Overhead light fixtures are a key element in the design of a room. So much so, that many lighting designers encourage homeowners to think of them as “architectural jewelry.” Since ceiling fixtures are such an important part of a room, often serving as beautiful focal points in a space, finding the perfect one can be a painstaking process. However, knowing your options along with a few dos and don’ts is a great way to start your search. Let’s take a look at the five most popular residential overhead light fixtures and where they are typically used in the home. Continue Reading
This is no April Fool’s joke ladies and gentlemen! We are happy to announce our “Enchanted Rose Giveaway” contest. The contest begins today, April 1st and ends at midnight on April 12th. One lucky winner will win this Beauty and the Beast inspired Enchanted Rose. Don’t want to wait that long? Learn how to make your very own with our DIY Enchanted Rose tutorial!
Traditionally we’ve grown to measure the quality of light sources using the Color Rendering Index, or CRI. As explained in previous posts, CRI can be described by how well an artificial light source shows the color of different objects in comparison with a natural light source. Lights with a higher CRI are considered superior light sources because they more closely replicate sunlight. However, with the increased use of LED lighting, certain problems have been identified with the CRI measurement system. Because of these issues, the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) has proposed a new metric system called the Color Quality Scale, or CQS. Let’s take a closer look at issues with CRI, the proposal of CQS and how to counteract issues with the current system in place.
Customers wanting brighter household LED light bulbs will be pleased to find 125W-equal A-shape LEDs at 1000Bulbs.com. Many LED suppliers only carry as high as 100-watt equal standard-shape LEDs, which offering 1600 lumens, may not produce enough illumination for applications that require higher-intensity lighting. Meanwhile, 125-watt equal LED lights produce 2000 lumens for an additional 25% more light with just one light bulb.
Sometimes there just isn’t enough floor space for all of the wonderful vegetables and flowers you want to grow. It’s a problem so common that we devoted an entire post to it just a couple of weeks ago. This week, I’d like to unpack one of those options to show you just how powerful a vertical garden can be. Green walls, hydroponic high-rises, and new-age “hanging gardens” are a trend that’s picking up with a fervor not seen since the mythical Hanging Garden of Babylon. Continue Reading
It’s the middle of the night and you’ve relaxed into a deep night’s sleep. Then, annoyingly, the unthinkable happens. You have to go to the restroom. Not wanting to disturb the restful ambiance of your bedroom, you opt to skip the switch and head for the facilities in the dark. Halfway there you bump your foot in the dark hallway. Finally reaching the restroom, your toe is throbbing. You’ve officially moved past annoyed and directly into quiet rage. So much for going back to sleep. Often an overlooked aspect in homes, there are several ways to use lighting to see, decorate, or open up the narrow space of your hallways. Let’s take a look at a few of your options.
Ask any child, anywhere: games are best played in the dark. So what better way to celebrate Easter than with a fun glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt? As an added bonus, by holding this event at night, you’ll free up your Sunday for relaxation and other festivities. While it’s not hard to organize an after-hours egg hunt, you do need to consider your lighting to keep kids safe and ensure objects remain visible. But illuminating your egg hunt doesn’t have to be all work! Continue Reading