July 29, 2015
ART - The Creative Home Furnishings Network has announced its first-ever market showroom space that will be open in Building C-524F during the Las... read full story
July 27, 2015
Michael Sparrow, IALD, CLD, Senior Design Engineer — Lighting, Lend Lease, Sydney, Australia; Avraham Mor, IALD, CLD, Partner, Lightswitch... read full story
July 24, 2015
Targetti Group announced new operations in the United States that will operate under the name Targetti USA, and will be led by United States Business... read full story
July 22, 2015
Hortons Home Lighting, La Grange, IL, and its organization The H Foundation, hosted the 15th annual Goombay Bash on July 18, 2015, in the Grand... read full story
July 27, 2015
Residential Lighting: Tell us about the Interior Design Society (IDS). Snoa Garrigan: We’re a membership association for the residential interior... read full article
July 10, 2015
 Jonas Forsman Forsman is a Swedish furniture and product designer whose product philosophy is “solving problems through geometrical poetry.”... read full article
July 08, 2015
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June 23, 2015
American Lighting Assn. (ALA) staff and 17 members traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual mission trip April 29-30, 2015. During... read full article

marketplace

  • The Aero family is one of Justice Design Group’s best-selling families of wall sconces, bath bars and chandeliers. Shown here in Brushed Nickel with Fusion-Opal glass shades, the four-light bath bar is a perfect fit for...
    Justice Design Group Aero
    Justice Design Group Aero
  • Elco Lighting’s 15W LED track fixture is adaptable to the company’s single- or double-circuit track systems. Available with four different beam spreads (15, 25, 38 or 60 degrees) and a 120V LED dimmable driver makes it a...
    Elco LED Track
    Elco LED Track
  • The Vix linear pendant from Cerno is both minimalist and a statement piece. This light fixture is great over a dining table, kitchen island, bar or  pool table. In addition to the three powerful LED downlights, there...
    Cerno Vix
    Cerno Vix
  • Beautiful in blue, this eye-catching Matira table lamp from Stein World features an aqua glass body and a rectangular acrylic base. It’s paired with a white, pleated, oval softback shade.
    Stein World Matira
    Stein World Matira
  • From Livex Lighting, Meridian Collection fixture #50875-91 wears a Brushed Nickel finish and a handcrafted off-white fabric hardback shade. Measures 24 inches in diameter with an adjustable height between 17 inches and 53...
    Livex Meridian
    Livex Meridian
  • Treefold is the latest nature-inspired release from Varaluz. With hand-forged tree-inspired lines, recycled content and amazing light play, Mother Nature has nothing on this
    Varaluz Treefold
    Varaluz Treefold
  • Glittering gold and clear acrylics unite in the Paragon table lamp by Pacific Coast Lighting. An off-white drum shade, clear round base and gold leaf body with openwork details make an impact. 
    Pacific Coast Paragon
    Pacific Coast Paragon
  • The Super Torpedo Flame Collection from Spotlite-USA contains six filaments that provide 550 lumens. All of the company’s decorative bulbs use an electronic driver that eliminates the need for an unattractive heat sink,...
    Spotlite Super Torpedo
    Spotlite Super Torpedo
  • Uncluttered and elegant lines define the Parallel family. The Polished Nickel with etched opal glass versions have become some of the most popular Nuvo Lighting designs. Various configurations allow for numerous design...
    Nuvo Parallel
    Nuvo Parallel
  • Jesco’s CM405 is an ultra-high output, energy-saving LED low-profile ceiling or ADA-compliant wall sconce that can also easily convert into a downlight retrofit trim for 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch incandescent housings with a...
    Jesco CM405
    Jesco CM405
  • Since 1981, the Alinea linear wall sconce from Aamsco has been used worldwide in bathroom vanity applications. Now, the company has patented an LED retrofit to replace the original incandescent lamp. Available in three sizes...
    Aamsco Alinea
    Aamsco Alinea
  • Hand-polished clear crystal spheres hang like gems from a forged iron grid in this Madison Collection chandelier from Elegant Lighting. Several sizes, crystal options and a Polished Nickel frame are available. 
    Elegant Madison
    Elegant Madison
  • Designed by Brian Thomas, the Savoy House Alana 12-light chandelier combines clear crystal beads and teardrop pendalogues with a Satin Nickel finish and metal candle covers for shimmering style. 
    Savoy House Alana
    Savoy House Alana
  • In Newbury, artisans inlay strands of brass into molten glass while blowing it into a cone shape usng a unique European technique. The brass remains encapsulated there, coming to life when illuminated. A long, tungsten-...
    Hudson Valley Newbury
    Hudson Valley Newbury
  • Surya’s curvy Floki table lamp is made of orange-finished poplar wood. It stands 19.88 inches tall with a 100W bulb. 
    Surya Floki
    Surya Floki
I have a two story great room with an open floor plan. Currently four recessed lights, installed by home builder, provide horrible ambient light that is dim and yellow. We are planning to upgrade to something else that provides more brightness and white (daylight) color. What is the best option from your perspective? LED flood lights versus retrofit with Cree lights versus something else? I am concerned about the heat generated — I do not want to have to hire someone to come out and change the bulbs in a couple of years. Any specifics on lumens, type and color would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, four recessed downlights are a terrible way to light the two-story space. Just changing out the light bulbs will not do much to improve the quality of light. These downlights cast harsh shadows on family and guests. They also don't provide any kind of ambient light/uplighting to show off this two-story expanse at night. My recommendation would be to install one or two pendant light fixtures, depending on the shape of the room. If it's a square, use one fixture, if it's a rectangle, use two...
Nicole Bowling
Nicole Bowling
Last weekend, the Residential Lighting team attended the 15th annual Goombay Bash at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The Caribbean-themed fundraiser is organized by the H Foundation, a...

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