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

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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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Grow Light Basics, Part 2: Types of Grow Fixtures and Timers

Mar 15, 13 Grow Light Basics, Part 2: Types of Grow Fixtures and Timers

In part one, we discussed the different types of lights and their respective coverage. In this part, we’ll look at the different types of fixtures more closely, helping you choose the right reflector for your growing needs.

Once you’ve chosen your bulbs, you have to choose a fixture to give you maximum reflectivity and coverage. There are about four types of grow light fixtures to choose from: high bays, strips, open air HID, and enclosed HID.

High Bays

Imagine lighting fixtures in a warehouse. The high bays used for indoor growing are just modified versions of those warehouse fixtures and come in HID, CFL, and linear fluorescent versions. The HID and CFL high bays are great for starter grows, and are only suitable for growing a few plants due to small coverage areas. On the other hand, linear fluorescent high bays are an ideal choice for T5 fluorescent grow lights, as they have larger coverage areas and operate two to eight individual bulbs.

Strips

Linear fluorescent strips are only suitable for growing compact rows of vegetables or herbs, as they only operate one or two lamps.

Open Air HID

These types of fixtures are the most common type of grow light because they produce high lumens, have great coverage, and provide sufficient cooling. Open air HIDs include wing fixtures and parabolic fixtures.

Enclosed HID

Similar to open air HID fixtures, enclosed HID fixtures include air cooled and “cool tube” fixtures. However, these types of HID fixtures offer two distinct advantages over the open air HID fixtures. One, the bulb is protected by a tempered glass lens, which protects your plants and grow area from glass in the event of a bulb malfunction or thermal shock from overspray of water or other liquids. Two, the fixture offers better cooling. Both types of the enclosed fixtures feature flanges on either end for external cooling, allowing you to send a constant stream of air past the bulbs, therefore keeping both the bulb and your plants at a safe temperature.

Types of Timers

Now that we’ve covered the types of grow light fixtures, we’ll discuss the different types of timers and their importance in your grow project.

Just like you and me, plants require sleep. Generally, plants need 15 to 18 hours of light a day during the growth phase and 10 to 12 hours of light during the flowering stage. For the remainder of the time, your lights should be off. You can accomplish your plants’ lighting needs in a few ways: by manually turning your lights on and off (not really recommended) or by utilizing a simple plug-in timer. Manually turning your lights on and off isn’t recommended for one reason: you may forget to turn them on, or you may forget to turn them off, both being detrimental to your plants’ health. The answer to you plants’ lighting needs is a plug-in timer, offered either in digital or analog format.

Analog Timers

Analog timers are generally cheaper and somewhat easier to use than digital timers. These types of timers have a dial that turns throughout a 24-hour cycle and trippers that turn the lights on and off. You place one tripper at the time you want your lights on, and another when you want your lights off. When the timer hits these trippers, the lights either turn on or off. However, most types of analog timers lose time when there is a power outage.

Digital Timers

Digital timers are definitely the recommended type of timer for your grow light project. These timers work pretty much the same way as analog timers, but offer a few key advantages over the analog timers. For one, they solve the problem of losing time when there is a power outage. These timers have battery backups that remember the time and set points should there be a power outage. Additionally, many of these timers are self-adjusting, resetting themselves for daylight savings time and even calculating sunrise and sunset times based on the time of year.

How’s your grow project coming along? Tell us in the comments below or leave us a note on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!

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Frantic about Fixtures? A Quick-Tip Guide to Home Interior Lighting

Remodeling your home soon? We have a great selection of lighting fixtures for every room in your home.  Everyone has a personal style, so we have made a mini survival guide with a few fixtures to cater to a few distinct styles. Before we go through the different styles, here is a small guide to knowing what fixtures are best where:

Pendant- best placed in a dining area or a living room

Chandelier- best used in an entry way

Vanity Lighting- best used in bathrooms

Table Lamps- best used in offices, living rooms, or bedrooms

 

Vintage Fixtures: For Those Who Love the 20th Century

Do you live your life wishing your home looked like Lucy and Ricky’s? We have plenty of antique style fixtures to make your home have a 20th century feel.

Hudson Valley Vintage Pendant

Hudson Valley Vintage Pendant

Pendant- Hudson Valley 8001-HN-MM3 Medium Vintage Pendant

Chandelier- Arteriors 89415 Large Iron & Shell Chandelier

Vanity Lighting- Nuvo 60-311 (8 Light) Vanity

Table Lamps- Kenroy Home 20090SMB Retro Table Lamp

 

 

Industrial Fixtures: For Those Who Love Their Lofts

Love the modern look of those big, open, not quite finished loft spaces? Give your home the look you desire with one of these industrial fixtures!

Nuvo Vanity Light

Nuvo Vanity Light

Pendant- Lazy Susan 225033 Wire Rose Pendant

Chandelier- Hudson Valley 729-OB Chandelier

Vanity Lighting- Nuvo 60-922 (2 Light) Vanity

Table Lamps- Hudson Valley L433-PN Pharmacy Desk Lamp

 

 

Elegant Fixtures: For Those Who Love Pizzazz

Elizabeth Taylor loved all things dazzling. Do you share her passion? Browse through some of these elegant fixtures to give your home the sparkle it needs.

Quorum Chandelier

Quorum Chandelier

Pendant- Golden Lighting 8981-3P Echelon Groom Pendant

Chandelier- Quorum 664-24-514 3 Tier Luxurious Chandelier

Vanity Lighting- Hudson Valley 6104-PN Vanity Light

Table Lamps- Kenroy Home 20118BS Elegant Table Lamp

 

 

Simple Fixtures:  For Those Who Love the Basics

Is K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) your life motto? We have a wonderful array of classy and simple fixtures designed for your style. Take some time to see if these are right for you!

Arteriors Table Lamp

Arteriors Table Lamp

Pendant- Quorum 857-4-95 Sleek Pendant

Chandelier- Nuvo 60-2811 Chandelier

Vanity Lighting- Kenroy Home 03393 Vanity Light

Table Lamps- Arteriors DR12035-598 Cannes Hand Finished Table Lamp

 

 

Unique Fixtures: For Those Who Love Whimsy

Trying to find a unicorn? Unfortunately, we do not have one, but we do have plenty of unique fixtures for you to browse through.  See if any of these interesting fixtures are best for your needs!

Arteriors Wood and Iron Chandelier

Arteriors Wood and Iron Chandelier

Pendant- Troy F2805 Medium Pendant

Chandelier- Arteriors 89559 Wood & Iron Chandelier

Vanity Lighting- Hudson Valley 4474-BB Vanity Light

Table Lamps- Arteriors 19205-375 Nautical Table Lamp

 

 

 

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Pop, Lock & Socket: A Guide to Home Light Sockets

You are alone on a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, you hear something, and it sounded like it came from the closet. Slowly you creep to the closet; you open the door, turn on the light, and a pop-crackle-fizzle later there is no light in the closet! As your cat proudly advances from beneath your coats, you begin to check the bulb. The bulb is fine, but oh no, could it be? Not the light socket! What socket do you get? How do you choose? Where do you get it? The place to start is here at 1000Bulbs.com, and we will guide you through the rest in this article.

Pony Cleat Socket

Keyless “Pony Cleat” Socket

Which Bulb is Your Favorite?

The first step to choosing a socket is identifying the base type of the bulb you will be using. Medium base bulbs (E26) are the standard for most residential uses, including closets, lamps, and vanities. Candelabra base bulbs (E12) are seen in chandeliers, as are intermediate base bulbs (E17), which are also seen in ceiling fans. While mogul base bulbs (E39) can be seen in residential applications, it is unusual; they are most often used in commercial applications.

Living Rooms, Terraces, and Bathrooms… Oh My!

When choosing a socket, be sure to remember the application where you will use the socket. In the closet scenario from earlier, a pony cleat socket or keyless socket that can be mounted directly to a wall is ideal. These sockets are best used in applications where you want the light wired to a switch. In a room with recessed can lighting such as a living room or hall, you want to use a keyless porcelain socket, rather than a phenolic socket, in order to ensure that the socket can withstand the heat from the bulb (we don’t need any fires). However, keyless phenolic sockets are perfect for chandeliers and floor lamps, which produce less heat.

Keyed Socket with Pull-Chain

Keyed Socket with Pull-Chain Switch

Got Lamps?

Generally, keyed sockets are the preferred choice for reading lamps. Whether it has a pull-chain, a push switch, or a turn-knob, the ability to have immediate lighting control is present with keyed sockets.

Nickel-Plated vs. Aluminum

The screw shell in the socket is an important factor when deciding what socket to use. In the past, aluminum was the preferred choice as it was flexible and lightweight. With time, science has found aluminum screw shells corrode easily and do not last as long as intended, allowing for bulb and socket failure. Nickel-plated screw shells are becoming more and more popular since they are more durable and last longer. Some lighting companies even require that you use nickel-plated screw shells in order for them to honor their warranty agreement (we took the time to read the fine print for you).

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How to Choose Under Cabinet Lights

Sep 28, 12 How to Choose Under Cabinet Lights

Halogen, Xenon, Fluorescent, or LED: What is the best type of under cabinet lighting? If you’ve ever asked yourself that question, you were asking the wrong question. There is no “good, better, best” with under cabinet lights. Choosing the right light is a matter of personal preference, and it depends on how much you value dimming, heat reduction, color accuracy, and energy savings.

Xenon Light Bulb

Xenon Light Bulb

Xenon under cabinet lights are an update of older Halogen lights. Halogen under cabinet lights, especially the light “pucks” you see in hardware stores, are cheap and provide perfect color accuracy (color rendering index), but they use tons of energy and waste most of it as heat. Xenon keeps the benefits of Halogen, but burns brighter and cooler. Their color rendering makes granite countertops or trinkets in display cabinets look their absolute best, and because they are brighter than Halogens, Xenon bulbs save energy by using fewer watts than a Halogen bulb.

Fluorescent under cabinet lights are a great choice for bright, energy-efficient lighting that burns cool. They’re a popular choice in kitchen cabinets and pantries because they don’t add extra heat to their surroundings, which can increase the likelihood of food spoilage. Unfortunately, there are a number of trade-offs. Fluorescent lights have relatively poor color rendering — 80 CRI to Xenon’s 100 CRI — so they distort colors and make granite and marble countertops and backsplashes appear washed out. Furthermore, while they use much less energy than Halogen or even Xenon, they are not dimmable and some models are slow to reach full brightness.

LED Under Cabinet Light Bar

LED Under Cabinet Light

LED is the newest, most energy saving option for under cabinet lighting. To many, LED under cabinet lights are the perfect option. Unlike fluorescent, they are instant on and many models are dimmable. Unlike Halogen and Xenon, they also create very little heat. However, they do have two drawbacks: Color rendering and cost. Like fluorescent lights, their CRI is in the 80-90 range, so they aren’t the best choice when color accuracy is highly valued. They also have the highest up-front cost of any under cabinet choice. On the other hand, they will save the most in the long-term. LEDs use only a fraction of the energy consumed by other types of under cabinet lights. Even better, they last 20,000 to 60,000 hours,  so you’ll never have to replace them and will save on bulb replacement costs.

Again, your choice of under cabinet lights will depend on your specific needs. In general, however, if you prize color accuracy and don’t mind the heat, choose Xenon, but if you prefer energy savings and cool operation, go with fluorescent or LED. Of course, that’s only what we think. Let us know which under cabinet lighting option you prefer in the comments, or drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus.

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