New Home Project: Under Cabinet Lighting

DIY - ELECTRICALRecently, 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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Labor Day 2009 Sale on Popular Wireless LED Battery Operated Lights

kitchen-backsplash-diy-projectThis 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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Dorm Room Lighting Essentials: Back to School

Back to School Written with PenIt is that time of year again; back-to-school time. From now until mid-September, students are heading to college dorm rooms all across the country. In addition to dorm room rugs, televisions, video games, and computers, lighting is an essential addition to any dorm room’s décor. “Institutional dorm lighting is not exactly the most cheerful. Putting a few better light sources in your room can make the space much more pleasant,” says Naomi Rockler-Gladen of

As we all know, school, work, social, and study schedules rarely match up between roommates. One potential area for disagreement is over the room’s lights. Either they are kept on most of the night or are turned on suddenly while one roommate is sleeping. However, wireless, energy-efficient LED lighting is a quick and inexpensive solution to help avoid these potential dorm room disasters.

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Cavity Design Increases OLED Light Output

A couple of months ago we posted an article to the Pegasus Associates Lighting website that listed the 10 things to know about LED lighting. Number nine on our list of 10 things to know was OLED.

9. OLED An OLED is an organic light emitting diode.  It is an LED that also contains carbon.  OLEDs are generally manufactured as flexible lightweight sheets.  Today, OLEDs operate at significantly lower efficiency than inorganic (crystalline) LEDs.  OLEDs typically generate less light per area than inorganic, solid state LEDs, which are usually designed for use as point-light sources., LED Lighting: 10 Things to Know

Today I learned that scientists from the independent Stanford Research Institute (SRI) found an innovative design to increase light output and energy efficiency of OLEDs. The answer is cavities. The device that they produced is called, watch out for another acronym, COLED. Yes, the C stands for cavity.

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Night Lights Help to Reduce the Risk of Falling

LED Rotating Night LightA doctor from a leading panel of experts that are behind a new action plan to prevent falls in older adults recommends night lights to help reduce the risk of falling. Dr. Pamela Macfarlane, a professor in Northern Illinois University’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, suggests investing in night lights to create a low intensity light near the bed or bathroom.

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LEDs Might Lead a Lighting Revolution in Five Years

In five years we may just see a revolution in residential and office lighting led by LEDs manufactured with gallium nitride, according to Professor Colin Humphreys of Cambridge University. Gallium nitride LED lighting produces a brilliant light and could cut electricity consumption by approximately 75% in developed countries. This reduction would have the added benefit of creating substantial cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and help to preserve our fossil fuel reserves.

Gallium nitride, or GaN, is a semiconductor material that is considered by many to be the next important semiconductor after silicon.  It is a brilliant light emitter able to operate at high temperatures. GaN is used to create devices with small physical volume that produce high output power.

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