My Search for a New Light Bulb

Incandescent Light BulbAs most of us now know, the traditional incandescent light bulb invented over 100 years ago is being phased out over the next couple of years. To learn more about the incandescent phase out, or if you are like “What?!”, make sure to check out our coverage on the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) – aka “the incandescent phase out”.

Whether or not you agree with the law, and there are plenty of opinions both for and against, it is coming. In fact, the first phase starts this January 2012 when the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be able to be manufactured or imported. In January 2013 it will be the 75-watt light bulb and in January 2014, the 60-watt and 40-watt light bulbs.

So, knowing this is coming, and knowing that I have a lot of light bulbs in my house that will need to be replaced, including 100-watt ones, I decided to start exploring my options and figured I would share them with you.

What did I learn?

  1. There are options available now.
  2. There is no one option for me. I will be using different technologies based upon my needs and wants.
  3. GE makes a very cool hybrid light bulb which is part halogen and compact fluorescent that I am now using.
  4. There are halogen replacements for incandescent light bulbs…did not know this.
  5. Philips has a very cool, very awesome, somewhat expensive, LED light bulb called AmbientLED. I wish I could afford many of these because they work very, very well.

Now on to the story…

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Pegasus Lighting Debuts Mobile Website

Pegasus Lighting Mobile WebsiteBEAVER FALLS, PA, May 13 – As smartphones continue to become an integral part of the shopping process, consumer data proves mobile-friendly websites are increasingly valuable. In fact, a recent study from Google indicated that 79% of smartphone owners use their mobile devices to shop, whether that involves researching a product, comparing prices, or making a direct purchase.

On April 27, Pegasus Lighting launched a mobile version of their e-commerce website (http://m.pegasuslighting.com). The lighting retailer presence in the mobile space is surprisingly sparse. Pegasus Lighting saw an opportunity to offer online shoppers the convenience of a site designed specifically for smartphones while still providing the full feature-set from its main website. This includes extensive product information, product reviews, FAQs, and a dedicated Help section.

The mobile site is especially valuable for Pegasus Lighting’s many repeat business customers, who are often in the field. These customers can log into their accounts, check order statuses, review past orders, and place future orders all in the palms of their hands.

The announcement comes a year after the launch of the company’s Lighting Library app, which has received positive reviews among professionals and consumers alike. The free iPhone app offers a glossary of over 100 everyday lighting terms.

About Pegasus Lighting
Founded in 1993, Pegasus Lighting is an online lighting distributor selling “unique lighting products for your special needs.” The company, based near Pittsburgh in Beaver Falls, PA, with another office location in Raleigh, NC, attracts both individual and corporate shoppers who value a learning experience in lighting, competitive pricing and an easy-to-use, intuitive website. Pegasus Lighting also offers a Trade Professional Discount Program for contractors, designers and other professionals. For more information, visit http://www.PegasusLighting.com.

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Contact:
Chris Johnson, Vice President
724.846.5137
ChrisJ [at] PegasusLighting [dot] com

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Thank You Lutron – A Great Customer Service Experience

Excellent Customer ServiceWhen I moved into my new home in September 2009 I undertook a number of lighting projects.  The dimmers are probably my favorite addition.  In fact, I wrote a blog post about my dimmer project in my New Home Project series of posts.

One of the coolest Maestro dimmers, in my humble opinion, is a combination light and fan dimmer for ceiling fans.  Lutron calls it a Dual Digital Fade Dimmer / Fan Control and according to the Lutron website

At the touch of a button, dimmer can go immediately to a favorite preset light level, fade-to-off, or adjust manually. Dual controls also consolidate light switches and save space. For fan controls, users can similarly cycle between favorite speeds or adjust manually.

I have nine of these light/fan dimmers in my house to go with my nine ceiling fans (oh yea, we love ceiling fans too – perfect for those NC summers).  Unfortunately, the one in my home office started to have problems last week.  It was really strange.  When I tried to turn on the light the light on the ceiling fan would flash.  It was like my home office was a disco dance floor…not the greatest thing to see bright and early in the morning.  It is kind of fun with the kids later on in the day, but definitely not what I want to see before my first cup of coffee. (more…)

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As Seen on TV: Our Xenon Light Strip

Have you ever seen a cove lighting installation in action?  Our xenon low voltage strip was featured on the DIY network TV show Rescue Renovation!  The episode features a young man who bought his first home from 1000 miles away.  Needless to say, it turned out to be quite a “fixer-upper.”

In this clip, you’ll see the Rescue Renovation team coming in to help.  They use the light strip behind crown molding to accentuate the home’s original cove ceiling.  View the video after the jump! (more…)

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New Home Project: Dimmers

This is the fourth blog post of my New Home Project post series. This series of posts details the lighting projects that I have undertaken in my new home. I had high hopes for these posts.  One of them was that I would write a post shortly after I actually did the project.  Throw that goal out of the window.  I moved into my new home in September 2009.  I guess better late than never…right?

First, a recap of my other projects:

Now, on to my dimmer project (pics below).
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New iPhone App is a Pocket Resource for Lighting Shoppers, Designers, & Professionals

Pegasus Lighting iPhone AppBEAVER FALLS, PA, April 14, 2010 – It seems there really is an App for just about everything.  Electrical contractors, interior designers, and DIY-ers putting the finishing touches on a home improvement or commercial lighting project: meet the Lighting Library app from Pegasus Associates Lighting.  It is a free, instant aide that will answer lighting questions for anyone in the industry, from the beginner scanning the aisles of a home improvement warehouse, to the exhibit professional designing a display or exhibit booth for a trade show.

It’s designed to be as easy to navigate, as it is informative, and includes a glossary with easy-to-understand definitions of over 100 common lighting terms, an FAQ section, and a compilation of lighting tips.  Users can also email Pegasus Lighting directly through the application for support, feedback, and comments.

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