• LED Lighting: Backlighting Basics

    Lighting is my favorite way to change the mood in a room. Unlike fabrics, furniture, plants, and anything else that you have to actually carry into a space and arrange, lighting can always be there ready for you to turn it on. While dimmers and programmable lighting seems to be gaining popularity, I’ve...
  • Fall Back - Lighting Tips for Daylight Savings Time

    The end of daylight savings time is here, so don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour this Saturday. With the clock change and shorter days, we offer these lighting tips to keep your autumn and winter days glowing without your energy costs growing. 1. Make the switch to low wattage compact...
  • Where Can I Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs?

    We get this question fairly often: in what lamps and fixtures can I use CFL bulbs? The answer is simple - any incandescent fixture or lamp that will accommodate a CFL bulb can be switched out. Most CFL bulbs fit into most sockets, the exception being some table lamps where the larger CFL bulbs won't...
  • Reader Question About Dimmers

    John recently posted with some great information on how dimmers work, and one of our readers asked an interesting question: Is it better to dim bulbs to 50% or use a bulb that's half the wattage? To get to the bottom of this, I asked our resident bulb and dimmer expert Hugh Prosser. Hugh replied...
  • National Read Across America Day

    In case you didn't know, today is National Read Across America Day. It's a celebration of reading organized by the National Education Association designed to get youngsters excited about books. Schools celebrate each year on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Suess. To create the perfect reading...
  • Aging-in-Place Remodeling

    Our Lamps Plus Professionals Team attended the 2007 Remodeling Show this past month in Las Vegas. They reported that there are still areas of growth within the remodeling sector. Aging-in-place remodels, which increase ease of accessibility and control for those with decreased dexterity, are becoming...
  • The Magic of Wall Mirrors - Make a Small Space Big!

    It may seem obvious, but wall mirrors can really help a small apartment or room space look bigger and more spacious. Some ideas to try are placing a mirror over a sofa or buffet table to reflect the room space. This trick can make even the smallest room feel deeper and lighter. You can also...
  • Feng Shui and Lighting

    Shelly Sparks is a wonderful designer who has been studying, teaching and practicing Feng Shui and landscape design for over 13 years. She believes that applying this traditional wisdom to modern life can bring healing, harmony and prosperity to a client's homes, businesses and gardens. Shelly...
  • How to Create a Dorm Room Worth Showing Off!

    For teens headed off to college, one of the first things on your back-to-school list is choosing furniture and accessories. The challenge here is doing something fun and functional with a those teeny-tiny rooms. We found some great tips in this article from the Montreal Gazette titled " Dorm Decorating...
  • Safe Halloween Pumpkin Lighting

    Add a festive look to your Halloween decorating with these happy jack-o-lantern pumpkins. Safer than the traditional candles and paper bags, this string light set of ten bag lights installs easily indoors or out and can be used year after year. Happy Halloween Party Lights. POST UPDATE 4-11...
  • How to Measure a Lampshade

    Have you ever wondered how to measure a lampshade? We're going to de-mistify it for you! Naturally, I love lampshades because they're an easy and inexpensive way to update your decor. But buying one can be a bit confusing if you're not familiar with the terminology. If you've ever wondered...
  • New Looks with Lamp Shade Slipcovers

    Looking for a fast and easy upgrade for your existing lamp shade? Try these new lamp shade slipcovers. Just slip them over your existing shade, cinch up the drawstrings, arrange the folds and you're done. You can trim the ties or create a festive bow with them as you wish. Use the slipcover...
  • Lighting Your Home Theater

    bobvila.com has a how-to article on setting up a home theater. With the impending switch to high-definition and flat screens, living rooms are doing double-duty as home theaters. Our very own Michael Berman has a whole paragraph of tips for lighting home theaters. To easily get more adjustability...
  • Lighting for the Aging Eye

    Michael Berman, one of our manager/lighting experts, was interviewed by the St. Petersburg Times about lighting for elderly readers. In the article, Michael says that a good reading lamp should do three things: Reduce peripheral shadow around the reading area to reduce eye fatigue. ...
  • Outdoor Porch Lights - Bigger Is Better

    When it comes to outdoor lighting for a porch or front entryway, many people get it wrong when sizing a new outdoor wall light . This is because it's hard to judge how a product will actually look when installed by just looking at it online or even in a store. So what many folks end up with is...
  • Back to School Lighting

    It's baaaccck...and parents everywhere are rejoicing! What should be on everyone's back to school list? One purchase that will keep on paying dividends the entire school year is a great desk lamp . A good reading light will not only help prevent eye-strain and fatigue (especially in...
  • What Do I Do If a CFL Fluorescent Light Bulb Breaks?

    Fluorescent light bulbs, including CFL bulbs , contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. If the bulb breaks, the EPA recommends the following procedure to properly clean-up and dispose of the bulb. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more. ...
  • Free Lighting Brochure

    We've made available online a copy of our free, 35 page illustrated lighting brochure. POST UPDATE 5-1-10: Sorry, guys, this brochure is no longer available. But you can view the latest Lamps Plus Catalog online or visit our Lamps Plus Advice and Tips section for more inspiration and to view...
  • Lighting Tips for a Bright Holiday Season

    Enjoy spending time with family and friends this holiday season and let Lamps Plus help brighten your home safely and stylishly with a few quick and easy tips. 1. Be unconventional. Instead of ordinary holiday lights this season, welcome visitors with colored lanterns, classic faux-fruit wreaths, or...
  • Adjusting to the Early Time Change

    Since we shifted over to daylight savings, I have been having trouble getting up in the morning. My room is so dark that I would rather keep on sleeping than start the day. And it's a blaring shock to the system when I turn on the nightstand light. I need some kind of in-between light for those...
  • Try an Umbrella LED Light for Your Next Cookout

    Enjoy perfectly lit family dinners in your backyard! Patio umbrellas shade you from the sun during the day. However, they do not traditionally have a practical function in the evening and their comforting, shielding shape goes unappreciated. Adding a light to the inside of a patio umbrella is a...
  • Creating Curb Appeal - Early Show Video

    LAMPS PLUS outdoor lights recently made an appearance on The Early Show for a "Creating Curb Appeal" segment. Host Harry Smith spoke with Ahmed Hassan from the DIY Network, and a Bellagio Collection outdoor wall light was featured. Good tips here, especially on how to choose a fixture to...
  • Six Tips for Creating Layers of Light

    You often hear the directive "create layers of light" when researching how to design a home lighting scheme, but what does this actually mean? Here are six quick tips on how to achieve that much talked about multi-layered lighting effect. Good luck, it's not as hard as it sounds! ...
  • Do Dimmers Save Energy?

    We've blogged about this topic before (see How Dimmers Save Energy ), but we're asked about it all the time: Does using a dimmer really save energy? The short answer is, yes! Here's how: A modern dimmer uses what is called a "Triac Switch". Depending on the dimmer settting...
  • Swing Arm Lights in the Bedroom

    Looking to de-clutter the bedroom? A simple tip is to free space on bed side tables by adding swing arm wall lighting . These wall light designs install in a snap and plug into any standard wall outlet. Getting rid of your old bedside lamp leaves the bedside table free and gives your room a cleaner...
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