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Lava lights have long been the hit of the party, but new LED technology and other new designs are quickly changing that.
One example is this futuristic flatscreen Polygon Phaser party light. The device puts on an ever-changing display of shifting polygons that's as soothing as it is mesmerizing.
Or you can add a light show that works with your iPod or portable MP3 player. The Quadra Phaser Light Show has 4 speakers and a light panel that changes in tune with your music.
Other new devices use LEDs to put on a show. These Twin Sphere speakers connect to any iPod or portable music player. The light ring moves to the music, or you can choose the ambient sound option that responds to noises in the surrounding environment.
Find more fun lighting ideas in our table lamps collection, or browse novelty accent lamps for additional ideas.
...a place to put it all!
Jewelry boxes and armoires have made a comeback lately as both designers and consumers have re-discovered their eye-catching functionality. They make organizing rings, necklaces and other pieces of jewelry a simple task. Many models even feature special drawers for holding rings or hanging necklaces.
Plus, they add a handsome accent to bedroom dressing areas.
The floor standing jewelry armoire models, such as the Mission Oak Jewelry Armoire pictured above, serve as beautiful pieces of room furniture.
Or choose a jewelry box design, like this Alexandra Leather Jewelry Trunk, to accent a dressing table. This design has multiple compartments with partitions to hold all manner of collectables.
These are definitely the accessories for the woman with it all!
View all Jewelry Armoires.
Just in time for the holidays, iHome has introduced a new line of desk lamps with built-in iPod docks.
The speakers free you from the tangle of headphone cords, and the unit will charge your iPod when you're not playing it.
iHome iPod Dock and Speakers Desk Lamp.
Find more iPod related products here.
We've blogged before about Haeger Potteries and their wonderful line of ceramic table lamps, bowls and sculptures; see Ceramic Artistry from Haeger Potteries.
The company was recently profiled by HomeAccents Today in a video on YouTube. You can view the Haeger Potteries High Point trade showroom and hear Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing Gene McGahan talking about the company. Haeger Potteries at Lamps Plus. Haeger Potteries home page.
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Post update: this sweepstakes is over, but you can always enter the current Lamps Plus sweepstakes event.
Alyson from Portland writes about this Madison Collection Schonbek chandelier; "...one of those amazing things that people in movies always have in the entry way."
Because we're headquartered in L.A. our stores and website are often visited by set decorators and designers. We've had our lighting featured in television shows such as Desperate Housewives, and HGTV's Divine Design.
It's always exciting to see how our products are used and film sets are so carefully put together that you often get to see new possibilities that you never imagined.
I browsed the results for "LAMPS PLUS" on SeenOn.com to check out where our lamps had been featured.
SeenOn.com tells you when each show aired and in the case of Deperate Housewives, which character's set the items came from. Neat, right!
Kichler has some interesting designs for the kitchen, like this kitchen island chandelier (no longer available). Twenty-three candelabra bulbs are set inside of faux glass candles. It has this very romantic look, yet there are also two spot light bulbs hidden in the bottom for task lighting.
There is a great little video on YouTube in which a lighting expert from Kichler is interviewed and give tips on kitchen lighting.
The interview is hosted by Meghan Carter, a recent college graduate who is driving across the country and exploring her interest in home décor.
For more decorating ideas, browse our complete collection of kitchen lighting.
It's great to see new technology applied in an unexpected place with stellar results. In this case, the update of the Rockefeller Center Tree to an LED light display has reduced the energy consumption by somewhere around 60% per day.
I can't wait to see what's next as LED technology improves and LED lighting products become more available.