When you hear the words LEED-certified, a brand new, modern structure filled with the latest green technology probably pops into your mind. One of the certification categories, however, is for existing buildings — those that are restored in an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient manner. The struggle comes in finding a balance between using modern technology while still honoring the vernacular of an older, and often historically significant, building.
When the good people behind the preservation of the Felt Estate in western Michigan made it their goal to have the Felt Mansion LEED certified, they knew LED lighting would be required.
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Mid October is peak foliage season in Chittenden, Vermont, which means The Mountain Top Inn & Resort is hopping these days with leaf peepers. This four-season resort recently underwent a major remodel which included re-siding the main building and updating the lighting.
“We were going for a rustic feel,” says front desk manager Eryn Rowe, “and we just love your products!” Welcoming guests at the front door is a Pioneer 4-Light Chandelier which brings an industrial farmhouse vibe to the setting. This rustic chandelier combines guard-and-glass fixtures topped with mini RLM-style warehouse shades to provide plenty of light.
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The school bell has rung, theme parks are quiet, and the Labor Day picnic is a fading memory. The autumnal equinox must be right around the corner. Fall is a great time to think about your exterior lighting. Nightfall may come earlier but the weather is still great for outdoor activities and meals. There’s no reason to retreat to the dining room when the back porch is still so inviting. Plus there are still fireflies out there waiting to be chased!
When considering your exterior lighting, you quickly realize that your outdoor lights must perform several functions. Safety is a major concern of course. Well-placed lights not only deter those with malfeasance on... Read More
Following a dream sounds so idyllic and satisfying. In reality, it can be nerve wracking! Back in 2010, Bobbi and Jeff Noe, of Granville, Ohio, decided to take the plunge leaving behind 30 years of corporate sales, marketing and customer service experience to follow their dream of owning a bed and breakfast. In four short years, the Welsh Hills Inn has developed a loyal following receiving TripAdvisor’s coveted Traveler’s Choice Award for the past two years and is included in the Top 10 B&Bs/Inns in the World. Sounds pretty idyllic and satisfying!
“It truly has been a joy and a terrific experience for us,” says Jeff. “Oh, the... Read More
With sales promos clogging up my inbox and Christmas carols blasting in every store, that can only mean one thing. Well, OK, maybe more than one thing.
What it does mean is that winter is just around the corner! And after all the merriment and mayhem of the holidays are over, in less than three weeks mind you, we will have to contend with all that Mother Nature dishes out with the coming of the season.
If your exterior lighting took a beating over the past few years, you probably realize that the choice of materials in outdoor lighting is critical to its durability. A $30 light from a big box store may seem like a great deal when you’re standing in the aisle... Read More
Steve and his wife Debbie knew they had found something special when they were interviewing potential contractors to build their new home.
“One of them stood on the site and said, ‘I’ve been driving by this field for 20 years and always wanted to build a house right here,'” Steve relates. The coveted spot in Freeport, Maine, is close to downtown and is the site of their now almost-complete modern farmhouse home. The building process is fraught with constant decision making, but for Steve and Debbie, the choice for lighting was an easy one. They had discovered Barn Light Electric when they worked on a previous home and knew they wanted... Read More