Magazine article Sunset

Lighting News: Report from New York

Magazine article Sunset

Lighting News: Report from New York

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The big news at International 1997, the lighting industry's annual trade show, was about increasing the safety of halogen floor lamps. With a feature known as "thermal cutout," halogen floor lamps will turn off automatically when tipped over. Models with thermal cutout should be available early next year. But halogen safety wasn't the only news. Here's a sampling of other products that debuted at the show.

NEW 10,000-HOUR BULBS

A new dimmable compact fluorescent bulb by Philips Lighting Company has a standard socket base. This extra-longlife 23-watt bulb, called Earth Light, provides 90 watts' worth of light. It's due out this fall. (800) 555-0050; $25.

A long-life MR-16 bulb typically has a 2,500- to 4,000-hour life. Ushio America now offers a 10,000-hour version called Ultraline; it screens 90 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays. (800) 2187446; $14.

OTHER BULB NEWS

The Smart Bulb, made by ABCO (Angelo Brothers Company), turns itself off Especially good for lighting hallways, closets, basements, garages, and kids' rooms, it comes in both a 10minute and a 30-minute version. (800) 999-2226, (800) 421-3433 in California; $9.99.

The UV Safe halogen bulb, also by ABCO, fits into recessed cans, torcheres, and track fixtures. (Extended exposure to UV rays can result in skin and eye irritation and can cause natural fibers and artwork in the home to fade.) $7.99-$14.99.

SCULPTURAL GARDEN LIGHTS

Expo Design has introduced Primitives-three standing metal figures with light sources hidden behind them. They're a wonderful sculptural variation to the more typical garden uplights. …

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