Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Brass is Back!

 Check out some of Hudson Valley's aged brass sconces, here are just a few of the ones I like. 







Garden City

New Canaan
And a few Pendants for good measure!


I really can't get enough of the aged brass; I think it's classic and modern at the same time. I am really ready for this change. Please don't feel like you need to update your whole house with the new finish, it is more than okay to mix finishes. Aged brass will work well with brushed nickel/brushed steel and will sparkle with chrome. Check out my post here on mixing finishes. Erin from Elements of Style did a post here on brass inspiration, check it out if you are not yet convinced on how brass can make a room look instantly refined.  

Monday, February 18, 2013

New From Hinkley & Fredrick Ramond












Here are just a few of the new fixtures from Hinkley lighting. As we saw with Murray Feiss brass is back! Be still my heart. If you are not like me and loving the brass, don't fret most fixtures come in other finishes as well. I love the design elements here, how there is a great mix of traditional (Congress & Jules) and contemporary(loving the Ion). Hinkley and Fredrick Ramond do a nice job of creating unique designs like the Karma, Monaco, and the spectra collections. They even added a touch of natural ropes to the Hamlet which can be nautical, glamorous, and vintage all at the same time. My personal favorite is the Zelda fixture with the textured off white linen drum shade. I hope you like the new product as much as I do. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saving Money with your Lighting

Yep, that is right you can save money by using the right type of lighting! Here are a few tips to help you.
One sure way to save money with lighting is to turn off your lights, if this is something you forget to do, try a motion sensor. Here at Felt Lighting we have motion sensors in all of our restrooms. Motion sensors can be set to turn off after a certain amount of time, and as long as there is movement in the room the light will stay on.


In your home a great place to start is by replacing your old fixtures with Energy Star fixtures. Energy Star is a rating given to energy efficient fixtures, usually these fixtures use compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs or LED bulbs. Not all fixtures with CFL or LED are Energy Star, if the fixture is indeed given an energy star rating you will see it clearly marked.
 Rocky Mountain Power offers rebates when you buy Energy Star fixtures for your home or office, for more information on the programs check here. There are also federal rebates available; here is more information.

If you don’t want to invest right now in updating your fixtures, try replacing just your light bulbs with more energy efficient blubs. Use LED, CFL or Xenon bulbs in place of you incandescent and halogen bulbs.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday's Favorite: LBL

Lola Vanity Light
Mademoiselle Suspension

Zuri Black

Zuri Gold

Zuri Silver

 I LOVE that Lola bath light, little perfume bottles that light up and give you the perfect amount of light to put on makeup. What more can a girl want?
Please go to LBL's website to see the Mademoiselle Suspension up close and personal, this little picture does no justice at all. It's stunningly beautiful, don't take my word for it check it out yourself.
I couldn't decide which color of the Zuri pendant I liked the most so I posted all of them.
Have a great long weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Light Bulbs: What you Need to Know

The Federal Government has passes a law that phases out the standard incandescent light bulb. Here is what you need to know.
Changes in maximum wattage
100watt change to 72 watt max in 2012
75 watt change to 53 watt max in 2013
60 watt change to 43 watt max in 2014
40 watt change to 29watt max in 2014
*Changes go into effect one year earlier in California and British Columbia
Products available to replace your incandescent bulb: Types Halogen, Xenon, CFL, LED, Cold Cathode, Induction Light Bulbs.
Halogen, aka Quartz Halogen
*Omnidirectional, it throws light in all directions.
*On the Kelvin scale, the color temperature is approximately 3100 K.
* On average last 2,500 hours
*Contain no hazardous waste
*Between 20 and 22 Lumens/watt
Similar to Halogen in size, shape, color and light output. It burns cooler and last longer than halogen.
*Average xenon last 8,000 to 10,000 hours
*Contain no hazardous waste
*Between 20 and 22 Lumens/watt

CFL, Compact Florescent Light:
*Omni directional light source
*Available in different colors on the Kelvin scale  
 *On average last 6,000 to 15,000 hours
*not all are dimmable
*Contain some hazardous waste; mercury should be disposed of correctly.

LED, Light Emitting Diode:
*Unidirectional light source, throws light in one direction
*Available in different colors on the Kelvin scale
*On average last 25,000 to 50,000 hours
*not all are dimmable
*Contain no hazardous waste (studies being conducted on possible hazards with lead, copper and nickel content in LED bulbs)
*Between 50 and 100 Lumens/watt
Cold Cathode:
*Omni directional light source
* Available in 2700 K (warm white)
*On average last 25,000 hours
*Most are dimmable
*Contain some hazardous waste and should be disposed of correctly.
*Between 100 and 125 Lumens/watt
Magnetic Induction Light Bulbs:
*Omni directional light source
*High on the Kelvin scale, the color temperature is in the 4000k-6000k range, it has a blue hue. (2700k may be available soon)
*On average last 65,000 to 100,000 hours
*not dimmable
*Environmentally friendly as induction lamps use far less energy, and almost no mercury per hour of operation than conventional lighting. The mercury is in a solid amalgam and can easily be easily recovered if the lamp is broken, or for recycling at end-of-life.
*Between 62 and 90 Lumens/watt
Important Terms to Know
Wattage/Watt – (w) – The measure of electrical power
Voltage/Volt – (v) – The measure of electrical charge
Ampere/Amp – The measure of electrical current
Kelvin – (K) – The measure of color temperature
Lumen – (lu) – The measure of light brightness
Candela – (cd) – The measure of light intensity
Pattern – The beam pattern of light that is projected. This includes depth and width of illumination, and angle of light dispersion.