Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

LBL Mademoiselle Pendant

The summer 2013 Dallas Market Lighting Show just wrapped up and this year was overtaken by two very different looks. On one hand you have the restoration and simple classic style and on the other there are the more modern sculptural pieces. These fun and modern pieces that have little in common with the conventional chandelier are being referred to as “Generation Z.”

Crystorama Solstice Pendant

The statement pieces are reminiscent of sculptures and jewelry; some of this movement is fueled by the switch to LED lighting. Fixtures are no longer confined to the dimensions of a standard light bulb. These fixtures can be thin and sleek, more about form than function. LBL’s Mademoiselle collection is a great example of this; the body is a sleek linear line that houses a slim LED light source. It is then draped in more than 30 feet of metal links that incorporate Swarovski Elements crystal accents.

Sonneman’s Starflex is another collection that is influenced by the evolvement of LED. This fixture is composed of select arms of thin LEDs that flex into different positions, giving the fixture multiple looks and silhouettes. Corbett and Troy Lighting have a few more artistic and sculptural pieces in this year’s collection too; the Poetry collection from Corbett features a basic shape of an orb which is the definitely a popular form in lighting this year. It is a sculpture made of hand crafted iron rods with piercing delicate and beautifully finished silver leaf planes. Solstice by Crystorama bridges the two styles – the collection is sculptural in shape but encompasses a simple classic chandelier within.

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

CFL Bulbs

The introduction of the CFL into residential homes has brought some great attention to color temperature; before the compact fluorescent light bulbs were popular, there were not as many options in color temperature for bulbs. The incandescent bulb has been THE residential light bulb for decades, which produces a warmer light at 2700k and has become the color we associate with warm and inviting homes. Light color is measured on a temperature scale referred to as Kelvin (k) – the higher the Kelvin the cooler the light output. Bulbs with a Kelvin of 3500 or lower will output an amber hue, 3500 to 4100 will produce a white hue and anything over 4100 will look blue.

Today there are so many light bulb choices that you truly can find a color that matches your preference. Although incandescent bulbs are typically at 2700k, they now offer bulbs with a purple coating; this unique coating filters out the dull, yellow rays revealing truer colors. Halogen light bulbs are more like natural light than the incandescent bulb at 2800k. When CFLs were first introduced they were only offered in cooler tones, once they were able to manufacture the energy efficient bulbs at 2700k to 3000k CFLs became more popular. This growing popularity is because we have come to associate warmer light with a welcoming home. LED bulbs are the next big thing in energy saving technology, which are becoming increasingly popular light bulbs as their color temperature lowers into the 2700k to 3000k range and slowly become more affordable.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

House of Troy Picture Light

LEDs are the newest and most talked about energy saving technology for lighting today – they use approximately one tenth of the power of an incandescent fixture. This amount of energy savings is not only great for the environment and your wallet but this new technology also influences the designs of light fixtures.

There are fewer design limitations with the use of LED lighting; the lower energy consumption frees the light fixture from being attached to a power source. Fixtures are now able to be completely mobile without sacrificing their operational time and batteries last so much longer. LEDs are also so much smaller than even halogens, which allows for sleeker, thinner and smaller light fixtures.

A great example of LEDs influencing fixture design is the Slim-Line LED Picture Light by House of Troy. This wonderfully versatile picture light features a cylinder that holds the LED bulbs and it is approximately one inch in diameter and it runs off of 4C batteries. Older picture lights like this were much bulkier in design and shape, sitting at approximately three inches in diameter and they only ran for about six to eight hours before the batteries needed to be changed.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Updated Kitchen Lighting

Is your home in need of an update? Do you still have the original builder grade light fixtures that came with your home? A dark and shadowy space can make a home feel dated, cramped and dirty, but don’t worry because there are some easy techniques to give your house a makeover, making it more modern and creating a style that is more current.

Updated Living Room Lighting

One way to completely change your space is to throw out the shiny brass and beveled glass light fixtures you’ve probably had for so long. Besides being dated, these fixtures tend to be too small for the space and do not have enough light output; larger more proportioned fixtures will modernize your space. In addition to removing your dated fixtures, consider adding the right amount of both task and ambient lighting to your space, this will add layers to the areas of your home. Ambient and task lighting will also add to the perceived square footage of your home by brightening and lightening it up. To make a space feel larger you will want to make sure you have lighting in at least three of the four corners of a room; this can also be achieved by using a combination of table and floor lamps and even leveled wall sconces. Wall sconces will allow you to create a layered look by turning some of them on or dimming them depending on the desired look you want to achieve. Dimmers are another simple way to update your lighting and by installing dimmers, you can get the bright, crisp and clean look of today while also dialing the brightness to your space down for a more calming environment. Dimmers are also great energy savers as they allow you to only use the light that you need in that specific area of your home.

LEDs are also a great energy saver; your current light fixtures can be updated by retrofitting LED bulbs instead of incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Many LEDs are rated for 25 years of average usage and they use about one tenth of the electricity of an incandescent bulb and are dimmable like their counterparts. Lighting accounts for more than 25 percent of a home’s energy, so switching to LED bulbs will yield significant savings. LED tape lights are a wonderful source for LED lighting and are very small and inconspicuous; they can be placed in book shelves creating accent lighting that will add dimension to a space. Home lighting today should be comfortable, easily controlled and energy efficient.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Whether you’re remodeling or just looking for a more efficient way to light your home, there are far better economical ways to do so. Here are some of our most helpful tips on starting an energy efficient lighting plan from our most knowledgeable lighting professionals.

Energy Efficient Lighting

You can save energy and keep your home stylish and comfortable with just the right amount of light easily these days as there are plenty of energy efficient lighting options out on the market. Make that simple switch from traditional lighting to LEDs, ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, CFLs of fluorescents – changing this aspect of your lighting scheme will truly help you strive to become more energy efficient and most importantly save you money on your energy costs.

Consider adding dimmers or lights with photoelectric lighting controls, such as motion or occupancy sensors to routinely turn off your lights.

Worried about the style of these new energy efficient lighting options? Well, there shouldn’t be a worry in the world with what manufacturers have been coming out with in the efficient lighting sector of design. Brands like Hinkley Lighting with its line of modern landscape lighting and Tech Lighting with its wide range of low-voltage and line-voltage pendants and fixtures strive to create designs that not only are efficient but also very tasteful when it comes to your interior home décor.

According to epa.gov, if every American home swapped their five most used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR we would save about $8 billion each year in energy costs.

Here are some fun facts from energystar.gov:

- With energy savings of 75 percent or more, you can save about $6 per bulb or about $14 a fixture annually on your energy bill.

- By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with models that have earned ENERGY STAR, you can save $70 each year.

- The average U.S. home has about 30 light fixtures; making the switch can earn you more than $400 savings per year on your electric bill.

- An LED downlight in your newborn’s nursery will last until he or she leaves for college.

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Under Cabinet lighting not only adds a functionality of lighting that every area could use, but also adds that flair and luminescence that only a certain type of lighting can truly achieve. It adds an illumination that not all lighting can produce; it’s a unique style and distinction you’ll want to have. Add under-cabinet lighting and transform your kitchen, bathrooms, home offices and studies and well as laundry rooms. Here are a few ideas for you to choose from with the help of our lighting professionals at Littman Bros:

Under Cabinet Lighting

LED Under Cabinet Lighting

-Energy efficient and definitely the trend in under cabinet lighting right now, LED bulbs have an extremely long lifespan and offer a white-blue light or often replicate the warmer glow of incandescent bulbs.

-Although a little pricier than most bulbs, LEDs will save you energy and more money in the long run because of the longevity.

-Try LED tape lighting, stick lighting or spot lighting for your under cabinet areas

Fluorescent Under Cabinet Lighting

-Not quite up to par with LED under cabinet lighting, but fluorescent lighting is more efficient than incandescent and also lasts longer – this is why fluorescents are more expensive than incandescent bulbs.

-Your options are fluorescent puck lighting or linear under cabinet fixtures.

Incandescent Under Cabinet Lighting

-A popular choice in under cabinet lighting because of its affordable prices as well as easy to handle and offer a variety of options.

-They have a shorter lifespan and are not very energy efficient but xenon and halogen versions do last a bit longer and are considered a little more efficient.

-Choose from puck lighting, light strips or linear fixtures.

Friday, November 9th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

This past week several new “smart” screw-in LED bulbs were introduced to the public and one specifically, the Philips “Hue”, is available at retail level, according to an American Lighting Association (ALA) monthly newsletter. The Hue is not being sold at just any retailer either; try Apple, which is now selling these “Wi-Fi enabled Philips light bulbs” in stores everywhere.

Philips Hue Bulb

With the new Philips Hue, you can now control the dimming capabilities and mood-setting more easily, controlled over Wi-Fi with an app from the Apple Store or Apple.com used from your smart phone or other device. It also requires what Philips is calling a “bridge,” which must be connected to your wireless router; meethue.com says “it’s the ‘bridge’ between you’re your bulbs and your smart phone app.”

According to meethue.com, Hue is “more than just your average light bulb, it’s a personal wireless lighting system that can display different tones of white light – from warm yellow white to vibrant blue white and can recreate any color spectrum.”

With Hue, you can set your lights on a timer to wake you up in the morning, setting your lights to gradually brighten over time; Hue can also recreate a light from a picture, simply choose the light in the picture you want to recreate and Hue will reflect that choice instantly – your phone becomes a “palette to paint with light.”

Also, Hue has created “Community Scenes,” in which the “Hue community has been creating scenes from their favorite images – click on an image to view a scene and if you like it then you can use it with your own wireless LED bulbs,” according to meethue.com.

The Hue starter pack includes three LED bulbs and you can coordinate up to 50 bulbs through the wireless system; each individual bulb after that costs around $60, a bit pricey but it seems as though you are buying not only a bulb, but an experience; something intuitive and connected.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Holtkotter Bernie Turbo


Holtkotter is joining the elite manufacturers on the LED technology front with unique and innovative products offered in both LED and low-voltage application options.

The thing that sets Holtkotter apart from others is their excellence in light output as well as the array of superior dimmable options for their LED table lamps, torchiere’s and floor lamps; Holtkotter even develops and manufactures their own dimming systems, such as the Dimm-System P1.

Holtkotter 2625 LED


Holtkotter is ahead of the game because of the amount of light they can achieve with these energy-efficient products, it is often a hard feat to get a light output that is close to if not equivalent to that of a bulb with more power consumption or wattage.

Take Holtkotter’s sleek Bernie Turbo Series Energy-Saver floor lamp for example, as it gives a surprisingly optimal light output, equivelant to an 80W Halogen, while only consuming 12W of energy; and the Raumfluter 2625 LED torchiere is known as Holtkotter’s “Ultimate Lighting Machine” with a proprietary LED reflector and the Holtkotter Dimm-System P1. The 2565 LED has an amazing light output of 3360 Lumens, which is equivalent to a 240W Halogen, while only consuming 36W.

Holtkotter is now only moving forward with even more designs in LED lighting with higher optimal light output, hoping to achieve an equivalency of a 400W Halogen with less than 50W; in hopes of soon accomplishing this, Holtkotter is continuing to encourage education in LED technology and move ahead with its LED research.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

As LED technology continues to advance, more and more companies are beginning to introduce new LED products in the residential market and Satco Products, Inc. is one of them. Today, we are shining a spotlight on one of Satco’s latest LED introductions, KolourOne.

Satco and its long time strategic partner, Wooree Lighting of South Korea introduced their KolourOne brand at Lightfair Intl. in 2010 and at this year’s Lightfair, KolourOne products were extensive and well-liked by attendees.

KolourOne LED Technology

According to kolouron.com, both Satco and Wooree Lighting have nearly 50 years expertise in the industry and are focusing their proficient skill sets and knowledge to the forefront of LED technology.

The products within KolourOne bear a resemblance to the traditional lamp sizes, function and appearance; according to kolourone.com, “Understanding the need for enhanced performance, superior appearance and continuous reliability, the KolourOne product line was conceived to offer a new option in LED replacement lamps.”

KolourOne brand of LED products are carefully produced in the most ideal settings in a sterile manufacturing facility and every KolourOne product’s technical parts, “such as the LED chips, optics, driver, heat sink are designed and manufactured in house.”

Each KolourOne LED product was designed and produced with these major components in mind:

-Advanced Modular Assembly

-Thermal Design & Evaluation

-Optic Management

-Panel Array Technology

-Color Consistency

On every KolourOne label, like a nutrition label, Satco and Wooree have made sure to provide its customers with ample information about each product’s performance data as well as far-reaching marketing materials for the public to take away any bewilderment out of buying LED products. Satco is known to be one of the LED leaders in the industry because of the company’s ability to provide the highest-quality products and adequate information on these innovative LED lighting resources.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

by Benson Littman

Dark Sky regulated fixtures are essentially alternatives to the standard lighting systems in order to preserve the night sky; numerous parts of the country have created a legislation to put a stop to light pollution.  The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) was created about 20 years ago as a nonprofit organization devoted to preserve the night.

Dark Sky Outdoor Wall Sconce

According to darksky.org, this association’s mission “is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.”

Among all of IDAs accomplishments, it is the Fixture Seal of Approval program (FSA) that began examining the various solutions to making outdoor lighting more friendly for the night sky.  The Dark Sky regulated fixtures reduces glare and light interference as well as reduces sky glow in order to further prevent light pollution.

These reductions are thanks to communities using less outdoor lighting, aiming lights downward, accurately hanging outdoor fixtures and using IDA-Approved products; according to darksky.org, hundreds of products and dozens of manufacturers have been approved under the FSA program.

Properly installed outdoor lighting can also save money, energy as well as benefit the environment.