Style Illuminated

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

  • Tips from Martha

    Saw this great, little primer on MarthaStewart.com with ideas for increasing the energy efficiency of your lighting. She suggests using a three way switch so you can decrease the light output of a lamp if you don't need it. Click here to see a selection of all of our three way switch portable lighting. 

    The elegant floor lamp above features both energy efficient bulbs and a three way switch. Take a look: Sight Saver Balance Arm Floor Lamp or view our entire floor lamp collection.

     

  • Lighting for Nighttime Weddings

    Over the weekend, a friend asked me about lighting for a backyard wedding. Then I stumbled upon the intriguing photograph of an Indian wedding procession below:

    Indian Wedding Procession

    Photo by Kevin Frayer is courtesy the Associated Press and Boston.com

    So how do you create a romantic atmosphere at an outdoor evening wedding?

    Galvanized Metal String Party Lights

    String Lights are a great choice since they are made to be hung outdoors and don't require a maze of extension cords to cover a large area. You can leave them up at the end of the event for backyard barbeques, etc.

    Leila White Clear Swag Plug-in Chandelier

    Crystal is a classic go-to for romantic lighting. Our crystal swag chandeliers are under $130 and easy to install.

  • LAMPS PLUS Labs Presents "The Closer"

    A couple of the younger staff members who work at LAMPS PLUS thought it would be fun to start a project called "LAMPS PLUS LABS". The idea is to make little grassroots video clips related to what we do here.

    Our first one is called "The Closer" and features a designer who is struggling with his next LED desk lamp design. Drawing a blank, he goes out into the world for a stroll, and we see that he's become obsessed with closing objects. After his outing, he comes back to the drawing board and has an "ah-ha" moment of insight with closing that leads to a neat design, the Z Folding LED Lamp.

    Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

  • American Lighting Association Training Seminar

    Did you know LAMPS PLUS employs the most American Lighting Association (ALA) certified lighting consultants in the industry? It's true, and we're adding more as we speak.

    Here at corporate headquarters this week, LAMPS PLUS sales associates from around the country are training to becoming ALA certified lighting consultants. The course covers all aspects of lighting, from technical specifications to design best practices. Associates stay informed on changes in lighting technology and learn the latest in lighting applications. We do it several times each year to ensure we maintain the best sales staff in the business.

    It's another way LAMPS PLUS is the best place to shop for lighting and more. Talk to one of our highly trained associates in person at one of our stores, or call 1-800-782-1967.

  • Will the LED Take Over?

    LED Light Show Ceiling Light at LAMPS PLUS

    Interest in LED lighting and the LED light bulb market is picking up and Fortune Magazine has a feature on it this month: The Light Bulb Goes Digital. Their article provides an overview of the industry for anyone interested in  technology changes in lighting. 

    Personally, I refuse to take sides in the Team CFL/Team LED debate, but who can't get behind energy efficient lighting? It saves everyone money and conserves energy.

    Interested in cutting-edge LED lighting? Check out our LED Light Show Ceiling Light that's pictured above.

  • Go Anywhere Mission Lantern

    As hard as it is to imagine in some parts of the country, Spring and Summer will be here soon. And that means cool drinks on the patio, cookouts, and outdoor living.

    This neat little light will make your nights a little brighter. Battery powered, it's super lightweight and portable, weather-resistant, and comes with a long-lasting CFL bulb.

    Use it at home or take it with you on the road camping for a dash of style. Mission Black and Bronze Fluorescent Lantern.

     

  • Happy Valentines Day

    In the spirit of amore, here's a TV commercial LAMPS PLUS had produced years ago but never aired.

    Have a lovely (and well-lit) Valentine's Day!

     

  • Blog Round-Up - Good Reads

    For your weekend enjoyment, here are some interesting recent posts about LAMPS PLUS (and a couple that are not).

    More Apartment Therapy...The Grand Tour - In Baltimore, WBAL-TV co-anchor Donna Hamilton writes about decorating her daughter's new apartment using (among other things) one of our Moderne table lamps.  

    At-At Walker Lamp - if you're a Star Wars fan you'll get this fun prototype lamp by design group Lifegoods. Thanks to the blog designmilk.

    LED Lights Made for Squeezing - oddly disturbing squeezable LED lights by Dianna Lin. Thanks to blog Gizmodo.

    Under $100 Bookends - our cute cast iron Owl bookends were included in a Design*Sponge post.

    Glory in Green: It's a Color Too! - Blogger Nicolet muses on the color green and features a Babette Holland Tiger Green table lamp.

     

  • The CFL Bulb Gets Color

    CFL bulbs save energy and now they can save your next party by adding a blast of color. These guys come in a hot red and a yellow, and offer 8,000 hours of party-tastic lighting.

    Take a look in our light bulbs sort: ECObulb Red CFL Light Bulb or ECObulb Yellow CFL Light Bulb.

     

  • Blogging and Design

     On Fashion Blogs from Mary Scherpe on Vimeo.

    Looking around at the design field, I have noted the increasing reliance on blogs and other social media in exposing new work, whether it be prototypes, architecture, or finished items already in production. These vetted design news outlets are apparently also gaining steam in the fashion world.

    Check out this interview with Suzy Menkes from the International Herald Tribune discussing the role of bloggers in the fashion press.

    Do you get the majority of your design ideas from old media or new media?

February, 2010