Choosing a Motion Sensor for your Lights

Jan 23, 15 Choosing a Motion Sensor for your Lights

So, you’ve finally “seen the light” and realized that motion sensors are a good fit for your home. They are not only useful for detecting unwanted visitors, but they can also save you the trouble of turning lights on when your hands are full and avoid the costs of wasted energy when you forget to turn lights off (which, let’s be honest, happens more often than you’d like to admit). But with the variety of options available, how do you choose the right motion sensor for your lights?

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Lighting Controls Can Save You Money

Jan 16, 15 Lighting Controls Can Save You Money

While upgrading to LEDs is always recommended, another way to save on energy costs is by installing lighting controls in your home. Of course you can also save energy by simply turning off your lights, but sometimes we forget or don’t notice we’ve left them on. Plus, lighting controls such as dimmers, timers, and motion sensors allow you to manipulate your lighting according to time of day or activity, which can be useful in many situations. The lighting control you should use, and where, depends on a room’s purpose and occupancy.

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Lighting Tips for your Home Office

Jan 09, 15 Lighting Tips for your Home Office

The ways in which businesses operate are changing, with more and more people working from home. While this is often a practical solution for both employers and staff, it can sometimes be difficult for work-at-homers to separate their work and home environments. Though many people have a spare room for a home office, those who don’t or want to make their space feel more “business-like” may appreciate some tips to emphasize the barrier between the two domains. Little-known fact: changing your lighting can be key to making your home office feel a little less like “home.”

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Accent Lighting Techniques

Jan 02, 15 Accent Lighting Techniques

The three layers of lighting design – ambient, task, and accent lighting – are necessary to sufficiently illuminate any home. The ambient layer provides general overhead lighting, the task layer provides directional lighting for activities, and the accent layer provides creative lighting to highlight artwork, objects, or architectural features for decoration. However, while nearly every home successfully incorporates the ambient and task layers, many fail to take full advantage of the accent layer—mostly because it can be difficult to get it “right.” Nonetheless, wisely using backlighting, display lighting, uplighting, and wall-washing techniques can do a lot to enhance your home’s visual appeal.

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The Evolution of The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

Dec 26, 14 The Evolution of The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

At 11:59 p.m. on December 31st, the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball will begin its descent as millions of viewers gather to celebrate the start of the New Year. Since its first drop in 1907, watching this gigantic glowing orb fall 141 feet during the countdown to midnight has become a worldwide tradition. But while you may have noticed some changes in its appearance over the years, do you know the history behind this ritual and how we went from a small iron ball to the tech-savvy LED ball we’ll be dropping at the start of 2015?

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