Home Renovations With High ROI from Lori Gilder

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:

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The End of the Road for T12s

It’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. (more…)

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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.

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)


1. Snap off the faceplate cover from your LED In-Wall Night Light. (more…)

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We’d 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!

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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. (more…)

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Trade Show Exhibit Bound? Pack Portable Display Lights

Display lighting makes your exhibit more alluring. That doesn't mean it needs to make your exhibit more complicated.

Trade show displays are temporary by definition, and it’s frustrating to plan for an entire complicated setup that you know will soon be disassembled. So, why not make it easier on yourself and avoid display lights that are as much of a pain to install as they are to take down? This guide will help you choose a portable display light that you can use again and again.

First, consider the exhibit you are lighting. We offer both clamp-on and clip-on styled light fixtures, but you’ll need to have a general idea of where they will be attached. For example, this LED display light can mount on a wall with a diameter ranging from 0.5 inches to 2 inches; whereas this one can be installed on a wall/pipe up to 2.75 inches thick. The adjustable brackets always enable you to fit the lighting to your exhibit, but it’s still important to confirm the space enables you to mount the portable lights you choose. (more…)

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How to Counter the Effects of a Harsh Computer Screen

Not all lighting is easy on the eyes. Flickering fluorescent lamps give you a headache, powerful rays from the sun make you search for sunglasses, the harsh computer screen at night leaves you seeing spots.

It probably didn’t come as a surprise last month when we published results of a recent study revealing certain artificial indoor lighting has a negative impact on sleep cycles.

The study found that light with a cool color temperature affects a certain blue-sensitive photoreceptor that targets our biological clock. So, to avoid losing sleep because of your lights, we recommended sticking to lighting with a warm color temperature (2800-3200K) after dusk – and dimming the lights before bed!

However, that recommendation didn’t address the bulk of the problem: the glare from computer screens, smartphones, and tablets. If you’re like most people, you check your e-mail and catch up on news articles in the hour or two before you go to bed. The color temperature from those devices will kill your efforts to stay away from sleep-inhibiting lighting. (more…)

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10 Years of Lighting in the U.S. – What’s Changed, and Why Fluorescent Lighting is Making a Difference

Ten years ago, the Department of Energy released a report on the state of the U.S. lighting market. This week, they published the follow-up report. The numbers reveal how far the lighting industry has come in ten years, and they indicate a few interesting trends:

We’re becoming more efficient. This one’s no surprise. Technological advancements improve energy-efficient lighting in terms of performance and efficacy month by month, so ten years certainly showed strides toward sustainability. Most notably, fluorescent light fixtures made a big impact. In the residential sector, the shift was from incandescent to compact fluorescent lamps; in the commercial sector, it was from T12 to T8 and T5 fluorescent lamps. As you can see in the chart below, linear fluorescent light fixtures now make up the largest portion of the commercial sector as well as the largest portion of the total.

Overall, the efficacy of lighting improved by 29 percent – an increase from 45 lumens per watt in 2001 to 58 lumens per watt in 2010.


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