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Link Love: Home purchases worth the splurge, smartphone-controlled lighting, and a chance at $5,000 worth of windows

By John Kirchner October 23, 2012

7 Home Purchases Worth the Splurge
“I’ve always appreciated the saying “Buy once, buy right.” In other words, purchase the best quality you can afford. Here are seven guilt-free purchases to allow yourself — plus budget-friendly alternatives should you come up a few dollars short.”

GreenWave Reality Launches WiFi-Enabled LED Light Bulbs That Can be Controlled With a Smartphone
“GreenWave Reality just launched a high-tech WiFi-enabled LED lighting system that allows consumers to easily control and automate lighting through a handheld remote or smartphone. The energy-efficient ‘Connected Lighting Solution’ was just announced at the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair, where it has been heralded as ‘the next generation in lighting.’ ”

Eco-friendly Makeover for a Living Room
Better Homes and Gardens
“When this family decided to take its dated living room from stiff and standoffish to warm and welcoming, green became a guiding principle for an environmentally -friendly upgrade. They made the most eco-conscious choices on the room’s prominent elements — the floor, walls, furniture — and came out with a room the whole family could enjoy.”

Marvin’s Smart Performance Promotion offers $5,000 toward energy-efficient windows and doors
Marvin Windows and Doors  
Marvin Windows and Doors is helping homeowners find easy ways to live a more energy-efficient lifestyle without having to change their lifestyles, offering a chance at $5,000 toward Marvin products and some great “green” advice from a nationally recognized home improvement expert. Whether you’re looking to upgrade a room or your whole house, Marvin windows and doors can create the right solution for any project, in any climate and in any style. Marvin’s Smart Performance Promotion gives homeowners a chance to win $5,000 toward the purchase of Marvin windows and doors.

[photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens]