A WiOn smart control outlet is used to control a coffee maker

Why I Was Wrong About Smart Home Controls

It took me a while to fully embrace the smart home automation trend, but when we introduced several new smart controls to our product line last month, it made me reevaluate my position.

Was my reluctance towards the smart home trend shortsighted?

I’m rather ashamed to say that I used to see smart home automation products and wonder, “Why in the world would I want that? Seriously, can people not flip a switch anymore?”

As the parent of teenagers, perhaps I’ve developed a growing resentment towards anything that allows the millennial generation to stare at their phone for another second.

When we started carrying a new line of smart lighting controls, I discovered more about the technology and had a major Ah-ha! moment (12 of them which you’ll see below), where I realized these things do way more than just turn a light on and off when I’m too lazy, tired or preoccupied to get up and do it myself. (more…)

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Pegasus Lighting Now Recognized as Google Trusted Store

Pegasus Lighting Awarded Google Trusted Stores Badge

Pegasus Lighting Now Recognized as Google Trusted StoreWe are pleased to announce that Pegasus Lighting was recently selected to join the Google Trusted stores program.

To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the PegasusLighting.com website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.


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Cherry blossoms bloom in ESI Designs light display

Historic D.C. Building Comes Alive With Light

A renovated Washington D.C. office building renowned for its historical significance as a civil rights landmark now captures attention with magnificent displays of reactive light.

Cherry blossoms bloom in ESI Designs light display
via ESI Designs

In 1951 Mary Church Terrell led a civil rights protest at the lunch counter of what was then Hecht’s department store. Over 60 years later the aptly named Terrell Place, now a renovated office building, is making history again.

An Interactive Experience

Imagine that every workday was like walking into a virtual reality. Outside, you might trudge through snow and sleet, but inside, cherry trees blossom and fade, fireworks blaze and butterflies flutter with the ebb and flow of activity in the building’s lobby. (more…)

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Raleigh area garage with recessed lighting

11 Spectacular Examples of Modern Garage Lighting

When someone says garage lighting, you probably think of something along the lines of this:

Old and messy garage with fluorescent lighting

Flickering fluorescents buzzing overhead, or perhaps just a lonely solitary bulb.

Now, things are a bit different. Modern garages aren’t just for cars and dusty forgotten storage boxes anymore, but have become an extension of the home. And they’re way beyond cheap, ineffective and dated light fixtures.

Here are 11 examples of garages that broke away from the mold to show how contemporary lighting can take a garage from spiritless to spectacular.

#1 Vintage Style Races towards Modern Industrial

Other Spaces industrial-garage

I’m a huge fan of mixing modern and vintage design elements and this garage does it wonderfully. The overhead barn lights intermingle with low-profile recessed lights while wall washers and spotlights display the custom-made mural of vintage formula race cars. (more…)

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Our 17th Anniversary Celebration

Pegasus Lighting 17th anniversary celebrationMay 2016 marks Pegasus Lighting’s 17th year online. Like any developing 17-year-old, we have spent our “teenage years” testing the waters, figuring out who we are as a company and determining where we will make our future.

But the truth is, we are also the result of good “parenting.” Pegasus Lighting has a solid foundation guided by the principles set in place by our founder, Dr. Thomas E. Farin years ago:

  • Treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Work smarter.
  • Communicate clearly and thoroughly.
  • Encourage innovation.
  • Have some fun.

These principles continue to guide us as we enter our 18th year. (more…)

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ipad and iphone at night

Are Businesses ‘Waking Up’ to the Role of Blue Light in Sleep?

ipad and iphone at nightAn estimated 83.6 million sleep deprived people are shuffling around the U.S. at any given moment – so it makes sense that businesses are investing in products and technologies that focus on ways to get a good night’s rest.

When smart lighting entered the market, it made changing the color temperature of lights easy. With the touch of a button, users could program their lights to wake them up slowly, like a sunrise.

Apple’s recent update to iOS 9.3 introduced Night Shift, a feature that takes its cues from the sun (or more specifically, your device’s clock and geolocation) to gently shift the color temperature of your display to the warmer end of the light spectrum at night which may help you get a better night’s sleep.

The Basics of Blue Light

Blue light, a naturally occurring wavelength emitted in sunshine, was manufactured into light emitting diodes (LED’s) by three Japanese scientists in the early 1990’s, an invention so innovative that it led to a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014.  Smartphones, HD televisions, computers … all of these devices are enhanced by the brilliant light of this technological marvel.

Does Blue Light Mess Up Sleep Patterns?

The theory is that the blue light does such a marvelous job of mimicking the sun, that it “tricks” our brains into thinking that it is still daytime. (See Using Your Tablet or Smart Phone in Bed May Be a Lousy Idea for more information.)

The theory is that the blue light does such a marvelous job of mimicking the sun, that it “tricks” our brains into thinking that it is still daytime.

What Next?

Currently, there’s not enough data to definitively say that the blue light from devices is what is keeping people awake at night. Rather, maybe your wakefulness is a result of too much mental stimulation from playing a game, or just plain worrying about some email that you checked right before you went to bed?

Although the jury is still out on whether or not screens emitting light on the blue spectrum actually disrupt natural sleep cycles, Apple’s latest release may be a catalyst for more discussion on the side effects of late night screening.

What do you think? Have you tried Night Shift, or products that do something similar? Has it helped you get a better night’s rest?


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