Toning Up The Lighting In Your Home Gym

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With the New Year upon us, many have decided to upgrade their fitness routines by installing home gyms, or dusting off the treadmills they already own. But, if you have dingy or inadequate home gym lighting, it can be even more difficult to actually make use of the space 3-5 times a week.

Am I saying lighting can help you achieve your fitness goals? Not exactly, but I’m not saying that it can’t.

When deciding on the lights for your home gym, here are some things to consider:

1. Brightness

So you sweat it out for half an hour and then move on with your life. What’s the point of putting effort into comfortably lighting your home gym if you don’t spend a lot of time being comfortable in there anyway? Well, good lighting might actually help motivate you to spend longer, more quality time exercising. Nothing is quite as depressing as a home gym with a single ceiling light fixture and gloomy shadows cast on every surface. Studies show that cool, bright light naturally increases your energy levels, which means you could have an easier time putting in those 30 minutes on the elliptical.

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The 8 Best Excuses To Upgrade Your Lights

It’s a new year, and many of us have resolved to finally do what makes us happy. To stop coming up with reasons not to do the things we want. Of course, this time of year also brings many to the crippling realization of just how much they spent over the holidays, and how much they need to save in the new year.

Good lighting, beautiful lighting, new lighting in your home can really work miracles for the space’s look and feel, and even your own well-being. But, when trying to save money, springing for new lights can feel like too much of a luxury. How do you know when it’s worth it?

We’ve put our heads together here at Pegasus Lighting to come up with the 8 best reasons you should say YES! to a lighting upgrade:

1. You’re wasting money. 

Blue Indirect Lighting in a Kitchen

This reasoning isn’t too hard to figure out. Wasting money on old, energy-sucking lights is worse than saving money on new, energy-saving lights. There may be a little more expense upfront, but new, efficient lights will pay for themselves really quickly. If you switch just 3 of your 60-watt incandescent light bulbs for 12-watt LEDs, you’ll save about $114 every year! To compare more light sources, take a look at this infographic.

2. You have trouble seeing.

interior of modern kitchen

If your lights are inadequate, especially in areas where you have to intensely focus on tasks (kitchens, bathrooms, offices) you’re not doing yourself any favors. Eyestrain does not a happy homeowner make. Good lighting in these task areas will make it much easier to focus, and to get things right the first time. Make your work space a healthy one with task lighting essentials like under cabinet lights in the kitchen, or a good desk lamp for reading. (more…)

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11 Iconic Holiday Light Displays From Around the World

Around the world, people are celebrating the holiday season with light. Let’s get in the spirit, and look at some of the most famous, most celebrated light displays around the world:

The National Christmas Tree 

Right on the White House lawn, this tree has been a tradition since Calvin Coolidge in 1923. This year’s tree is lit with 450 LED light strings.

Image via NPS.gov
Image via NPS.gov

Christmas In The Tropics

From Nov. 20 – Jan. 2, Orchard Road and Marina Bay in Singapore’s shopping district are illuminated in living color.

Image via Flickr:trioptikmal
Image via Flickr:trioptikmal

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10 Holiday Light Displays That Will Blow Your Mind

It was only a matter of time before I gave you a post about this. I’ve been trolling blogs, news networks, and Pinterest for a while now, searching out the best home holiday light displays for your viewing pleasure. Read on for the top 10 fanciest, tackiest, brightest, most innovative, and most over the top lights of 2012.

10. I give kudos to these homeowners for their class. They’ve done a beautiful job layering different kinds of lights, and keeping a focal point (that cute red bow).

Image via DirJournal.com
Image via DirJournal.com

9. This house gives passersby a little bit of everything – colorful trees, animals, icicles, candy canes, and I think I see Santa’s sleigh somewhere in there. I just hope he can find the chimney!

Image via FairfaxChristmasLights.com
Image via FairfaxChristmasLights.com

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18 Pictures Of Vintage Christmas Lights

Image via OldChristmasTreeLights.com
Image via OldChristmasTreeLights.com

The holiday season is always a nostalgic time. Here at Pegasus Lighting, we sometimes like to get nostalgic about what we love – light!

Let’s take a magical journey back in time, to revisit some of the quirkiest, silliest, loveliest, and least-functional lights of years past. (If you think today’s cheap-o incandescent string lights are frustrating, just you wait…)

Back in the day (and by “the day” I mean a day in 1903) General Electric first offered pre-wired lighting outfits, making it possible to have a fancy, lighted Christmas tree at home. These first lights were very expensive, and department stores would rent them out to patrons for the holidays.

1905

Here’s one of those early sets. The color on the glass envelopes comes from water soluble paint. They may have looked cheerful, but they burned at shockingly high temperatures that could cause serious injury. 1905 Edison Set

1918

These Ever Ready string lights from Japan are one of the first to use miniature-base flame lamps – voluptuous compared to the glass envelopes of later lights. The  capricious carbon filaments of these lights made lumen outputs difficult to control.

1918 Ever Ready Lights

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Getting To Know Light

Every so often, we need to go back to the basics. New lighting technology has the potential to simplify our lives, but trying to actually understand it can get complicated. Check out these helpful graphics from Bulbrite’s Lightopedia to learn how to use measurements like CRI, lumen, and Kelvin temperature to find the perfect lights for your home or building…

Watt the Heck is a Lumen?

Contrary to popular belief, watts DON’T measure the brightness of a light bulb. They measure how much energy that light bulb consumes. CFLs and LEDs consume much less energy (watts) than older filament lamps, so they’ll produce more light for every watt they consume.

If you’re still in the incandescent mindset, check out this handy conversion chart showing how many lumens each incandescent light produces:

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