How to Pick Recessed Lighting Housings

May 07, 14 How to Pick Recessed Lighting Housings

Initially designed in the 1930’s, recessed lighting continues to lead as stylish and contemporary out-of-sight lighting.  Recessed lights sit flush with the ceiling and usually appear as little more than a round hole or square to permit light; the perfect design for keeping a smooth and neat ceiling.  Over the past 80 years we’ve seen many revisions and advancements to the design and application of recessed lighting.  Home lighting itself focuses on the smaller form factor of can lights (typically two to six inches in diameter) while commercial offices use larger fluorescent troffers for uniform lighting.  It can be hard to decide on a proper installation, or retrofit as the case may be, with so many variables in play.  Here are the important factors to consider the next time you’re looking at installing or improving recessed fixtures.

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Five Places to Use Pendant Lighting

May 05, 14 Five Places to Use Pendant Lighting

If I could choose only one word to describe pendant lighting, it would have to be “versatile.” Not only do pendant lights come in all shapes, colors, and styles to fit your particular design aesthetic, but they can be used to serve the three main lighting functions that you’ll find in well-lit homes: general, accent, and task lighting. You can use them just about anywhere, but below are five places where pendant lights will really shine in your home.

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Choosing Recessed Shower Lights

May 02, 14 Choosing Recessed Shower Lights

More than a purely hygienic routine, the shower is also a luxurious ritual in which you can refresh, reflect, and devote a few moments to yourself out of a busy day. Unfortunately, many showers are dark, drab places instead of refreshing oases, no doubt from the lack of proper shower lighting. Recessed downlights are the perfect solution to your shower lighting woes, due to their low-profile appearance, lenses, and trims that can act as a sealant from moisture. So how do you choose what recessed downlights you need for your shower?

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Foyer and Entryway Lighting Tips

Apr 21, 14 Foyer and Entryway Lighting Tips

Sometimes there’s nothing better than walking into your home after a long, trying day, flipping a switch, and seeing your abode illuminated by cozy, inviting light. The entryway or foyer of your home can be a significant space, especially because it’s the first thing guests see when entering your home. Besides the obvious safety reason, lighting in these areas is crucial to visitors’ first impressions of your home. Whether your goal is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, or to show off the beauty and grandeur of a winding staircase, crown-molded ceilings, or other architectural features, lighting is one way that it can be done.

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Choosing the Right Fluorescent Ballast

Apr 04, 14 Choosing the Right Fluorescent Ballast

Unless you’re an electrician, it’s probably news to you that many fluorescent lights, such as those used in your kitchen or garage, require electrical devices called ballasts to operate. Ballasts supply the proper voltage to start and run the majority of fluorescent lights. Although typically connected by wires in-between the power source and the bulb, ballasts are sometimes included within the bulbs. This is often the case with compact fluorescents, but this rarely happens with fluorescent tubes.

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Introduction to Outdoor Lighting

Mar 26, 14 Introduction to Outdoor Lighting

As most of us are unlikely to be out in our yards enjoying a glass of cool, fresh lemonade in 50-degree weather, it is easy to forget about our outdoor lighting during the cooler months of the year. However, with the warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you will be illuminating your yard. Here are some basic considerations everyone should keep in mind for lighting their outdoor areas year-round.

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