Jul 152014
 
The Nineties Pop Culture Throwback: July 1999

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The celebration continues! Pegasus Lighting is 15 this year, and to commemorate our anniversary we’re creating monthly blog posts about popular culture 15 years ago. You know, just to remember where we came from. July 1999 was a tumultuous month. There were some inspirational moments, tragic moments, and just plain bizarre moments, like when we intentionally crashed a spacecraft into the moon. Enjoy this walk down memory lane. Don’t forget your baggy pants, hair gel, and Christina Aguilera CDs.

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Jul 112014
 

It has been six months since I started writing for the Light Reading blog, and boy has it gone by quickly. It’s hard to believe that I have written almost 50 posts! To mark this occasion, here are the six blog posts YOU liked best during my last six months of blogging.

1. 11 Stunning Photos of Kitchen Track Lighting

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Jul 082014
 

bigstock human eye 26917301 Design Experts Link Hospital Lighting to Patient Wellness

Have you ever had the misfortune of staying in a hospital for an extended time? The nights are the worst part, aren’t they? It seems like only in hospitals can nights last for SO LONG. If prolonged inactivity and medication weren’t enough to make sleeping difficult, all through the night well-intentioned and hardworking nurses have to come in and flick on the fluorescent lights, which, in older hospitals, flicker to life feebly and cast a greenish light. Wouldn’t it be great if hospitals were a little more optimized for healthy sleep patterns? Lighting, it turns out, may be the key to this kind of improvement.

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Jul 032014
 
Fireworks1 1024x696 Why I Love Fireworks (And You Should, Too)

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Do me a favor and imagine that you are in need of suggestions for a Fourth of July party. You head to Pinterest (where else?) and search “Fourth of July.” You are blinded by a barrage of red, white, and blue. On the screen are colored pretzels stacked into a replica of the American flag; painted mason jars (lots of mason jars); twine; tin cans; stars lovingly painted in water soluble paint on the grass. But here’s the thing. Fireworks are so much more important than any of these crafts or decorations.

Here’s why I think so.

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Jul 012014
 

One of the most popular lighting trends of the past decade has been the use of vintage-looking light bulbs, often referred to as antique or “edison” light bulbs. These are the light bulbs that generally have little light output, so you can look directly at them without blinding yourself. These decorative light bulbs have been used often in restaurants, bars, and hotels, but they have also become popular for home use. Here are nine photos to inspire you as you think of ways you could use antique light bulbs to enhance the lighting design in your space.

1. Totally Tubular

Tubular Envelopes 1024x560 9 Inspiring Photos of Antique Light Bulbs

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Jun 262014
 

DSC 0210 Apartment Light Project: Using an LED Step Light as a Kids Night 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 242014
 

Although LED T8s have not been around long enough to produce a thick memoir, there are some interesting things to note about why they exist.  A few years ago, there was concern that the rare earth metals used in fluorescent tube lamps might start getting significantly more expensive for the U.S. to purchase from China. Light bulb manufacturers began an arms race to develop an affordable and effective LED T8 replacement tube.

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Jun 202014
 

DSC 0190 How Well Do Solar Deck Lights Work?

Earlier this week, we received a question from a customer who wanted to know how bright our solar deck lights are. Are they bright enough to illuminate outdoor stairs, for example? Although we know the specifications of all the solar deck lights we sell, this question inspired me to complement my own abstract knowledge of solar deck lights with concrete, hands-on, experiential learning. This is an attempt to give our customer more than just a mere “Yes. They are bright enough.”

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Jun 172014
 
june POP Culture Throwback! June 1999

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Imagine you’re walking down a museum exhibit on popular culture from June 1999. Like any good exhibit, this one will inspire both laughter and tears. You’ll see Mike Myers dressed as Austin Powers on the left, and on the right, you’ll see Stephen King getting hit by a car on a Maine road. Venus and Serena Williams exalt their first Grand Slam doubles win on the left. On the right, Oliver Stone sits in his car a little bit drunk, forgetting the hashish in his pocket, as a police officer approaches his car, back lit by blue lights.

This exhibit-like blog post will take you back to June 1999, 15 years ago this month. Why 15 years? Because this year marks our 15th anniversary in business as Pegasus Lighting, and we’re thrilled! Enjoy this latest installment in our 15th anniversary month-by-month pop culture throwback celebration!

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Jun 122014
 

DSC 0122 2 Apartment Lighting Project: 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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