Friday, November 2, 2012

Light the Things you Love

Photo from Desire to Inspire
Desire to Inspire, is one of, if not my favorite design blogs around. There are always beautiful and unique interiors spotlighted from around the world. Recently Desire to Inspire did a post of the importance of lighting, I want to share 5 tips Falken Reynolds, who is a spokesperson for Philips LED line of bulbs shared with the author of that post:
Tip #1: Have different lights for multiple purposes
Tip #2: Use dimmers everywhere
Tip #3: Light tabletops and counter tops
Tip #4: Take cues from natural light
Tip #5: Light the things you love 
Keep in mind this space uses all LED bulbs- The lighting is soft and beautiful! I especially love the last tip to light the things you love.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Pendants on Display







Relic No. 2
We have new pendants on display from Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting. That Mademoiselle pendant is amazing! They all are, stop by to see them in all their glory.

Monday, October 1, 2012

More on LED Technology

Satco brand recently published a brochure on LED lighting I wanted to share some of the information from that book I think may be useful to consumers when looking into LED light fixtures and LED bulbs.
Most of you may be aware of the benefits of LED lighting, here are just a few:
-Directional and onmi-directional light emission
-Resistance to mechanical failure (i.e., braking)
-Instant on at full output
-Works well in cold temperatures
-Dimming and control capability
-LED bulbs are available in MANY color options
-Extended lifetime
LED is a very different type of light than what we are use to, incandescent lamps emit light by heating a filament until it glows. Fluorescent lamps use a gas discharge to excite phosphors and create light. High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps use an electronic arc discharge. All of these traditional technologies require a glass bulb to contain essential gasses and or coatings. LED emit light through electroluminescent. It all starts with a die or a tiny chip, made of up layers of semiconducting material, these materials determine the wavelength or radiation or the color that is emitted. These tiny chips are combined and mounted on a lens or a surface that conducts heat and wired to a circuit board and shaped to look like a bulb we are familiar with, or inserted directly into a fixture.
LED technology requires a driver, which is similar to a transformer, used with low-voltage halogen, or a ballast, used with fluorescent lights. LED is a current-driven device not a voltage-driven. Drivers are needed to created an environment where a LED can be used with our standard household voltage systems, built into each driver is a current-limiting resistor so the LED can operate at a very specific voltage. A driver also contains the power to limit the current going to the chip, too much current or voltage can create heat and damage the light emitting diode.
LED bulbs come in many shapes and sizes, many are made to take on a shape we are used to seeing, like the standard light bulb, the A19 an candelabra, or a reflector bulb, PAR 30, like the one at the top of the post. Many look very odd when you first see them, they all have some similarities, the chip or the diode that is responsible for emitting the light and some sort of thermal regulation. 
Type b/ Candelabra


Most common concerns with LED bulbs are: cost, color, and consistency.
The initial cost is much higher than other types of light, is it worth the higher upfront cost? You have to calculate energy and maintenance over the products lifetime, in most cases the long-term savings for LED bulbs or fixtures outweighs the initial upfront cost.
For example
11 watt LED BR30 bulb vs. 65 watt BR30 Incandescent bulb

Cost of LED $39.95
Vs cost of incandescent $5.99
Electricity cost/year LED $24.09
Vs $142.35/year
Bulb lifespan LED 13 years
Vs 1 year 1 month
Total annual cost/ year $24.09
Vs $148.34
*Number of times you will have to replace an incandescent bulb during the LED’s lifetime: 120 (12 times per bulb)


LED is available in many color options, all the colors in the rainbow in fact. But the color concern is mostly, will the LED match the color of the light I all ready use in my home? Is the light flattering? The answer is yes, the National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA) has set an industry standard for LED bulbs. Because the LED is such different technology than other light sources there is more variability with the color output.

As for consistency, when you are buying LED bulbs look at 3 different items: the wattage, the color, and the lumens. As long as you get bulbs close to or the same in these 3 catagories you will have no problem.

Another thing to keep in mind with LED bulbs and LED fixtures is the dimming controls. Although some LED will work with your standard 120v incandescent light dimmers some will not. LED lights run into similar difficulties with dimming as CFL bulbs do. When drivers are connected directly to the line-voltage incandescent dimmers they may not receive enough power to operate at the lower dimming levels. Most dimmers have a minimum wattage load requirement to work and LED's using such small wattage's especially when they are dimmed do not meet the minimum loads for the dimmers to work. It is strongly recommended to use dimmers that are designed to work with the LED lights to ensure your dimming works properly.    

I hope you find this information helpful, please email me or comment below if you have any more questions or concerns.
Happy Monday!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New in Store: Artcraft Chandeliers

I am so excited about these new chandeliers we just put up from Artcraft. I particularly love the Kingston pendant from designers Steven and Chris and the Milk Glass chandelier is just stunning in person, the picture and the catalog do not do this piece justice. Come in and check out our new displays, this is just a few there are many more to see. To check out more from Artcraft browse their catalog here.

Milk Glass



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Hyde Park


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fans: what more you need to know

I did a post on the basics of Fans before, right here, today while on a job someone brought up DC fan motors. I didn't know too much about them, I know Emerson made the ECO fan that used a DC motor but I didn't know much more than that, so I looked into it. I want to share what  I found out.
First DC refers to Direct Current, the motor in most fans uses AC or Alternating Current. Without getting very technical, a DC fan motor is far more energy efficient. The fans below use a DC motor that can run off your average household AC current. There are sophisticated built in electronics in a DC motor that make it possible to run on  the standard AC current.  
Unlike AC motors that use electricity to create a magnetic field, DC motors have their own built-in permanent magnetics, so they use 3 to 5 times less electricity. 
Midway ECO

Not every fan manufacturer has a DC fan available, Emerson who has one of, if not the best, motor available on the market makes the Midway Eco fan, shown above. Craftmade also makes a few fans with DC motors, the DC Epic, Hataway, Cortana and the Union all have DC motors.
DC Epic


Friday, August 31, 2012

Loving Lanterns


Photo source unknown

Cobet Lighting
Photo source unknown

DVI Lighting

DVI Lighting

DVI Lighting

Troy Lighting

Photo from a lifes design blog
Hudson Valley Lighting

Hudson Valley Lighting

Hudson Valley Lighting

There are so many gorgeous interior lanterns to choose from right now. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Glass Art, New from Maxim Lighting the Mimi LED

Maxim Lighting Mimi LED Fixtures

I am in awe of these beautiful fixtures, new from Maxim Lighting. I hope to have some up on display soon. What do you think would you put this in your home or office? 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Maxim Glimmer Pendant also seen here

Photo from Elements of Style
I saw this room on Elements of style and even though I have shared this Pendant before, right here, I wanted to share it again. The Glimmer from Maxim Lighting is one of my favorite fixtures we have in stock right now.  

Monday, July 23, 2012

Swing Arm Lamps

Photo from House of Turquoise
Designed by Allison Caccoma of Caccoma Interiors
Litchfield Sconce from Hudson Valley Lighting

Library sconce from House of Troy Lighting

I have had an unusually large request for swing arm lamps in the last few weeks and I wanted to share a few of my favorites. I love the pole that allows you to adjust the height of these two fixtures, this traditional style is ideal for a bedside lamp. I don't know about you but my nightstand does not have much room for a table lamp, I usually have stacks of books, Chap Stick, water, an alarm clock and jewelry taking up every last inch of space on the surface, I much prefer to have the light mounted to the wall. This one is perfect because you can bring the light to the right height, and swing it over to give you light exactly where you need it. These lights even have 3-way switches and you can add a dimmer so you don't have to disturb whoever is trying to sleep next to you. Then when you are finished with the lamp you can fold it up right against the wall totally out of the way.