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In a tough economy, grand plans can take the back seat to more sensible home improvements -- just ask Angelo Surmelis. As the celebrity designer behind Los Angeles’ Swell Space and the host of HGTV’s new program, “Rate My... read more
As manufacturers rush to optimize LED lighting for use in traditional home applications -- recessed downlights, for example, or desk lamps -- it's important to remember that the unique technical properties of LEDs make them... read more
Last month, Tustin, CA-based Permlight Products Inc. formally launched Brillia, a new division designed to work with lighting manufacturers to bring new solid-state lighting (SSL) concepts to market.The announcement caps off... read more
Renowned Spanish industrial designer Jorge Pensi has designed his first product for a U.S. company, a ceiling fan for the Modern Fan Company.The fan, which debuted on Sept. 10, is made up of a group of simple cylinders that... read more
Hubbardton Forge won the top award for design achievement in lighting at this year’s Pinnacle Awards.The awards are presented by the American Society of Furniture Designers and given out annually during the Fall High Point... read more
In October, community leaders and executives with Leviton Manufacturing Co. hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lebanon, TN, for the firm’s new 450,000-square-foot automated distribution facility, scheduled to open for... read more
As fluorescent and halogen lamps continue to gain acceptance among consumers, “color temperature” has become one of the hot new buzzwords in the lighting industry. Some lighting manufacturers quip that their products have... read more
Got a lighting problem? Give it to a college student learning about lighting design, and you’re sure to get a creative solution. At least that’s what happened when Chatsworth, CA-based Lamps Plus Professionals and the... read more
As anyone who has even taken a bite of a not-quite-done hamburger knows, having good lighting around the backyard grill is essential. And these days — as more Americans are building extravagant outdoor kitchens complete with... read more
Light-emitting diode (LED) technology has steadily improved over the last few years, paving the way for the more widespread use of LEDs in residential applications. Though there are plenty of solid-state lighting products... read more
Q: Randall, with screw-in compact fluorescent bulbs expected to appeal to consumers, do the hardwired rules in California’s Title 24 seem off target? Available dimmable products require expensive fluorescent dimmers and more... read more
The National Mall in Washington, D.C., became a hub of environmentally friendly activity and education this October when 20 solar-powered houses were on display as part of the 2007 Solar Decathlon. This annual competition,... read more
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently launched two websites to spread the word about environmentally friendly building options and the organization’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes... read more
Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs is no new concept. It is one of the biggest pushes of the green movement and perhaps one of the easiest practices to adopt. Some tout the wonders of CFLs so... read more
Crystal chandeliers have come a long way from the days as traditional, stately pieces only enjoyed in the most formal of spaces and positioned to impress guests in the dining room or the foyer. Crystal’s use in various... read more
Lighting designers, get ready to show off your stuff. It’s time to enter the annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition, organized by the American Lighting Association, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest... read more
Kevin Gauna, Project Engineer at the California Lighting Technology Center, breaks down the science behind solid-state light sources. Residential Lighting: What are LEDs? Kevin Guana: A light-emitting diode or an LED is a... read more
Residential Lighting: What is the difference between line voltage and low voltage? Meeker: Line voltage means that it’s running on the line voltage of the home without a transformer, which is 120 volts. It’s table lamps, and... read more
He likes sports; she likes romance. He wants a bar in the kitchen; she wants a breakfast nook where the kids can play — once they have kids. How do you design a home to appease both the yin and yang of a newly married couple... read more
Lighting retailers might think this is a pretty-doom-and-gloom time as the housing market continues to languish. But there is a bright spot on the horizon thanks to the Baby Boomers. Defined as those born between 1946 and... read more

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