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  • IBS Update - This Year's Buzzword: LED LED LED LED

    An LED Light Bulb

    The number one request at IBS this year was for LED bulbs and fixtures.

    This cost-conscious environment is making the energy-efficient LED even more appealing.

    Builders and remodelers are searching for the latest technology and the best light output.

    As manufacturers rush to meet this demand, we should see more options come on the market.

    The dimmability and long life-span of LEDs ensure that they're here to stay.

    What do you think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts about LEDs. 

  • New! Mid-Century Clocks with Contemporary Cool

    We just added a fabulous new selection of contemporary clocks, with wall clock and desk clock designs. Turn back time with these retro designs that offer the best in mid-century modern chic. Which look strikes your fancy?

    Contemporary Wall Clock at LAMPS PLUSContemporary Wall Clock at LAMPS PLUS

  • Fanimation Ceiling Fans in Action

    Fanimation Windpointe Antique Brass 5-Blade Ceiling Fan

    The American Lighting Association and Fanimation ceiling fans have posted a YouTube video interview with Fanimation's national sales manager Tom Underwood. In the video,

    Tom talks about the company's history and highlights designs from the Fanimation line of ceiling fans like fans with palm leaf blades. Click on the video below to view.

     **Update to this post:  The video is no longer available, but check here for more information about the Fanimation line of ceiling fans.

  • Cedar Chests Provide Safer Storage

    Cedar chests are classic furniture pieces, but their beauty is more than skin deep. Cedar wood, and more specifically its oil, can protect clothes and bedding from the dreaded clothing moth.

    Moths avoid cedar oil, especially that of Eastern red cedar (aka aromatic cedar).

    Cedar also absorbs moisture, creating a less-than-ideal environment for moth larvae. Cedar imparts a hint of its wonderful fragrance on clothes for an added bonus.

    Cedar chests are particularly useful for storing bedding and seasonal clothes. Moths particularly enjoy wool fibers, so wool sweaters should be protected, too.

    See our collection of cedar chests in our collection of beautiful storage chests. These chests are beautiful -- and functional! -- pieces of furniture.

    Cedar Chest at LAMPS PLUS

  • Lighting by the Stars -- Astrology for Aquarius

    Happy birthday Aquarius! Now through mid-February is party time for our visionary friends (this blogger included!). The original Aquarian was Ganymede, a fetching young Trojan prince who caught the eye of Zeus. The king of gods made Ganymede royal cup-bearer. In that spirit, let us fill your cup with birthday gift ideas for the Aquarian in your life.

    Dear Aquarius: Sure, many astrologers agree that you have a "look of nobility suggestive of the classic Greek or Roman models." Yes, yes, you've mentioned more than a few times astrologers also agree Aquarians are "considered stunning individuals." This month, set aside your striking good-looks for just a moment and put your innovative abilities to good use. This credit crisis thing is a real bummer, and we could use some original ideas. Got anything?

    George Kovacs Second Marriage Wall Light

    Aquarius is blessed with objectivity, the ability to see both sides of an argument. For example, I'm ready to turn in and my wife wants to read. What if we each had our own reading light? Bingo! Thank you George Kovacs!

     

     

     

     

    Amethyst Mini Pendant Light at LAMPS PLUSBirthstones for Aquarians are garnet (January) and amethyst (February). Garnet is hard to pin down since it comes in a bunch of colors. So, let's go with this contemporary mini pendant light with hand-crafted amethyst colored glass.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rose Motif Wall Mirror at LAMPS PLUSAquarius has a tendency to be conceited. Lest we judge, recall that visionary thinkers years ahead of their time are often misunderstood. Still, grab your favorite Aquarius this mirror so they'll always look their best. The charming rose motif may remind them to see beauty elsewhere.

    Next month ... gentle, good-natured Pisces!

  • LAMPS PLUS in the News -- Trends in Kids Furniture

    The AP published a wonderful article yesterday about how designers are embracing decor aimed at children. "Designers of kids' furniture are letting their imaginations run away with them, and that's great news for hip parents looking for fun, exuberant decor." Read the entire article here at MSNBC: current trends in children's furniture. The article mentions two imaginative pendant light designs featured at LAMPS PLUS, the Prop Plane Pendant and the Planet and Stars Pendant.

    Planet and Stars Pendant Chandelier at LAMPS PLUSProp Plane Pendant Chandelier at LAMPS PLUS

  • Customize Your Look with Slipcovered Chairs

    Let your inner designer shine! These excellent chairs come to life when paired with specially tailored slipcovers.

    We're now offering the sleek, smart, and comfortable Parsons Armless Dining Chairs in a set of two. The fun starts when you take your pick from our large selection of slipcovers designed specifically for the Parsons chair. The slipcovers fit so well, it's like custom upholstery.

    The affordable covers are easily exchangeable, so you can swap out your look for special occasions and holidays. Which one is your favorite??

    Parsons Slipcover Chair at LAMPS PLUSParsons Slipcover Chair at LAMPS PLUS 

  • Installation Photo, Classic Mission Arts and Crafts Outdoor Lighting


    Our friend in Northern California recently updated his cabin with these beautiful Mission Copper Outdoor Lights.

    The classic Arts and Crafts design elements and the hanging lantern look go well with the wooded, outdoor setting. And the lights cast a warm glow against all the snow they've had lately. A beautiful Christmas day photo. Nice job, Doug!

     

  • Tips for Keeping CFL Bulbs Glowing

    CFL Light Bulb


    Popular Mechanics magazine
    reports on how to keep your CFL bulbs working at their peak performance level.

    One interesting idea: leave them running.

    "The more continuous the use of a bulb, the longer it’ll burn because the most damage to the components is done during starts," says Russ Leslie, associate director of the Lighting Research Center." 

    Read more: When CFLs Fail: How to Keep Your Compact Fluorescent Glowing.    

  • NFL Team Logo Pillows for the Playoffs

    The AFC and NFC Playoff Championship games are this Sunday. Just in time, we've got official NFL team bedrest pillows so you can cheer on your team in style. Get comfortable this Sunday as the Ravens battle the Steelers and the Cardinals take on the Eagles.

    NFL Baltimore Ravens PillowNFL Pittsburgh Steelers Pillow

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If your team bounced out a little early, get ready for next year with our selection of NFL team pillows.

    And for you NCAA fans, we have college sports team pillows, too!

    Post Update 2-1-10: We're sorry, but these items are currently sold out! We'll leave another update if we get them back in stock. Thanks!

January, 2009