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.

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How to Choose the Best Trim for Recessed Lighting

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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.

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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.

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Five Places to Use Pendant Lighting

May 05, 14 Five Places to Use Pendant Lighting

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.

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Foyer and Entryway Lighting Tips

Apr 21, 14 Foyer and Entryway Lighting Tips

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.

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