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LED Technology: Picture Lights

Danielle Littman |  2013-05-01

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…


Choose Your Lighting to Set the Right Mood

Danielle Littman |  2013-04-24

Lighting can impact the experience of a room more than any other architectural element. Besides the obvious function, lighting can be used to evoke predetermined emotional responses. The first step in lighting a space is to think about its functionality; how do you plan on using the space? Will your dining room be strictly for…

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Simple Ways to Update Your Home Lighting

Danielle Littman |  2013-04-17

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…


Trending: Matte Gold Finishes

Danielle Littman |  2013-04-10

There is no denying that brass is out…..or is it?? Don’t be alarmed, that old shiny brass from the 80s and 90s is not making a comeback, this finish has evolved into a more refined, elegant and sophisticated set of finishes in the lighting world. While satin nickel has been a long-standing, ever-popular finish, the…


Designer Lighting in the Modern World

Danielle Littman |  2013-04-04

Lighting is no longer just about lighting up a space with general lighting, it has become so much more than that – designer lighting is meant to enhance a space and add purpose to your home. With the various kinds and styles of lighting come alternative lighting designs and variations other than general lighting or…


Track Lighting Guide: Putting Together a Low Voltage Track Lighting System

Danielle Littman |  2013-03-27

There are 4 basic components to a Low Voltage Track System: track, standoffs, transformer and light fixtures. • Track – this is what the light fixtures attach to, it brings power from the source to the very last fixture. • Standoffs – standoffs hold the track steady so that it does not dip with the…


The Best Lighting for your Bathroom

Danielle Littman |  2013-01-31

The first priority when lighting you bathroom is not making the space look good, but rather making you look good, the most ideal and flattering light possible. In order to create this satisfying and flattering glimmer of light for you in your bathroom is to start with lights that illuminate on either side of the…


Philips Releases New LED App

Danielle Littman |  2012-10-10

Philips Lighting University has now made it much easier for you to become the authority in LED lighting with their new app (sold on iTunes), Learn LED, which is intended to provide you with the premier LED education tool, on the go, when you want it. Instead of having to sit through extensive classes or…


What are Maria Theresa Chandeliers?

Danielle Littman |  2012-09-13

Maria Theresa chandeliers date back to the 1700s when the Australian Empress, Maria Theresa reigned. They are beautiful fixtures that are known to have more traditional silhouettes that are covered and draped with crystals. It is often mistaken that the frame of Maria Theresa chandeliers are made of glass but actually, they are known to…


Crystorama’s Guide to Crystal

Danielle Littman |  2012-08-30

Crystorama, a family owned lighting company, is known for creating quality, very classic crystal lighting while incorporating modern silhouettes and materials into their lighting designs. Crystorama has been designing exquisite fixtures for more than seven decades and is a company that has grown to be an expert in crystal lighting; they have compiled a very…


Emergency Lighting Tips

Danielle Littman |  2012-08-16

For commercial buildings, emergency lighting is an important part of the accessibility of the building. Often, emergency lights aid navigation during the nighttime hours both inside and out. There is an array of types of emergency lighting out there and they are available in a wide range of styles that will function efficiently when installed…


Should I Use a Floor Lamp or a Torchiere?

Danielle Littman |  2012-08-15

Although floor lamps and torchiere’s seem similar in appearance, there are noteworthy differences between the two and assist in different functions for your interior home lighting. Here is some information about each: Floor Lamp – Floor lamps are habitually used for task lighting, next to a chair or table for reading, sewing, homework or other…