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Interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Providing professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • New "Fully Equipped" LED Light Bulbs From Sharp

    Save Energy with an LED Light Bulb

    Japan gets all the cool stuff first! On July 15th, Sharp will introduce a new line of LED bulbs with a couple of interesting twists.

    Most interesting is the "fully-equipped" model, which features a remote control that allows you to adjust the color and dim the bulb via built-in dimmer.

    You can choose from seven colors, ranging from pleasing warm to cooler daylight white, "to match the weather, the season, time of day, purpose, or other preferences."

    Did we just refer to a light bulb as "fully equipped"? In any case, these energy-sipping bulbs are built to last for 40,000 hours.

    One last cool feature of LED lights like these: They don't emit the kind of UV light that attracts insects. Don't you just hate cleaning the dead bugs from your ceiling fixtures?

    No word on when these fancy bulbs will appear stateside. To get energy efficient right now, browse our selection of energy saving and long-lasting LED light bulbs and CFL bulbs.

    Via Engadget. Read the full Sharp press release.

  • Lighting Design and Specification Services

    Outdoor Post Light in a Garden

    We've launched a brand new info page from the Lamps Plus Professionals' home/log-in about our professional trade Lighting Design and Specification Services.

    Our lighting specification team works on a range of construction projects, including multi–family homes, senior housing, retail and light commercial projects.

    From energy compliance reviews to custom designs and value engineering, they help you plan efficently and save money on your next project.

    Visit the page or call us for more info.

    Jeff Emmerson is a manager with LAMPS PLUS Professionals.

  • Water Fountains in Motion

    Lion Outdoor Wall Fountain

    We've always loved the pleasant sound of gently flowing water that you get from our distinctive fountain designs

    Fountains are ideal for use in gardens and patios, or they can be used in a wide variety of indoor settings.

    But it's hard to put into words how a fountain actually sounds and how the water is creatively used in each design...so we've added video to our fountain product pages to help us out.

    Dozens of water fountain products now have videos.

    Browse around, take a look and let us know what you think!

  • Better Homes and Gardens 100 Ideas Under $100

    Our Purple Bijoux Lamps sure are popular lately! After popping up in an episode of "Glee" (see our recent post), the table lamp was chosen by Better Homes and Gardens for their special Spring issue "100 Decorating Ideas Under $100".

    Click on the thumbnails to see full size.

    We have lots more lighting under $100 -- head to our Best Lighting Values page for a huge selection of affordable lighting choices.

  • 3 Best Hobby Lights

    Brushed Steel Gooseneck Magnifier Desk Lamp

    While doing DVD-drive surgery this past weekend (don't ask), I realized that...I couldn't see what I was doing!

    Which led to a frantic household search for a desk lamp, none of which really did the trick (too big, not adjustable, bad light). 

    After the fact, I looked at our online desk light selection and browsed our Chatsworth store.

    I've come up with these designs that would have helped me, and would make great hobby lamps for electronic buffs or crafters.

    First up, an adjustable model with a built-in magnifier. The diopter glass has a 150 percent magnification power, which is handy, and the spring tension arm lets you manuver the light into position. Has a clamp base, which could be a drawback in some situations. Browse all our magnifying desk lamps

    This model is slightly less adjustable, but is more compact and has a regular base. 5x magnifier is not as powerful as the model above, but would have worked just fine for me. I like the brushed steel finish as well.

    Finally, this lamp offers a more traditional look, but comes with a hi-tech HDLT (High Definition Lighting Technology) bulb. By Ott-Lite, the bulb offers lighting that's close to natural daylight, so it's great for crafting, working with paint colors, and reading. Ott-Lite Downbridge Desk Lamp.

    Let us know what you use for hobby or craft lighting, as well as what you think of these choices!

     

     

  • Kathy Ireland - Momdelpreneur

    Kathy Ireland with Kids

    That's a mouthful to say, but it basically means a mom entrepreneur! 

    As one, Kathy Ireland was recently featured in Baby Couture magazine's anniversary issue.

    She talks about her career, her writing, and her parenting philosophy. 

    You can read the interview in Baby Couture's online magazine reader by clicking here. Mouse over the page navigation at the bottom; the interview starts on page 15.

    And don't miss our collection of Kathy Ireland lighting.

    Post Update 8-12-13 - we're sorry, but the article written about above is no longer available on the Baby Couture Magazine website. 

  • LEDs from Ann Arbor to Buckingham Palace

    LED Streetlights in Ann Arbor, Michigan


    Here's an interesting overview of the cost-saving promise of LED lighting in the New York Times: Green Promise Seen in Switch to LED Lighting

    The technology is on a very fast learning curve, becoming more efficient and less costly every year. LED light bulbs have even found a home in Buckingham Palace; "...the palace has installed the lighting in chandeliers and on the exterior, where illuminating the entire facade uses less electricity than running an electric teakettle."

    The article also points out how useful LEDs are in outdoor settings, from street lights (like the ones pictured in Ann Arbor, Michigan) to porch and driveway lighting.

    "Because the light from LEDs can be modulated, in Ann Arbor they have been programmed to perform various useful tricks — to become brighter when someone walks under a light or to flicker outside of a home to guide paramedics to an emergency."

    And a nice benefit for home use on porches or patios,

    LEDs emit no ultraviolet light, so they won't attract night-time bugs!

    Where are you on LEDs?

    Are you ready to make the switch?

    (Photo thanks to the New York Times.)

  • Incredibly Cool LED Wall Dimmer

    A Vierti Wall Dimmer by Lutron


    Lutron recently unveiled their line of Vierti wall dimmers. These sleek, futuristic dimmer designs feature a one-touch finger slide; touch anywhere along the illuminated control bar, and the LEDs adjust to set the lights to your specified level.

    We love the minimalist design and the high-tech wallplate colors and finishes. There's even audible feedback that confirms your touch of the switch and settings. Very cool!

    See these and other Lutron dimmers on our website. For more info, check out these demo and info pages on the Lutron website: Vierti demo page; Vierti info page.

     

  • A Flexible Table Lamp Design


    Flexell Table Lamp Tall
    Adam posted about this clever, eco-friendly table lamp design several months ago: Sculpt Your Own Table Lamp.

    I just had to get one! I went for the natural finish lamp, not the Espresso finish version. I'll add a room scene photo to this post soon, but here's another shot. Flexell Natural Finish Table Lamp.

    Post Update 10-3-11: These table and floor lamps have sold out and are no longer available :/ 

    To view our latest designs, check out our Shop By Trend section, or brows our complete collection of table lamps

  • Questions With: Dale Tiffany Lighting

    Dale Tiffany Museum Collection Dragonfly Table LampA Dale Tiffany lamp makes a wonderful room accent. Each is hand-crafted and features beautiful, luminous, Tiffany style art glass. We spoke with Ken Kallett, Executive Vice President for Dale Tiffany, about the company and their Tiffany lighting designs.

    Q: Ken, tell us a little about the company’s history.

    A: Dale Tiffany was founded in 1979. For over 30 years we've been known as the leader in Art Glass lighting and home accessories. Dale Tiffany was the first to standardize production and development of the “Tiffany” niche from a “cottage industry” into a core retail lighting and home accent category.

    Q: Can you describe some of the glass types that are used in a Dale Tiffany lamp, such as hand-rolled art glass or reverse painted glass?

     A: Dale Tiffany uses only the finest hand-made, hand-rolled, genuine Art Glass. There are over 300 different colors of glass available, the largest color palette in the industry. A joint venture with our glass manufacturer gives us the ability to develop beautiful exclusive colors you'll see no place else. We also utilize full lead crystal, reverse hand-painted techniques, and contemporary art glass techniques.

    Q: The copper foil technique you utilize was originally developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, correct?

    A: Yes. Dale’s Tiffany-style lamp designs all use genuine art glass and copper foil assembled using the traditional copper foil technique. This method of assembling the art glass patterns was originally pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany back in the late 1800s.

    Dale Tiffany Mosaic Series Antique Gold Table LampQ: Can you describe the design and production process of a typical Dale Tiffany table lamp for us?

    A: 95 percent of all Dale products are copywrited, proprietary, exclusive designs. All our products are artisan hand-made by craftsmen and women with long years of experience. Each piece of art glass is hand-cut and hand-assembled utilizing the traditional copper foil technique.

    Q: Each lamp is unique and different; can you explain why this is so?

    A: Because each piece of glass is hand-rolled, hand-cut, and hand-assembled, no two pieces turn out exactly alike. Each shade and glass assembly is slightly different, giving each table lamp or floor lamp the uniqueness of being hand-crafted.

    Q: What makes Dale Tiffany product so special and unique?

    A: Dale uses only the finest top quality materials and production techniques in the “old world” hand-crafted tradition. Every piece has a unique personality.

    Q: What are some of your favorite designs?

    Dale Tiffany Grueby Mission Tiffany Table LampA: Dale Tiffany was originally known for its interpretations of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s famous designs, but is now known more for its own exclusive designs such as Mission Style lamps, geometric patterns, mosaics, and mixed materials. These patterns are available in traditional, transitional, and contemporary designs. Dale has over 1200 unique design offerings.

    Q: What’s new and upcoming for the Dale Tiffany brand?

    A: In recent years Dale Tiffany has established itself not only as the leader in traditional styled Art Glass, but has taken a leadership role in the full lead crystal categories of table lamps, chandeliers, and accessories. Dale’s fastest growing category is contemporary art glass lighting and accessories marketed under the “Favrile” brand. 

    Ken, thanks for taking the time to speak with us! Don't miss browsing the entire line of Dale Tiffany lighting.

June, 2009