Jan 092012
 
chocolate How to Choose a Low Voltage Transformer in 4 Steps

It’s our mission to make choosing a transformer as easy as choosing from a box of chocolates.

A couple months ago, I promised to write more “how-to” posts here since they seem to be most popular among all of you wonderful readers. Since then, I’ve posted How To Light a Foyer, How To Wash a Wall With Light, How To Choose a Recessed Shower Light, and How To Prevent a Power Outage Blackout.

Today, I’m tackling an arguably drier topic. However, for those of you that are diving into remodeling projects for the New Year, it’s a crucial one.

First, an introduction for those not familiar with transformers in the lighting industry (Hint: they are not shape-shifting creatures). There are two types of lighting systems: Line voltage and low voltage. Line voltage simply means that your lighting fixtures may be plugged in directly to an electrical outlet or hardwired directly to a power source. The voltage that  the light fixture needs is the same as the voltage supplied from your wall. Low voltage lighting systems require lower voltage to operate than the typical power source supplies. So, if the power source in your wall outputs 120 volts, low voltage lighting fixtures require an input of just 12 or 24 volts. That’s why you need a low voltage transformer – to convert the voltage from your power source to the amount your lighting fixture needs!

Occasionally, the transformer is built right in to the lighting fixture – in which case there’s no need for this guide. The decision has been made for you! However, if the transformer is separate, you’ll need to make sure it is compatible with your lighting fixtures. Follow this guide to make your selection in four steps … Continue reading »

Nov 282011
 

lightkeeper Tired of Broken Holiday Light Strings? Heres a Solution.This is the very first year we are selling holiday lights at Pegasus Lighting. Besides the LED light strings for indoor/outdoor use, we are offering a product designed to take the stress out of holiday decorating with incandescent light strings. It’s called the Light Keeper Pro, and it’s a repair tool for all your incandescent holiday lights.

Ever lugged a box of holiday lights from the attic, only to find that an entire string mysteriously no longer lights up?

This tool will help you avoid yet another trip to the store for replacement string lights. It’s especially valuable for pre-lit trees, lighted reindeers, and other decorations that aren’t exactly easy to “re-light.”

See ABC7′s feature on the LightKeeper Pro below, and then pick up one for yourself on our website! Continue reading »

 Posted by on November 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Oct 262011
 

Recessed Shower Light How to Choose a Recessed Shower Light When I say “bathroom lighting,” what image pops up in your head?

If it’s a beautiful vanity area accented with stylish wall sconces, or an illuminated mirror above the sink, you’re like most people. The vanity is important to light properly. It can be incredibly annoying to have inadequate light for makeup or shaving, so it’s typically what people (including us!) think of first.

This post is about the part of the bathroom that is frequently forgotten in terms of lighting: the shower. For some reason, recessed shower lights get left off the lighting plan often. The result is a shadowy, unwelcoming space – hardly the place you’d want to spend your first few groggy moments of the morning.

Whether you’re adding shower lights to your finished bathroom (an easy project with special remodel recessed housings), or choosing the shower trim you’d like to use in a new bathroom, this post should help you decide which product is right for you.

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 Posted by on October 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm
Aug 182011
 

How to Order LED Retrofit Modules Cheat Sheet for Choosing LED Recessed Light Retrofit Modules If you’ve decided to retrofit your recessed lighting with LEDs but are unsure which product is right for you, this step-by-step guide should help you determine which LED retrofit modules to order.

1. What size do you need? If you are replacing existing recessed lights, you need to purchase an LED retrofit module that matches those dimensions. If you’re unsure, just measure the diameter of your existing recessed downlights (not including the trim). Your LED retrofit module will be either four, five, or six inches in diameter.

2. Where is the installation location? If you are installing in a bathroom or any other area where moisture might accumulate, make sure to select an LED retrofit module that is “wet location approved.” Continue reading »

 Posted by on August 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Jun 062011
 

comparing bulbs CCFL vs. CFL: Whats the Difference?“CFL” is a household name at this point.  Developed in 1985, the compact fluorescent light bulb is now a 25-year-old product present in 70 percent of homes in the United States.  Just last year, more than 273 million CFLs were sold in the U.S.

Cold cathode fluorescent light bulbs are a little less familiar, at least to the general public.  Here’s a quick overview of the core differences.

Technological Differences:

All fluorescent light bulbs have two cathodes (one at each end).  In a standard CFL, the cathodes are made of coiled tungsten filaments that are heated to approximately 900 degrees Fahrenheit each time the light bulb is turned on.  That heat releases electrons.  The electrons shoot back and forth between the cathodes and react with the mercury to create ultraviolet radiation, which in turn reacts with the phosphor coating on the inside of the glass envelope to create light.  Standard CFLs are hot cathode light bulbs.

In a cold cathode fluorescent light bulb, the cathodes are made of a solid metal thimble, which is more durable than the thin coils in standard CFLs.  The cathodes only heat up to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit (certainly not “cold”, but relatively cooler than the hot cathode filament, hence the name).  The voltage potential within the tube excites the mercury to cause current flow. Continue reading »

Feb 212011
 

measuring for under cabinet lights How Many Under Cabinet Lights Do I Need?If you are about to embark on a kitchen remodel and are installing under cabinet lights, follow these guidelines to determine how many fixtures you should purchase.

First, measure the length of the “cavity” under your cabinet where you are going to place the fixtures.

If you are installing puck lights…

For a 6-10 inch cavity measurement (in length), use 1 puck light.

For 11-18 inches, use 2-3 puck lights.  For 19-26 inches, use 3-4 puck lights. For  27-34 inches, use 4-5 puck lights.  For 35-42 inches, use 5-7 puck lights.  For 43-50 inches, use 6-8 puck lights.

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 Posted by on February 21, 2011 at 10:00 am
Nov 292010
 

gift ideas Great Gift Ideas in Lighting: Part 1

UPDATE 12/6: Our LED Mini Lanterns are now sold out, so I posted another idea to replace it.  Remember, as long as you order before Dec. 17th, your items will be shipped by Dec. 25th.

Once the turkey leftovers are stacked high in the fridge and the out-of-town relatives have all returned home, it’s officially time to start talking about gift giving season.  If you need to find unique ideas for anyone on your shopping list, look no further!  Today’s post is the first in a series of lighting gift ideas

  • The Barbecue Light:

Stereotypically, this would be categorized in the “gifts for men” idea list, but it really just depends on who’s usually in charge of the grilling (Read: who does a better job of not burning the steaks).  In all seriousness, barbecue lights make a great gift for anyone with an outdoor deck area for grilling.  They provide quality task lighting to gauge cooking times after dark, and they also add a nice feature to any deck area.

  • The LED Night Light:

Stick-anywhere, motion-activated, and weatherproof, you can’t go wrong with our LED Battery Operated Night Lights.  They are perfect for lighting a dark stairwell, a bathroom, bedroom, pantry, or even outdoor walkway.  Each order comes in a package of three, making great small gifts or stocking stuffers.

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!  More Great Gift Ideas are coming soon.

 Posted by on November 29, 2010 at 10:00 am
Sep 072010
 

It’s impossible to show off the full effect of a piece of artwork without proper lighting. If a framed painting or photograph is ensconced in shadows, it will appear dull and flat. Why buy an expensive piece of artwork without displaying it in the best light?

Whether you’re a designer, contractor, or homeowner, adding picture lights to emphasize the details and color in wall art will enhance the ambiance of any room.
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 Posted by on September 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Jul 152010
 

Xenon Line Voltage Thin Under Cabinet Lights How to Choose Under Cabinet LightingIf you’re only going to choose just one lighting feature to add your kitchen, make it under cabinet lighting.  It provides task lighting for your countertops to make them ideal for food preparation and cooking, it illuminates the backsplash on your wall to create beautiful accent lighting, and it can also be used as night lighting for your kitchen.  Once you install under cabinet lighting, you’ll never want to go back.

Many lighting designers talk about creating “layers of light” for your kitchen.  Under cabinet lighting serves as a crucial “layer” for great design.

That being said, there are a ton of options to choose from.  How do you know what style of under cabinet lighting is right for your kitchen?  Hopefully, this guide will make it a little easier to make your selection.

It’s a good idea to choose your light source first.

1. Fluorescent, Xenon, or LED?

Microfluorescent T4 Under Cabinet Lights How to Choose Under Cabinet Lighting

Fluorescent Under Cabinet Lights

Fluorescent under cabinet lights are the most energy efficient in providing a given amount of light.  Moreover, fluorescent light sources give off very little heat.  This is a great feature depending on what is stored in the cabinet immediately above the under cabinet fixture or, perhaps, what is lying 12 to 18 inches below the light.  While most fluorescent fixtures cannot be dimmed, they can be a wonderful, inexpensive option. Continue reading »

Jun 292010
 
LED Battery Operated Night Light Choose the Right Night Light   A Guide

The LED Battery Operated Night Light can be mounted anywhere with no wiring required.

Any well-designed home has a night light or two installed to provide a safe source of light for the bathroom, kitchen, hallway, or bedroom.  Even outdoor areas can benefit from a night light.  (Ever struggled to find your keys in a bag after coming home late at night?  A motion-sensor activated night light next to the door would fix that problem in an instant).

Night lights placed in the bedroom and bathroom also reduce the risk of falling for older adults.  In fact, doctors are recommending installing night lights in the home as part of a preventive measure.  Check out our blog post for more details.

We offer over 25 different models of night lights, so hopefully this guide will help you figure out which type is right for each room in your home.

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