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Bellacor Articles in Lighting

Apr 11, 2014 by to Lighting News

The Light that Never Goes Out: Longest Lasting Light Bulbs

In 2007, a ban was passed on incandescent light bulbs, as this type of lighting wastes approximately 70% of the energy it uses. This has led to the creation of new, energy-efficient light bulbs that last longer than their incandescent predecessors do. The most popular light bulbs replacing incandescent are light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Each of these light bulb types far surpass traditional light bulbs in life expectancy, energy-efficiency and, in the end, cost-effectiveness.   Read More



Apr 11, 2014 by to Lighting News

Refraction of Light Experiment for Kids: Prisms and Bending Light

Prisms and Bending Light

Have you ever looked at a rainbow and wonder how that happens? Most of us know that it takes a special combination of rain and light before a rainbow appears. Why a rainbow appears is due to the bending of light waves when they pass through water droplets. This process is known as refraction. A fun way to create rainbows without water is by using prisms.   Read More



Apr 09, 2014 by to Lighting News

The New Wave of Light Bulbs

Governments worldwide have enacted legislation with the goal of phasing out the use of incandescent light bulbs in favor of more environmentally friendly alternatives. Incandescent light bulbs use a filament wire that is illuminated by electricity; however, the light bulbs are inefficient at converting large quantities of electricity into visible light. Newer light bulb choices are environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. The most popular new light bulbs currently replacing incandescent bulbs include LEDs, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and halogen bulbs.   Read More



Apr 09, 2014 by to Lighting News

Light, Color Temperature, and How Light Appears to the Human Eye

Many people are certain that they perceive light in one way: bright! It's often not until operating a camera or mechanical device without using the white balance feature that we realize light sources have dramatically different color casts on different subjects. The human eye often compensates a bit for this difference, but even so, a light bulb with the correct color temperature can make a profound difference in the appearance of a stage, an art gallery, or a room. Color temperature is a concept that both relates to the temperature of the light source and the intensity as a black body radiator.

Visible light falls into the electromagnetic spectrum, and represents waves from 400 to 700 nanometers.   Read More



Apr 09, 2014 by to Lighting News

Light, Color Temperature, and How Light Appears to the Human Eye

Many people are certain that they perceive light in one way: bright! It's often not until operating a camera or mechanical device without using the white balance feature that we realize light sources have dramatically different color casts on different subjects. The human eye often compensates a bit for this difference, but even so, a light bulb with the correct color temperature can make a profound difference in the appearance of a stage, an art gallery, or a room. Color temperature is a concept that both relates to the temperature of the light source and the intensity as a black body radiator.

Visible light falls into the electromagnetic spectrum, and represents waves from 400 to 700 nanometers.   Read More



Apr 08, 2014 by to Lighting News

Architectural Guide to Aesthetic Lighting

Architectural Guide to Aesthetic Lighting

Our homes are truly our castles. We want our living space to reflect our personalities and our likes and dislikes and be a relaxing environment for us to reside in that is pleasing to look at. There are many ways to achieve this as we design and put together our home, but one of the most effective and easy ways to do this is through aesthetic lighting.

"Aesthetic" is a word that means having an appreciation of beauty or good taste.   Read More



Apr 08, 2014 by to Lighting News

How Light Works

How Light Works

Light is simply amazing. It is ever present, sustaining life, warming our planet, lighting our homes, and it's something most of us take for granted. It is undeniably one of the fundamental cornerstones of life; from photosynthesis to solar electricity, light is what continues to preserve life and drive progress on this planet. Scientists will tell you that light is a wave of electromagnetic energy that travels through space.   Read More



Apr 02, 2014 by to Lighting News

Energy Efficiency at Home and Work

Energy usage is a major concern for both homes and businesses. Not only does it cost money to use energy, but it also has potential environmental consequences. This includes pollution of the air and water as well as problems related to global warming. When homes and businesses waste energy, it also puts additional pressure on the world's existing natural resources, increasing the risk of shortages.   Read More



Apr 02, 2014 by to Lighting News

Recycling Guide for Light & Bulbs

Burned-out light bulbs and other lighting products must be disposed of properly to prevent the release of mercury and other harmful materials into the environment. Although light bulbs are encased in glass, they should not be recycled in regular household or office recycling bins. Certain light bulbs and lamps contain dangerous materials that must be handled and disposed of properly. Light bulbs that contain mercury or other toxic elements, such as CFLs, generally need to be recycled as hazardous waste, while other light bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs, can usually be disposed of in the regular trash.   Read More



Apr 02, 2014 by to Lighting News

Let There Be Light: The History of Lighting

Without electric lighting, the modern world as we know it would not exist. Even so, the history of lighting began long before Edison's electric light bulb. Early humans relied on the sun for light, turning it into the most venerated object in the cosmos. All cycles of hunting and other work centered around the sun until the discovery of fire.   Read More



Mar 20, 2014 by to Lighting News

Outdoor Living: The Best Camping Lights

When you go camping, there are many activities that you can enjoy. You may desire to go to a state park, publicly owned camping grounds, or even private land that isn't developed. Camping can involve using a sleeping bag and lying in the open air without shelter, sleeping in a tent, using a shelter built outdoors, or staying in a motor home or recreational vehicle. The activities that you can do while camping are endless, and once you're there, you will most likely need to start by building a fire after you set up camp.   Read More



Mar 05, 2014 by to Lighting News

Security Lighting & Outdoor Surveillance

An indoor environment is something that can give the illusion of safety and is easily taken for granted. Once inside of one's home or place of work, people often feel a greater sense of security than they do when outdoors. This is particularly true at night, when it is dark and difficult to see. In many cases, people understand that darkness presents an opportunity for those who are intent on committing crimes.   Read More



Mar 05, 2014 by to Lighting News

Space Lights, Stars, and Constellations

When you look up at the sky, you can see lots of stars. There are actually billions of stars out in the universe, but some are closer to earth or larger than others, so they shine much brighter. People have grouped together some stars into things called constellations. Constellations often outline a shape like a connect-the-dots picture, and they're usually named after some kind of mythological creature.   Read More



Feb 18, 2014 by to Lighting News

Learning About Light Pollution

Pollution is defined as contamination of the environment by waste created by humans. Typically, people only think of pollution of the air, land, or water by chemicals, trash, or sewage. Most often, light is not something that many people would consider to be a form of pollution; however, it is a very real problem, particularly in areas with large amounts of artificial lighting. Because it is a less - recognized form of pollution, there is not a high level of public awareness.   Read More



Jan 30, 2014 by to Lighting News

Lighting Up The Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope

Lighting Up The Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope

We've all seen images from the Hubble Space Telescope. The billowing galaxies and distant stars that Hubble relays back to Earth have a special allure for the human imagination. Unfortunately, even Hubble, a remarkable success and invaluable to space research, has its limits. The universe expands much farther than even the Hubble telescope can reach – and to close the distance, the James Webb Space Telescope was developed.   Read More



Jan 30, 2014 by to Lighting News

Thomas Edison - Helping to Light Up Our World

Thomas Edison has been credited with inventing some of the most useful items in the 19th and 20th centuries. Edison filed patents on inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the stock tickers and many other inventions that have benefited the lives of people. However, the most noteworthy invention of the more than thousand patents, Mr. Edison might have been that of the light bulb.   Read More



Jan 22, 2014 by to Lighting News

Lighting Recycling Tips

Lighting technology is currently in the midst of revolutionary change. The incandescent light bulbs that were the standard for a century are being phased out in favor of more cost-effective and eco-friendly versions. These modern lighting methods include the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and the light-emitting diode (LED). CFL bulbs are becoming especially popular as governments worldwide pass laws meant to curb incandescent lighting usage.   Read More



Jan 17, 2014 by to Lighting News

Efficient Lighting Guide for Saving Energy

The issue of indoor lighting is a very important part of everyday life. In the past, prior to modern lighting, people would read or do other things by candle light or with the help of lanterns. Today, however, people most often depend on lighting that requires the use of electricity. Electricity, like any other form of energy, is a finite resource that can be expensive to produce.   Read More



Jan 07, 2014 by to Lighting News

Physics and Electricity, How it All Works

Electricity is a form of energy that comes from the movement of electrons from one atom to another. When enough electrons are in motion, they can do things like create heat or generate magnetic fields that power motors. Many things, from computers to refrigerators, heating and air conditioning systems, light bulbs, televisions, phones and even cars, rely on electricity in order to function. Without electricity, few modern comforts and technologies would be possible, and learning about how electricity works can help people to better appreciate the conveniences that this resource affords the world, today.   Read More



Jan 07, 2014 by to Lighting News

Outdoor Lighting and Security for your Home

A home, for most people, is a place in which they can feel comfortable and relaxed. In order to accomplish this, they must also feel safe and secure inside, as well as when they're outside in their yard and driveway. As a result, people often seek out ways to ensure their safety by adding security features. The expense and complexity of these efforts can increase significantly depending on how people choose to go about it.   Read More



Jan 07, 2014 by to Lighting News

A Guide to Lighting your Home with Solar Energy

Solar energy is fast becoming the most cost-effective and realistic alternative to conventional energy production. In residential capacities, solar energy systems harness energy and heat from the sun, converting it in order to power your lights, hot water heater, appliances, and more. There are numerous types of solar energy systems, and the benefits of incorporating this environmentally friendly resource into your home are astonishing. From reducing the impact that you have on the environment to cutting your utility bills and upping your resale value, solar energy is truly a worthwhile investment.   Read More



Dec 23, 2013 by to Lighting News

The History of the Incandescent Lightbulb

When the history of the incandescent lightbulb, the crux of modern (lighting), is brought up, our minds typically jump right to Thomas Edison. He was the one who patented the first long-lasting, reliable lightbulb in 1880. What you may not realize is that the full story of the evolution of (lighting) actually began in the early 1800s. Edison may be the most famous to experiment with lightbulbs, but he was by no means the only one to do so.   Read More



Dec 23, 2013 by to Lighting News

A Homeowner's Guide to Eco-Friendly Lighting

Less is more when it comes to eco-friendly lighting solutions for your home. Using less energy not only saves you money, but is also beneficial to the environment. According to the U.S.   Read More



Dec 23, 2013 by to Lighting News

Safety Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights

For many people, decorating for the holidays is one of the most pleasurable aspects of the season. From lights illuminating the front of one's home to a festive indoor tree, decorations are a great way to catch the holiday spirit. Despite the beauty of holiday displays, people must hang them with care and caution to prevent accidents and injuries. For a safe holiday season, it is crucial that people learn how to properly check and string their indoor and outdoor lights.   Read More



Aug 02, 2011 by to Lighting News

Styles of Under Cabinet Lighting
Sparkling kitchens and bathrooms deserve some attention, and you can really show yours off with the various under cabinet lighting styles that are available. Under cabinet lights, or UC lights, are a homeowner's way of throwing a ticker-tape celebration of style and cleanliness for the visitors to their home. These show-lights highlight immaculate, fashionable, bathrooms and kitchens by shining down on the surfaces below from beneath the cabinets above. Some of the more popular styles include the task light, the disk light, and the linear light.   Read More


Jul 27, 2011 by to Lighting News

Under Cabinet Lighting: Practical & Attractive Lighting For The Kitchen
Under cabinet lighting is an excellent choice wherever there is work to be done. Its purpose is to shine light on a work surface without shining into anyone's eyes. The kitchen is the most common location for this sort of lighting. Typically, the lights are installed so that they cannot be seen directly from any point in the kitchen yet provide good illumination for one particular counter-top.   Read More


Jul 27, 2011 by to Lighting News

How To Install Under Cabinet Lighting
Discreet and subtle, under cabinet lighting is never really noticed until you need it until it becomes one of those "aha" moments that makes you glad you were smart enough to install it. With baby boomers becoming the largest senior population in history under cabinet lighting is more popular than ever. Installation is fairly quick and easy. Be sure to cut the power off at the main switch before you begin to avoid any electrical shocks as you work.   Read More


Jun 03, 2008 by to Lighting News

Minka Lavery Belcaro
One of the most luxe and charming of the Minka Lavery lines of lamps is the Minka Lavery Belcaro collection. These lamps have a very sexy neo-classic feel that is made modern by the use of wrought iron. What is most notable about this gorgeous line of lamps is the distinctive color of the glass lamp shells and shades. These range in color from egg shell to pink to burnt umber.   Read More


Jun 02, 2008 by to Lighting News

Quoizel Lighting is Classic and Attractive
Quoizel Lighting is mostly known for its durability and classic ways of using a light to illuminate a room. If you are looking for quivering halogen bulbs, plastic lamps or really dramatic styles you are not going to find them at Quoizel. The company instead specializes in designs that are very classic and that would fit well in almost any type of building or architectural style. Quoizel provides many different varieties of lighting.   Read More


Jun 02, 2008 by to Lighting News

Quoizel Lamps - From Silk to Ceramic
When people think of retro lamps they often think of Quoizel lamps as they tend to fit ideally with older styles of décor and architecture. Whether it is a desk lamp or a freestanding light, Quoizel lamps tend to be the right choice to illuminate any room as they truly are timeless in design. Tiffany-inspired Quoizel lamps are very sought after by both ordinary homeowners and professional designers alike as they are gorgeous and very affordable. Featured in this style, panes of glass are soldered together with lead to make a pleasing pattern and light play when the lamp is lit.   Read More


Jun 02, 2008 by to Lighting News

Discount LIghting That Shines
If you are looking for the gorgeous Tiffany or optic glass lamps made by Quoizel, then rest assured you can get discount Quoizel lighting if you search for it in stores or online. One of the most basic principles behind the company’s pricing policies is to make lamps that are durable and high quality for an affordable price, so it is even more of a treat when you can get. Like most economical forms of lighting, discount Quoizel lighting usually appears seasonally and it is often a matter of getting rid of overstock. This means that if a certain type of item did not sell it is then put up for sale.   Read More


Jun 02, 2008 by to Lighting News

The Many Different Uses of Sconces
Wall sconces can enhance your décor inside and out. Bellacor’s large selection of Read More


Jun 02, 2008 by to Lighting News

Wall Sconce Installation
Wall sconce installation is best left to professionals with electrical experience; however, many consumers successfully install their own sconces.   Read More


Jun 02, 2008 by to Lighting News

Uttermost Lamps - Exquisite and Versatile
Uttermost lamps are some of the most exquisite available today. The Cooper family takes great pride in the craftsmanship of their home furnishings and accessories. The right lamp will not only illuminate a room, it should express your style. Lamps are the most versatile and functional way to decorate.   Read More


Jun 02, 2008 by to Lighting News

Many Options Exist with Minka Lavery Lighting
Minka Lavery lighting is recognized all over the world as a quality manufacturer of affordable, tasteful lighting products. Interestingly you may own Minka Lavery lighting as many people do not realize that it is marketed under other names such as Ambience, metropolitan and George Kovacs. There are so many different types and styles of Read More


May 23, 2008 by to Lighting News

Design Ideas for Sconces
Sconces are an excellent way to complement your design scheme. Read More


May 23, 2008 by to Lighting News

Styles of Sconces
Styles of sconces have come a long way over the years and Bellacor is pleased to offer you thousands of choices. Thousands? Really? Yes, really. We make it easy to navigate through Bellacor’s huge selection of Read More


May 23, 2008 by to Lighting News

Crystal Chandelier Styles
Today you can have crystal chandelier lighting and modern design, too! Ornate crystal chandeliers reminiscent of yesteryear are definitely still available, but the chandelier market is lush with other styles.   Read More


May 23, 2008 by to Lighting News

Uttermost A Solution For Every Room
Uttermost’s lighting collection is expansive and offers every style, finish and function imaginable. Bring your room to life with an Uttermost chandelier, lamp or wall sconce. You can depend on each lighting element to be crafted with the same high standards you associate with the Uttermost brand of home furnishings and accessories. Lighting should not only be a functional element in your space, but also set the mood.   Read More


May 22, 2008 by to Lighting News

Choosing a Chandelier
When you are deciding to purchase lighting for your home, chandeliers may not be a part of lighting options you have considered. Ornate, crystal chandeliers are usually the first type of chandeliers that people think of when you mention them. But these sparkling hanging lights are not the only style chandeliers available – not by a long shot. Choosing a chandelier is made simple by the many different styles.   Read More


May 22, 2008 by to Lighting News

Making Your Chandelier Sparkle
When a crystal chandelier is initially installed, it can look like a million diamonds casting their prismatic spell throughout the room.   Read More


May 22, 2008 by to Lighting News

Choosing a Dining Room Chandelier
Nothing lights a dining room with warm, diffused light like a chandeliers.   Read More


May 22, 2008 by to Lighting News

Choosing the Right Size Chandelier
Most people in the market for chandeliers have a specific location in mind for their special lighting. Dining rooms, music rooms, and two-story entryways are all standard locations for chandeliers. But a chandelier can bring opulence to most any room as long as it is sized right for its location. Read More


Apr 25, 2007 by to Lighting News

Tips for Designing a Bathroom Retreat
We can all agree that our homes are increasingly looked at as our refuge from daily concerns. As a result, one of the most important personal spaces within our homes is becoming a retreat for us to relax and unwind. The spa bath trend is still on the incline and shows no sign of slowing down. Here are some tips on creating a restful, pampering and calming sanctuary.   Read More


Mar 07, 2007 by to Lighting News

Spotlight on: Moenia
Moenia Design specializes in high-quality woven furnishings. They strive to create a casual elegance that will withstand the test of time. You will notice a shift to cleaner lines, and more variety in the colors, styles, and materials offered in their product line in an effort to transition to a more modern aesthetic. The history starts more than 25 years ago in the California wine country town of Healdsburg, where reproductions of European wine country baskets filled a small retail store.   Read More


Mar 07, 2007 by to Lighting News

Home Office Design
Working out of our homes is a trend that we will continue to see increase as technologies advance and make it easier for workers to communicate and contribute to projects from virtually anywhere on the globe. Approximately 50 million people are now doing just that, with the help of the internet, cell phones and PDA's, to name just a few of today's technologies that help to keep us connected. But home offices need to be designed and organized to enhance not only our productivity but also our work experience as a whole. Here are some things to consider when creating a home office.   Read More


Mar 01, 2007 by to Lighting News

Mood Lighting
After carefully selecting your home's furnishings, rugs and accessories, Bellacor, the largest online retailer of lighting products, helps inspire it with ambiance through the subtle power of lighting. Bellacor "Shines the Light" on Creating Ambiance in Your Home Mendota Heights, MN (PRWEB) March 5, 2007 - After carefully selecting your home's furnishings, rugs and accessories, Bellacor, the largest online retailer of lighting products, helps inspire it with ambiance through the subtle power of lighting. It's always gratifying when a guest tells you how great your place looks. What they're really talking about is how great your home makes them feel - in other words, its ambiance.   Read More


Feb 15, 2007 by to Lighting News

Spotlight on: Kalco
Over the past 25 years, Kalco Lighting has been a leader in providing homeowners, designers, builders and architects with a broad array of quality decorative lighting that encourage personalization and customization. In this spirit, we remain true to our mission of offering our customers unique designs, meticulous craftsmanship and unprecedented flexibility. Kalco is Design. From traditional to contemporary and every style in between, Kalco designs lighting fixtures that will complement most any environment.   Read More


Feb 15, 2007 by to Lighting News

Highlights from Dallas Market 2007
Lighting Trends at the Dallas market this year indicate an industry responding to the needs and sensitivities of the end user. As Green design and energy efficiency are increasingly important to consumers, a market is created for new technologies that manufacturers should be clamoring to fill. Progress Lighting and American Fluorescent are two such manufacturers. American Fluorescent is producing an LED under-cabinet fixture called the Diode28 series that would last for 10 years if lit continuously.   Read More


Jan 17, 2007 by to Lighting News

EPACT 2005
In August of 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law. This Act tackles several energy issues and lighting is certainly affected. The purpose of the legislation in general is to reduce energy consumption and provide tax deductions for commercial buildings installing energy efficient systems from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007. NEMA further estimates that the provision will generate about $500 million in additional sales of lighting systems and products alone.   Read More


Dec 22, 2006 by to Lighting News

LED Lighting Explained
In our ever-growing need for energy efficiency in everything from autos to light bulbs, more and more research is being put into the technology of LEDs. In the past few years, LEDs have gradually replaced incandescent and fluorescent bulbs in many applications, including traffic lights, flashlights and reading lamps. While compact fluorescent bulbs are still the best choice for cost-effective energy efficiency, LEDs are rapidly rising as the newest contender on the market. The incandescent bulb has changed little since its invention in 1879 by Thomas Edison.   Read More


Nov 27, 2006 by to Lighting News

Lighting trends
Looking forward to 2007, there are many trends in home décor, one major trend among all the others is glass, colored, stained, art and murano. We've been seeing this trend making its way into residential design over the last few years and as homeowners become more comfortable with color, the use of vibrant tones in more permanent areas such as lighting and plumbing fixtures will increase. No doubt you've all noticed the wide array of decorative mini pendants in a multitude of shades installed in kitchens and bars over countertops and islands. This trend will continue and increase in 2007 and beyond.   Read More


Oct 23, 2006 by to Lighting News

Using Light to Enhance a Space
What constitutes good lighting design? Whether a space is large or small, whether you are laying out a design for a private home or a public business, a number of factors must come together for lighting to be both effective and beautiful. First off, the lighting should look good. This may seem to be a simple statement, but attractive lighting involves more than just an expensive fixture or a pretty shade. For good lighting design, the decorative fixtures should not only enhance the overall interior design, but also blend together the light quality and quantity to enhance the space and not detract from it.   Read More


Oct 05, 2006 by to Lighting News

Bellacor promotes the fashionable look of energy-efficient lighting
Mendota Heights, MN - Sept. 15, 2006 - Energy use is a hot topic these days, with an endless stream of stories and reports on the rise and fall of gas prices, the environmental impact of greenhouse-gas emissions, the new focus on conserving energy and fuel independence for the United States. When it comes to energy efficiency, one Minnesota company wants to make a difference. Bellacor, the largest online retailer of lighting products and home furnishings, is featuring their selection of energy-efficient, decorative light fixtures for the month of October, designated Energy Month by the U.   Read More


Oct 05, 2006 by to Lighting News

Understanding Title 24
California enforces Title 24, the strictest energy code in the nation. Whether or not you live in California, reducing energy usage is a focus for everyone and, as professionals, understanding Title 24 and the energy efficiency standards can only add extra benefits for you and your business. Clients will save money, the environmental impact will be reduced and electrical systems can operate in a more stable state. Title 24 guidelines and requirements specify the fixtures that should be used in almost all spaces for homes and buildings.   Read More


Sep 05, 2006 by to Lighting News

Retro Style
We've all seen the return of retro fashion - today's styles sport bell bottoms and hip huggers, tosses in some Harvest Gold and Avocado Green (although renamed to "Burnished Wheat" and "Dried Thyme") and gives new life to looks many of us swore 20 years ago that we'd never wear again. Old styles with a new twist are being incorporated into more than just fashion and clothing; retro style is expanding into home décor and lighting design. The revival of retro style tweaks the original design to bring it up to date with modern variations. Elements of the original design, such as the fun shapes of a 70's pop art lamp, are combined with today's colors for a new take on a distinctive style.   Read More


Jul 11, 2006 by to Lighting News

Get the Green Light
Imagine two lamps sitting on a table. One is fitted with a traditional incandescent bulb, the other with a high-efficiency compact fluorescent bulb. Both bulbs are readily available in stores. Both bulbs fit into standard sockets and fixtures.   Read More


May 31, 2006 by to Lighting News

Outdoor Lights Make a Difference
Just as indoor lighting can change the style and mood of rooms inside a home, outdoor lighting can add style, extra interest and safety to a landscape. Today, the wide variety of outdoor lighting fixtures makes it simple to match the type of light you want with the style, design and architectural details of almost any home. When considering what Read More


Apr 19, 2006 by to Lighting News

Make Lighting Accessible
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, providing a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This historic legislation allows society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities by reducing barriers to transportation, public services and accommodations, employment and telecommunications. ADA compliance also includes making public spaces accessible to everyone through universal design. For the lighting industry, the most common ADA requirement is for light fixtures protruding from walls.   Read More


Mar 16, 2006 by to Lighting News

New Trends
Bathroom Ventilation Fans "It's ugly." "It doesn't do anything." "It's noisier than an airplane." Sound familiar? People often complain about old-style bathroom fans, but proper room ventilation no longer requires a big, ugly chrome box jutting out from the ceiling.   Read More


Jan 26, 2006 by to Lighting News

Recessed Lighting Made Easy
Add flexibility with recessed lights Recessed lighting is a simple way to add depth to smaller places, highlight room features or bathe a wall texture with a wash of light. It's easy to make details stand out or create pleasing light variations in almost any room. Recessed lighting in the foyer or entrance hall is an effective way to showcase a curving staircase or entry floor. Recessed adjustable lighting can also add light to the areas and objects that you want to stand out.   Read More


Dec 27, 2005 by to Lighting News

Lighten Up
Light, Sight and Feeling Bright A sunny personality. A dark comedy. A bright smile. Simple phrases, yet they show the huge influence light has, defining the world around us even through the words we choose.   Read More


Nov 28, 2005 by to Lighting News

New Trends
Color and Light Let's think about color and how it makes you feel. There's a reason colors are known as "warm" or "cool" colors. Orange, red and pink tints create a cozy atmosphere, while blues and greens give a sharper, colder feel. This effect is caused in part by the subconscious association with the natural environment - the warmth of sunshine and the coolness of water, for instance - as well as the different wavelengths of colors at different ends of the spectrum.   Read More


Oct 18, 2005 by to Lighting News

Set the stage for entertainment with Home Theater Lighting
Lighting for the Home Theater James R Benya, PE, FIES, IALD, LC Many people today are taking a room in their home and turning it into a home theater. A good home theater is a major commitment, and given the cost of electronics and furniture, for most homes this may be the most expensive room in the whole house. Because the room is a completely visual environment, lighting is one of the most critical elements. With good lighting, you can enjoy sharp images on the screen while safely moving to get popcorn or a glass of wine.   Read More


Sep 01, 2005 by to Lighting News

New lighting standards for saving energy
California uses a huge amount of energy, with peak demand growing every year. It's no surprise that they have what many consider the strictest energy code in the country - Title 24, Part 6, of the California Code of Regulations - which was updated for 2005 with even tighter mandatory requirements. However, California estimates its efficiency standards have saved more than $36 billion in energy costs since 1978, and will save another $43 billion by 2013. Stricter efficiency standards also help avoid rolling blackouts, reduce peak demand, and avoid the need to build new generating capacity.   Read More


Jul 14, 2005 by to Lighting News

Kitchen Lighting - Designing for the heart of the home
"No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like the kitchen best." The old quote still holds true for today - the kitchen is the heart of a home. Whether you're preparing a meal, sitting down to dinner or gathering with friends, everyone will like your kitchen best when you create the perfect ambience for any occasion with a well-designed kitchen lighting scheme. When laying out your clients kitchen lighting, create an attractive and flexible design by incorporating multiple light levels for the room.   Read More