Real DIY Lighting Projects: Adding a Basement Kitchen

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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New Home Project: Remodel Recessed Lights

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.

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Real Lighting Projects: A Kitchen Transformation

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. (more…)

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Real Lighting Projects: Salon Showcase on Wheels

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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Real Lighting Projects: Residential Community in Nassau, Bahamas

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.

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you can see our 3-inch low voltage recessed lighting trims with stepped baffles on the ceiling. (more…)

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Featured Lighting Project from Los Angeles

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.  (more…)

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Photos from a Kitchen: LED Under Cabinet Lighting

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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Featured Lighting Project from Ambridge, PA

When a display cabinet has no lighting, it’s hard to put items on – well, display. Archives, photographs, awards, artwork, and memorabilia that are meant to be highlighted tend to simply blend in with the background and get lost in the shadows.

Take this display case, for example. This is the “Before” picture, from the Good Samaritan Church in Ambridge, PA:

The picture is a bit blurry, but it’s easy to see the effect of placing items in a display cabinet without lighting. The shadows from the cabinet’s shelves make it hard to tell exactly what is supposed to be on display.

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How to Make a Stink Bug Trap Using Our LED Puck Light

Image Courtesy of ABC News

Do you have a stink bug problem in your home?

Brown marmorated stink bugs originally came from Asia and were first spotted in Pennsylvania in the 1990s.  Since then, they’ve spread to 33 U.S. states.

If you’ve never encountered one, here are a few quick facts:

  • They do not bite or sting.
  • They will ruin your plants.  Researchers say they’re the most menacing agricultaral pests in 40 years.
  • They aren’t named “stink bugs” for nothing.  They emit a rather unpleasant odor.  If you have an infestation in your home, the smell can last for months.

We came across a video on YouTube showing how to make a stink bug trap using electrical tape, a Pepsi 2-liter bottle, masking tape, a razor, a black permanent marker, and our LED battery operated puck light.

The video says they are available at Home Depot, but it’s the exact same product we sell online.

See the video after the jump for instructions on how to make a homemade stink bug trap!
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Under Cabinet Lighting Install: From Start to Finish

Update (7/28): I added my installation video at the bottom of this post!

This was my first time with a “do it yourself” lighting project, so I wanted to share my experiences from the very beginning.  I absolutely love the finished results!  This project was surprisingly easy to tackle.   I completed the install in less than two hours, and the total cost was right around $100.

I highly recommend making this update to your kitchen!
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