Aug 012014
 

LED Battery Cabinet Light Fixture

Earlier in the week, I showed you how putting an antique light bulb in the pendant light above my sink/bar area helped create a warm mood which pleased my family. I also expressed lament for a thirty second lighting design creation which did not win the approval of my spouse. Now I am back with a compromise – an under cabinet LED light that provides much needed task lighting in our very warmly lit apartment kitchen. That’s right, folks. I had an itchin’ in my kitchen, and only a cool LED task light could soothe it. I can’t tell you how happy we are with this wireless LED under cabinet light. So see for yourself below! It’s awesome!

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Jul 292014
 

Antique Light Bulbs

In my apartment, there is a simple pendant light fixture hovering over the kitchen sink and bar. It has a frosted glass shade and an exposed light bulb. There’s nothing offensive about it – WHEN it’s not turned on. Generally, the light stays off. Over the months, I’ve tried different light bulbs. At one point I even had a compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb surrounded by a light-diffusing piece of parchment paper held to the pendant with one of those green rubber bands from Whole Foods. (I liked it. My wife? Not so much.) Finally, after writing a blog piece on antique light bulbs, I had an ah-ha moment.

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Jun 262014
 

LED Step Light

One of the most important things in my life as a new parent is making sure my son Leo is safe, happy, and healthy. Part of that is creating just the right kind of environment for him in his bedroom. Since we moved into our apartment six months ago, I have to admit that I’ve been a little slow to construct the wonderland that I’ve been imagining. In fact, even his night light situation, a central component of the safe and cozy little kid’s room, has been sub-par. Until now. Yesterday I installed an LED step light with louvers in his room so that he could have a neat LED night light on a switched circuit. How did I accomplish this remarkable feat of electric prowess? Like this.

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Jun 122014
 

Battery Operated LED Picture Light

So, as I explained during my last apartment lighting project installment, I live, you guessed it, in an apartment. My wife, son, and I recently moved into the state, and we want to take our time exploring the area before we buy something. So we, like many of our fellow apartment dwellers, I imagine, are torn between wanting to make our apartment REALLY our own and wanting to make our future moving process as easy and inexpensive as possible. Last time I suggested some plug-in over cabinet LED lighting to customize and give wow factor to an apartment kitchen in a way that is invasive to neither your apartment walls nor your bank account. This time I’m taking the no-wiring thing a step further with a battery operated LED picture light!

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Apr 252014
 

DIY Light Box

A while back I posted an entry called “What Is a Light Box?” In it, I explained how a light box backlights a photo or other visual image, and I showed several examples of DIY light boxes I found on the Web. The secret truth is that by explaining to you what a light box is, I was really teaching myself so that I could build one. Well, now I have built one! And it was easy, fun, and made a pretty excellent gift. Here’s a video I made documenting the process.

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Mar 182014
 

I live in an apartment, so I face certain constraints when it comes to upgrading my lighting. I can’t hard wire anything. I can’t install any power outlets. But, thanks to this LED tape/rope hybrid, I can dramatically improve the look and feel of my kitchen with over cabinet lighting. And you can, too.

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Jun 282013
 

light bulb
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could make a light bulb light up without putting it into a socket? Turns out, there’s more than one way to power a light bulb. If you’re in the mood for a quick, fun experiment, I’ve found a way to power any regular old light bulb with a battery!

Here’s what you need:

  • One D Battery
  • A Light Bulb (With Screw-in Base)
  • Two Pieces Of Insulated Wire
  • Electrical Tape

Follow these steps:

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Jan 042013
 

My dad might just be the most difficult person I know to find gifts for. Unlike other dads, who might enjoy fishing, golfing, or watching football, mine rides and restores vintage motorcycles for fun. What’s so difficult about that? Well, there are only so many spark plugs and screwdrivers he needs, and only so many specialty parts I can track down before I’m in over my head.

That’s why I went out on a limb this Christmas, and decided to give him one of our LED flexible work lights. It’s battery operated with a long gooseneck, a solid clamp, and a magnetic base. I wrapped it up, stuck it under our tree, and *hoped* he would find some use for it in his garage workshop.

As it turns out, that work light was just what he needed. In fact, he told me he had never found something quite so perfect for working on his beloved bikes. (And trust me, he’s been doing this for awhile).

Let’s take a look at all the ways this light works for working on motorcycles:

1. Lit From Above

Check out the way the light gently swoops around the bike’s body. Like it was meant to be.

Lit from Above

As you can see, the light’s long neck lets it curve and reach to illuminate the motorcycle’s body for detailed work.

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 Posted by on January 4, 2013 at 11:35 am
Oct 192012
 

Image via CONTEMPORIST.com

I recently ran across an article on CONTEMPORIST.com, featuring the One Taste Holistic Health Club in Hangzhou, China designed by Crox International.
This space, created to cleanse and relax the mind and body uses commercial lighting strategies in new and unexpected ways. I think there’s a lot we can learn from the lighting design in this space – after all, wouldn’t you love it if your office, store, or hotel had this same inviting, rejuvenating atmosphere? I’ve picked out 5 key lighting concepts from this to share.

Let’s delve:

1. Always, always, always layer lights. In this lounge area, there are bold ceiling lights interspersed with recessed cans, shelf lighting, artistic floor lamps, and natural light from the right hand windows.

Image via CONTEMPORIST.com

Everyone probably knows light layering is the #1 rule in residential lighting design, but we can often neglect it in professional settings. Light layers can transform that standard gloomy, fluorescent malaise into something calm and energizing. Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Oct 112012
 


A big warm thank you goes out to Mady Kaye of Austin, TX for sending us photos of her recent lighting upgrade! It’s truly amazing what a few 8-inch, 9-Watt LED under cabinet lights have done for her bold kitchen. She used 3 dimmable, low-profile fixtures, one in the corner and two over the counter top to the right of the sink.

Here’s a shot of the finished under cabinet lighting installation:

Lovely! I especially love how the warm glow adds a little ambiance to the place. The LEDs Mady chose have an excellent color rendering index of 87, which is especially important to flatter those bright red counter tops!

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 Posted by on October 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

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