Prize bulb when factoring in lifetime energy costs, which it is, then it’s pragmatic to make that happen.

What about Made in America?

To win the L Prize, a majority of the final product assembly and integration must be carried out within the United States.  Philips made the white LEDs and electronic driver in the United States.  During mass production, all final assembly and testing of the L Prize bulb will be completed in the United States.

The real question:  Would you buy one for $50?  How about $20?

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Spread Holiday Cheer by Sharing Christmas Memories Online and Win Grand Prize Resort Stay with Gaylord Hotels

tely transported to a fanciful world of thousands of twinkling lights, colorful trees, over-

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) December 3, 2009

“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.” ~Oscar Wilde

Christmas memories come in all shapes and sizes. Whether big moments or small, Gaylord Hotels invites families to capture them in a new online community during a time when sharing takes on a special meaning. The ” Share Christmas Memories with Gaylord Hotels” promotion was created to celebrate the spirit of the holidays, encouraging people to connect in a personal and emotional way by showcasing the funny, tender and precious moments that make Christmas last forever. As an added bonus, participants will also have a chance to win a stay at one of America’s four most festive resorts.

“Every day, Gaylord Hotels bring thousands of people together to share moments and memories, especially during the Christmas season,” said Rich Maradik, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Gaylord Hotels. “Our expertise in entertaining our guests translates into lasting memories that are far more meaningful when shared with others. So we are using the power of the Internet to enable our guests, their families and friends to share their favorite Christmas moments, wherever they have taken place.”

Everyone is invited to upload a favorite photo, pen a poem, write a story or post a video that exemplifies their personal spirit of Christmas. Family, friends and colleagues are sure to enjoy becoming part of this Christmas memory community by viewing the posts and sharing their own. Joining the fun is simple: visit http://www.ShareChristmasMemories.com from now through Dec. 28, 2009 to take part. The randomly chosen winner receives a Grand Prize trip for two to the Gaylord resort of their choice, which includes an atrium garden room for two nights, daily breakfast buffet, one spa treatment per person at Rel

Precision Nutrition Doubles Prize Money to $20,000 in “Scrawny to Brawny” Body Transformation Contest

Toronto, Ontario / New York, NY (PRWEB) November 08, 2011

Precision Nutrition, the world?s leading online nutrition research and education company, today announces that it has doubled the prize money in its annual Scrawny to Brawny Coaching Program. The program features guaranteed results as 200 skinny guys get bigger and stronger than they ever thought possible and compete for $ 20,000 in prize money.

It?s a worldwide body transformation search for skinny guys looking to build muscle that opens for online registration Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Noon EST (GMT -4).

?The diet book is dead,? says Dr. John M. Berardi, Chief Science Officer at Precision Nutrition. ?To build muscle, you need one thing above all else: a mentor. A guy named Craig in my hometown mentored me in my own transformation. Now, I?m passing on the wisdom. I?m drawing on what I learned from Craig, my PhD in physiology and nutrition, my experience as a nutrition coach to Olympic gold medalists, and my research in the largest body transformation study in history.?

Precision Nutrition doesn?t believe in conventional diet plans. Instead, it builds diets one very small piece at a time, in ways that integrate workouts and habit tracking.

That approach worked for Zayn, the 2010 Scrawny to Brawny Grand Prize Winner. Zayn gained 38 pounds of muscle en route to winning the Scrawny to Brawny $ 10,000 grand prize. Not only did he build muscle, he reached a lifetime goal: deadlift 500 lbs. He?s delighted his strength ?shot through the roof.?

Berardi says: ?I?m very confident in what we do at Precision Nutrition, so we ALWAYS put our money where our mouth is. So in a word: this coaching program will change your body, and probably your life, and if it doesn?t, it?s free.?

Berardi says he and his coaches will choose the $ 10,000 grand prize winner on this basis:

Great Visual Transformation: “We?ll be looking for a solid visual change that really says, ?Scrawny To Brawny.??

Great Story: ?We?ll be looking for a truly deserving candidate with great awareness of their own motivations and insight into the process itself.?

Great Client: ?We?re looking for someone who is truly coachable, who listens, who trusts the coaches and does what he?s told.?

Great Contributor: ?We?ll also be looking for a candidate who was a great help to the whole group, who was a genuinely positive influence on all the guys.?

Bring a good attitude and a willingness to follow instructions, and you?ll have a shot at $ 10,000. Runners up will share an additional $ 10,000.

To be part of the program, you need to be one of the first 200 guys to register. Registration opens Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Noon EST (GMT -4) and closes on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:00 PM EST (GMT -4) or when the first 200 spots are gone, whichever comes first. The cost is $ 99 and $ 99 per month for 12 months, with a money back guarantee. Act quickly because spots in Precision Nutrition’s coaching programs typically sell out in hours. Complete details are at available on our website.

About Dr. John M. Berardi

Dr. John M. Berardi is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Precision Nutrition Inc. One of the world?s foremost experts on sport and exercise nutrition, Dr. Berardi has authored numerous peer-reviewed studies, books, textbooks and hundreds of magazine articles on the topics of exercise and sport nutrition. a nutrition coach and exercise physiologist, he has coached hundreds of elite athletes, among them professionals and Olympic gold medalists, and thousands of everyday folk through the Lean Eating Coaching Program. In the last two Winter Olympics alone, his athletes collected over 25 medals, 12 of them gold. In addition, he serves as a nutrition and high performance consultant for Nike. For more about Dr Berardi and his work, visit http://www.precisionnutrition.com.

About Precision Nutrition

Precision Nutrition is a nutrition research company that translates science into real results for real people. It collects more nutrition coaching data than anyone in the world. Every year, we work with thousands of people who want to lose weight, gain muscle, and become healthy through our online coaching platform. Precision Nutrition also certifies fitness professionals and trainers worldwide through our Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition textbook and online course title nutrition certification so they can help their clients lose fat and live healthier, more satisfying lives.

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DesignByHumans.com, Inc. Announces $10,000 Grand Prize T-shirt Contest

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2008

One year ago DesignByHumans.com (DBH) launched into the t-shirt design world with a $ 5,000 kickoff contest. Out of hundreds of entries one winner snatched the Grand Prize of $ 5,000. In celebration of a successful first year and as a show of gratitude to its online community members, DBH is kicking off year two with The DBH 10K Contest – a winner take all competition where one artist will win $ 10,000 cash for a single t-shirt design.

DBH’s rapidly growing popularity among artists and t-shirt aficionados from around the world is fueled by the company’s innovative “crowd-sourcing” business model where consumers and designers play an active role in determining what products will be produced and sold on the website, and who will be the next artist to receive international recognition and fortune.

Headquartered in Orange County, California, the epicenter of the lifestyle apparel industry, Design By Humans leverages years of experience in apparel decoration to offer designers a virtually limitless blank canvas to express creativity. “Design By Humans has removed many of the design restrictions imposed by other sites by allowing up to 14 colors as well as gradients and half-tones,” said DBH co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Matt Gutierrez. “We’re excited to see what designers will come up with when given the freedom to use a broad range of specialty inks, foils, flocks, embroidery and appliqu