Emily Widle

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

Feb 292012
 
led lilifecycle1 300x215 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.

 Posted by on February 29, 2012 at 11:53 am
Feb 282012
 

the human solution ergonomic workstation 300x300 Tips for Setting up an Ergonomic WorkspaceToday’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. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 28, 2012 at 10:18 am
Feb 242012
 

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:

Speed Dating Before What is it about light that inspires you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To this:

Speed Dating After What is it about light that inspires you?

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

 Posted by on February 24, 2012 at 9:32 am
Feb 202012
 

Lori Gilder is an architectural interior designer  based in Los Angeles with a great blog (check it out at www.diaryofarenovation.com).

I came across one of her videos detailing which home renovations give you the biggest ROI. In her opinion, the areas worth targeting are the deck, kitchen, and bathroom. Since we published our “5 Lighting Renovations That Will Help Sell Your Home” post recently, I thought it’d be a great follow-up from an interior design expert:

 Posted by on February 20, 2012 at 9:00 am
Feb 172012
 

end of road The End of the Road for T12sIt’s only five months away. T12 fluorescent lamps used to be the standard for commercial lighting systems, but they will soon be totally off the market.

It started back in July 2010, when the U.S. Department of Energy introduced a fluorescent lighting mandate that stopped the production of the magnetic ballasts most commonly used for T12 lamps. And on July 14, 2012, the manufacture and import of most T12 lamps in the U.S. will be halted. After that date, suppliers may sell their remaining inventory, but there will be no more production once the existing stock is depleted.

Now, keep in mind that T12 fluorescent technology is 70 years old. John Philip Bachner of the National Lighting Bureau wrote a fantastic article recently about why they’re being phased out. He challenges facility managers to think of the change as an opportunity rather than a nuisance, and relates a T12 fluorescent lamp to a ’38 Chevy: Both were technological marvels of their eras. You’d think it were strange if someone used a ’38 Chevy for their daily commute, yet millions of T12 fluorescent lamps light U.S. buildings every day.

T12 fluorescent lamps are simply fluorescent tubular light fixtures that are 12/8ths of an inch in diameter. Since the technology of T12 lamps was developed so long ago, it’s leaps and bounds behind in terms of efficiency. T12 lamps can now be replaced by T5 lamps (5/8ths of an inch in diameter) and T8 lamps (8/8ths of an inch in diameter), and building owners will see energy savings as high as 45% per year. Also, there’s a simple payback of just one to three years. Finally, the lighting upgrade will ensure reduced maintenance costs and concerns. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm
Feb 162012
 
DSCN69162 225x300 How To Replace An Outlet With An In Wall Night Light DSCN69272 225x300 How To Replace An Outlet With An In Wall Night Light

What are the night lights in your home like?

If they’re a little like the picture on the left, or if night lights in your mind only belong in children’s bedrooms, this post is for you.

First; night lights, unlike Trix cereal, are not just for kids. Ever fallen on a dark flight of stairs? Or blindly stumbled to the bathroom in the middle of the night?  Night lights are points of safety illumination – and they don’t have to be eyesores.

Our in-wall night lights are fantastic solutions if you’re looking for sophisticated, smart night lights that give off a bright glow! I recently installed several in my fiance’s house.

This post will walk you through the installation. It’s fairly easy and can be done in an afternoon. If you have drab night lights that need to be switched on manually, it’ll be a huge improvement.

DSCN6915 300x225 How To Replace An Outlet With An In Wall Night Light

Materials Needed:

  • Phillips or Flat-Head Screwdriver (Depending on your existing outlet’s screws)
  • Electrical Tape
  • Wire Cutters
  • LED In-Wall Night Lights (Wirenuts and screws included in package)

Steps:

1. Snap off the faceplate cover from your LED In-Wall Night Light. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 16, 2012 at 8:27 am
Feb 152012
 

Our Way To Give You 10s Wed Like To Reward You For That Lighting Project. Really.

In the lighting business, it is so much fun to hear back from repeat customers.

Yes, lighting is just one part of the design process, but it’s fascinating to hear where our light fixtures end up. There’s always a wide array of applications for one light fixture.

For example, we’ve seen our xenon light strip used for cove lighting in a living room, under cabinet lighting in a kitchen, display lighting in a showcase, indirect lighting in a wine rack, and more!

The new, exciting news at Pegasus Lighting is that we’ve come up with a way to give all of you repeat customers some sweet rewards. It’s called the Pegasus Lighting Rewards Program, and here’s how it works:

  • You sign up for a (free) customer account, if you haven’t already.
  • You earn points for each and every purchase or product review.
  • You redeem those points for instant savings and great gifts.

What kind of gifts, you might ask? Well, iPod Shuffles, Kindles, and Nooks are all on the list for redemption. You can also earn Pegasus cash off your next lighting purchase.

If you already have a customer account set up with us, you are automatically enrolled. Otherwise, what are you waiting for? Start today!

 Posted by on February 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Feb 102012
 

shattered misconceptions Protesters of the Incandescent Light Bulb

There has been some public resistance to EISA 2007 (also known as the “incandescent phase out”) and what it means for light bulbs.

This is arguably the first monumental shift in the way people will light their homes since the early 1900’s, when Edison’s invention replaced gas lamps. It got me to thinking – what was it like when Edison’s incandescent light bulb first hit the market?

I came across an interesting article in Bloomberg and found out that 100 years ago the general public was very reluctant to start using those new fangled incandescent light bulbs in their homes.

In 1910, thirty years after the incandescent light bulb became available, 90 percent of American households were still using gas lamps - and it wasn’t because electrical contractors weren’t available.

The main protests from consumers in the early 20th century were safety, aesthetics, and cost.

The safety concerns in Edison’s time revolved around electricity. An Italian scientist named Luigi Galvani studying muscle contraction in the late 18th century had concluded that “animal electricity” stored in the muscles was the same as the electricity used to power a lamp. Therefore, he claimed adding artificial electricity to your home would have detrimental physical effects. Women wondered if the lights would bring on freckles. There was an idea that the spirit had electrical properties, so people thought that ghosts, hypnotism, and telepathy were all the result of electricity outside of the body. Continue reading »

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