In this video from BetterTV, we take you on a tour inside GE Lighting's Smart Home.
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GE Lighting's Smart Home Audra: Are you ready to start saving money at home? A lot of people are and it is as easy as changing a single light bulb and to prove that point let us head to Chicago and checkout the ultimate Smart home. Here is Midwest living Editor Carol Schalla and Bryce Cooper A.K.A GE’s lighting guy. Carol: Hi everyone, we are here at the Smart Home it is a fully functional green home on the grounds of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. I am here with Bryce Copper from GE Lighting. Bryce: Thank you very much and Carol I got to tell you, you have done a stellar job with this place. Carol: I tried to do something very organic using earth colors and nature’s textures and forms things like that. Bryce: Tell me about that floor lab. It looks like it got a pretty interesting story? Carol: Well it is made up of rescue pieces or driftwood and that is why I fell in love with it. Bryce: You talked about having the right light for the right atmosphere. And in this room it is so important to have the right lighting because it got a natural light outside. So what we have done is we actually chose the GE Energy Smart Sunshine CFL. And what that does is that nay lights that natural midday sunlight, it really brings that whole feel inside. Carol: And yet it is energy efficient as well. Bryce: One of the most exciting things is obviously finding the right bulb for the right application. And one of the coolest features of this home so far is the chandelier you chose for the dining room. Carol: I know they are great aren’t they? They are totally organic; they are made from gathered twigs and painted with low DOC paints. Bryce: Well it is exactly why he had happen energy efficient lighting option for them. We went with the GE Energy Smart Candelabra LED and what great about these is they obviously have the candelabra shape for that decorative flare that we are looking for that really compliments all the hard work when we do the chandelier but they also cost less than a dime a year to operate. Carol tell what you have done on the kitchen here? Carol: Well we have done is recycled glass counter tops, all of our cabinetries FSC certified woods. And of course we have test lighting as well for a little mood lighting. Bryce: You know kitchen is the more than any other room in the home really do pulls up the duty. Not only you do it in food preparations sometimes you are entertaining. So these pendant lights do a great job of dressing the both areas of concern. We chose the GE reveal CFL on these because it produce a clean beautiful light. It is great for really for really seeing colors and the patterns. Carol: So that means that this color I spent hours choosing for this counter top to match the tiled floors always going to look the same. Bryce: It means all your hard works are going to pay off. Carol: Let’s go upstairs and look at the other rooms. Bryce: Carol you have outdone yourself, you’ve created an incredibly inviting bedroom here. Carol: Well thank you I kind of continue the organic theme with all natural bedding and wood accents. Bryce: And when you think about it, you can really create a mood with lighting. So in the bedroom we chose the GE Energy Smart Glass covered CFL. And this produces kind of a warmer light associated with standard incandescent but you still have the energy savings. Carol: Now you kind of want to wind down and have a little softer light at the end of the day. Bryce: And mood is so important with design, you go through all this trouble to create a mood with your design. Lighting really has to be that kind of topper there. So like in the nursery, we chose a cool white CFL. And what that does is that it enhances the grays, greens and blues and it can be known to stimulate creativity. Carol: That is really great especially in the children’s room. Bryce: Well thanks again Carol for letting GE be a part of this project. Carol: Well I couldn’t do it without GE or you Bryce, thanks for being here. And i