I know it’s July and the school bell will remain silent for six more weeks, but there’s no time like the present for a little education.
No groaning please. Education is information and information is key when you’re looking to invest in lighting. Let’s face it. You can go to your local big-box store and spend $20 on a look-alike wall sconce that came from China. But considering it only costs you $20 and it had to be shipped overseas, how much money do you think actually went into the materials? Not much. Which is why most “inexpensive” lights rust almost immediately or fall apart at the first hint of use.
So a little history... Read More
Designers, homeowners, and even business owners the world over seem to be in a vintage tizzy. Anything old is a hot commodity and the lighting industry is no exception. A web search of vintage lighting brings up a host of fixtures from bygone eras that offer a timeless sense of style. Gone are the days when everything in your décor has to match. A modern loft in New York brimming with glass and metal may be accented with Art Deco wall sconces, while a ranch-style home in Memphis may feature gas station lights from the 1940s along the driveway.
Commercial venues also utilize vintage lighting not only for the distinctive look it brings, but also because vintage lights... Read More
Regardless of what your third grade teacher may have told you, Thomas Edison was not the sole inventor of the light bulb. Yes, it’s much easier to simplify history at times, especially for nine-year-olds, but like most other major inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries, advancements came in baby steps, developed over time by different scientists and inventors around the globe who took each small discovery and propelled an idea forward.
Many people were key figures in the industrial lighting realm with Sir Humphrey Davy helping devise one of the first explosion proof fixtures. At the turn of the century, Peter Hewitt patented the mercury vapor lamp while... Read More
The open floor plan home design which came into vogue in the 1990s remains popular today for a host of reasons. An open plan makes a small home feel bigger with fewer walls and chopped up spaces, plus it takes advantage of natural light. Larger spaces tend to have multi-functional uses and allow for more interaction among the family. Lighting in this type of home becomes even more important because it can be seen from so many areas. An architect or interior designer strives to have a familial look among the fixtures as the eye travels from space to space. Instead of having one overall light to brighten each room, task lighting takes priority here such as the chandelier... Read More
Is white the new black? White seems to be everywhere in room design these days especially in kitchens and dining areas. White walls, fixtures, and furniture make for a clean, simple design that reduces visual clutter and provides needed breathing room especially in a busy space. A white design can lend itself to many styles from classic to casual to contemporary where white effuses a fresh, new feeling. Combine your white with black accents and you create an elegant, Art Deco feel. With white as a base, you have a serene, calm palette from which there are endless possibilities to pursue.
Take this light-filled dining area for example. Its white walls, ceiling,... Read More
In Erie, Pennsylvania, you’ll find quite a few attractions you may want to visit, especially if you love the outdoors. There are botanical gardens, lighthouses and numerous state and national parks. However, why not get a taste of Erie’s industrial and historical past as well? Ed Kindle, a local Titusville history buff and photographer, made a visit to the Koehler Brewery in Erie. His photos alone can tell the story of a building with quite the unique past…
The brewery was originally built in 1855, but later burned down. The building was rebuilt again in 1857, and at the time, was known as the Eagle Brewery until 1883 when the Koehler’s acquired it. The... Read More