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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
The best home décor makes a statement about you. If you’re looking to revamp your home’s interior, you can adapt simple, statement light fixtures to fit your personal style. Let’s investigate how a few different kinds of lights can complement your favorite look.
Jointed Desk Lamp
This classic light has been around for awhile, but its basic design makes it just as popular today as it was fifty years ago. Its simple yet bold design makes it just as versatile as it is fashionable. Here are several styles that work with this useful lamp:
Industrial homes feature exposed brick walls and building materials with few frills. A jointed lamp on a desk or table works perfectly in keeping with this deconstructed and boldly architectural style.
Contemporary homes with their striking colors and futuristic furnishings can also use a jointed desk lamp. Opting for one in a contrasting tone from your bedside or workspace table will agree with the sleek lines of your modern abode.
Minimalist dwellings can also incorporate jointed desk lamps, because they’re incredibly simple and clean looking. Try one in the same shade as the neutral colors of your other furnishings to achieve a monochromatic look. (more…)
Besides just having light, light layering (having multiple light sources for different purposes) is the most important, all-encompassing rule in home lighting design.
I recently ran across a post on Freshome featuring a loft installation designed by Luiz Fernando Grabowsky. It demonstrates this essential rule with finesse, using multiple lighting fixtures to bring out every aspect of the room. I was especially impressed because it does so in such a small space, and manages to make the place look so unique.
Let me break down how and why this loft rocks my world with its light layers. But first, here’s a photo:
Ah, the lovely, lovely light. This space is such a great example of light layering. A single light source never does any space justice. You need different light sources for different purposes, for aesthetics and functionality. (more…)