5 Non-Traditional Places to use Chandeliers

Aug 08, 14 5 Non-Traditional Places to use Chandeliers

In the past, it was unusual to see chandeliers beyond the “power” positions of a home, such as at the entrance or over the dinner table. It also used to be uncommon to see chandeliers outside of an upscale home. But times have changed. Now, chandeliers are staking their claim in homes of all price ranges and in many types of rooms, adding elegance to common areas and intrigue to unexpected spaces. Although chandeliers are comfortable in many locations, here are five increasingly more popular places to use them.

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The Best Light for Reading

Aug 01, 14 The Best Light for Reading

I’m sure we’ve all heard growing up that reading in poor light would ruin our eyes. Later on when many of us got glasses, we even felt guilty about the time we spent under the covers reading bedtime stories by flashlight. But was poor reading light really the cause of our vision loss?

Despite all the eye strain and headaches we may have endured, the answer is no. Contrary to popular belief, reading in low light does not ruin eyesight. Most eyes worsen simply as an effect of aging. However, while doctors agree that there is no evidence of poor reading light being detrimental to vision, good reading light can reduce uncomfortable short-term effects as well as make reading more enjoyable. The guidelines below will help you choose the best reading light for your eyes.

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How to Clean Your Light Bulbs and Fixtures

Jul 03, 14 How to Clean Your Light Bulbs and Fixtures

Have you ever found yourself turning on an extra lamp in a once adequately bright room? That’s a sure sign of dusty and neglected light bulbs. While cleaning your light bulbs might not exactly be at the top of your priority list, doing so is an easy way to enhance your lighting without purchasing new bulbs. Cleaning your bulbs can make your room up to 20% brighter – that’s 20% more illumination for the same amount of energy. Since cleaning your fixtures as well will only further freshen up your home, here are some effective ways to tidy up your light bulbs, light fixtures, and lampshades.

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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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The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Light Fixtures

Jun 02, 14 The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Light Fixtures

Though many may not realize it, light fixtures are often what tie a room together, giving it just the right finishing touch. That’s why finding the perfect one can be a painstaking process. However, if you go into your search prepared, you’ll save yourself some time and unnecessary frustration. There are plenty of mistakes to be made during your quest for the perfect piece of lighting, but this simple list of dos and don’ts will help keep you on the right track.

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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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