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  • Brief History of the Pineapple

    Solid brass pineapple table lamp at LAMPS PLUSWe just added a great collection of pineapple table lamps. Out of curiousity, I learned we have nearly 100 pineapple-themed items on our site. And Google returns nearly 60,000 results for "pineapple table lamp"!

    I had to ask, "Why pineapples?" Turns out there's a rich history behind this common decor theme.

    Columbus and his crew were the first to taste the fabulous fruit when they landed in the Caribbean.

    It quickly became a delicacy in the old world due to the difficulty of transporting it back home.

    In Colonial America, pineapples were still a rare treat.

    Only the most wealthy and well-connected could offer dinner guests this highly regarded fruit.

    The pineapple soon symbolized status and hospitality becoming a favorite motif for artisans and architects.

    Now that you know, highlight the hospitality of your home with one of our new solid brass pineapple table lamps.

    And browse our other pineapple-themed items.

    Read a more complete pineapple history here.

  • More Handy LED Book Lights from Mighty Bright

    We love the Mighty Bright Book Lights line of handy little lights and magnifying glasses.

    We've recently added more of their products, and you'll find everything from LED clip-on lights, to lighted magnifying glasses, to travel reading lights.

    They're super-compact and adjustable, and the LEDs never need changing. Plus, they come in a range of fun colors.

    See all the Mighty Bright LED book lights or browse our entire book lights selection.

  • Mini Lamps, More to Love

    Black Mini Gourd Table LampWhite Mini Gourd Table LampWe liked the red mini accent table lamp that we recently posted about so much (see A Red Mini with Big Style) that we've added two new colors: a Black Mini Gourd Table Lamp and a White Mini Gourd Table Lamp.

    Both are big on style, light on the pocket-book and great for bedrooms or side accent tables. I think I'm leaning towards the white!

    Post Update: these designs are sold out, but if you are looking for mini, check out our selection of small table lamp designs.

  • An Energy Efficient Space Age Design

    Possini Euro Planetarium Energy Saving Pendant Chandelier

    When was the last time you went to the planetarium?

    Now you can enjoy the atmosphere at home without the Pink Floyd and neck ache.

    Planetarium Pendant Chandelier in a Living Room

    Introducing the energy efficient Planetarium Pendant Light whose bold looks were inspired by the shape of a planetarium viewing dome.

    And just in case this post got you fired up for a field trip to the planetarium, check out this international list of the world's planetariums.

    For more contemporary design, browse the entire Possini Euro Design lighting collection.

  • The Magic of Wall Mirrors - Make a Small Space Big!

    Wall Mirrors at LampsPlus.comIt 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 position mirrors to reflect the view from outside a window or balcony.

    This strategy also has the added advantage of bringing light and sky into a space that might otherwise be dark.

    For long dark hallways, position a tall skinny mirror to bring in light and air. 

    Give these a try.

    The results can be dramatic!

  • Hybrids in Aventura Magazine

    Aventura Magazine Covers

    South Florida's Aventura Magazine recently ran a nice feature on the new National Geographic hybrid outdoor lights.

    "With environmental concerns mounting, homeowners are looking for ways to conserve energy and lower their monthly electric bills. With this in mind, National Geographic has introduced an energy-efficient hybrid outdoor lighting solution ..."

    Read more and browse the magazine online here: The Green Room, Light On.

    Post Update: This collection is no longer available, but you can find our latest designs by browsing our outdoor lighting collection

  • A Floor Lamp You Can Make Your Way

    Color Squares Floor Lamp


    If you ever loved playing with Lego pieces you'll go for this new floor lamp design.

    It features squares of colorful metal plates that can be arranged as you wish for a custom look.

    The plates fit over fixed-position posts and are held in place with the simple twist of a nut. 

    Put 'em all up straight and linear, mix 'em up or do a color arrangement.

    And, unlike Legos, there's no clean-up afterwards!

    Color Squares Halogen Floor Lamp.

    Post Update 3-7-11: Sorry, but this design has sold out and is no longer available. Browse all halogen floor lamps from our collection to find one of latest designs.

  • Back to School Lighting

    Magnifying Clamp-On Desk Lamp

    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 the first couple of months as a student’s eyes readjust to hours of reading and homework), it can also help create a more comfortable, stimulating study environment.

    So, what make's a good reading light? We like adjustable desk lamp designs and pharmacy style lamps that focus the light down to books and papers.

    Specialty desk lamps include models with built-in magnifiers, like the clamp-on model pictured above, LED desk lamps or other energy efficient desk lamps that use CFL bulbs. 

    No matter what the style, place the lamp opposite a student's writing hand so that shadows don’t streak across their work. 

    Pictured above: Magnifier Clamp-On Desk Lamp; Balance Arm Brushed Nickel LED Desk Lamp; Adjustable CFL Blue Accent Energy Efficient Desk Lamp.

       

  • A Red Mini with Big Style

    Sovereign Red Mini Modern Accent LampIn the new bin we came across this red mini accent table lamp that we fell in love with. It has a right-in-style tall cone shade and a flashy red ceramic base.

    These would look great in a bedroom or on a buffet table. And their mini size makes them ideal for smaller rooms or apartments. Get 'em while they're hot!

    You can shop on this item with a coupon; click to view our current offers: LampsPlus.com coupons and promo codes.

    Post Update: the red mini lamp pictured here is sold out. Not to worry, browse our collection of table lamps to see our newest designs. 

  • LEDs on Interstate 35

    I-35 Bridge with LED Lights

    LEDs have been used to illuminate the reconstructed Interstate-35W bridge in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

    This is the first interstate highway to be lit using LED lighting.

    From an article about the project in the Star Tribune newspaper article: "Lighting still accounts for as much as 20 percent of electricity used around the world, so improving lighting technology by even a little bit can lead to great savings in energy and reductions in greenhouse gases."

    And the costs?

    The article goes on to note that,  "For large projects like these, the long-run savings in energy and maintenance, as well as the environmental concerns, generally outweigh the short-run costs."

    It looks very cool. I can't wait to see it in person! Read the entire article on the StarTribune.com website: LED Lighting: A Bright Idea.

    Photo thanks to Wikipedia.

August, 2009