Dec 212010

1. The Chandelier Made from Pens:

biro chandelier 5 Lights That Will Wow You At first glance, this may look like a standard chandelier.  Look closer.  It’s actually constructed from 347 recycled Bic Cristal pens and 347 paper clips.  Talk about what you wouldn’t expect a light to be made of!  This one has got to be in the same category as the chandelier made from 3000 ping pong balls.

2. Better Defined as “Sculpture”:

lighting ceiling sculpture 5 Lights That Will Wow You This piece of light art was designed by Marcus Tremonto.  Its super-thin structure cascades from the ceiling to create a truly stunning effect.  Check out more of Tremonto’s work, you won’t be disappointed.  He blends style and function in a captivating way that makes you think twice about convention.

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Nov 242010

1. Under Cabinet Lighting:

xenon thin undercabinet light 5 Lighting Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style

Often cited as a top remodeling project in terms of high return on investment, installing under cabinet lights is always a great decision.  It provides task lighting to make cooking and cleaning easier and accent lighting to highlight a beautiful backsplash or countertop.  At night, the glow from an under cabinet light is particularly alluring.  Check out our post on How to Choose Under Cabinet Lighting.

2. Energy Efficient Lighting:

Everyone loves lowering their monthly energy bill.  Whether you’re switching out those old incandescent bulbs for CFLs, trying super-efficient LED cabinet lighting, or using fluorescent light fixtures for a closet or display case, energy efficiency is the way to go.  Besides, today’s incandescent bulbs will no longer be available for sale in the US by 2014 due to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  Go green! Continue reading »

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Oct 072010

Sold How to Make Your Home Seller Ready1. De-personalize

You want buyers to be able to picture themselves in their home, and that’s not going to happen if your family photos are prominently displayed in the living room.  Remove any personal items or unusual decorations.  It’s impossible to predict a potential buyer’s taste, so try to make your home neutral, yet inviting.

2. Create open space

Buyers don’t need to see every single room in the house filled with furniture.  Rent a storage space and reevaluate what you’re showing.  It’s best to leave a few functional pieces in each room and leave the rest for potential buyers to imagine.  Remove bookshelves, unnecessary chairs/couches, extra leaves in your dining room table, and out-of-season clothing in your closet.  Your home will seem larger and will be more likely to attract buyers. Continue reading »

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Sep 282010

Recessed Lighting Layout How To Layout Recessed Lighting in 4 Easy StepsWe received a question on Twitter recently about how to layout recessed lighting and I realized we don’t have any blog posts on that topic!

If you’re using recessed lights (aka cans, high hats, pot lights, or downlights) to provide the general lighting in a room, follow these tips to create the ideal level of brightness:

1. Ready your sketchbook.

Use a blueprint of the room to pencil in exactly where you want the recessed lights to go.  Before you start, take measurements of any furniture in the room and create paper shapes that are correctly scaled for the blueprint.   This way, you’ll be able to see where the light will fall. Continue reading »

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Sep 272010

We have received great feedback about our Lighting Library iPhone App, which was released in April.  (If you haven’t already checked it out, you can download it here).  Since so many people found the Lighting Library app helpful, we decided to compile a list of the most useful, intuitive, and cost-effective iPhone apps for home improvement professionals.

There’s something for everyone: the interior designer whose client needs help selecting a paint color, the contractor who is trying to keep track of projects while on-the-go, or even the handyman who could use a lighter toolbox.  Screenshots for each app are at the bottom of the post.  Happy reading!  Leave a comment if you think of any we missed. Continue reading »

 Posted by on September 27, 2010 at 9:35 am
Sep 152010

corner over cabinet 250 Small Kitchens, Be Gone!Homeowners approach kitchen designers all the time with those three familiar words: “it’s too small.”  Since it’s not always in the budget to knock out the walls, cut the living room square footage in half, and create a massive dream kitchen from scratch, designers usually have to come up with a few other ideas.

Listed below are solutions for tackling that too-small kitchen.  Let me know if I missed any in the comments!

Paint Lightly: Rooms painted with a lighter color will feel more open.  Try to gravitate toward colors like light blue, white, yellow, or beige.  This applies not only to walls but also to cabinets, countertops, and appliances.  Dark colors have a way of visually closing in your space. Continue reading »

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Jun 072010

Moritz Waldemeyer is a famous designer who incorporates innovative applications of LED and laser lighting to fashion, furniture, music, and performance.  He has created some truly captivating pieces – Imogen Heap’s “Twitter Dress” at the Grammys in January, Bono’s laser jacket during the U2 360 tour, a ‘Wall Flower’ exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an interactive LED chandelier in the JFK New York airport… the list goes on and on.

He recently designed an innovative light installation for Audi at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.  It featured a cascade of 2,000 lights that formed abstract patterns and revealed an interactive text display.  Here’s a video about the event and Moritz Waldemeyer’s design:

Apr 162010
stimmel gwyneddkitchen3 lg The Pegasus Lighting Roundup for Mar 29 to Apr 16

A photo from lighting designer Eddie Cohen’s tips on improving task lighting in the kitchen

There’s been a lot of speculation in the news lately about LED lighting.  Research teams are working to improve it, market analysts say it still faces challenges, and the lighting industry in general is scrambling to release affordable products.  Meanwhile, remodeling growth is back, according to a report released by Harvard University.  Read on to find out more in our Lighting Roundup!

In lighting news…

For the first time since 2006, home improvement spending is on the upswing.  2010’s annual growth will be five percent, and the positive trend is expected to continue in 2011.
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Apr 012010

iStock 000005263934XSmall 300x200 Planning Your Kitchen Lighting   8 Easy Steps1.  Set a budget.  Think about what you can afford and don’t forget to account for costs of labor if you end up having to hire an electrician.

2.  Find out what your current circuit in the kitchen can handle.  In order to do this, multiply the amps by the volts.  Most circuits have 120 volts.  So if your circuit was 15 amps, you’d multiply 15×120.  That amounts to 1800 – the total number of watts your kitchen circuit can handle.  It’s a good rule of thumb to use your circuit up to 80 percent of its capacity.

3.  Consider the condition of your current wiring.  If you’re in an older home, you might consider rewiring the room (this is where you should contact an electrician if you don’t have experience).

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Mar 172010

corner over cabinet 250 Remodel Your Kitchen in MinutesMost people will tell you that changing out one or two light fixtures does not mean you have remodeled your kitchen.  We would respectfully disagree.

Mini pendant lights instantly both brighten your kitchen and add an element of design, and they’ll have any guest asking what you have changed.  The effect is transformative.

Suspend them over a counter, island, table, or bar to produce task lighting with a touch of glamour.  Use them in groupings in a dining room or foyer: you’ll find that they’re less expensive than chandeliers and that they create a much more stunning effect.

You can choose between incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, and xenon mini pendants.  If you’re looking for a dimmable option, avoid the fluorescent mini pendants – they don’t have that capability.

Make sure you share your finished project with us on our Customer Lighting Projects page!  We love hearing your success stories.

Just think: it’ll be the least expensive “remodel” you’ve ever done.