Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

I am the President & CEO of Pegasus Lighting. Beyond my day job, my professional interests include small business, technology, web design and development, operations, marketing, and social media. My personal interests include spending time with my two children and wonderful wife, reading presidential history and business books, and striving for my work | life balance.

Apr 142010
 

iPhone App Home1 New iPhone App is a Pocket Resource for Lighting Shoppers, Designers, & ProfessionalsBEAVER 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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Apr 022010
 

little girl winning New Website Contest Winners AnnouncedAs many of you know we are in the process of redesigning our website for a hopeful Summer 2010 launch. We want to get as much feedback as possible on the new design so that we make sure it is as good as it can be. Thus, during March we had a contest where two random winners would receive a $150 Pegasus Lighting gift certificate and ten other random winners would receive a free LED battery operated puck light, just for providing us with their feedback and suggestions.

We said that the winners would be announced April 2, 2010. So, without further ado, allow me to announce our contest winners:
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Mar 112010
 

farin top50 entrepreneurs 150 President of Pegasus Lighting Recognized as Triangle Top 50 EntrepreneurBEAVER FALLS, PA, March 11—In an award ceremony on February 26, Business Leader Media honored Dr. Thomas E. Farin, founder and president of Pegasus Associates Lighting, as a 2010 Triangle Top 50 Entrepreneur.  This award recognizes leaders who have made a significant impact in the Raleigh – Durham, NC business community.

Dr. Farin’s accomplishments were highlighted through his involvement in professional organizations, business innovations, philanthropic activity, and overall company growth.  Under his leadership, Pegasus Lighting has grown substantially since its launch on the Internet in 1999 with less than $1,000.  The company’s sales today are close to $3 million.  Last year, during the economic recession, Dr. Farin led Pegasus Lighting to increase profitability by streamlining operations and cutting costs despite an 8% reduction in sales.

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Mar 032010
 

electrical project New Home Project: Pantry and Closet LightingA couple of months ago I wrote my first blog post for my New Home Project post series.  This post series is about the lighting projects I have undertaken in my new home. That first post was about the installation of our kitchen under cabinet lighting. I had hoped to make these posts a little more frequent, but you know how that goes…time gets away from you. Either way, I am finally writing my second post for this series and it is about using Microfluorescent T4 fixtures as pantry and closet lighting.

As a I stated in my previous post, some of my lighting projects I did myself, and others I had professional electricians perform. Adding my pantry and closet lighting was a mix of both.  During the construction of my new home I had the electricians install electrical outlets that were controlled by a light switch in our two kitchen pantries.  One of these pantries was in the kitchen, and the other was actually a coat closet beneath our stairs close to our kitchen that we had the builder convert into a pantry (we call this our “big pantry”). I had these electrical outlets included so that once we moved into the house I could easily install Microfluorescent T4 fixtures around and above the interior door frames of each pantry. The Microfluorescent T4 fixtures come with a cord and plug and you can also purchase flexible linking cables to link two or more fixtures together, which is what I did.  Why did I choose these fixtures? I think this customer comment says it all…

The T4 is sleek, compact, easy to install and provides a generous amount of light in a very small footprint.

Feb 052010
 

BEAVER FALLS, PA, February 5 — Pegasus Associates Lighting has become a Sustaining Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).  By becoming a Sustaining Member, Pegasus Lighting will help further lighting research, education projects, and other endeavors designed to communicate all aspects of good lighting practices to lighting professionals and lighting consumers.

Dr. Thomas E. Farin, president and founder of Pegasus Lighting, said he has “always believed that research, teaching, learning, and discussion are extremely important components of anyone’s profession,” which is why he wanted to increase the company’s support for the IESNA, the recognized technical authority on illumination for over 100 years.  Dr. Farin has been an active individual member of the IESNA since 1993 but now he thought it was time that his company became more supportive of the mission of the IESNA.

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Jan 282010
 

coming soon A New Website: Coming Summer 2010UPDATE: Post your feedback and comments at the bottom of this post on at least two of our new page designs and enter to win one of two free $150 Pegasus Lighting gift certificates (you could also win one of ten battery operated LED puck lights).  This contest ends March 31, 2010.  Click here for additional details.

This year promises to be an exciting one for Pegasus Associates Lighting and our customers. In our constant effort to provide you with an excellent user experience and a website that is a “learning experience in lighting,” we are redesigning our website and adding many new features. The goal? A sleeker design that is easier to navigate and read, additional features to help you find the right lighting product for your project, and a smoother product purchasing process.

While we are still finalizing the details, we want your feedback.  We’ve prepared a page on our website for you to visit to view all of our new pages and compare to the current site. Please share any comments you have by commenting below in this blog post. By telling us what you like (and don’t like) about the new site, we will be able to tailor it to provide the best possible user experience for you.

At this time our new pages are static representations of what the new website will look like. They are not fully functional web pages yet. However, once we do have a portion of our new website built we will make an announcement in our blog, our Facebook fan page, and our Twitter account, and you will be able to check out the beta version of the new site.
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Jan 182010
 

mini pendant light1 Low Voltage Indoor Lighting: Pendant Lights for Every RoomLow voltage lighting is not new. According to Popular Mechanics magazine, “Low voltage outdoor lighting got its start in the early 1950s when Bill Locklin, an electrical contractor in Redlands, Calif., was asked by a client to put up some outdoor lights.” It took a few decades for homeowners to catch on and take advantage of all the benefits that low voltage lighting has to offer. Nowadays, homeowners installing outdoor landscape lighting often choose low voltage lighting fixtures.

But what about low voltage indoor lighting? Almost 60 years after Bill Locklin’s innovation, low voltage indoor lighting has finally become mainstream. There are several reasons why low voltage lighting has become more popular. Better quality fixtures, long-lasting bulbs and easier installation methods are just a few of the reasons. Further, many Americans are more aware of the importance of energy conservation and the savings that result from using low voltage fixtures and energy-saving light bulbs. Low voltage lighting fixtures, and the bulbs that are used with them, provide a higher quality light. Low voltage lights have also become more versatile than in the past. There are many low voltage design options. Some popular fixture types include track lighting, under cabinet lighting and hanging pendants.
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Nov 252009
 

gift of light 253x300 Give a Gift of Light: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2009 Lighting SaleLast September one of our manufacturers offered a $3 instant manufacturer rebate on their wireless LED battery-operated lights. Well, that promotion turned out to be quite popular. As a result, I got another phone call from that same manufacturer just the other day. “Let’s do it again!”, they said.

Starting today, continuing through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and ending on Friday, December 4, 2009, six of some of our most popular LED battery-operated light fixtures have been reduced in price by $3 once again. Since this is an instant manufacturer rebate, there is nothing that you, the customer, have to do to receive this rebate. The rebate is applied once the product is added to your shopping cart.

Give your friends and family a gift of light with LED lighting that:

  • Includes a bright white LED
  • Mounts anywhere
  • Lights up automatically when motion is detected
  • Turns on only in darkness
  • Automatically shuts off after 30 seconds
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Provides easy safety and security lighting
  • And, may even be remote-controlled.

The Black Friday / Cyber Monday instant manufacturer rebate applies to the following products:

Nov 122009
 

electrical project New Home Project: Under Cabinet LightingRecently, my family and I moved into a new home. We had lived in our previous home for more than seven years (loving every minute in our old house). But we were starting to get just a little cramped as our family had grown from just the two of us to now the four of us.  While packing and moving is no fun at all, I was looking forward to the new house because I had some big plans for our lighting. I mean, hey, I do work for a lighting company.

Over the next couple of blog posts, I am going to share the lighting projects that I have tackled in our new home (including pics). Some projects I did and others I had professional electricians perform. My first new home project was adding under cabinet lights. I had under cabinet lighting installed in our previous home and there was just no way I was not going to have my under cabinet lighting. I literally cannot live without them. We have a favorite saying in our household when we talk about something we want or like.  We say, “It’s a quality of life issue.” Well, under cabinet lighting is a “quality of life issue for me.”
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Sep 012009
 

diy project kitchen backsplash Labor Day 2009 Sale on Popular Wireless LED Battery Operated LightsThis post is for all of you “weekend warriors” out there that are working hard to finish up those summer projects. Yesterday I received a phone call from one of our manufacturers with a request. They wanted to offer a special Labor Day promotion on their wireless LED battery-operated lights; a $3 instant manufacturer rebate. Nothing wrong with that; so I said, “Absolutely!”

Starting today, and continuing through this coming Labor Day, Monday, September 7, six of some of our most popular LED battery-operated light fixtures have been reduced in price by $3. Since this is an instant manufacturer rebate, there is nothing that you, the customer, have to do to receive this rebate. The special Labor Day price, including your instant rebate, will automatically be applied when the product is placed in our online shopping cart.

So, go ahead, and take some of the “labor” out of your summer projects with LED lighting that:

  • Includes a bright white LED
  • Mounts anywhere
  • Lights up automatically when motion is detected
  • Turns on only in darkness
  • Automatically shuts off after 30 seconds
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Provides easy safety and security lighting
  • And, may even be remote-controlled.

The Labor Day instant manufacturer rebate applies to the following products:

All of us at Pegasus Associates Lighting hope you had a great summer and that you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

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