We get excited about seeing your projects — really excited. Last week we received an email from a creative customer whose vintage-inspired bathroom had me itching to take a trip to the nearest antique store to re-do my own front bath. You might remember our featured customer from Friday, Khanh Morales. Khanh was more than helpful with detailing how she took a blank canvas of a studio bath and turned it into a showroom for her antiquing addiction.Read More
Who says post mount lighting can’t be dramatic, artistic, and functional all in one? This row of soaring lights prove that even a simple rustic fixture combined with an avant-garde base can take post mount lighting to new heights! Located on the 760-acre campus of Florida Gulf Coast University, the state’s newest institution of higher education in Ft. Myers, these post mount lights complement the impressive entrance to the Lutgert School of Business. These lights are powered in part by the university’s 15-acre solar field featuring photovoltaic panels that tilt and rotate as they soak up that famous Florida sunshine throughout the day.Read More
Those of us immersed in the lighting industry are well aware of the federal legislation that took effect January 1st that alters what light bulbs we can purchase. In an effort to save energy and money, standard incandescent bulbs are being phased out gradually and replaced by higher efficiency halogen incandescent bulbs. Other high efficiency bulbs have also been hitting the marketplace, and we would like to shine some light on what’s available to help you pick the best bulb for your space!Read More
Confused by all of the light bulbs and wattage options out there? Whether you’re trying to decide on going green with LED lights, or you’re working on a budget and need something long lasting, we may be able to help out. Before you make any hard-pressed decisions, check out this quick and easy breakdown of some of the most popular light bulbs out there!
Standard Incandescent – These are more than likely what’s found throughout your home today. They have already been completely phased out in Australia and a few other countries, and are slowly but surely on their way out the United States. Standard incandescent bulbs produce light by heating a filament wire to an extremely high temperature until it glows. Since the wire heats up to as high as 5,000˚ Fahrenheit, the exterior glass can get as hot as 500˚ F. Their temperatures aren’t exactly safe when there are young children around, but with their low upfront costs, thousands of homes still use them today.Read More
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Photos Courtesy of Decor8 Design Blog (Left), Remodelista (Right)
Although you may have not recognized them, Half Chrome Light Bulbs have been used in commercial buildings for many years. Typically used in environments where a glare needs to be reduced, the chrome coating shields the filament, ultimately making the bulb an indirect source of light. They are a wonderful lighting choice wherever you need to keep light directly out of people’s eyes. Such situations can include bathrooms, kitchens, offices, or restaurants where overhead pendants have a very close proximity to one’s eyes.
Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 | 0 comments
Since it was first introduced in the early 1990′s, the Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) has been one of the most popular Energy Efficient bulbs in America. Compact Fluorescent bulbs were designed to replace the less energy efficient Standard Incandescent bulb. CFL’s produce just as much light as your Standard Incandescent, but use 1/3 of the overall energy!
Why should I switch to CFL’s? What’s the difference? It’s the average lifespan of each bulb – it differs drastically! Although less in your initial cost, Standard Incandescent bulbs can be manufactured to last 750 to 1,000 hours. By paying slightly more up front, a Compact Fluorescent bulb typically has a rated lifespan of 6,000 – 15,000 hours! Doing the math, that means CFL’s last between 8 and 15 times longer! If you’re not on board to save the earth, do it for your wallet!Read More