These days, it seems everybody’s got a high-def, flat-screen TV, a PlayStation, an Xbox and a pile of Netflicks movies -- and a media room to watch them in. Lighting is especially important, and tricky, in media rooms,... read more
Dimmers are popular applications in many homes these days, allowing people the ability to add drama and a touch of romance whenever the mood strikes. But if consumers want to replace their incandescent bulbs with more energy... read more
Gone are the days when bathrooms were just the place you went to do your business. These days, homeowners are turning their bathrooms into spacious retreats where they can wash away the stress of everyday life. And as... read more
We all know MTV’s The Real World is far from true reality — have you ever lived in a house with seven barely clad 20-somethings, over-the-top funky décor and a confessional booth?But on the 20th season of the hit reality... read more
At this year’s American Lighting Association Conference in Washington, D.C., American Lighting Association President and CEO Dick Upton, American Lighting Association Director of Technology Terry McGowan and countless... read more
When a new line of high-fashion cooker hoods goes on sale this month from Italy's Faber Spa, one thing you won’t see are the ubiquitous halogen bulbs that have traditionally been used in kitchen appliances.Faber, which has... read more
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

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