Tips for Planning an Expert Outdoor Lighting Design

Jun 13, 14 Tips for Planning an Expert Outdoor Lighting Design

Nothing can accent the unique features of your home or yard like a carefully planned outdoor lighting design. But how do you plan your lighting without knowing where (or how) to place your lights? While we’ve already introduced a few basic principles of outdoor lighting, we neglected to share what to consider when planning your layout and what lighting techniques are best in certain areas of your landscape. That’s why in this week’s blog, we offer these expert tips and more to help turn your shadowy landscape into a well-lit oasis.

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Color Temperature Revisited

Jun 06, 14 Color Temperature Revisited

Have you ever purchased a new light bulb expecting the same warm, yellow light as the bulb you replaced, only to end up with a much brighter, whiter light instead? Chances are you neglected to consider the bulb’s color temperature before making your purchase. Nothing turns people off from making the switch to LED or fluorescent lamps like accidentally selecting a bulb in the wrong hue, so we figure it’s about time for us to revisit this topic in a new light.

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Perfect Lighting for a Perfect Proposal

May 30, 14 Perfect Lighting for a Perfect Proposal

Planning the perfect proposal can be stressful. With modern proposals becoming increasingly elaborate, the pressure is on to make yours stand out. However, considering all the details that go into these special moments, you probably overlooked one small element that can make a big difference: your lighting. After all, what’s the right ring and the right method without the right mood? However you plan to pop the question, these  lighting ideas will help you set the stage for a proposal story she’ll be telling friends and strangers for years to come.

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Six Ways to Decorate Your Home with Light Bulbs

May 23, 14 Six Ways to Decorate Your Home with Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs have long been the cornerstone of household lighting. Nonetheless, many are being removed from the market due to government energy regulations. While some people are upset about the restrictions of the EISA light bulb ban, we at 1000Bulbs.com are looking at the “bright” side of things: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  If you have old bulbs that are no longer suitable light sources, why not make the most of them? Here are six ways to turn your old bulbs into useful, decorative staples in your home.

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LED Drivers: 5 Factors for Selecting the Right Driver

May 16, 14 LED Drivers: 5 Factors for Selecting the Right Driver

LED drivers (also known as LED power supplies) are similar to ballasts for fluorescent lamps or transformers for low-voltage bulbs: they provide LEDs with the correct power supply to function and perform at their best. If you read our previous article on whether or not your LED requires a driver, you’ll already know that all LEDs require a driver and that the question you should really be asking is whether or not your LED requires an external driver. You’ll also know that there are two main kinds of external LED drivers, constant-current and constant-voltage, and that the driver you need depends on whether or not your LED light source already includes a constant-current driver within the light (if so, you would need a constant-voltage driver; if not, you need a separate constant-current driver). Now that you’re certain your LED light requires an external driver as well as what type, it’s time to narrow down to the specs you need to consider when making a purchasing decision. Here are five factors that will help you make the right selection.

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