May 09, 14
Due to increasing energy regulations, most people are familiar by now with the long life spans and energy savings associated with LEDs, or light-emitting diodes. However, many are not aware that these innovative light sources use specialized devices called LED drivers to operate. 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. Below, we discuss when you need an LED driver, why you need an LED driver, and what type of driver you may need.
May 07, 14
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.
May 05, 14
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.
May 02, 14
More than a purely hygienic routine, showering 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?
Apr 21, 14
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.
Apr 04, 14
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.