May 032012
 

If there’s anyone that knows a thing or two about the effect lighting has on people, it’s the broadcast set designers at FX Group. In their opinion (and we couldn’t agree more), “the difference professionally-designed lighting makes is stunning — colors pop off the screen, talent looks their best and your set and branding grab viewers’ attention.” Here’s an example of their work:


FX Group also works with theme parks and museums (see their portfolio here) to create experiences that engage audiences through set designs.

We haven’t covered broadcast lighting here on Light Reading much, but it has more in common than you would think with display lighting, under cabinet lighting,  and even bedroom lighting. When you look at a room – whether that’s your own kitchen or the set of your favorite news channel – lighting is rarely the first thing you notice. Instead, you’re checking out the granite countertops in the kitchen, or the furniture in the bedroom, or the newscaster’s wacky new tie.

However, without good lighting, those granite countertops would be duller, the bedroom would seem cold and nondescript, and the newscaster would be ensconced in unflattering shadows.

FX Group’s CEO Mack McLaughlin recently shared a blog post about a new app by ZVORK that enables you to see the effects of various lighting instruments on a person. You can place up to six light fixtures in the scene, control the intensity, add color filters, and more. Here are two screenshots from the application:

Quite a different feel, isn’t it? 

Feb 162012
 

What are the night lights in your home like?

If they’re a little like the picture on the left, or if night lights in your mind only belong in children’s bedrooms, this post is for you.

First; night lights, unlike Trix cereal, are not just for kids. Ever fallen on a dark flight of stairs? Or blindly stumbled to the bathroom in the middle of the night?  Night lights are points of safety illumination – and they don’t have to be eyesores.

Our in-wall night lights are fantastic solutions if you’re looking for sophisticated, smart night lights that give off a bright glow! I recently installed several in my fiance’s house.

This post will walk you through the installation. It’s fairly easy and can be done in an afternoon. If you have drab night lights that need to be switched on manually, it’ll be a huge improvement.

Materials Needed:

  • Phillips or Flat-Head Screwdriver (Depending on your existing outlet’s screws)
  • Electrical Tape
  • Wire Cutters
  • LED In-Wall Night Lights (Wirenuts and screws included in package)

Steps:

1. Snap off the faceplate cover from your LED In-Wall Night Light. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 16, 2012 at 8:27 am
Jan 102012
 

These photos come from a serious DIY-er, so perhaps they’ll be an inspiration for anyone considering tackling a major renovation project on your own. Chad decided to build a kitchen in his basement, so he picked out cabinets and hardware and then installed all of the electrical, plumbing, and flooring with the help of his wife. He hired someone to help with the countertops and drywall work. “Some things should just be left to the pros,” Chad said. We agree!

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 Posted by on January 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Jan 052012
 

Welcome to this fifth blog post of my New Home Project series. This series of posts reviews the lighting projects that I have undertaken in my new home since moving in to it in September 2009. To be honest, most of these projects have been completed some time ago. It was my goal to write a post after each project, but time just gets away from you sometimes. I cannot believe that it has been over 2 years since moving into my home.

This project involved adding seven 4-inch recessed cans throughout the first floor of my house.

Dec 282011
 

Get ready for some unbelievable before and after pictures.

Today’s post features a kitchen remodeling project from Rob’s Remodeling, Inc. After talking with Rob on the phone, I wished I lived closer to Northbrook, IL (where Rob’s Remodeling, Inc. is based) so I could hire him for any future remodeling projects I might have. He’s the nicest guy, and he’s clearly passionate about doing quality work. “I don’t do this for the money,” he told me. “I just love what I do.”

Rob says he uses Pegasus Lighting products whenever he can. His favorite under cabinet lighting fixture is the Xenon Triangle Light, and he is a perfectionist about making sure clients cannot see any wires once they’re installed. Best of all, he’s as big of a fan of under cabinet lighting as we are: “When I talk someone into doing under cabinet lighting,” he said, “it’s the difference between a good kitchen and a kickass kitchen.”

Without further ado, here are the pictures of a recent kitchen remodeling project Rob completed for a client. Continue reading »

 Posted by on December 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Dec 192011
 

Believe it or not, these swanky photos show the interior of a (luxury) motor coach. Beautiful, isn’t it?

It was designed for the cosmetics brand Artistry as a salon showcase on wheels. Inside, there’s space for lounging, refreshments, product displays, and demonstrations. Outside, there’s purple under-glow lighting, a massive awning,  a full graphics wrap, and a TV. This project is one of many unique masterpieces designed by Creative Mobile Interiors (CMI).

CMI builds custom motor coaches for a wide variety of customers – as their designer Aaron Lane says – “from radical tailgating RVs to off-the-grid camping Sprinters to executive luxury motor homes to mobile doctor’s offices… our goal is custom.”

We are proud that some of our light fixtures have made their way into CMI-designed coaches! You can see our T5 Microfluorescent Low-Profile Light Fixtures in action below in the left photo, illuminating the glass display case.
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 Posted by on December 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Nov 302011
 

Doesn’t this look like a lovely place to vacation – or live? Caves Heights is a private ocean and beach view community in Nassau, Bahamas. Every one of its condominium residences features an expansive balcony with gorgeous ocean views. The living room and master bedroom open up to that balcony to take advantage of the vista.

Besides gracing the blog with dreamy photos, I wanted to write about Caves Heights because they are one of our wonderful customers!*

When Caves Heights began furnishing their interiors with custom built cabinetry, granite countertops, designer bathtubs, and marble vanities, they decided to order recessed lighting and Lutron Skylark dimmers from us.

In the photo below,

you can see our 3-inch low voltage recessed lighting trims with stepped baffles on the ceiling. Continue reading »

 Posted by on November 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Oct 072011
 

There’s a beautiful exhibit in the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles this month, and we are proud that our display lights are showing off the photography! The exhibit is called Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited, and it presents photographer Rick Nahmias’ exploration of faith communities in California that are outside mainstream American society. If you live in LA, be sure to check out the exhibit, which will last until November 13.

Photos from the event are below, depicting our MR16 Halogen Flexible Display Lights in action.  Continue reading »

Sep 202011
 

Sometimes, it’s best to let photos speak for themselves.

Take a look at this kitchen. See the newly installed under cabinet lights nestled discreetly underneath those cabinets? If you can barely spot them, it’s because our LED under cabinet lights are incredibly low profile.

The following photos show the kitchen with the under cabinet lights turned off. For all intensive purposes, consider these the “before” photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

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