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.

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DIY Rope Light Word Art

Mar 06, 14 DIY Rope Light Word Art

Do you have boring, vacant wall space in your home? Have you been wanting to put your creativity and inner craftsman to the test but have had no idea where to start? Then you should definitely consider adding a personal touch to your home décor by creating your own unique LED rope light sign.

LED rope light is long-lasting and easy to configure into beautiful, loopy lettering. Plus, you can adjust the size of the letters to cover medium to large amounts of wall space that would otherwise require a large, expensive painting or various amounts of smaller artwork to fill. Spell out your family motto, an important value, or your child’s name and immediately alter the ambiance of any room to match it.

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New Brand Spotlight: Uttermost Co.

Jun 28, 13 New Brand Spotlight: Uttermost Co.

New to 1000Bulbs.com, the Uttermost Co. features an eclectic product line with a variety of products suited to different styles. The company prides itself in making quality home accessories at a reasonable price. From elegant to industrial, simple to whimsical, the Uttermost line of products has something for everyone. Products featured in the picture include the Uttermost 71018-8 Bermuda wool rug, the Uttermost 23051 wing chair, and the Uttermost 26337-1 crystal leaf table lamp.

 

Lighting

The UL listed Uttermost lighting line has fixtures for every room in your home. Each lamp, pendant, chandelier, and sconce has been hand leafed in either gold or silver with layers of glazes and stains. While the fixtures are handcrafted, they are designed to be paired with the Uttermost mirrors and wall art, using the same finishes to help you coordinate matching sets for your different rooms. Looking for something funky? Check out the Uttermost 26293 tiger stripe table lamp or if you want something more traditional, try the Uttermost 26292 distressed table lamp.

Furniture

Designed for functionality and style, the Uttermost furniture line features a wonderful selection of chairs, tables, benches, and shelves. Each piece of furniture is finished by hand, giving you a uniquely crafted work of art for your living room, game room, or foyer. If you are interested in something playful, try the Uttermost 24168 Dice accent table or the Uttermost 23605 small cow print bench.

Decorative Accents

Uttermost 32234 Proud Papa Painting

Uttermost 32234 Proud Papa Painting

With a variety of designs, Uttermost has a beautiful line of decorative home accents for you to choose from. Some of the most popular pieces include the Uttermost mirrors and wall art. Hand-finished so no two pieces are alike, the mirrors and wall art are both visually stunning and remarkably unique, enhancing any room with your personal style. Along with the mirrors and art, the Timeworks decorative clocks add a captivating appeal, combining a timeworn finish with modern designs. For a rustic addition, try the Uttermost 06664 rustic wall clock, or for something more unique, check out the Uttermost 12793 adjoined circle wall mirror.

Rugs

Hand-tufted or hand-knotted, you will be sure to find the perfect rug in the Uttermost collection of rugs. The rug collection contains a variety of colors and sizes, allowing you to find the ideal choice for your bedroom or living room. Want a rug that is neutral, yet still has a fashionable look? Try the Uttermost 71023-9 Devonshire wool rug. For something that is a tad simpler, check out the Uttermost 73018-5 Danube hand tufted viscose rug or the Uttermost 71000-5 Barhara hand woven reversible rug.

Uttermost has wide selection of gorgeous home decor. With something for everyone, it’s impossible not to find something you will absolutely love. If you are interested in more information regarding Uttermost products, leave a note in the comments, or write us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!

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Beam Angle Explained

Jan 18, 13 Beam Angle Explained

Reflector bulbs are more than just floodlights and spotlights. Like any light bulb, they come in shapes and technologies to fit any application. Two cases in point are the PAR and the MR16. These common bulbs, whether halogen, CFL, or LED, are highly specified, containing engineered surfaces that control the beam of light to an angle so precise it takes seven different classifications just to explain their possible uses!

Very Narrow Spot (VNSP)

The very narrow spot is just like it sounds. At 7 degrees or less for an MR16 or 15 degrees or less for a PAR lamp, this reflector casts an intense, focused beam without a square inch of wasted light. Bulbs with a VNSP beam angle are often used to highlight a small statue or figure on display in a museum or in a jewelry store to make diamonds “pop.”

Narrow Spot (NSP)

landscape lights

Photo by RBerteig (flickr)

Like the very narrow spot, the narrow spot is most popular in commercial applications. At 8 to 15 degrees for an MR16 or 16 to 30 degrees for a PAR lamp, the reflector casts a beam slightly less focused than a VNSP. Look for bulbs with an NSP beam angle in retail settings highlighting a special or sale item or in landscape bullets illuminating a sign or garden feature.

Spot (SP)

The spot, though primarily used in commercial applications, also shows up in homes from time to time. At 16 to 22 degrees for an MR16 or 31 to 60 degrees for a PAR lamp, the reflector casts a medium-sized beam. Bulbs with an SP beam angle are used in stores to highlight a special or sale area or outdoors to illuminate an architectural feature.

Narrow Flood (NFL)

Fireplace Spot Light

Photo by ell brown (flickr)

Businesses and homeowners alike find uses for the narrow flood. At 23 to 32 degrees for an MR16 or 61 to 90 degrees for a PAR lamp, this reflector casts a medium-wide beam. Stores use an NFL beam angle to highlight a display table, while homes might use this bulb in recessed eyeball lights to illuminate a painting over a fireplace mantle.

Flood (FL)

This true “floodlight” has wide variety of applications. At 36 to 45 degrees for an MR16 or 91 to 120 degrees for a PAR lamp, the reflector casts a wide beam. Bulbs with an FL beam angle can be seen in everything from pendant lights in coffee shops to recessed lights in living rooms.

Wide Flood (WFL)

Need a lot of light? There are worse options than the wide flood. At 46 to 59 degrees for an MR16 or 121 to 160 degrees for a PAR lamp, the wide flood has a dispersed beam to cover a large area. Bulbs with a WFL beam angle are common in many general illumination applications from motion-sensing lights above garage doors to recessed cans in auditoriums and movie theaters.

Very Wide Flood (VWFL)

recessed lights

Photo by mccun934 (flickr)

The very wide flood finds its way into specialty applications, more often than not. At over 60 degrees for an MR16 or over 160 degrees for a PAR lamp, this reflector casts an extremely wide beam. Bulbs with a VWFL beam angle are used to illuminate without highlighting any particular object or area. They’re good options for outdoor flood lighting and low-ceiling recessed lights.

Keep in mind these designations vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some brands, like Ushio, throw them out altogether for their simpler system of “narrow,” “medium,” and “wide.” Also note that just because a bulb may have a commercial application, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it in your home. Use reflectors to make your walls a canvas for your lighting ideas, and be sure to share those ideas with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest!

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Light Post Lighting News: New Fluorescent Technology, Rockefeller Tree, and More

Dec 10, 12 Light Post Lighting News: New Fluorescent Technology, Rockefeller Tree, and More

Here at 1000Bulbs.com, not only do we sell thousands of lighting products, lighting accessories,  and (my favorite) Christmas decorations to satisfy even the most seasoned lighting veteran, we also have our ears to the ground, scouring the Internet for news-worthy…news. Introducing Light Post, a bi-weekly gathering of lighting innovations and of course, news. So make sure you swing by every other week for your dose of Light Post.

Wake Forest Introduces Revolutionary Fluorescent Bulb

Physics professor David Carroll and his team of researchers at Wake Forest University have created a fluorescent bulb set to replace LEDs and standard fluorescents. These new bulbs, based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (try saying that fives times in a row) technology, or FIPEL, are shatterproof, flicker-free, and won’t burn out. No more of the mosquito-in-your-ear humming noise many office workers complain about now. Besides no more humming, these lights give off a soft, white light and are extremely efficient, at least twice as efficient as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). Better yet, these lights are long-lasting: Carroll has one that has worked for about a decade. These lights should be available to consumers as early as next year.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting not Hampered by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy definitely left a dark spot over New York City, flooding pretty much everything, costing millions of dollars, and leaving lots of people without power. However, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting erased any dark spot cast by the superstorm. The massive 80-foot Norway spruce, complete with 30,000 lights and topped with a Swarovski star, came to life November 28. The 10-ton tree resided at the Mount Olive, N.J. home of Joe Balku and was a mere 22-feet tall in 1973 when Balku bought the house. Today, the tree measures about 50 feet in diameter. The iconic tree will remain in the public eye until January 7.
After that, it will be turned into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

Streetlights in Central London to be Controlled by iPads

If this isn’t evidence of technology becoming more and more important in our everyday lives, I don’t know what is. Westminster City Council announced it will be replacing about 14,000 central London street lights with new, iPad controlled smart lights. The iPad application will be able to monitor street lighting levels and reliability, monitor which lights are not working properly, and can even predict when a light will fail. Installation of the new lights will cost about $3 million, but it will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands a year.

Texas Towns and Parks Scale Back Lighting to See Stars

Having recently moved from a small, Texas town to the big city, I can certainly attest for the lack of star-gazing ability here in the Metroplex. That’s why many Texas towns and state parks are fighting light pollution. In recent years, Texas’ state parks have seen a decline in visitors and to lure them back, the parks are promoting chances for night-sky viewing, away from the city lights by advocating cities and towns to use down-facing light fixtures, so as not to pollute neighboring areas with unnecessary light.

LED Lights May Boost Milk Production in Cows

There may be a link between higher milk production and LED lights. An initial experiment done in 2010 at Oklahoma State University found a 6% increase in milk production in cows when traditional lights were replaced with LEDs, which consume at least 75% less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs, in areas where cows were housed. While the research is still underway, and if the results can be replicated in other institutions, not only will cows produce more milk, but the savings over the long run will be tremendous for farmers.

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