Lighting Your Way to Summer Fitness with LED Battery Operated Safety Lights

Exercising in the dark.

Monday was Memorial Day, and summer is now in full swing. People all over the country are turning off their lights and heading outdoors for some sunny fun. However, the heat of summer causes many of us to augment our daily exercise routines—we choose to work out before dawn or late at night to avoid the heat of the day.

While taking a walk, hike, jog, or bike ride in the great outdoors can be a refreshing start to your morning or liven up your evening, there are precautions you should take so that what you do to stay healthy doesn’t jeopardize your safety.

The most important thing to think about when exercising in the dark is being seen—and what better way to show up at night than with a light? Nowadays, there are many different lighting options for joggers, bikers, and outdoorsmen (and women!). Here are a few safety lights we love:

LED Battery Operated Head Work Light 
This super bright light features 21 LEDS in a compact headlamp, and has four different light settings to meet your needs. With soft, adjustable lycra bands, it will comfortably fit your cranium, allowing you to see and be seen while out and about. It leaves your hands free to hold what is important—whether it be handlebars, hand weights, or your trusty walking stick. Read More

Use Bookshelf Lights to Help Tell Your Story

book case lightsWhether they shelve books, artwork, or heirlooms, bookcases are a great way to feature your unique interests. However, it can be easy to let your special things fall into the shadows if they’re not properly lit. Here are a few different ways to spotlight your most precious items:

Strips and Microfluorescents

If you prefer to highlight your entire bookshelf, running a Xenon Low Voltage Light Strip or a microfluorescent light fixture along each shelf will do the trick. Just make sure you install the lights in a place they can’t be seen—that way they’ll draw attention to what is important and really make your display pop. As an added bonus, they’ll also provide a significant light source to the entire room.

Puck Lights and Recessed Lights

Do you have a favorite painting, sculpture, or photograph sitting on your bookcase? Feature it with a small puck light attached to the shelf above. This finishing touch draws attention to the item and adds diverse visual interest to the entire bookshelf. If your bookcases are freestanding and have curiosities on top, you can use recessed lighting to attract the eye above. Installing recessed lights is also an easy way to emphasize a bookshelf without illuminating the whole room, although this option will highlight the shelf more than its contents.

Need more ideas on how to display your favorite belongings? Check out these thoughtful shelf decorating tips by HGTV’s Leah Hennen!


What Kind of Lighting Went Into Famous Works of Art?

The following post is from our new blogger Annie Josey, who is joining Pegasus Lighting on May 21, 2012. Annie is a recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduate who majored in English with a minor in creative writing. Annie wrote this post during the interview process and we loved it so much, and learned a little bit about art in the process, we could not wait to post it to the blog. We hope you like Annie’s first post as much as we do, and can’t wait for her to “enlighten” us even more in the coming months.

In paintings, the depiction of light can create tangible shape, intricate texture and vibrant color. Great painters like Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Manet crafted careers out of working with light, while having very few lighting options for inspiration. Here are a few examples of their work, and how each painter might go about achieving the same schemes with modern lighting:

Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait, 1629”

Rembrant Self Portrait 1629

This painting is a perfect example of Rembrandt’s use of chiaroscuro (the contrast between light and shadow). The lighting here is soft, creating a tranquil, romantic look. The shadows are diffused and gentle, used to define the face without being too severe.

If Rembrandt were alive today, he could easily recreate this setting with an incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulb placed high and to the left. He should opt for a lower wattage to achieve that same dim look, and stick with a light temperature of under 3,500K to maintain the warm atmosphere. Read More