Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Light Control Education

Why do you use dimmers?
In the past, before the "light bulb law" I used dimmers mostly as a way to save energy. With the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, energy usage is now regulated. That does not mean that you no longer need to do your share to help with energy consumption. It means that now more than ever before there are more options and more ways to save energy.
I still use dimmers to save energy, even with more energy efficient bulbs (It is true that your energy usage decreases when the lights are dimmed with energy efficient bulbs) - but I now find myself more concerned about how well a bulb dims. Take for example my little kitchen I just remodeled, I am using 10 of a 7 watt MR16 LED bulb and 3 of a 10 watt LED PAR20 bulbs. I choose bulbs from TCP, a 7 watt MR16 GU10 LED bulb in the 2700K with white housing that looks great in my white glass shade track heads from CAL. The PAR20 also in a 2700K from TCP bulbs goes in a metal pendant from Murray Feiss, the Dutch pendant shown here, and here, that hangs over my island/bar. These bulbs dim remarkably well, they go very dim, and I love that the housing is white so the bulb doesn't stand out inside my track heads. I have all 100 watts on one dimmer switch, I used the Ariadni dimmer from Lutron. I more often than not have these lights dimmed. (Side Note: can you believe I light up my entire kitchen with 100watts of light, not including my under cabinet lights which is a total of 12.75watts (not on a dimmer)- So 112.75watts lights up an entire kitchen- really well! Incredible!) In my kitchen I use my dimmer more for comfort than I do energy consumption. When I am cooking I want a lot of light, but in the early morning or later in the evening I want soft light. Do you find this true with you as well?
Do you know that not all CFL and LED's are dimmable?? Yep- here we go again, we want to use energy efficient bulbs, we want to save energy but why is it so complicated??
I feel your pain- I really do!  
I have customers who come in all the time and feel frustrated and overwhelmed with all these changes, some who come buy bulk of the incandescent bulbs (yes, we still have a few) so they can use incandescent bulbs even after the energy bill is fully implemented at the end of 2014.  I even feel overwhelmed by all the changes, new product seems to hit the market everyday. I want to test all the new product and see if it's as good as advertised- especially when it comes to dimming capabilities. 
At the store we try to make sure that the product we recommend meets a standard we would all be willing to take home and use. Gary Felt, aka the in house light bulb expert, spends a significant amount of his time ordering and testing new bulbs. We test the bulbs on the showroom floor, in the offices, the shop, the bathrooms, and in the warehouse. We test so many bulbs in different applications, if you need a good bulbs ask us to help, we can give you some recommendations! I recently came across a helpful guide that I want to share with you, Lutron, one of, if not the biggest distributor of light controls/dimmers has a LIST, an ever changing list, of dimmers that are compatible with the CFL and LED bulbs. You can use this list to find a bulb that will work with the dimmer you all ready have or find a dimmer that will work with the bulb you like best. Keep this list in mind when you buy you next energy efficient light bulb, you're going to need it, of course you can always just call, email or better yet stop by the store, we are here to help!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Interior Inspiration: Dressing the Dining Room with a Drum

Image from Houzz

Mercer Street Linear Pendant

Lexington Drum Pendant
Photo from Better Homes and Gardens

Diamond Grill Pendant


Cilindro Drum

Brentwood Chandelier

Tamburo Glass drum

Mercer Street two-tiered pendant
Nianda fixture

Pembroke Pendant
It has been too long since I posted beautiful inspiring interiors. The drum shade has been used over and over again, and here you can see why! It is so versatile- Drum fixture look equally amazing in a contemporary dining room, a transitional and a very traditional room. These drum fixtures come in many colors, materials and sizes. You can find the perfect one on our website, have you seen the new and improved yet?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday's Favorite: Modern Chrome

Hudson Valley Bari Fixture
Hudson Valley Waterloo Fixture
Fredrick Raymond Omni fixture 

Maxim Sync Fixture 
Fredrick Raymond Impulse Fixture 
ELK Frenzy Fixture 

Sleek and chic chrome or polished nickel contemporary fixtures are making a huge splash in the lighting industry. I have featured a few of my favorites for you today. If you follow Felt Lighting on instagram you have all ready seen the Bari fixture from Hudson Valley, it is a front runner on a project right now. As much as I love the trendy brass fixtures this chrome is a fresh alternative. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Flower Power

Riviera Pendant

Circeo Pendant 

Cypress Pendant 

Broche Fixture 

Sweeny Pendant 

It is officially spring (just don't look outside, it's snowing) , the flowers are starting to bloom so naturally I want to show you some of the best floral lighting there is. Flowers have been used as an accent in lighting for as long as I can remember, today I spotlight some updated floral fixtures. You can find more traditional fixtures here. While you spring clean your house and yard think about updating your lights to something beautiful and bright like these floral fixtures! And while we are on the topic of spring cleaning, have you read my post on how to best clean your lights??