2013 Miss Earth China

LOHAUS is partnering with Miss Earth China, the world’s top beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness and action, to launch Shanghai’s first light bulb recycling and LED replacement program.

Join us on Sunday November 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about LED light bulbs, and recycle your old, non-working bulbs for working bulbs. The first one hundred attendees also get a new LED bulb to use as well.

At 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 there will be an informational seminar on the 2nd floor of LOHAUS describing the lighting project in more detail, how to understand different LED bulbs, and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss LEDs with others.

light bulb recyclingYou will be able to meet Miss Earth contestants to learn more about LED light bulbs, see our LED demonstration wall and observe various light fixtures all using LED bulbs.

Event date: November 24 (Sunday)

Event time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Address: LOHAUS, 50 Yongjia Road (near South Shaanxi Road) (Click here for map and detailed directions)

Phone for information: 021 – 5212 0268

Check out our video introducing the event on Youku:

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If you just want to learn about LEDs, you are also welcome to stop by and participate by attending one of our free seminars.

Limit one recycled light bulb per person. We cannot guarantee that stock will be available matching your exact bulb size and wattage, but you can choose from available options on a first-come-first-served basis until our stock of working light bulbs is depleted.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did we create a recycling and swap program?

LOHAUS recently upgraded all of its older incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs to new, energy-efficient LED bulbs. This has allowed LOHAUS to save hundreds of yuan a month in direct electricity costs and more in related savings such as reduced air conditioning during the summer. In doing so, on of the negative byproducts of the upgrade is dozens of light bulbs which are still useful are now sitting in boxes awaiting disposal. Rather than throwing away useful light bulbs, we believe that reusing them elsewhere until their end of their working life is the most appropriate alternative to immediate recycling of the materials.

We found that there were few avenues to donate working light bulbs so we came up with the idea of swapping them directly with the public for their non-working bulbs and then disposing the non-working materials in a safe and appropriate way.

What kind of light bulbs can we replace and recycle in this program?

We have dozens of standard-sized (E27/E26 and E17) incandescent and CFL bulbs in a range of wattages, from 25 W up to 100 W.  If you need one of these bulbs and have a non-working matching bulb, bring it and we can replace it for you with one of our still-working bulbs.

We also have several dozen working halogen spotlights (e.g. MR16), some fluorescent tube lights (T4-T12), and some special-format lights (H butterfly connectors) and more.

Can I donate my own working light bulbs to the project?

Yes! If you believe in LED lighting and want to upgrade your own bulbs to LEDs or are already in the process of upgrading and want to donate your working bulbs to the project, that is also OK, we will swap them with others in the public who need a replacement. Please bring your working light bulbs packed securely in paper or a box marked clearly with the type of bulb (incandescent, CFL, etc), the size (E17, T5 etc) and the wattage (eg. 50 W) so we can exchange them more easily.

Can I give you all my old, non-working bulbs for recycling?

We would love to help recycle all the non-working light bulbs but at this event we have limited space to deal with a large volume, so we ask that you bring only one non-working light bulb. If this event is successful, we will expand the program in the future where a larger recycling option might be possible.

Can I help in some way?

Yes, we welcome help on the project. Are you a light designer, engineer or person already familiar with LED lighting?  You can help us to educate the public by participating in tours of LOHAUS. Are you working for an LED company and want to show your products at LOHAUS? Please contact us about cooperation opportunities. For these and similar inquiries to help, please write to us using the Contact form or email contact « at » LOHAUS.cn



2013 Miss Earth China




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On September 24th, Green Drinks China and The Shanghai Forum co-hosted an event at LOHAUS titled « Debate a Debt-Free Monetary System: Can we have a sustainable financial future? »

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe event was attended by more than 45 people from both GDC and Shanghai Forum. They used several floors at LOHAUS to watch a portion of the video, « Money as Debt » (Part I), followed by a discussion and information sharing.  After this, the group adjourned to the 1st floor for a debate and Q&A


Robert Ward

The debate was lively and interesting, and included as participants a Shanghai-based architect, Robert Ward, who debated on whether the global economy was in fact dependent on a growing indebtedness that will eventually lead to instability and even the possibility of economic collapse. The debate was moderated by Shanghai Forum organizer Jason Inch.

If you are interested in learning more about China’s economy and business trends, please join the Shanghai Forum.

If you would like to host your event at LOHAUS, please contact us.

Here are some other photos from the event:


Globe lights with IKEA LEDARE 2.3 W bulbs to replace 25 W incandescent bulbs – a huge energy savings

On September 10th we introduced the LOHAUS’s LED lighting upgrade project at a special event hosted by the Shanghai LOHAS Eco Meetup Group. Focusing on the use of LED lighting for the home and office, the talk included a tour of LOHAUS’s more than 65 light points that have been switched to LED lighting. This is one of the first old house renovations in Shanghai to include LED as a primary indoor and outdoor lighting choice.

In addition to the LED lighting project and the LED ROI at LOHAUS, the talk also covered:

  • An introduction to LED lighting
  • Overall drawbacks and benefits of LEDs
  • Advice on which manufacturers to choose for LED lighting

We heard that China’s commitment to LED lighting is huge. China has become the world’s leading manufacturer of LEDs yet the vast majority is exported while China itself uses older lighting technologies. So, the question is, how to stimulate domestic demand for LEDs, which are currently quite expensive.

The overhead lights in LOHAUS's meeting rooms are super-bright Philips Master 17W LED bulbs

The overhead lights in LOHAUS’s meeting rooms are super-bright – and warm – Philips Master 17W LED bulbs

For example, some of the LED bulbs used at LOHAUS, such as the Philips Master 12W and 17W bulbs, have retail prices of more than 180 and 290 RMB. While as bright as normal bulbs, they are out of reach of many Chinese consumers budgets. However, it was shown during the presentation that new lines of LEDs, such as the LEDARE line from IKEA, can be much more cost effective.

In retail or outdoor lighting, the cost savings is often the driving factor, but there are different reasons behind considering LED lighting for home and office use. LEDs can eco-friendly, durable, cost effective, reduce ambient heat, and increasingly can offer unique illumination solutions such as changing color intensity depending on the time of day or occupant needs: Bright in the morning, warm and comfortable in the evening.

If you want to learn more about LED lighting in the home and office, visit LOHAUS to see how they are being used. Or just check out this demonstration wall showing the difference:

The LED display wall at LOHAUS shows Philips Master 12 W bulbs along side 25 W incandescent. The difference in brightness and waste heat becomes obvious.

The LED display wall at LOHAUS shows Philips Master 12 W bulbs along side 25 W incandescent. The difference in brightness and waste heat becomes obvious.

To host an eco or design event at LOHAUS in Shanghai, please click here for more information.

Some photos from the Shanghai Forum’s event on eCommerce and China’s mobile internet opportunities on September 5 held at LOHAUS.

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On September 5th we had another successful business meetup talking about China’s eCommerce and online consumer behavior at LOHAUS’s 1st floor event area.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore than 50 people attended the event hosted by the Shanghai Forum, an economic and business discussion group that talks about a new macroeconomic topic every month.

Shanghai Forum organizer Jason Inch

Shanghai Forum organizer Jason Inch

The Shanghai Forum organizer, Jason Inch, started by introducing some macro-statistics about China’s Internet, eCommerce, and mobile markets from his upcoming book, China’s Demographic Supertrends, part of the China Supertrends series.

Special guest T.R. HarringtonThen our special guest, T.R. Harrington, an expert in eCommerce and search engine marketing in and outside China and founder of Darwin Marketing, discussed with attendees in an interactive Q&A format his thoughts about China’s eCommerce and mobile development, as well as SEO and SEM strategies. Some of the interesting things discussed included:

  • The importance of an Alibaba-Sina Weibo linkup
  • Why the Baidu-PPS.tv aquisition is needed for Baidu
  • How Alibaba is an overlooked channel in search strategy
  • The keys to a successful mobile strategy in China

For more information about the event and the guest speaker, please visit the Shanghai Forum’s event page.

Having presentations, business talks and discussion is actually an easy way to meet and grow your business contacts, and possibly work. Yesterday was a casual relaxed social atmosphere making it fun and enjoyable. Learn strategies to improve your business and see you at the next meetup! For future events of this type, please sign up to the Shanghai Forum.

If you would like to host your event at LOHAUS, please click here for more information.


More new photos of the interior of the LOHAUS at Yongjia Road Shanghai.