Posts Tagged: LEDs

Downsize or Remodel: Lighting matters as we age

Posted by kbanks & filed under Aging in Place, LEDs, lighting designs.

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According to a recent article in Builder Magazine, downsizing your home later in life is a transition that is better done sooner than later. Tom Lauricella reported this week in The Wall Street Journal’s Sunday edition that the advantages in moving early can be significant. Some of these include: Budgets. “In a larger home, expenses are [...]

3 tips to master the task of perfect kitchen lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Kitchen Lighting.

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Completing your everyday activities in the kitchen and other work areas can be difficult without the proper lighting. When your countertops and stoves are covered in shadows, your kitchen becomes accident-prone, difficult to move about and just overall, unpleasant. With these tips courtesy of our lighting design experts and inspiration from Better Homes and Garden, [...]

Getting Clear on Lighting with Lance Smith (Part 2)

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Our own Lance Smith, Manager of Builder Sales and Marketing, recently contributed to Best Practices Research Alliance’s “Getting Clear on Lighting” series. Check out the informational Q&A in this multi-part blog! Q: In your experience, what are the most important challenges builders face in lighting? And what can they do to respond? A: Being off color. [...]

Getting Clear on Lighting with Lance Smith (Part 1)

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, LEDs.

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Our own Lance Smith, Manager of Builder Sales and Marketing, recently contributed to Best Practices Research Alliance’s “Getting Clear on Lighting” series. Check out the informational Q&A in this multi-part blog! Q: You seem to agree that LEDs are the future, and that they’ll become mainstream faster than many predicted. A: What we’re seeing in [...]

Lightbulb FAQs

Posted by kbanks & filed under energy efficiency.

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The lighting industry is changing quickly. New legislation, phaseouts and technologies are affecting the options we have available to illuminate our homes. We share the top five frequently asked questions (and answers) as recently found in Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine. Q: I’ve heard that 100-watt bulbs are now banned, and 75-watt and 60-watt [...]

6 lighting tips for aging vision

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Our friends at Enlightenment magazine recently published the article “Brightening the Home for Seniors,” which explains the specific lighting needs of older individuals. As we age, we need a different quality of light – higher light levels without glare. We are also much more sensitive to changing light levels and our circadian rhythms are more [...]

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 4

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, energy efficiency, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, remodeling, renovations.

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The Availability and Cost of High Performance Lighting Traditional residential, incandescent lighting varies widely in both availability and cost. This is also true for the five categories of High Performance Lighting: tubular fluorescents, built-in CFLs, decorative CFLs, built-in LEDs and decorative LEDs. Tubular Fluorescents- These strip lights are the simplest of fluorescent fixtures, and are [...]

Hidden gems: Undercabinet lighting

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Did you know that, while often overlooked, undercabinet lighting is a critical source of task lighting in any kitchen? In particular, energy efficient LEDs are a growing option for undercabinet lighting. They contain no mercury, give off less heat than alternative sources and many are dimmable. Considering adding undercabinet lighting to your kitchen? Keep the following [...]

Tips on lighting your kitchen

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We’re big fans of “How To” tips and ideas for lighting interior spaces, so we were excited to come across this short article and video on www.dannylipford.com. When used correctly, lighting can improve the appearance of a room. Consider adding a variety of illumination sources to add depth, aesthetics and functionality to your kitchen: Pendant [...]

Introducing the Greening of Greenville LED Streetlight Pilot

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We have always been proud of our hometown of Greenville. We are in the Upstate of South Carolina, a beautiful part of the southeast and a hub for innovation and urban design. When Greenville’s downtown was redesigned 30 years ago, an extensive tree canopy, on-street parking and wide pedestrian walkways were developed. Part of the [...]