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  1. Dim Some, Lose Some
    --Done Wrong

    Dim Some, Lose Some

    Waste extends far beyond what winds up in the landfill. The International Dark-Sky Association leads the charge against light pollution.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  2. Sunlight on Demand
    --Done Right

    Sunlight on Demand

    Fiber-optic cables can be used to pipe and enhance sunlight into homes. Money is saved. The English rejoice.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  3. Electric Sandwich
    A Great Idea

    Electric Sandwich

    So you’ve finally made the move from incandescent to CFLs only to learn that you’re well behind the LED wave. Get ready to switch again.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  4. Fire in the Home 101
    Design 101

    Fire in the Home 101

    Taming fire was humankind’s first and most critical step toward its mastery of the material world. About 400,000 years ago, our ancestors learned to harness the flame, setting us on the...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  5. Lighting
    Design 101

    Lighting

    Lisa Heschong, a California architect with the Heschong Mahone Group, which specializes in research on building performance, doesn’t think much of firelight: “The use of fire for...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  6. An Introduction to Lighting
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Lighting

    One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be light.” And for most of human history, whether...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  7. Warmth
    Design 101

    Warmth

    Kiel Moe, assistant professor of architectural technology at Harvard University, specializes in architecture and energy issues. “As fuel prices fluctuate,” he says, “you’re...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  8. Lumen on the Horizon
    --The Future of

    Lumen on the Horizon

    There’s a light at the end of the tunnel; this trio of design luminaries tells us precisely how it will work.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  9. 4 Home Security Systems to Try Now
    Product Reviews

    4 Home Security Systems to Try Now

    Cheap microprocessors, easy communications, and ubiquitous smartphones make the “home of the future” a reality today.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    07.17.14

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