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6 Popular Holiday Lighting How-To’s

Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Independence Day and even Halloween … No holiday is immune to the spell of twinkling of lights. Since July 2009, we’ve written over 600 blog posts. It comes as no surprise that a large majority of them have centered around a holiday. If you are one of the many folks hauling out holiday lights this weekend, you’ll appreciate this round-up of 6 Popular Holiday Lighting How-To Blog Posts that we’ve accumulated throughout the years.

1. Holiday Lighting Guide

Get out your notepads because we’re building a strategy in this 2013 blog post with loads of tips on creating the ultimate holiday lighting plan.

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Gifts for Your Favorite Greenthumb

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Do you need a gift for someone in your life that takes extraordinary pride in their lawn, coddles and nurtures their garden & scours the internet for optimal planting times? Then read on, because we’ve combined some of our best-selling lighting products with gadgets and accessories that your earth-loving friend will totally “dig.”

Apple Tree Kit with Solar LightGrow an American heirloom with aluminum tag for personalizing this little Apple Tree To Be. When your tree starts to flourish, show it off with a Solar LED spotlight with color filters. (more…)

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Pop Culture Flashback! November 1999

November 1999 Pop Culture

To celebrate 15 years of “bringing the light,” we’ve been looking back to the year 1999 and the events that dominated our culture during that time. In November 1999, as Pegasus Lighting was ramping up its first-ever online store, the millennium was quickly drawing to an end. Step back with us while we revisit some of its most memorable moments.

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1. President Clinton enters cyberspace when he conducts the first virtual town hall. According to an article published in The New York Times on November 9, 1999, “The president appeared in a tiny video box, and could be seen — albeit sometimes just barely — putting his hand to his chin, sipping from a soda can and looking amused at the entire extravaganza.” (Photo credit: J. Scott Applewhite via SFGate) (more…)

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Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Man

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Coming up with meaningful gifts for the men in your life can be a challenge. Whether it’s my husband, my older brothers, my dad or my sons, I typically get one of two reactions to the question “What do you want for Christmas this year?”: A) A shrug with, “Ah, don’t get me anything” -or- B) His eyes light up, because he’s been waiting for this moment, and before I can even finish the sentence, he’s pulling out his iPhone with conveniently saved pictures of a custom Harley.

A Gift of Compromise

I revel in gift-giving, so the No-Gift idea doesn’t work for me. However, since I haven’t won the lottery yet, the over-the-top expensive gift isn’t realistic either. So how do you give a reasonably priced and unique gift that he will appreciate? The solution lies in finding a happy-medium that’s both affordable and gives him something practical that he’ll actually use and enjoy. (more…)

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6 Incredible Thanksgiving Centerpieces

6 Incredible Thanksgiving Centerpieces

The Thanksgiving table has a very important job. For one special day, it hosts treasured recipes while families gather around and marvel at it’s bounty. Share your thanks this year with a beautiful centerpiece inspired by nature.

Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Blooming Homestead

White painted pumpkins, shining silver & frost-tipped pine cones adorn a wooden table runner in this Rustic Fall centerpiece.

Gold Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Gold Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Pinterest

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Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays with these Crime-Stopping Tips

holiday to doHoliday menu planned? Check.
Christmas tree decorated? Check.
Cards mailed? Check.
Gifts wrapped? Check.

We painstakingly coordinate our holiday, fretting down to the last perfectly placed candy cane as we eagerly await the deluge of family and friends that rotate in and out of our home from mid November through the New Year. What we don’t always plan for is the unwelcome guest — the Thief.

Criminals love the holidays. Christmas trees are lit up like beacons that scream: “Hey! Bad guy! The expensive stuff is here, right under this huge window for easy access!”

Even worse is the absence of any light. If your house sits in the dark on a street full of twinkling lawn ornaments, it sends a clear message: “Hi, Mr. Thug? My house is pitch black because I’m out of town visiting the in-laws. But you already know this because you saw my teenager’s social post that we’d be 2,000 miles away for the next 4 days, right? Awesome.” (more…)

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14 Inspiring Ways to Make Your Home Sparkle with Holiday Lights

14 inspiring ways to make your home sparkle

The jack-o-lantern is still on the porch and you haven’t even finished eating the good candy out of your Halloween loot — but Christmas jingles are already showing up in advertising. Are you ready to start stringing your holiday lights? This year, don’t feel limited by what you’ve always done in the past. With just a few products — maybe ones you already own — you can establish new traditions in your holiday decor with extraordinary lighting designs.

What’s Your Holiday Lighting Style?

For many homes, lights are the first decorations pulled out of the holiday storage box, and the last to put away. Perfect for Christmas trees, garlands and wrapping around posts, string lights are inexpensive, easy to manipulate, and are nearly limitless in their uses. LED rope and LED tape lights offer a modern take on a classic look with the flexibility to twist and mold into letters and shapes to express your holiday cheer.

From elegant to eccentric, take a look at some of the magnificent things people are doing with holiday lights. (more…)

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Using Your Tablet or Smartphone in Bed May Be a Lousy Idea

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The conclusion of Daylight Saving time this past weekend means the night comes a little earlier. Logic may tell you that the longer and darker evenings will make falling asleep easier. However, even though the nights are longer we are also using smartphones, tablets and HDTV’s more and more in the 21st Century, particularly at night. Some scientists believe that Mr. Sandman has a new nemesis – the little blue light in all of these new-fangled devices.

What It Is

Naturally occurring blue light, a short wavelength in the light spectrum, is abundant in sunshine and hugely beneficial during the day when the majority of people need to be awake and alert. It’s been said to boost mood and increase attention span by stimulating sensors in the eye that then send signals to our internal clock. It also suppresses melatonin — a hormone produced by humans that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles — more than any other light wave. In fact, blue light is so efficient at suppressing melatonin that it’s often used to treat seasonal sleep disorders by mimicking the naturally occurring light of the sun. Here is where the problem surfaces — modern devices like high definition televisions, smartphones and tablets are massive producers of blue light. This blue light wreaks havoc on our circadian rhythms — our internal “body clock” that regulates 24-hour cycles, approximately — by basically tricking our brains into thinking it’s still daytime. (more…)

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The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics Goes To …

Nobel Prize in Blue LED

For centuries man lit his night with an oil lamp that created only about 1/10th of a lumen per watt (a very small amount of light produced for the expenditure of a standard unit of energy). Then in the late 19th century the incandescent light bulb was invented and that eventually provided about 16 lumens per watt. In the late 1930s the fluorescent lamp became a reality and gave us an amazing average efficacy of about 70 lumens per watt. Now in the early 21st century still another revolutionary development is taking place – light emitting diodes (LEDs) are giving or will soon give us 300 lumens per watt. Think about the amount of change in the way we have lit our homes, offices, stores, factories, and streets in just the last 20-30 years. It is nothing short of astonishing and you can bet that more change is on the way in how we light the way we live. (more…)

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