Luxury swimming pool with mural and creative lighting

Our Top 10 Lighting Pins of All Time

We’re always on the lookout for inspirational lighting projects, and sharing them with our readers is one of our favorite things to do. Over the years, we’ve collected over 1400 images on 36 Pinterest boards. In 2012 a similar blog post on our top Pinterest photos revealed a preference for images of elegant and ornate scenes. Flash forward three years and a different trend seems to have developed.

Of the top 10 single lighting Pins of all time:

  • 9 were DIY projects or products.
  • Only 1 image was largely a “Wow, I can’t believe they did that” inspirational photo. (see #6)

What does this tell me? Pinterest is a powerful tool for the Do-It-Yourself-er. Extravagant images are fun to look at, but what really inspires people are simple and realistic projects using affordable products.

See for yourself in our Top 10 Lighting Pins of All Time:

10. A Night Wedding

Two of our top ten Pins came from the same Valentine’s Day blog post on adorable ways to wow your sweetheart with romantic lighting, like this swirling candlelit pathway.

Romantic lighting for a night wedding with candles
Get this look: Solar Color Changing Flame Path Light

9. Bedroom String Lights

There’s definitely a theme developing here. Valentine’s Day checklist: Candles, roses, jewelry, twinkling shimmery headboard. Done.

String lights and sheer curtains hanging in a romantic bedroom
Get this look: String Lights

8. Guide Your Guests to Safety

We have featured these LED battery operated guide lights many times as a perfect way to help your holiday guests in an unfamiliar house. The low price is an attention getter too at under $10 for a pack of four – yes four – lights.

LED mini guide lights used as indoor step lights to help guide guests
Get this look: Mini Guide Lights

7. Infographic: How to Map Out Your Recessed Lighting

This handy infographic comes from a blog post that also ranks as one of our most popular of all time. Over the years this guide has no doubt assisted in many recessed lighting strategies.

Recessed lighting layout infographic
Get this look: Recessed Light Fixtures

6. How Lovely…

Here is the one Pin that stands out from the rest because (unless you’re ridiculously wealthy) it’s mostly inspirational eye-candy. Originally featured in Forbes magazine, it immediately caught our eye because although it’s a luxury design, recreating a scaled-down version is possible with fiber optic lighting.

Luxury swimming pool with mural and creative lighting
Get this look: Fiber Optic Ceiling Lights

5. LED Motion Sensing Deck Lights

Quite the opposite of elaborate and flashy, these little weatherproof deck lights only come on when they detect motion, which means less wasted battery.

Battery operated deck lighting illuminating stairs.
Get this look: Battery Operated Deck Lights

4. DIY Porch and Patio Lighting

To create the charming porch in our 4th most popular Pin of all time, drape outdoor string lights from the rafters.

String lights hanging over cozy patio
Get this look: Outdoor String Lights

3. Spooky Lighting in Minutes

When Annie wrote this blog post two years ago she didn’t know it would be one of our most popular ever, but she knew a great idea when she saw one. By adding colored filters to their existing landscape lights, this home became an eerie scene for trick-or-treaters.

Spooky Halloween decorating with colored light filters
Get this look: MR16 Colored Glass Filters

2. Brilliant Crochet Rug

Rope lights are a Pinterest favorite and hold the top two coveted spots in our most popular Pins of all time. An illuminated crochet rug is such an unexpected use of rope lighting, and we love it!

Crochet Rug made out of rope light and heavy cord
Get this look: LED Warm White Rope Light

1. Solar Rope Light in the Garden

At long last, our #1 Top Lighting Pin of All Time, with over 20,000 re-pins to date. Featured in the ever-popular How to Use Outdoor Rope Lights blog post, the overwhelming attraction to this image pretty much speaks for itself. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Rope lights placed along landscape edging
Get this look: Flexible Tape-Rope Light Kit

For me, the best Pins are the ones that I look at and think “I could totally do that!” If you scanned this list and thought the same thing, be sure to Pin this post for future reference. When you’re ready to get started on your favorite project, just click on “Get this look” beneath each image to go straight to our lighting product suggestions.

To see our entire collection of inspirational photos, visit and follow our Pinterest Board!

 

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Pegasus Lighting Featured on CBS’ The Talk!

On July 17th at 2pm ET, you would’ve thought the first intergalactic space shuttle landing was being televised. Pegasus Lighting employees across the East Coast gathered around our televisions like gleeful school kids. What’s all the hubbub about? We’re famous!

For a few seconds, anyway.String lights quote from CBS' Chi Lan Lieu

Friday afternoon, five Pegasus Lighting products were featured on CBS The Talk’s “Must Have/Must Give” segment, showcasing the very best products to make outdoor dining easy, entertaining and exciting. We were proud to share the stage with five other amazing vendors — Plow & Hearth, Cuisinart, Juliska, RIV Audio and Zazzle.

Lifestyle expert Chi-Lan Lieu chatted with Sheryl Underwood about our 48 ft outdoor string light kit, commenting “I’ve always been charmed by these wonderful string lights. I just love these things.” But what really won her over were our solar lanterns. A day before the show aired, Lieu posted this sneak peek on her Instagram: (more…)

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10 New Lighting Kits You’ll Love

10 Lighting kits you'll love collageIn our 15+ years of selling unique lights & lighting accessories we’ve learned that our customers like it when we make things simple. They also like it when we make them super-affordable. So packaging our lighting products into easy-to-buy kits with special bundled pricing was a no-brainer. From the kitchen to the dorm room, the deck to the tornado shelter – these Mr. Beams Lighting kits have you covered. (more…)

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5 most popular blog posts of 2014

Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

5 most popular blog posts of 2014

As a company, providing a positive learning experience has always been one of our main goals. Creating valuable, readable blog posts is a big deal to us, and we spend a lot of time looking back at what we’ve written to find out what worked, and what didn’t.

As we look back at 2014, one thing remains clear. Our readers continue to look to us for expert advice on things like “What are the advantages of Low Voltage Lighting?” and “How do you install LED Step Lighting?” The ever-popular “How to Layout Recessed Lighting in 4 Easy Steps” still reigns as our top blog post of all-time.

But we also like to have a little fun at Pegasus Lighting. In fact, it’s one of our guiding principles. Doing photo round-ups and design series gives us a chance to step back from the technical aspects of lighting and enjoy the remarkable things light can do. It was encouraging to see that our readers enjoy it too.  (more…)

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Bring the Light – Our Lights for Ghana Campaign

bring the light campaign

As a part of our 15-year celebration as Pegasus Lighting, we partnered in May with Unite to Light, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low-cost solar lighting to global communities without electricity, and were humbled to learn just how much lighting is taken for granted. Recently, Mark and Valerie Malangko sent us a note of thanks along with heartwarming photos as the lights were handed out to the students at St. Augustine’s Secondary and Technical School, one by one.

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Your Top 5 Favorite Blog Posts From 2013

Our hope is for Light Reading to be a place you can come for inspiration and guidance as you plan your next lighting project.

The thing is, we are incredibly inspired by our readers!  Your creative installations, kind words, and contributions to product Q&A’s constantly remind us why we do what we do. In this season of thankfulness, we are so thankful for you.

As the year comes to a close, we wanted to share our top 5 most popular blog posts from 2013. Without further ado …

"11 Beautiful Photos of Under Cabinet Lighting"
“11 Beautiful Photos of Under Cabinet Lighting”

11 Beautiful Photos of Under Cabinet Lighting: This one definitely falls under the “inspiration” category, but it can also be helpful if you’re trying to determine what type of under cabinet lighting is your favorite for the kitchen. Puck? Linear? LED? Fluorescent? Be prepared to gaze at dreamy kitchens. Read More >>

"How To Have Great Lighting In a Rental"
“How To Have Great Lighting In a Rental”

Here’s How To Map Out Your Recessed Lights (An Infographic): Those who decide to add recessed lighting to a new or existing home are presented with a seemingly impossible task – laying them out on a blueprint. This infographic will clue you in on what every lighting designer knows about recessed lighting placement. You’ll be ready to install in no time. Read More >>

How To Install Recessed Lights In a Drop Ceiling: There are special considerations for this type of lighting installation; for example, you need to be cautious about heat output to avoid a fire hazard around plastic surfaced or fiberglass panels.  Read More >>

8 Ways To Use Step Lights - one of the top blog posts from 2013
“8 Ways To Use Step Lights”

How To Have Great Lighting in a Rental: Trust Annie Josey to share ingenious ideas for amping up your lighting without ticking off your landlord. She walks you through the kitchen, bedroom, living room, bathroom, & patio, rescuing renters everywhere from bad lighting on the way. Read More >>

8 Ways To Use Step Lights (Photo Inspiration): Introduce yourself to the myriad of possibilities when it comes to staircase lighting with these gorgeous photos and links to make them happen in your space. Read More >>

We are looking forward to continuing to share lighting information and photos with you in 2014! As always, let us know if you have any special requests for blog topics below.

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Download Your Free Under Cabinet Lighting Guide Today!

Ebook Cover under cabinet lightingWhat could make your experience with under cabinet lights better?

That’s the question the experts at Pegasus Lighting have been asking for years. We’ve written numerous blog posts on the subject, created video guides, and hand-picked every under cabinet fixture on our website – always with quality, affordability, and ease of operation in mind. And yet, we wanted to do more.

That’s when we decided to write an eBook. A complete resource to guide you through every step of an under cabinet lighting project…

Today, the lighting experts at Pegasus have achieved that goal. It’s called “The Complete Guide To Under Cabinet Lighting,” and you can download it for free, in the format of your choice, right here on our website.

The book includes sections on how to pick out, install, and operate under cabinet lighting. I, along with Chris Johnson, answer some of your most pressing questions, including –

  • Why do I need under cabinet lights?
  • What kind of lights will work best for my needs, my space, and my tastes?
  • How many lights do I need?
  • How do I install my lights?
  • What should I expect from my lights over time?
  • And more! (more…)

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Pegasus Lighting’s 8 Favorite Eco-Friendly Blogs

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Happy Earth Day from everyone here at Pegasus Lighting!

If you’re a regular here on the blog, or if you’ve browsed around on our website, you know we’re big fans of energy-efficient, “green” lighting. We strive to stay up-to-date on the latest eco-friendly news and innovations, and to always provide you, dear readers, with quality green lighting products and helpful energy-saving tips.

But we can’t do it alone! We follow a group of expert bloggers and industry leaders to help us in our quest to make sustainability accessible for all.

So today, I’d like to send a special shout-out to 8 of my favorite green and eco-friendly blogs and websites:

  • Fresh Energy: Fresh Energy is a non-profit organization that’s been around for over 20 years – so you know they know what they’re talking about. Their main goal is to promote smart energy policy concentrating on areas like clean energy, energy-efficiency, climate change, and eco-friendly transportation and building.
  • Green Upgrader: Green Upgrader is one of our favorite green lifestyle blogs, eager to show all readers that even small eco-friendly changes can make a big impact! We love them for their constant eye on sustainability news, and mass of green how-tos, but they also offer neat things like ideas for sustainable cooking and eco-friendly entertainment options (think low-impact board games and the like).
  • EarthTechling: EarthTechling, run by a group of technologist-meets-environmentalists, is committed to reporting on technological advancements that could change the world for the better. They cover everything from simple how-to guides about saving energy around the house to breaking news regarding new gadgets, appliances, and technological upgrades.
  • Clean Edison: Clean Edison is a company that provides educational material about clean technology and sustainable building. Their website is a goldmine of information on solar energy, energy-efficiency, and green manufacturing, just to name a few. They also have a fabulous, practical blog offering eco-friendly advice to regular people. Check it out for posts like “30 Actionable Steps Towards Energy-Efficiency.”

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