Five Home Lighting Trends for 2015

Jan 30, 15 Five Home Lighting Trends for 2015

The New Year has officially begun, and you know what that means: New Year, New You. For some that entails getting a daring new haircut or a flashy new wardrobe, but for others it means making some much-needed improvements to their home. Unbeknownst to most, one way to make a big difference when updating the look of a space is changing the lighting. Lighting design can be much more creative than most people think, and this is more evident than ever when looking at the major home lighting trends experts forecast for 2015.

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5 Common LED Questions

Jan 19, 15 5 Common LED Questions

We have posted many guides and FAQs for LED lights, but it’s difficult to cover everything in a single article.  LEDs are more complicated than any previous lamp, and it can take a while to learn everything about them.  Recently, I helped my Dad’s church move from the traditional incandescents their building had used for 100 years, to the LEDs in their new building.  They had several questions, such as cost and lifespan, with more adding on even after everything was installed.  So I’d like to pass these common questions, and their answers, on to you.

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CES 2015 Light Bulbs Updates

Jan 06, 15 CES 2015 Light Bulbs Updates

Thousands are people swarm to Las Vegas every January for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  It’s the place where you can check out the newest hottest trends and get a glimpse into the future of technology.  While brands like Samsung and Sony are showing off their latest HDTVs and speakers, you’ll also find a growing selection of LED bulbs.

Over the course of 2014 light bulbs made the transition from being an appliance to a gadget.  With the introduction of connected LED bulbs, they are taking on the role of doing more than just providing light.  You can use apps to change the color of your bulbs, dim them or even turn them off.  As new functionality is being thought of, companies are using CES as a platform to introduce these ideas and gauge interest.

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Why Do My Lights Hum?

Jan 05, 15 Why Do My Lights Hum?

Maybe they just have a song in their wires?  In all seriousness, humming or buzzing in your lights can be maddening.  Whether it’s coming from incandescents, fluorescents, or LEDs, the problem usually stems from vibration caused by the voltage applied.  The vibration itself isn’t always the fault of the bulb either, other devices on the same electrical line can lead to noisy lines or noisy light bulbs too.  Usually, this hum is a fairly easy fix so long as you know what to look for, which is great since this is a common problem.

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What is Smart Lighting?

Dec 22, 14 What is Smart Lighting?

As we ride further into the future, everything is getting the adjective smart added to it.  We have smart watches, smart cars, smart houses, and smart alecks.  And now we have smart lighting for our smart homes which we can control from our smart phones.  The overuse of the term smarts almost as much as this pun.  But what makes a smart light bulb, and what goes into the lighting within a smart home?  The short answer is:  Lots of wireless connectivity and energy efficiency.  Let’s unpack the long answer.

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