Under Cabinet Lighting From Start to Finish - A Guide

Under Cabinet Lighting, From Start to Finish

Under Cabinet Lighting From Start to Finish - A GuideLast week I shared an infographic that detailed four key considerations when choosing under cabinet lighting: light source, shape, installation type and power source. Today’s post takes it a step further with a deep dive into some of our most popular under cabinet lighting resources, rounded up in one convenient place.

Wherever you are in the process, whether you’ve narrowed down your options or you’re still in the research stage, here’s a roadmap to under cabinet lighting success, broken down into three phases: Choosing, Purchasing and Installing.

Phase One: Still Deciding

It happens to the best of us – analysis paralysis. You want to know what’s out there so you can decide what you want, but with so many lighting choices it’s hard to weed through them all. Here are some resources that can help you with the decision-making process:

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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

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5 Study Areas that will make your Kids Beg for Homework

Study Areas That Will Make Your Kids Beg For Homework

Across the country this week students strapped on their backpacks and headed out for an exciting new year of school. But in the midst of that back-to-school glee, one word still strikes fear in both parents and students … Homework. What if there was a way to make the homework battle less stressful, dare I say enjoyable? Today I’m sharing five dread-busting homework stations with creative lighting that may actually make your student want to do homework.

A Gray Area

Loads of natural light, comfy space-age chairs and bright colors are everywhere in this contemporary-cottage homework room. The rustic exposed fixture is the perfect place for a glare-free vintage light bulb.

Contemporary study station with bright natural lighting
via Houzz

The Smart Nook

For the sophisticated student, this distraction-free homework station offers minimal colors, clean lines, ample storage and three bright puck lights that define each individual space.

Contemporary homework station with black cabinets and recessed lighting
via Houzz

Up, Up and Away

Bold and bright colors spark creativity in this enormous luxury homework suite designed to look like you’re floating inside of a hot air balloon. (more…)

Man walking into bathroom stall with tooshlights installed

Lights that Made us Say WHAT? – Tooshlights

Lights that made us say What? Tooshlights

Sometimes in my search for lighting news to share with my readers, I come across a new lighting product that stops me in my tracks, causes me to raise my brows and even makes me chuckle. Tooshlights® are definitely one of them.

The Los Angeles start-up recently brought to market an automated lighting system that uses glowing red and green LED lights to signal patrons when a bathroom stall is available. Quite literally in this case, “green means go.”

Man walking into bathroom stall with tooshlights installed
via Tooshlights.com

You can install Tooshlights in any size restroom, but the advantages really come into play in large venues like stadiums, airports, theme parks, and performing arts centers, etc. There are some nice benefits for the end-user (no pun intended) and for the venue: (more…)

Broken bulb with title, Why is my bulb such a burnout?

Why is My Light Bulb Burning Out?

Broken bulb with title, Why is my bulb such a burnout?
If you’ve ever experienced the saga of a light fixture that repeatedly burns through bulbs, you know how frustrating it is. The good news is that there is often a very simple solution.

(NOTE: Since I’m not an electrician, I’ll leave that stuff to the experts. If you suspect that your bulb is failing due to faulty wiring in your home, get in touch with a certified electrician to rule out any electrical issues.)

So what’s wrong with your bulb? Here are a handful of the most common issues that can cause an early bulb breakdown:

Problem: Excessive Vibration

Bulbs that are subject to lots of vibration are prone to early failure. This is commonly seen in ceiling fans, garage door lights, or underneath a particularly active room like a child’s playroom.

Solution: Look for bulbs labeled “rough service” that are designed with thicker filaments to handle more vibration. Another option is to switch to LED light bulbs, which aren’t affected by vibration since they do not house filaments.

Problem: Bulb Quality

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. That pack of 10 bulbs at the dollar store may seem like a great bargain, but be ready to change them often.

Solution: Shop for quality bulbs from trusted companies (ahem, Pegasus Lighting).

Problem: Overheating

If your bulb gets too hot, it can greatly reduce its lifespan. Several things can make a bulb burn too hot: Voltage fluctuations, wattage limitations, or being in an enclosed fixture can cause overheating. Certain types of halogen bulbs will overheat when handled with bare hands because the oils from your fingers create hot spots on the bulb.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that since LED bulbs don’t get as hot as incandescents that you don’t need to worry about overheating. On the contrary, LED lights stay cooler because of a built-in heat sink in the base that draws heat away from the LED and into the atmosphere. In an enclosed area, there’s nowhere for the heat to dissipate. (more…)

Must-Have Lights for Your College Dorm Room

Are lights on your dorm room checklist? They should be.

College dorm rooms are not known for their style and charm. They serve but one purpose for the budding student – a place to study and (occasionally) sleep. Equipped with little more than a bed and a desk, an empty dorm room requires some essential supplies. I’ve put together a list of several different types of lights — some fun and some functional — that need to make it on your back-to-school checklist.

Night Lights

The ever-popular Motion Sensor Stick Anywhere Night Lights are a dorm room must. They are wireless night lights. They detect motion. And you can stick them anywhere. I know, we really got creative with the name, but the fact remains that these little powerhouses of light are one of our best sellers for a reason – they can be used for so many things. Put them inside your closet or wardrobe, by the door, or even inside a desk drawer. They light up about 10 square feet and turn off after 20 seconds of no activity.

Wireless motion sensor night lights shown on stairs, bookcases and as decoration.
Wireless Motion Sensor Stick Anywhere Night Lights

Safety Lights

A glowing keychain fob is perfect to clip on a backpack or toss in a purse, and since it’s always emitting a low-level of light, it’s easy to spot. When you need more light, just push the button on the fob to increase the brightness. (more…)