Beautify your Bathroom: Vanity Lighting

Troy Lighting Arcadia Vanity

Troy Lighting Arcadia Vanity

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s the first place you go when you wake up, and the last place you see before you go to bed (aside from your bedroom, of course). It’s also one of the rooms sure to be visited by guests. As one of the most frequented rooms in your home, you want to be sure that the bathroom has a comfortable feel with great lighting. Here are some stunning designer lighting collections to beautify your bathroom.

Kendo Collection by Troy Lighting

This remarkable Kendo collection of bathroom sconces is inspired by the Japanese martial art of Kendo. The Troy B2763 large bathroom sconce features three light fixtures with opal glass shades. They sit on top of wrought iron, sword-like horizontal bars with a bronze finish. This Asian-inspired vanity light creates a soothing ambiance and is perfect to mount above a vanity mirror. Add the Troy B2761 single light fixture for a perfect set!

See Also: Troy B2762 Medium 2-Light Sconce

Winston Collection by Hudson Valley Lighting

Hudson Valley Aged Brass Vanity Light

Hudson Valley Aged Brass Vanity Light

Vintage in appearance, the sconces from the Winston Collection add a unique twist to your bathroom lighting. The Hudson Valley 880-AGB vanity light features a single light fixture, complemented by an aged brass finish. The wall plate is adorned with five circular elements, adding intricacy to its design. Pair two on both sides of the vanity, or stagger three between two his and hers framed mirrors.

See Also: Hudson Valley 880-PN Polished Nickel Vanity Light

Plateau Collection by Kenroy Home

With an elegant and simple appearance, the Plateau collection of bathroom sconces brings an ambient glow to your vanity. The Kenroy Home 03375 vanity light will add sleek geometric forms to your vanity and is distinctively designed to be placed with the shades up or down. This four-light fixture has an oil-rubbed bronze finish with amber marble glass shades, a contrast that enhances the aura the light gives off.

See Also: Kenroy Home 03373 Small 2-Light Sconce, Kenroy Home 03374 Medium 3-Light Sconce

Troy Raffia 4-Light Vanity

Troy Raffia 4-Light Vanity

Raffia Collection by Troy Lighting

Bring tranquility to your bathroom with the Raffia Collection! The Troy B2204WB bathroom wall sconce features four candle-like fixtures with wheat glass shades, encompassed with a sheer raffia shade to soften the light. A wrought iron mounting with a weathered bark finish keeps the fixtures in place. For soothing, yet appealing bathroom lighting, try the Troy Lighting Raffia collection!

See Also: Troy B2202WB Small 2-Light Sconce, Troy B2203WB Medium 3-Light Sconce

Interested in other vanity lights? Let us know in the comments, or send us a note of Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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Out with the Old and In with the Antique: A Guide to Vintage Home Decor

May 31, 13 Out with the Old and In with the Antique: A Guide to Vintage Home Decor

There’s something enchanting about antiques. Perhaps, it is their value, or maybe it is the way they carry history with them. It could even be the way they are reminiscent of those summers at grandma’s house. Many people love to put vintage decor in their homes, adding an antiquated touch to different rooms. While it is fun to add distinction to a home, it can sometimes be stressful finding the perfect piece of decor to complement the rest of the room. Here are a few things we carry that can enhance that timeworn finish you desire.

Vintage Light Fixtures

Of course! We have plenty of antique lamps, sconces, and pendants for you to choose from. With a wide variety of colors and styles modeled after the early 20th century, the possibilities are endless. From industrial wire cage pendants to vintage pharmacy lamps, we have plenty of fixtures that are suited to fit you. Pair a saucer shade wall sconce with an iron desk lamp, or create a matching set of wire cage pendants and sconces. Add the Uttermost decorative glass jugs to complement the archaic look.

Vintage Model Cars, Boats, and Planes

Some of the timeless classics that children enjoyed long ago are being brought back to life through the Authentic Models reproductions of flight models, model cars, and model ships and boats. The handcrafted reproductions are made with authentic materials such as wood, leather, and aluminum, magnifying the extraordinary exquisiteness of these beautiful pieces. These vintage models add a nostalgic, yet refined charm to any room.

Vintage Board Games

Venetian Tic Tac Toe

Venetian Tic Tac Toe

From dominoes to marbles to tops and more, our new collection of Authentic Models’ board games is sure to bring a classic elegance to your home. Crafted of authentic materials, these vintage board games are reminiscent of childhood games, but come with a mature, new finish, adding a sophisticated appeal to a den or office. Try your hand at Venetian Tic Tac Toe, or entertain with the sleek portable roulette board. What were once a thing of the past, are now a thing of the present with these vintage games.

Vintage Lighting

Let’s not forget that with your antique style, you will need antique light bulbs for a complete look! We have plenty of bulb shapes and wattages to embellish the antiquated appearance you are trying to achieve. Whether you are interested in buying your fixtures already made, or interested in making your own, we have plenty of fixtures, supplies, and decorative accents to help you achieve your vintage design.

If you have used any of our products to make an antique design, tell us how it came out in the comments or send us a note on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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Staff Picks: Favorite Items from your 1000Bulbs.com Staff

May 17, 13 Staff Picks: Favorite Items from your 1000Bulbs.com Staff

As customers of 1000Bulbs.com, you applaud us on our amazing prices, outstanding customer service, and our wonderful products. At the same time, have you ever wondered if we use our own products? As consumers, you are probably curious as to what we use. Personally, I am a fan of the collegiate Christmas trees. Nothing represents you more than a Christmas tree featuring your university colors. Here are some other favorites of our staff at 1000Bulbs.com.

 

MaxLite 71211 Plug-and-Play LED Lightbar

Paul G., VP of Business Development

“I have recently remodeled my kitchen; the MaxLite 71211 plug-and-play LED lightbar is easy to install under cabinets and is completely connectable to additional units. I tested low profile fluorescent strips and rope light, and could not find a more pleasing solution aesthetically than the warm glow produced by these fixtures. I am enjoying even, ambient light on 30 feet of granite counter, approximately 4 feet wide, while using only about 24 watts. With LED life expectancy, I am sure this will be a maintenance-free selling feature when we finally decide to downsize.”

Satco S7303 G25 CFL

Beth H., Inventory Planner

“I have a 6-light vanity fixture over my bathroom mirror. It’s always dark, which makes doing hair and make-up challenging. I tried a few bulbs and nothing seemed to be bright enough. I finally found the Satco S7303 CFL bulb, and I absolutely love it! They start off kind of dim when first turned on, but they get brighter once they warm up. My eyeshadow colors, lipsticks & glosses look awesome under these lights. I have recommended these bulbs to friends and family and they love them, too.”

Blue LED Icicle Lights

Adrian L., Customer Service Representative

“For Christmas, I used these blue LED icicle lights on the inside of my windows. My son and I love the color blue, so I figured he would enjoy these draped around the house during the Christmas season. These lights are very bright and visible from a distance. We both truly enjoyed these lights and can’t wait until we can use them again next Christmas.”

Clear A19 Antique Light Bulb

Vivian C., Proactive Customer Service

“I used this antique A19 bulb to make a vintage reading lamp for my friend; it’s pretty bright! It gives off a warm output (240 lumens), but it seemed a bit brighter than the description given. I also used our brass wire cage to add to vintage look of the bulb itself. I loved it; it was the perfect bulb for my special project!”

Rope Light

Charity's Palm Tree

Charity’s Palm Tree

Charity W., Account Manager

“I have used several of our products but I have to say rope light is one of my favorites. I created a palm tree on my fence with green and amber rope light. It is easy to shape into different figures and attaches to most any type of surface. The most popular size is 1/2-inch because you could find accessory pieces easier, but 3/8-inch is easier to mold into more intricate patterns. Either way you will get a nice light design.”

Benona K., HR Manager

“I like my cool white LED rope light. I have it installed underneath my kitchen cabinets. Since it is energy efficient, I leave it on all the time. It gives me extra light on my counter tops for preparing meals and it doubles as a night light when I feel the need for a midnight snack.”

What are some of your favorite products? Let us know in the comments section or send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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Something Old, Something New, Something Lit, and Something Blue

Wedding Lighting with Color Splash

Wedding Lighting with Color Splash

June is quickly approaching; which means wedding season is upon us! Every girl dreams of the perfect wedding. Once the infamous question has been asked, the details of flowers, invitations, and napkins consume her mind. One minor detail that can make all the difference in the world is the lighting. Here are a few ideas to give your wedding lighting that extra sparkle.

Add a Splash of Color

While frantic about most things during wedding preparation, brides will always be sure of one thing, wedding colors. Why not enhance your wedding decor with colored bulbs? Whether you choose LED, halogen, or incandescent bulbs, adding a little touch of color to your wedding lighting will give your wedding originality. Place them in areas where you are looking for a colorful accent or back light.

Get Creative with Christmas Lights

What? Yes, use your Christmas light strings! Everyone has their Christmas light strings stored in their attic; get more use out of them! They may not seem like much, but they can make all the difference at your wedding. You can use them as an accent with tulle or line them along railings. Icicle light curtains are a stunning addition to wall decor, adding a distinguished ambiance with a simple elegance.

Charm with Candlelit Ambiance

The Uttermost cast iron and wood candelabra makes a beautiful, unique wedding centerpiece for reception tables. It has a rustic appeal with iron candle holders, finished in black, and a wooden base. Adorn it with white flowers or place a satin fabric around it to add a delicate touch to this stunning piece. For convenience, try battery operated LED candles with a flicker effect.

Dazzle with Twinkling Light Spheres

With a 12-foot lead wire, twinkling light spheres are a one-of-a-kind original! These intriguing light spheres come in a wide variety of colors and shapes, bringing a distinctive character to any festivity. The bulbs of the light spheres give off a stunning glitter effect, augmenting your wedding lighting. Hang them in a gazebo or off of trees, if you are outdoors, or over your reception tables, if you are indoors.

DIY Jar Lights

DIY Mason Jar

DIY Mason Jar

Jar lights make beautiful centerpieces for wedding reception tables. They are easy to make and add a simple, yet enchanting appeal to your wedding decor. Here’s what you need:

  • 0.5 gal. Mason Jar
  • Battery-Powered Light String
  • Rubber Band
  • Ribbon (color optional)
  • 3 8×8 in. Squares of Tulle (color optional)
  • Wire (optional)

Insert the light string into the jar. Place the tulle over the top of the jar and secure it with the rubber band. Tie the ribbon around the top of the jar to add ornamental detail. If you are interested in hanging it, wrap a thin wire around the top to create an arch; then tie the ribbon around it.

If you have any ideas you would like to share about wedding lighting, let us know in the comments section or send a message on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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Cinematic Lighting: From Past to Present

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Rear Window

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Rear Window

Have you ever wondered why actors have a stunning appearance in movies? Yes, they get airbrush make-up and the concept of photoshop does exist in the world, but the reality is; it is all about the lighting! Since the earliest movies, lighting has always been an essential part in film making with advances in lighting technology making all the difference.

In the Beginning: They Stayed Outside

In the late 1800s, film makers had not acknowledged the use of artificial lighting in film. The standard was to shoot during the day in a set that had either, an open roof or a glass ceiling. While natural light is the best light source, this methodology put a hindrance on filming anything at night or indoors; therefore, by the early 1900s, artificial light sources came into play.

In the 20th Century: Grace Kelly was Glowing

The main source of artificial lighting in film at that time was arc bulbs, the predecessor to HID bulbs. Used with a reflector, the bulbs created a bright light and allowed for directional lighting, enhancing parts of the set that needed to be highlighted. These lights also made for good spotlights, casting a brighter light on one side of the actor’s face (key light), and a softer light on the opposite side (fill light), to eliminate unflattering shadows. A third back light would be used to create the effect of a halo around the actor’s head. In the 1920s, incandescent bulbs started to become a growing sensation in studio lighting, as they produced a better color temperature, required less electrical and man power, and did not emit the humming sound the HID bulbs did.

In the Present Day: Lighting Comes in Various Forms

Today, there are so many new lighting technologies, all of which get used on film sets today. We’ve already covered HID and incandescent, but many of the other forms include halogen and xenon lamps, fluorescents, LEDs, and HMI bulbs, a technology coined by OSRAM SYLVANIA. Generally used with ballasts, the film-specific HMI bulbs are very popular bulbs used in the film industry, winning OSRAM an Oscar in 1987 and a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award in 2007.

Fun Fact: On movie sets, mashed potatoes replaced ice cream in sundaes as the ice cream would melt quickly, due to the lighting.

DIY Lighting Kit for Home Movies

Make your own film light kit! You need these items:

  • Broom Stick or Mic Stand (the mic stand does have support at the bottom)
  • Reflector
  • LED or Incandescent Bulb
  • Wax Paper (optional)
  • White or Light Poster Board (optional)

Insert the bulb into the reflector and attach the reflector to your stand of choice. It’s that simple! Use the wax paper to diffuse (soften) the light if needed. For added reflection, place the poster board where it is needed.

Be sure to check out the lighting techniques the next time you are at the movies! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to write us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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