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Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY: Fun and Easy Halloween Jack O' Lantern Post Light Decoration

DIY: Fun and Easy Hallween Post Light Decoration
DIY: Fun and Easy Halloween Post Light Decoration

Save time and money by using existing parts of your home to create fun new ways to decorate for Halloween. We got the idea this fun and easy DIY from a home we saw while walking around the neighborhood. It really goes to show that you can pick up decorationg tips almost anywher by just keeping your eyes and mind open.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ever wonder why Jeff Goldblum looks so great? The answer, of course, is really great lighting!

This hilarious commercial by GE stars Jeff Goldblum as a celebrity with an ego as big as his hair. In it, Goldbulm aka "Terry Quattro - Famous Person", answer the question "What does it take to live a life of fame on the big screen, the small screen, even the silkscreen...?" The answer, of course, is "really great lighting".  Watch now to find out how you too can control your lighting to always look like a famous person!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How To Install Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Learn how to design and install outdoor low-voltage lighting from home improvement expert Ron Hazelton. This video includes details on walkway lights, deck lights and spot lights. 

This very informative and detailed video which goes through an entire home installation of low voltage outdoor lighting from planning to completion. It covers a wide variety of topics from outdoor path lighting for safety to tree lights for aesthetic appeal. The video goes over the entire installation from start to finish detailing many of the steps along the way in a clear, easy to understand way with a pleasant folksy style. It also does a very nice job of breaking the project down and making it do-able for people with even minimal experience. 

Ron's mobile workshop heads down the Florida coast to St. Augustine, North America's oldest community settled by Europeans. In the cool, wooded suburbs Ron meets Louie Bartoletti, a golf course designer who spends much of his time creating some of America's most challenging fairways. Louie has asked Ron to help him with an outdoor lighting project. The two of them figure out what they will need for the project and then they get to work.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm Lighting Designer [Video]

Fantastic and Inspirational Video from German Lighting Company ERCO

"I'm a lighting designer.
I make the invisible visible.
And give rooms their own soul.
Light is everywhere and everywhere is light.
That's why I travel everywhere to look at light.
Each place has its own magic.
A magic that Is forever different.
Forever new.
This I take with me.
The different and the new.
This is how my light should be.
I'm a lighting designer.
I make the invisible visible.
And give rooms their own soul."

In this two minute video the folks from ERCO, a German based lighting company, present lighting designers in a whole new way and lighting designers have never looked better. Well shot with beautiful narration and music, "I Am A Lighting Designer" can inspire both professionals and homeowners to achieve the best lighting design for their projects or homes. It also does a fantastic job of answering the questions what is a lighting designer and why should I use a lighting designer? Light is one of the most crucial elements in design. Without proper lighting, the most fantastic design cannot be seen. More than just an afterthought, lighting design should be part of your project from the beginning. Work with a lighting design professional to maximize the impact of your design while minimizing lighting costs.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Impossible Light: The San Fransisco Bay Bridge Lighting Installation [Video]

'Impossible Light' Official Trailer (HD) from ImpossibleLightFilm on Vimeo.
'Impossible Light' is a feature-length documentary by Jeremy Ambers that follows Internationally renowned Artist, Leo Villareal, as he attempts to install an iconic fine art sculpture using 25,000 LED lights on the Western Approach of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

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The Bay Lights - Artist Rendering 2 from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo.
The Bay Lights is an iconic light sculpture designed by internationally renowned artist Leo Villareal. The sculpture will be installed and illuminated over the course of the Bay Bridge's 75th Anniversary, which extends from late 2011 to 2012.

Created by Jeremy Vickery and Simon Christen in collaboration with Leo Villareal.
Music by Loscil. Track: Else. Label: Air Texture.

Friday, January 31, 2014

How To Use Outdoor Lighting To Boost Curb Appeal And Increase Safety and Security

Outdoor Lighting How To Guide

Learn how to use outdoor lighting to enhance the beauty and curb appeal of your property while increasing safety and security. Using outdoor lighting allows you to take advantage of your outdoor spaces after dark and adds value. These illuminating tips from the American Lighting Association will get you stared on the path to having great  outdoor lighting for your home while adding curb appeal and increasing safety and security. 

It is important to note that many cities have implemented special building codes related to the type of lighting you are allowed to use outdoors. Check with your local building inspection office regarding this issue before installing outdoor lighting.

Front Entrance:

A well-lit front entrance enables you to greet guests and identify visitors. Wall lanterns on each side of the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who enter.

Under a porch or other overhang, you can use recessed, chain-hung or close-to-ceiling fixtures. A separate rear or side entrance can be lighted with a single wall lantern installed on the keyhole side of the door.


Outside the garage, mount a lantern on each side or install a single fixture above to provide lighting for safety and security.

Consider installing a motion sensor on these fixtures or a photocell that turns the lights on at dusk and off at dawn to save energy. For added security, illuminate any side of the house that would otherwise be in shadow. Spotlights installed on your eaves will accomplish this, or, for a more dramatic look, consider ground lights pointed up to graze your walls.

To conserve energy, install a sensor that will switch on the light only at night or upon motion. If using uplighting, aim the fixtures so that the light is captured by your eaves to lessen light pollution.

Steps, Paths, and Driveways:

Steps, paths, and driveways should be illuminated to make sure family members and guests are able to move about easily and safely after dark. You can install path lights or post lanterns or attach lights to the side of the house.

Low-level path lights, which spread circular patterns of light, will brighten your walkway while highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover. Low-level path lights can also be used to define the boundaries of long driveways.

Bollards, which stand 30 to 36 inches off the ground, also work well. Use shielded fixtures to avoid glare.

Decks, Porches, and Patios:

Decks, porches, and patios can be converted into romantic evening retreats by concealing low-voltage mini-lights under steps, railing or benches. Another idea is to install a spotlight in the branches of a nearby tree.

Pools and Fountains:

Pools and fountains illuminated with underwater lighting provide beauty and safety for evening entertaining or swimming.

Low-voltage and LED lighting are popular sources for ambient pool lighting, or install fiber-optic lighting to create a starry background in your pool's floor and around its edges. Floating and solar-powered lights are also available.

Be sure to check with your local building authorities for safety regulations before installing new lighting systems in existing pools.

Grills and Dining Areas:

Grills and serving areas benefit from bright task lighting. To accomplish this, install a recessed spot-light on an adjacent roof overhang, mount lights on a railing behind the grill or use a portable fixture approved for outdoor environments.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

'Epic' Home Lighting Video Shows Nearly Every Kind Of Lighting Fixture Imaginable

This unbelievable video shows the Austin, TX home of the former lighting director of Paramount Studios, Milton Verret, known as "Acqua Villa". Crammed full of all types of lighting, from floor-to-ceiling windows outfitted with shades that are programmed to open and close depending on the position of the sun throughout the day, to a remote-controlled LED fixture that can be color coordinated with the interior decor, this home is a lighting enthusiast dream come true.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Belkin Puts The Light Switch On Your Phone

Belkin's WeMo Smart LED Light Bulbs
Belkin's WeMo Smart LED Light Bulbs

With automated home lighting systems becoming more and more common it seems that there are more choices than ever for smart home lighting options. Belkin recently join the fray with their WeMo Smart LED Light Bulbs.These new bulbs are designed to replace standard 60 Watt bulbs and retail for about $40 by themselves or about $130 with the WeMo Link controller. You can read more about the Belkin WeMo Smart LED Light Bulbs on Gizmodo in this article by Andrew Liszewski.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Connected Home: Marking Home Lighting Smarter

Many people have heard of or seen the new smart home lighting bulbs and products that offer a wide range of home lighting options that can be controlled directly from your iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone, Android tablet or desktop computer via Wi-Fi but are unsure about their options. Options range from automating everyday tasks like turning on and off lights at scheduled times to change the color of the light to suit your moods. While these lighting schemes may seem far-out to some, changes are coming sooner than most people think.

In this video, Jefferson Graham of USA Today previews and reviews new smart home lighting products from Belkin, Philips and TCP.