Lighting Tips and Trends

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Whether you need a lighting design for a grand-scale construction project, or if you’re seeking a sleek, cost-effective solution for a small apartment, we are here to answer all of your questions and guide you through the process. Here are some things to think about...

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Lighting Fundamentals
In this guide we offer some things to think about and steps to follow to help you through the process of lighting your home. (read more)

ALA Online Consumer Brochure.
The American Lighting Association recently published an updated, digital version of its consumer brochure, Lighting Your Life.  A great resource, this brochure gives general information on lighting, as well as more in-depth coverage of controls, light sources, energy efficiency, designing with light, track and recessed.

Residential Lighting Time Table
If you are building a house, you need to think about lighting 6 months before house completion. Before you meet your lighting consultant, you should consider the following questions and how they pertain to each room of your new home: (read more)

Outdoor Lighting
Believe it or not, it’s easier – and less expensive – than you might imagine to transform your existing patio, deck, or pool area into a retreat that you will love. (read more)

On Sizing Your Lighting Fixtures
Here are some rules of thumb for sizing your fixtures correctly.  Of course, if you have any questions, call us! We are here to help you and know this stuff inside-out. (read more)

Lighting for Aging Eyes

Lighting Can Be Your Eyes’ Best Friend as You Age

Everyone experiences changes in their eyesight as they age. For many, it means buying reading glasses to read a menu, newspaper or other small print. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), changing the lighting in your surroundings can go a long way to enhance reading ability and increase comfort.
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6 Favorite Trends from the 2015 Dallas Lighting Market

Lights In!

From ornate to minimalist, rustic to modern, this year’s collections offer something for everyone Each year, the Dallas Lighting Market showcases the latest design trends and lighting fashions, attracting professionals from around the world. Once again the team at Dominion Electric Supply donned their most sensible shoes (it’s a big show to walk!) in search of the coolest trends in residential lighting. Here are our top six trends from this year’s collections... (read more)

All About Contrast

Our Top Five Favorite
Lighting Trends in 2014
 

Lighting has always been about contrast, but right now this is truer than ever. Rustic but urban, contemporary but retro, and warm but sleek are among some of what we’re seeing from lighting manufacturers as they get ready to start shipping their new releases. This past January at the Dallas International Lighting Market, we got a sneak peak of some of the latest designs, which combine modernism, and in some cases, futurism, with a retro feel. (read more)

Enlightening Blog
For more information, visit our blog for a personal view of the greatest finds and the latest trends in lighting. Written by Catherine Schlawin, an ALA Certified Lighting Consultant and our Project Homes Manager, it is sure to be a great resource when you are planning your next project.

It’s Easy to Save Energy (and Money!)
with Lighting.

LED's are here to stay
When you replace an incandescent bulb with an LED, you are getting the same light output for just one-fifth the energy use – and cost. (read more)

Ceiling Fans – Using a Ceiling Fan Year-Round.
In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you "feel" cooler. In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down (heat rises!) into the occupied space. (read more)

Ideas for Energy Efficiency
Lamp Selection, Controls and more

New Energy Efficiency Requirements for Light Bulbs (source: ALA)

A Residential Lumen Lighting Makeover
Our own Linda Morley provided the lighting design for a special Lighting Makeover hosted by the American Lighting Association, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The Makeover showcased the many energy-efficient lighting options available to consumers.
Learn more here: Lumen-Lighting-Makeover

Federal Legislation
on Light Bulbs

New U.S. Energy Efficiency Requirements
Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, in California and Jan. 1, 2012, throughout the U.S., incandescent light bulbs must meet more stringent lumens/watt requirements. In other words, the bulbs must produce the same amount of lumens (light output) for less wattage (energy). Here are some resources explaining the changes, replacement options and decorative possibilities:

Sylvania CONS-LEGIS-2010
(PDF source Sylvania)
Beginning January 2012, EISA legislation will phase out inefficient incandescent light bulbs resulting in significant national energy savings and a much reduced carbon footprint. This includes medium screw base general service and decorative bulbs. In addition, some reflector lamps will be phased out in July 2012. OSRAM SYLVANIA is helping to make this transition an easy one by offering you a variety of bulbs to choose from. The linked chart shows what bulbs you need to replace and when, as well as the many replacement options that are available to you today.

Philips P-5835-C UpgradeBroFINAL (PDF Source Philips)
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Incandescent Reflectors Energy Efficiency Legislation. Highlights the benefits of upgrading to a more energy efficient reflector lamp and charts replacements.

Safety

Safety Tips for the Home and the Workplace (PDF/176KB)
The key element to electrical safety is awareness. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (formerly the National Electrical Safety Foundation) is educating the public about the importance of respecting electricity and using electrical products safely around the home, school and workplace. (read more)

For the kids

Electrical Elementary (PDF/2.18MB)
Provided by the NAED, download this activity and coloring book for kids to teach them how to be safe around electricity.

Other

International Dark-Sky Association
Light pollution is growing at the rate of 4% – far faster than the population. As developing countries embrace the use of electric light, light pollution promises to get even worse. There is a solution! Quality lighting benefits the entire community and erases effects of light pollution. Learn more about the Association and their Solutions by visiting their website.