• Luxe for Less: Organic Ceiling Light

    I was recently peeking through Design*Sponge's Sneak Peek section, and came across this cozy room. My eye was immediately drawn up to the organic ceiling light. The design is perfectly imperfect, an asymmetrical look with inspiration from the outdoors. I was able to track down something very similar...
  • An Energy Efficient Space Age Design

    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. 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...
  • Check out the Softer Side of Crystal

    I love the look of crystal -- it shimmers, it sparkles, it's all good! While some crystal fixtures seem too formal for more casual rooms, designers are finding ways to work sparkly pieces into a wide range of styles. Contemporary crystal fixtures are a great way to explore the more casual side of...
  • Questions With: Minka-Lavery

    One of the most respected names in the lighting industry, Minka-Lavery is part of the Minka Group of companies (which also includes Minka Aire ceiling fans). The Minka-Lavery lighting collection centers on ceiling lighting and wall lights featuring strong, elegant designs. We spoke with company rep Tim...
  • Spotted on Hello Ross!

    TV personality and E! Channel fixture Ross Matthews posted some great photos of his newly decorated home. And to replace many of the "horrid" fixtures he inherited with the house, Ross turned to LAMPS PLUS. Excellent choice, Ross! Redecorating a home to make it your own is lots of fun, and...
  • Most Popular - A Look at What's Well Liked

    Now that we've had our product review feature available for about 6 months, I thought it would be interesting to see which products were getting the most responses. Here some of the results: Most Reviewed: This Mission-style table lamp with a nightlight feature currently has had the...
  • What's New in Chandeliers

    Our staff design expert, Lynda Gould, was interviewed by Memphis Online about trends in chandelier design and decorating. What's hot? Mini pendants , swag chandeliers and contemporary chandeliers . And the bottom line: "I think chandeliers are still the grand dames -- they're still the...
  • Schoolhouse Style Lighting

    Schoolhouse style lighting refers to a specific type of ceiling fixture that re-creates the look of lighting used in public buildings and schoolhouses in the early to mid-20th century. They most commonly refer to lighting with the distinctive "orb" glass. Designers have been re-discovering...
  • A Mobile with Light

    Reviewing all of our new contemporary lighting , lamps and ceiling lights, this sculptural pendant ceiling light caught our eye. It has mobile-like rings of wood (they're fixed, however, they don't float free) and a very cool sculptural feel. We like! Parasol Pendant Ceiling Light
  • Asian-Inspired Home Decor to Spice Things Up

    The Olympics have been a visual feast so far. With the spectacular opening ceremonies and all of the images of Beijing , I'm inspired to post a couple ideas for working a little Eastern flavor into an interior. These great boxes, made with reclaimed walnut shells, are a quick, inexpensive way...
  • Swag It!

    Swag chandelier lighting is a great option for when you don't have any ceiling junction boxes handy and you want to install overhead lighting. These chandeliers hang from hooks you install in the ceiling and can be plugged into any nearby outlet. Many of the designs have a cool retro look,...
  • New Patterns from Stacy Garcia

    We love Stacy Garcia's work , and we're thrilled to be able to offer these stylish, nature-themed designs, brand new from Stacy! These custom giclees are exclusive to LAMPS PLUS and are currently available on swag pendant chandeliers and table lamps . I dig this Ice Green. They're available...
  • 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...
  • Quoizel Video

    President and CEO Rick Seidman introduces some of the latest Quoizel lighting designs in this video. The clip includes some nice shots of their Quoizel chandeliers and Quoizel Tiffany lamp designs. Just click below to view.
  • There Goes Rachel Simon

    Rachel Simon's fabulous designs have a habit of popping up as I sift through design magazines and click through design blogs. Each time I'm reminded how cool they are! Like this Kimono Deco Deluxe pendant , which I hear can be "customized" by removing one or more of the inner layers...
  • Eco-Friendly Lighting Designs from Varaluz

    The beauty of Varaluz chandeliers, sconces and ceiling lighting is more than skin deep. In their words: "We look for innovative ways to apply recycled and earth-friendly materials to our designs, reducing our (and your) footprint on this good earth." All iron and steel used contains 70...
  • Citizen Decorating: Your Photo Submissions

    Last fall we decided to add more product information to our site by posting feedback from past purchasers. One of the neatest things to spring out of this is the photo submissions we've been receiving. This photo comes from a review submitted by saguarosam in Sedona, AZ. I like the way the...
  • Idea for Replacing Kitchen Fluorescents

    We recently got a great tip, that's both smart and stylish, from Nora in Los Angeles. Fluorescent fixtures are commonly built into kitchens and bathrooms because they're incredibly energy-efficient and emit comfortable, ambient light. However, fluorescents usually don't offer much in terms...
  • Quick Guide for Placing Recessed Lights

    1. Recessed lights are best for task lighting. The concentrated light is perfect over counters, inside closets, and above work surfaces. 2. Supplement crystal chandeliers or other accent fixtures with recessed spot lights. The extra light emphasizes the materials and adds overall brightness. 3...
  • Possini Goes Euro

    The Possini lighting brand has added a whole host of eye-catching contemporary designs. In fact, they've created a whole new brand name around the new collection: Possini Euro Design . You'll find European inspired designs with elegant chrome details, distinctive profiles and contemporary forms...
  • Lighting by the Stars -- Astrology for Sagittarius

    In this month's installment of Zodiac fun, we wish a happy birthday to Sagittarius . Spontaneous, optimistic, witty and energetic, these folks are the life of the party! Let's see if we can't dig up a couple items these free-spirited folks will love. Dear Sagittarius -- We know you love...
  • The Modern Fan

    We've recently added a number of swank Modern Fan Company ceiling fan designs to LampsPlus.com. The company is known for their cutting-edge looks that celebrate all things modern. I like the Velo ceiling fan (pictured), the Pharos ceiling fan and the Vaxcel ceiling fan . Take a look and pick one...
  • Positive Feedback - Notes from WIRED's NextFest

    This past weekend I attended WIRED's NextFest to see what kind of new technology is being developed which might have applications in the lighting industry. I spent the longest amount of time in the Green Pavilion where a Swedish research institute displayed a variety of projects they had funded...
  • Tips for using mini-pendants in the kitchen:

    1. Add a dimmer switch to increase the versatility of the pendant lights. They can provide either task or mood lighting. 2. Take into account the height of those in your household when deciding how high to hang the pendants. If they are hung too high then you may see a glare from the bulb. 3...
  • Switch to LEDs with New LED Recessed Lighting Retrofit Downlights

    Have a lot of recessed lighting in your home? It's time for a style update that will give you better lighting and save you money at the same time. Cree's LED retrofit lamps offer a soft white downlight and use a mere 10.5 watts of power, but they deliver the same amount of light as a 60 watt...
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