How To Hang Wall Sconces

Wall sconces have the power to transform a gloomy hallway to a gorgeous corridor, making them a pretty popular light fixture. However, there’s a little less familiarity when it comes to knowing exactly where a wall sconce should be hung.

Wondering about how high the wall sconce should be hung from the floor – and how far apart multiple sconces should be placed from one another? You’ve come to the right place.

The beauty of a wall sconce is in the soft lighting that emanates from the shade and spills out from below onto the ground. The part of the wall sconce that is not too pretty is the view from above. You don’t want to see the top of the light fixture, with the light bulb screwed in – that would defeat the whole purpose of having a sconce!  So, when you determine the hanging height from the ground, measure so that the average person will still have the wall sconce in their natural line of sight, but will not be able to look down into the wall sconce from above.

Typically, contractors install wall sconces between 5.5 feet to 6 feet above floor level. However, if the average height of people living in your home is well above 6 feet – or below 5.5, you may want to adjust accordingly! If you choose a long or very large wall sconce, you may want to install them a bit higher up on the wall as well.

Now, for distance between light fixtures: If you are installing in a long hallway, space wall sconces about eight to ten feet apart. Other applications call for shorter spacing distances. For example, many people install wall sconces on either side of the vanity in the bathroom. In this type of functional use, spacing distance doesn’t matter as much.

Any more questions about wall sconces? Comment below!

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“Light,” A Short Film

If I imagined lighting as a villain in a horror film, this would be it.

In all seriousness, this short film directed by David Parker is a project intended to bring awareness to energy waste. The “bleeding” lights metaphorically represent inefficiency.

The film was shot in Los Angeles and will be projected in selected US cities on vacant storefront windows and walls in alleys as public art. What do you think?

First spotted on JimonLight, originally found on Sunday Paper.

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How To Replace a 60W Incandescent Light Bulb: The Ultimate Guide

Chances are, you have a few 60 watt frosted incandescent light bulbs in your home – they are very commonly used in table and floor lamps. Here’s the thing: There are other light bulbs out there that last longer, consume less energy, and provide up to 95% of the light output.

Plus, today’s standard 60 watt incandescent light bulbs will be phased out in the near future (January 1 2014, to be exact). We created an infographic laying out your options to replace that light bulb:

When you’re considering cost, take into account the expected lifetime! Paying $25.70 every 23 years for one LED A19 is less expensive than paying $3.25 each year for a Halogen A19. The total for that Halogen A19 light bulb (and all its replacements) adds up to roughly $74.75 over 23 years.

Want to embed this infographic on your own site or blog? Great! Here’s the embed code:

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Help Turn Ordinary Furniture Into Garden Environments: “Eight Extraordinary Greens”

Jenna Spevack is an artist, designer, and environmental advocate in NYC. She recently designed a simple system for growing microgreens (i.e., arugula, mizuna, mustard, kale, etc.) in urban environments. Check out her video on Kickstarter below!

Jenna will have an exhibition on display at the Mixed Greens gallery in New York beginning May 3, displaying ordinary furniture objects that have been adapted into “microfarms.” Jenna’ s goal is to increase accessibility to healthy food – and to remove the cost barrier. The exhibition will demonstrate how anyone (even in the tiniest of spaces) can grow healthy, affordable food.

However, to fund her project, Jenna still needs a little over $1500. We donated microfluorescent T4 light fixtures as grow lights for her exhibition. Would you consider helping back her project? If you pledge at least $15, you will receive fresh microgreens – and if you pledge at least $100, you will receive a small sub-irrigated growing system!

Here is the link to more information on the project and how to contribute.

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Grill Lights: The Ultimate Accessory To Your BBQ

Spring is oh-so-close, which means grilling season will be under way in no time! If you’re an outdoor grilling enthusiast,  you will love using one of these grill lights after sundown:

(from left to right; top row first): 1. Fixed Mount Xenon Grill Light 2. Clamp-On Xenon Bell-Shaped Grill Light 3. Clamp-On Xenon Grill Light 4. Clamp-On Halogen Grill Light 5. Portable Halogen Grill Light 6. Fixed Mount Halogen Grill Light

We have a more detailed post that walks you through choosing the right grill light for your backyard, but here are the basics:

  • Choose your light source. Halogen, xenon, and LED are all great options. Typically, halogen and xenon grill lights offer more light output than LED grill lights do. However, LED lights are the most efficient of the three, and they provide a longer lifetime than halogen or xenon.
  • Choose your mounting style. Clamp lights are attached to your grill with a 2-2.5 inch wide adjustable clamp. “Portable” grill lights are typically plug-in light fixtures with heavy bases that you simply place on your grill shelf. Fixed mount grill lights are the most seamless option, but they also require a bit more time for installation.
  • Choose your power source. Battery operated lighting is very convenient when it comes to grill lights – there’s no need to find a nearby outlet and certainly no need to call an electrician. However, if you want to avoid future battery replacements, go with either plug-in or hardwired light fixture. We do recommend having an electrician help if you opt for hardwired, since it needs to connect directly to electrical wire.

Be sure to comment below if you have any questions. Happy grilling!

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Fun Tool: How Much Energy Can You Save?

Plug in the bulb type, hours used per day, wattage, and calculate your 5-year savings!

We are big fans of Lutron dimmers. The company – Lutron Electronics, Inc. – was founded over 50 years ago, so they have a lot of experience in the light control business. They are award-winning innovators. Plus, their products are just fantastic! The dimming controls are intuitive, the design is sleek, and the technology is sophisticated.

Not surprisingly, we sell a wide selection of Lutron dimmers.

I came across a fun tool this morning on Lutron’s website. It’s an Energy Saving Calculator allowing you to find out exactly how much electricity (and money) you can save in a particular room by adding a dimmer. You specify which dimmer you want to install, what type of light bulbs it will be used with, and how many hours per day you have the lights on.

Try it out for yourself! I plugged in the numbers for the light bulbs in my bathroom with a Maestro dimmer and found this:

More than justifies the $35 cost of the Line Voltage Maestro Dimmer, doesn’t it?

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A Few Halogen Light Bulbs On The Way Out

When the Department of Energy issued new energy efficiency standards in 2009, they didn’t just affect T12 fluorescent lamps. PAR 20, PAR 30, and PAR 38 halogen lamps will face the new standards as well. As a result, many inefficient halogen reflector lamps will no longer be manufactured or imported in the U.S. beginning July 14, 2012.

Of course, old lamps that don’t meet efficiency standards will still be available after July 14th until stock is sold out, just like with the T12 fluorescent lamp regulations.

For information on exactly which halogen light bulbs are on the way out, check out these very helpful brochures from Osram SylvaniaWestinghouse Lighting, and Philips Lighting respectively.

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New Life-Cycle Comparisons of LED, CFL, Incandescent

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The Department of Energy just published a new report comparing the life-cycle of LED, compact fluorescent, and incandescent lamps.

According to the report, CFLs and LED lamps are very comparable in terms of average energy consumption. They both use about one-fourth of the energy that incandescent lamps do.

However, the energy used to manufacture an LED lamp is expected to fall significantly in the next several years (see the purple pie charts).

What do you think … Is this what you would’ve expected to see? I was surprised to find that LED and CFL were neck and neck; I would’ve expected LED to win out in low energy consumption.

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Tips for Setting up an Ergonomic Workspace

Today’s post is from Mike Moody of The Human Solution, an office furniture company specializing in ergonomic solutions. Mike writes about finding a chair, keyboard tray, and desk that will maximize productivity and minimize injuries. If you’ve ever experienced back pain after a long day at the office, this post is for you. At the end of the post, Mike recommends using an LED task light as part of your ergonomic workspace (as do we)! Enjoy …

Implementing an ergonomic workstation at your home or office can lead to a healthier, more comfortable, and more efficient workspace. Most people work more than 40 hours per week, and most of that work is done seated at a desk in front of a computer. It’s important to optimize your workstation to suit your body, your movements, and your work style in order to prevent injuries and discomfort and promote good health and productivity. Here are some tips for setting up an ergonomic workspace:

Find the Right Ergonomic Chair:
A good ergonomic chair will provide superior support and comfort for several hours each day. All ergonomic chairs should have these minimum requirements:

Seat Height Adjustment – You should be able to adjust your seat height. For optimum comfort, your knees should be kept lower than your hips, and your feet should be able to rest comfortably on the floor.

Lumbar Support – Ergonomic chairs should offer strong adjustable lumbar support. Ideally the lumbar support is independently height adjustable, and on some chairs, the depth and/or pressure of the lumbar support is also adjustable. (more…)

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What is it about light that inspires you?

This morning, Philips Lighting (@PhilipsLightUS) tweeted,

“Everything we see, most of what we do, & much of what we feel is touched by light.” What is it about light that inspires you?

What a great musing for a Friday morning! I am inspired by the fact that light can literally transform the ambiance of a space. Philips recently gave a restaurant that hosts speed dating events a lighting makeover. The room went from this:










To this:

Isn’t that incredible? No change in furniture or other decor – purely a lighting makeover.

The thing is, the impact of lighting is underappreciated! Unless the lighting design is glaringly horrible, the average person rarely looks around a room and thinks “a few minor lighting upgrades would really help here.” More often, people consider wall color, furniture, flooring, appliances, countertops, cabinetry – anything but the lighting.

The longer that I work for a lighting company, the more often I walk into a space and think about how the lighting design enhances (or detracts from) the ambiance. When you see photos like the ones above, or dynamic scenes showing kitchens with and without lighting, you realize that lighting does effect “everything we see, most of what we do, and much of what we feel” – perhaps more so than other elements of interior design.

What inspires you about lighting?

Photos from Philips Lighting’s Speed Date Challenge Video

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