4th of July Lighting Ideas

Jun 10, 14 4th of July Lighting Ideas

Fourth of July represents many things from the celebration of our independence to the exciting fireworks displays everywhere from beaches to backyards.  These backyards are filled with friends, families and great food.  While it won’t compete with hot dogs or hamburgers, lighting will play a supporting role during many of these cookouts.  If you’re thinking about ways to help your yard or patio stand out, here are some 4th of July lighting ideas to consider.

read more

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.

read more

LED Lighting Updates: How to Keep Them Energy-Efficient

May 26, 14 LED Lighting Updates: How to Keep Them Energy-Efficient

For most people, the main motivation for making the transition from incandescent to LED light bulbs is the promise that they will save money on their electricity bill. But for some, the most important thing about LEDs is that they produce the same amount of light as incandescents while conserving valuable energy. Either way, when giving your home an LED lighting makeover, it can be easy to get carried away with the idea that LEDs use less power and may cause you to add more lights than you need. To keep you from defeating the purpose of installing LEDs in the first place, there are a few things you can do to make sure your upgrade stays energy-efficient.

read more

How to Light Your Home like a Designer

May 19, 14 How to Light Your Home like a Designer

Let’s face it, we don’t all have the time or money to consult professional designers when we want to make aesthetic changes to our homes. But there’s no rule that say you can’t roll up your sleeves and do just as good a job. That being said, it’s always a smart idea to consult a professional electrician or designer when making complicated lighting adjustments that require a little bit of expert calculation and electrical re-configuring. However, you ultimately have the final say in what you want your lighting scheme to look like. Here are a few steps you yourself can take to turn your home into a well-lit sanctuary that you’ll be happy to come home to at the end of the day.

read more

How to Choose the Best Trim for Recessed Lighting

Image courtesy of Cree Lighting

This is the second part of our write-up on recessed lighting fixtures.  Be sure to read about selecting the right housing for your installation in Part One.

Housings and electronics are important, but they disappear from view after everything is said and done.  What stays in sight are the trims and baffles or reflectors.  These are the items you need to consider from a more aesthetic viewpoint.

read more

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.

read more