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LED Lighting

What are common uses for LEDs? Around the house, you'll find LEDs used for display lighting, task lighting, nightlighting, recessed lighting, stairway and landscape lighting. Under cabinet lighting is now the most popular use for LEDs in household interiors. Aside from these mundane yet significant functions, LED's can be spectacular like the Times Square New…

What Is Energy Star?

What Is Energy Star? Energy Star is a joint program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Their goal is to encourage the use of energy-efficient products and practices to help save money and use less energy Consumer Advantages: Helping reduce the rate of greenhouse gas emissions. Save money in…

Dark Skies Ordinance

Many cities across the United States have enacted what is popularly called a Dark Skies Ordinance. This ordinances requires that all outdoor lighting face downward to the ground. The ordinance is an effort to reduce lighting pollution and help urban dweller see the stars from their homes. The International Dark Sky Association, based in Tuscon,…

How To Light A Dining Room

The lighting in a dinning room space should take advantage of the space and its needs. It is also an area where function and aesthetics are important as well. A typical dinning room setting is used for many everyday activities like eating, reading, and entertaining company. Using light fixtures that are multifunctional is key for…

How To Light A Bathroom

A good rule of thumb is to provide lighting that does not create shadows or glare. Your light source in your bathroom should be an even spread of illumination. Eliminating shadows while in front of the mirror can be accomplished by a light source that is installed from above and from the sides. An efficient…

Types of Lighting & General Lighting Info

Billiard Room:¬†Lighting Home billiard table lamps are specifically designed to spread illumination evenly across the table and eliminate distracting shadows. This includes the areas of the pool table bed directly under the cushions and the areas near the pockets. Your dealer can usually recommend the optimal wattage, and suggest the correct height over your table.…

The Lighting Layer Approach

The lighting layers approach is a method used for layering lighting systems to help create composition and a particular aesthetic in a space. This approach is a lighting design that will provide a variety of light sources to accommodate your space and visually aid everyday tasks. Its also a great approach to help add shadows…

A Guide to Crystal

Learn about the different grades of crystal to pick a chandelier that's right for you! The history of crystal glass is closely tied to the development of the room chandelier. Chandeliers were originally candle holders and were hung from the ceiling to illuminate a room - and reduce the risk of fire. In the late…