Monday, January 13th, 2014

by Littman Bros Lighting

LED Bulbs

So you think you’re going green? You recycle, eat organic, turn off your lights and even switched them to compact fluorescents (CFLs) to conserve energy. But are CFLs still the best choice when trying to conserve energy? Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LEDs is a good step towards the green direction.

A CFL equivalent to 60 watts saves about $55 a year in energy costs while an equivalent LED bulb saves $185 – even the best CFLs only last 15 thousand hours and when they burn out they require special care. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which is toxic and bad for the environment. Still think you are green? Most LEDs last 50 thousand hours before losing intensity; this is adds up to about 27 years when it is on for an average of five hours a day. No maintenance, no trash and lower energy costs – LEDs are the light source of the future.

Remember when switching from incandescent or compact fluorescents to LEDs, make sure you look at the lumen output of the LED bulb you are switching to; often times LED bulbs, depending on the lumens, don’t provide a sufficient light output compared the CFLs or incandescent bulbs.

Monday, November 25th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

eurofase-micro-led-pendant

Eurofase is certainly one of the leading manufacturer’s in LED lighting applications as they have made sure to offer their customers a widespread collection of LED products that are efficient and of course fashion-forward design’s in lighting; they combine trendsetting designs with LED capabilities.

Eurofase LED lighting is featured in a variety of their newer decorative collections, such as Aria and Micro, as well as recessed lighting, outdoor lighting, like their line of Axiom LED outdoor uplights, and under cabinet lighting; the best part about these products from Eurofase is that they are functional while still having a very contemporary and fashionable design.

axiom-led-uplight

Eurofase makes sure to have the most talented designers on their team who do the most thorough research on LED innovations and technology.

According to eurofase.com, designers at Eurofase have the most complex yet gratifying jobs. Eurofase has said, “Not only does it take a lot of creativity and meticulous detailing, but also a lot of research.”

A lot of research on not only LED technology but market trends as well, in order to stay ahead of the curve of this ever-changing market.

Eurofase has recently introduced a new Fundamental Architectural catalog that includes an extensive line of LED concepts and designs in a variety of unique and fashionable styles. Eurofase is making sure to continue their presence in the LED market with novel ideas an even more innovative designs for the future, providing the industry with products that are truly a synthesis of technology and purpose, which of course staying trendy.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Fredrick Ramond Zen Collection

Hinkley Lighting is at the forefront of LED lighting and not only provides consumers with a variety of LED products but also incorporates beautiful design aesthetics to their products as well.
Hinkley offers more than 100 LED options in their landscape lighting line of deck, path, step, spot and brick lights, their very functional line of the Nexus LED landscape lighting system as well as interior lighting styles in a variety of eco-friendly textiles.

Fredrick Ramond Loft Pendant

Some of Hinkley’s newer LED products unite the brands classic, stylish and chic designs with the modern-day technology of LED lighting.

Hinkley’s luxury line of Fredrick Ramond Lighting came out with a collection of pendants known as Loft; each Loft pendant is made in the U.S. from select grade solid maple, walnut or cherry wood and each includes an energy efficient LED light source. Fredrick Ramond also came out with the series of Zen products that “is the ultimate in eco-chic.” Each Zen fixture is constructed with sustainable, environmentally friendly bamboo and is made in the U.S. while utilizing an LED light source.

Along with these newer collections, Hinkley continues to grow its long line of LED landscape lighting while continuing to create cost-effective LED lighting in chic styles; they hope to make the majority of their fixtures LED compatible by next year. Hinkley Lighting is making sure they have a vast impact on the LED lighting market with all of their products in the coming years.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

LED Under Cabinet Lights

Under cabinet lighting used to be hardwired toward the back against the back-splash in a kitchen area of the home, the light was then angled forward towards the front of the counter top and also into the kitchen. If you have a close table or seating area to this spot in your kitchen, this under cabinet light would go directly into your eyes; this direct harsh light can be avoided with LED or Xenon strips mounted towards the front of your cabinet with the light directed straight down at your work surface. The lumen output of the LEDs is equivalent to the fluorescent lights but they do not have the same harsh glare – the LEDs seem to appear not as bright as the fluorescent’s because they lack this glare. Place a white object underneath both fluorescent and LED under cabinet lights and you will see that the light output is equivalent and the quality of the LED light may even be a bit warmer and have a truer color spectrum.


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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kichler Lighting introduced a new line of LED landscape lighting at this summer’s International Lighting Market and this new line, known as Radiax, definitely generated a lot of interest among industry professionals.

Kichler Radiax

Kichler’s Radiax LED landscape technology has the greatest lumens per watt in the industry; its design utilizes innovative optics that increases light output while consuming fewer watts. This new technology drives more output from their LED chips creating a more focused light at a cooler temperature. While the chips themselves run cooler, this does not affect the lights color.

The Radiax, a Kichler exclusive design, controls the color rendering and offers their lights in three different Kelvins. The new Radiax design takes a traditional 75watt PAR 30 fixture that costs about $40 to power a year and drops the cost output to $11.53 a year with this novel lighting technology – this cost comparison is focusing on energy alone. According to kichler.com, lumens are an enhanced indication of a light’s brightness.

“..At Kichler, we’ve engineered a solution to get the most lumens with the least amount of wattage. Our Radiax TM optic drives increased output from our LED chips, creating more focused light at a cooler operating temperature.”

Kichler’s Radiax truly focuses on how the light makes consumers feel as well as the type environment they want.

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.

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.