When it comes to choosing the perfect ceiling pendant, it’s so easy to get completely wrapped up in two details — the style of the shade and the finish color. And of course, those two things are pretty important!
But when choosing a pendant light, you also need to consider the mounting. If your new pendant will be hung in a location that is subject to wet or even damp conditions such as a breezeway, screened-in porch, bathroom, or outdoor shower, you should choose a stem mount light. A stem mount light fixture, as defined in our Glossary, is one that features a metal pipe to hang the fixture from the ceiling. This metal pipe houses all electrical wiring... Read More
Although my calendar says we’re still a few days away from the official start to summer, my travel schedule has been in full-swing summer mode. I have been on the road quite a bit these past few weeks and luckily my travels have taken me to some pretty cool coastal towns including Savannah, Annapolis, and now Tybee Island, Georgia.
One thing I’ve noticed in my wanderings is that lighting in a coastal environment takes a serious beating. Along with the salt air, the sun can be brutal, and these sign lights look like a gale-force wind blew down Main Street!
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Will you be among the millions flocking to amusement parks this summer to experience the latest thrilling rides? Our friends at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, have created a spectacular 4-D interactive ride called Voyage to the Iron Reef that opened to rave reviews in May.
“I rode it on opening day and it was awesome,” says Andy Romanski, outside salesman with American Electric who worked with the company on the exterior lighting for the new attraction. “The ride takes you on a journey to the bottom of the ocean where you battle sea creatures with a freeze ray.” Andy was on hand in May to celebrate the opening of the... Read More
It’s the first day of June and, if you’re a kid, the joys of summer are tantalizingly close! For many kids, June is time to pack up the sleeping bag, bug spray, and bathing suit for a week or two at summer camp.
In the heart of Maine’s Lake Region, Camp Laurel South hosts about 800 campers each summer on the shores of Crescent Lake. Kids participate in dozens of activities including hiking, kayaking, swimming, arts and crafts, theatre, and a wide variety of team sports. The camp, located in Casco, has been undergoing a major renovation, and the main dining hall is just about ready for this summer’s campers.
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It’s summertime here in the States and that means living spaces are expanding. Whether you have a porch, patio, veranda, or a lanai, these multi-functional, outdoor living areas get a workout with parties, dinners, lounging, and even sleeping.
Summertime also brings bugs, especially in the South where interior designer Alys Protzman lives. Alys wanted to expand her family’s living space in her Pittsboro, North Carolina, home where the moderate climate means a porch can be used at least half the year and often even longer. Alys worked with BuildSense, a full-service architecture and construction firm in nearby Durham to create her dream space. We talked with... Read More