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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Lights For Your Home: A How To Guide

Christmas Lights For Your Home

Getting the Christmas lights at your home just right can be harder than it seems. This guide to how to hang your outdoor Christmas lights will get you up to speed in no time at all.  Check out the full Guide To Christmas Lighting.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Lumen Smart Bulb

Lumen Smart Bulb
Lumen Smart Bulb

The future of home lighting seems to be moving twords LED lighting and automated home control systems. The one example of this is the new "smart bulbs" that can change color as the mood strikes and can be fully controlled from your computer or smart phone. The new Lumen smart bulb is the latest example.

According to it's makers...

Use your iPhone to instantly control your lighting environment.

Lasts 30x longer and uses 5x less power than a regular bulb.

Seven diverse pre-programmed modes from 'wake up' to 'party'.

It's the only light bulb you'll enjoy changing.

Lumen is compatible with the following Bluetooth 4.0 enabled iOS devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPad with Retina display, iPod touch 5th generation.

You can find it online here

Lights We Like: The Stockholm Block Lamp

Stockholm Block Lamp

Today we have an appropriately frozen light for mid-winter. We love the this fun and frigid lamp. The frozen Block lamp by Harri Koskinen is a modern design classic which was first launched in 1997 with a sensation of ice and light, of heat and chill. Since its launch it has received numerous awards and become part of the MoMAs permanent collection. Made from casted glass block with a textile cord it has different colour options of cord available.

You can find it from UK based Design House here.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Disco Ball Fun Outdoor Holiday Christmas Light Display [ Video ]

Check out these fun and festive disco ball outdoor holiday light display. Several mirror balls and strategically placed spot lights combine to produce a moving holiday light show that seems to ripple over the trees. This unique and creative idea works equally well for which ever winter holiday you choose to celebrate including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanuka, Kwanza, Winter Solstice or New Year's Eve.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lights We Like: The Sputnik and Luca Chandeliers by Porta Romana

Luca Chadelier by Porta Romana

 The Luca Chandelier by Porta Romana is crafted with hundreds of individually hand textured brass platelets.

Sputnik Chandelier by Porta Romania

The Sputnik Chandelier was inspired by Russia's Sputnik spacecraft,  which in 1957 became the Earth's first artificial satellite.

We found these beautiful lights on the Modenus Blog here...

Monday, October 28, 2013

LED Lighting Pros and Cons:
Two Views

LED Lighting Pros and Cons
Bank of America Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

Many cities are drastically revising their street lighting by switching to LED based lighting. While these changes promise huge monetary savings, not everyone is thrilled with the new street lights. Here are two different points of view.

LED street lamps shine above passing vehicles at
Pacific and Jeffersonstreets in Monterey, CA (DAVID ROYAL/The Monterey Herald)

In January 2012 in Monterey, California the city's 1,900 street and tunnel lights — in a move to sharply reduce city energy use — were switched from yellow-orange, high-pressure sodium fixtures to white light-emitting diode, or LED, fixtures. Shortly afterwards a group called Turn Down the Lights filed suit, contending that LED fixtures throw out a bright light that floods homes and streets and poses a hazard to motorists, walkers and wildlife.

These two articles, one from Forbes and the other from The Monterey Herald, help shine a light on the different viewpoints on LED lighting. 

LED Lighting Creeps Toward Tipping Point

Monterey has spent $80,000 against lawsuit over lights

Friday, October 25, 2013

Porch Lighting Guide
For Traditional Homes

Porch Lighting Guide For Traditional Homes
Guide To Porch Lighting  For Traditional Homes

Every wondered what the best options are for porch lighting for traditional homes? One of the first things people see when they come your home is the front porch. Wow your visitors from the start with great lighting for your traditional, Colonial, or Colonial Revial style home's front porch. This article from Traditional Homes Magazine provides a great over-view of the possibilities.

You can find it here...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with Home Lighting

Change the clocks, change the batteries and change the bulbs. Beat the winter blues with compact fluorescent bulbs.

Change the clocks, change the batteries and change the bulbs: How to beat the winter blues with compact fluorescent bulbs. "Shorter days and longer nights can cause seasonal affective disorder and your best antidote is a bright home," says Debbie Wiener, a Pennsylvania-based interior designer with

Read the full story by Amber Krosel here...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

12 Great Lighting Tips Every Designer Should Know...And You Should Too!

This post by Mindy Miles Greenberg features 12 great home lighting tips that will come in handy for everyone from homeowners to interior design professionals. She covers everything from light sources and bulbs to different types of home lighting fixtures.

Swing Arm Wall Lights
Swing-Arm Wall Lights

Mindy Miles Greenberg is a familiar face in the world of Interior Design. Seen on HGTV's popular long running home make-over series, "Decorating Cents", you might recognize her style. Mindy's boutique firm, Encore Decor Interior Design + Renovation, focuses on creating beautiful yet practical living spaces for her clients in New York City and the Hamptons. In her down time she pens, EncoreDecor {the blog}. You can keep up-to-the-minute on her daily inspirations by following her on Twitter @EncoreDecor. We love her style and we think you will too. 

Chandelier Over Dining Room Table
Chandelier Over Dining Room Table

You can read the full story here...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Video Guide: How To Choose The Best Lighting For Your Home

With so many choice for home lighting today from traditional lighting to modern lighting to exotic lighting it is easy for the consumer to become overwhelmed by all the choices. Ambient lighting, task lighting, LEDs, CFLs, how can you know what all this means? This short video from the American Lighting Association helps to clear up some of the confusion about how to choose the best lighting for your home.

Still confused or have questions? Feel free to submit you home lighting questions here for Home Lighting 101's resident lighting expert Lightheaded Larry.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Is LED lighting really worth the cost?

The debate over LED lighting continues to rage with more questions than answers: Do LED bulbs last as long as they claim? Are the savings from LED bulbs as great as claimed by manufacturers? Is the light from incandescent bulbs more pleasing to the eye? Should the government limit our light bulb choices?  

If you replace every bulb in your house with an LED you'll spend a small fortune. 
Is it really worth the cost? Find out in this video from MSN Money. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor


Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor

Alfredo in his workshop
Alfredo Moser's invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity - using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach.
In the last two years his innovation has spread throughout the world. It is expected to be in one million homes by early next year.
So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle.
"Add two capfuls of bleach to protect the water so it doesn't turn green [with algae]. The cleaner the bottle, the better," he adds.
Wrapping his face in a cloth he makes a hole in a roof tile with a drill. Then, from the bottom upwards, he pushes the bottle into the newly-made hole.
"You fix the bottle in with polyester resin. Even when it rains, the roof never leaks - not one drop."
Moser's lamps - as seen from aboveThe lamps work best with a black cap - a film case can also be used

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bright Ideas On Choosing Light Bulbs

This post by the Sustainability Team at the Kendall-Jackson Vinyard Estates was originally published on their blog and can be found here.

Whether you’re an experienced energy hawk or a first-timer trying to cut your utility bill, chances are there’s something new to learn about light bulbs. Take a walk down the lighting aisle at the store and you can quickly see that there are more light bulb choices than there are toothpastes. So how do you figure it all out?

OK, let’s get start narrowing down our choices so we know what to look for when we get to the store. The right bulb is the one that has the brightness, color and cost that you want. Make a note of what brightness and color you’re looking for from the guide below and bring it to the store next time – they’ll show the price choices that meet your needs.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Outdoor Lighting Takes Your Party From Drab to Fab

Outdoor Lanterns from Pottery Barn

The night can be dark and dull unless, of course, you have some great lights to string about.

Over the past few years, indoor decor has made its way outdoors with more people designing and furnishing their yards as they would a living room or bedroom. Because of this, lighting is becoming a key component in defining outdoor living spaces, says Pottery Barn spokeswoman Kendra Stewart.
“I think people are using outdoor lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere beyond just wanting to illuminate a space so you can see at night,” she says.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

7 Simple Low-Cost and DIY Garden Lighting Solutions

Almost 700 Re-Pins & 150 Likes on Pinterest

This very informative post from the Rugs & Blinds Blog has become our most popular pin on Pinterest with over almost 700 re-pins and over 150 likes since April. Read the full post here.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dwell On Design 2013: Best Of Home Lighting

There was no shortage of great lighting available at the recent Dwell On Design 2013 show in Los Angeles from June 22-24. Most of the lighting there reflected the current steam punk and modern lighting trends. Here are some of our favorites.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bring The Bling!
How to make your home shine with crystal lighting

By Lighting Designer Chris West of Pentimento Lighting

Making life better with a little bling is known in the fashion world as standard operating procedure. But did you know your home can have the same effect by adding little touches that can provide impact? After all, fashion and interior design are symbiotic arts.
Forte Chandelier By Pentimento Lighting

One has to realize that the eye is attracted to light not darkness. Placing high chroma in an environment reflects more light and draws attention. The same thought works for enhancing your light fixtures. It seems an obvious choice that lighting will be the most dominant attraction in a room. But the actual light effect in the fixture can be enhanced with a few tricks of the trade.

Tradition has always placed crystal or reflective items around light sources. When all interior lighting was with candles, adding faceted prisms or placing the candle in front of a mirror amplified the lighting of the candle flame. This design process took hold and chandeliers, sconces and light stands all adopted crystals to reflect as much light as possible, even in the electrified age. This custom is now a design element, one that I work with on a day to day basis.

Alto Chandelier by Pentimento Lighting

Putting a light source inside or beside a reflective or prismatic item magnifies the quality of the light and applies different properties to the light effect. Faceted crystal pendants will split the light into the light spectrum and fill your interior with the myriad colors of the rainbow. This can produce some amazing design possibilities for those of us in the lighting industry. With an array of crystal products on the market today, I can design for traditional lighting environments using faceted pendalogues, crystal spikes and rock crystal. Contemporary lighting is also using “bling” lighting elements to warm up an otherwise sterile environment. The juxtaposition of traditional elements in the modern environment adds a touch of whimsy. It also ensures that the lighting element be perceived as a design element and not just a source for brightening the room.

Adding crystals to a fixture can be simple. Attaching a cut glass element with pinnings to an existing fixture is an easy fix. But designing a fixture that will have the light source and the crystal element work to together to provide the most dazzle is an art if not a science. Developing a fixture to hold as many as 300 teardrop crystals for a contemporary dining chandelier requires enough structural integrity to keep the entire chandelier from crashing down on the dinner party. Weight is an issue and needs to be considered in the actual structural support that mounts the fixture. It is not unprecedented for structural enhancement to occur in a home or office to accommodate the weight of the lighting fixture when hung with oodles of crystal.

Crystal has an almost palpable effect on the senses. It can resemble diamonds and will elicit the same response in the viewer. There is something magical about light in the matrix of glass that mesmerizes and transfixes the onlooker. Captivated by the colors, one never tires at looking as a Strass crystal chandelier. Since glass is unique in that it can be colored and it will not fade, the array of possibilities for the actual fixture to compliment a color scheme in a room makes crystal lighting unique in the design world.

Through time immemorial the effects of light still make us wonder. Cleopatra realized these possibilities and had triangles of light projected with candles and mirrors onto the wall of her bedchamber. She was able to conquer Rome. The same dazzling effect can help you conquer your world from the confines of your bedchamber with just a little bling.

Chris West pf Pentimento Lighting
Chris West has returned to Pentimento after pursuing various design endeavors. With a BFA in Graphic Design, Mr. West originally started with the Pentimento team in 1983 in their first lighting company in Scottsdale. He then left Arizona to pursue advertising, 3-D design, branding and packaging. As an internationally published designer, and after running a global packaging design company, Mr. West has returned to brand and develop new products with fresh inspiration for Pentimento. Now located in Mesa, Chris meets with designers in the early stages of a new project to listen to your ideas, learn about your project, and capture your vision to bring it to fruition. With a knowledge of manufacturing capabilities and a distinct vision on lighting in your environment, Chris produces unique and budget conscious solutions to your lighting projects. Chris can be contacted at or

Friday, May 3, 2013

PET Bottle Lamps by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon

Pet Bottle Chandelier by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon

The PET Bottle Chandelier by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon was developed as a way to address the problem of pollution generated by the use of plastic bottles. Inspired during a trip to the Colubian Amazon in 2011, Alvaro collaborated with two distinct groups of artisans from the Cauca region who had been displaced by guerilla war to Bogota. Together they have been giving new life and shape to the PET bottle since 2012, which gave rise to

Artisan weaves shade from PET bottle

Using the split surface of the PET bottle as the base on which to weave, local craftsmen then use threads created from the recycled PET bottles to create their original designs. The original bottle top remains in place  to funnel the electrical wiring and to serve as a visual reminder of the original source material.  You can get all the info or place an order on the official site at

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

10 Step Plan To Create Perfect Kitchen Lighting

10 Step Plan To Create Perfect Kitchen Lighting
10 Step Plan To Create Perfect Kitchen Lighting

Not sure what do do about your kitchen lighting? This article by 
design director of John Cullen, Sally Storey, features a ten step guide to create the perfect kicthen lighting. Covering all the bases from task lighting, to ambient and accent lighting this useful and informative guide will walk you through the steps to create great kitchen lighting. Read the full article here... 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paper Patchwork Chandelier
by Studio Job for Moooi

Paper Pathwork Chandelier by Studio Job for Moooi

Paper Patchwork: We love this chandelier by Studio Job for Moooi is made completely from paper. Honeycomb panels, paper and cardboard are combined to form a durable composite used to construct this piece that is at once familar and unique. You can read more here

Monday, April 29, 2013

Lighting Facts: Everything you need to know about the new Lighting Facts label for light bulbs.

This article from by Craig DiLouie and the Illuminating Engineering Society tells you everything you need to know about the new Lighting Facts label for light bulbs. You will learn how to read the label, what all those terms mean and how to use the new label to make the best lights bulb choice for your needs.

You can find the article here:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hot, Cool & Green: 5 Light Fixtures That Double As Planters

One of our favorite recent green designs trends is light fixtures that double as planters. These light fixture / planters provide combine the healthful benefits of good lighting and foliage. The plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen while using the light emitted by the fixture to nurture growth. According to the International Association of Lighting Designers, new studies show the quality of light affects people in many different ways. For example, office worker satisfaction and productivity can be positively affected by well-designed illumination.  It  also contributes greatly to people's general sense of well-being.

Start spreading the good feelings with a few of these fun fixtures. Here are a few of our favorites...

The Green Lamp by Siesta

The Green Lamp by Siesta is a unique combination of lamp and flower pot, where you can plant whatever you want. It is handmade and changes as the plant grows. See it here:

The Sky Planter by Boskee & Plumen

The Sky Planter by Boskee & Plumen feature the unique energy saving Plumen bulb. Installed at Old Shoreditch Station in London, these hanging planters allow the plants to hang and mingle organically with the fixture. See more here:

The Flora Chadelier by Gumdesign

The Flora Chadelier by Gumdesign. This unique fixture created for Italian company TrediciDesign from metal and glass, features a bulb that projects the light down to the centerpiece. The illumination produced lights the interior space and provides lighting for the growth of the plant. Each branch of the chandelier ends in a glass pot to hold the plant of your choice. See it here:

Green Lamp by Romolo Stanco

The Green Lamp by Romolo Stanco is truly unique, even among these hybrid light / planters. First it is made from Arboform, a “liquid wood” mostly consisting of lignin (an organic polymer) that can be thermoformed, foamed, or molded into any shape. Secondly, The LED lamp is apparently driven by harnessing the energy generated by the plant during photosynthesis and requires no external power. Read more here:

Babylon by Ryan Taylor

The Babylon light fixture by Toronto based designer Ryan Taylor is designed to be a part of everyday life. "Made of aluminum with a powder coated finish, it can be used as an organic centre piece or a working herb garden over the kitchen counter." says Taylor. We think this fun fixture would work will in a variety of spaces from modern to rustic. See more here: