Jun 252012
 

Architect Louis Kahn once said, “Just think, that man can claim a slice of the sun.” What a beautiful way to describe lighting!

Of course, choosing light bulbs for your home doesn’t always feel so empowering, because there’s a little bit of leg work to get there. The finished product is what you’re looking for: A room with lighting that’s just right and adaptable to any situation, whether you’re entertaining, relaxing, or working around the house. Do you envision sophisticated light fixtures with dimmer controls, sparkling chandeliers, decorative pendants, or all of the above?

This post is the first in a new series that will help you realize that vision. After all, every light fixture needs a light bulb. We’ll start with the easiest category – table and floor lamps …

blogpost lamp 271x300 How To Choose Light Bulbs For Your Home: Table/Floor LampsChances are, your household lamps take the classic “A-lamp” shaped light bulb. You have a few options here:

  • You can stick with the tried and true incandescent light bulb, making sure to comply with the maximum wattage specified on the lamp. You’ll get a good amount of light output, but there’s a whole lot of heat that comes with it, and it’s as about as inefficient as you can find. Read on if you want to branch out to something a little more energy bill friendly.
  • The halogen light bulb is ideal for those incandescent lovers out there. It’s actually a type of incandescent – it just has a bit of halogen gas added inside the glass envelope of the lamp to lengthen the lifetime a little. The thing is, halogen lamps still give off a lot of heat, and the strides in efficiency are not very far. Still, halogen A-lamps are good alternatives to standard incandescent lamps. Continue reading »
May 302012
 

Night jogging 300x199 Lighting Your Way to Summer Fitness with LED Battery Operated Safety Lights

Monday was Memorial Day, and summer is now in full swing. People all over the country are turning off their lights and heading outdoors for some sunny fun. However, the heat of summer causes many of us to augment our daily exercise routines—we choose to work out before dawn or late at night to avoid the heat of the day.

While taking a walk, hike, jog, or bike ride in the great outdoors can be a refreshing start to your morning or liven up your evening, there are precautions you should take so that what you do to stay healthy doesn’t jeopardize your safety.

The most important thing to think about when exercising in the dark is being seen—and what better way to show up at night than with a light? Nowadays, there are many different lighting options for joggers, bikers, and outdoorsmen (and women!). Here are a few safety lights we love:

LED Battery Operated Head Work Light 
This super bright light features 21 LEDS in a compact headlamp, and has four different light settings to meet your needs. With soft, adjustable lycra bands, it will comfortably fit your cranium, allowing you to see and be seen while out and about. It leaves your hands free to hold what is important—whether it be handlebars, hand weights, or your trusty walking stick. Continue reading »

May 182012
 

We’ve been in business since 1993, so we’ve heard just about every question in the book when it comes to light sources. “How much longer does an LED light last than a fluorescent, on average?” “Which light sources are dimmable?” “What exactly is xenon lighting?”

We created this infographic to address those questions and more – all of the FAQ’s that we hear related to choosing a light source. You’ll find an overview of how each one works, a color temperature comparison scale, pros & cons, estimated lifetime, and a few more general tips. Let us know what you think!

compare light sources Your Infographic For Deciding On A Light Source

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May 102012
 

It’s hard to mentally make the switch from watts to lumens when you’re thinking about light output. It’s just too easy to think, “I know exactly how much light my old 60-watt incandescent light bulb gives off, and I want something that’s equivalent to that!” Thankfully, modern light bulb packaging often notes which incandescent light bulb you can compare the light output to. (We do this on our light bulb product pages as well).

It’s very handy to have a chart that lays out the conversion for you! We shared one by the Federal Trade Commission last June, but it didn’t include examples of efficient light bulbs to replace the incandescent ones. This one, by Lighting Facts, is straightforward and very informative. Enjoy!

lumens to watts chart How To Shop For Light Bulbs, Part 2

Mar 192012
 

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:

replacing that 60 watt light bulb How To Replace a 60W Incandescent Light Bulb: The Ultimate Guide

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.

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Feb 022012
 
trade show 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. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm
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.

Continue reading »

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

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