• Angelo Surmelis Kitchen Makeover

    Angelo Surmelis, host of HGTV's 24 Hour Design and Rate My Space recently used a Lamps Plus Casa Surveyor ceiling fan in a retro kitchen update. Read all about it at HGTV and view the full line of Casa Vieja contemporary ceiling fans from Lamps Plus. Angelo also has a blog you should check out...
  • Sconces for Home Theaters

    Lighting a room for home theater use can be challenging since you want some light but indirectly so it won't interfere with the light of the screen. Sconces are a great solution. You can either use low wattage bulbs or, even better, install a dimmer switch . You'll be able to move around...
  • Light in Odd Places

    Sometimes you have a lighting need that doesn't fit with any conventional solution. The most perplexing of problems often need the most flexible solutions so here are some of our most flexible, bendable lights: LED tape lights (see above) - This product can be used for baseboards, under cabinets...
  • LED Candle Outdoor Lighting

    Looking for a safe and flameless way to add romance to a room? Consider the LED candle. These new designs feature an LED bulb placed into a wax candle form. The LED will run safely for years without any fuss or fire safety concerns. They are perfect for bedrooms, dining areas, and, yes, even outdoors...
  • Tip for the New Year: Outdoor Lighting Collections

    If you've been needing to add more light to your home's exterior and resolved to tackle the issue this year then I have a quick tip. Shop for outdoor lighting here! Symmetry goes a long way in creating curb appeal so find matching wall lights to flank your garage or front door. Use post lights...
  • Introducing the Color Plus Collection at Lamps Plus!

    We're tickled pink (get it?) to introduce the Color Plus collection from Lamps Plus! Our Color Plus table lamps are available in 60+ designer colors, hand-crafted by our artisans in California. Each glossy glass lamp comes with a crisp white shade or striped shade in coordinating colors. With over...
  • Energy Saving Tips for Renters

    Everyone these days wants to save money and be energy saving. Apartment renters face some additional hurdles in their quest to be Green, however. After all, as a renter you don't own your place and making big changes is a lot harder. Even little things can add up, though, so there are still...
  • Tips for Turning Back the Clock Tomorrow

    Don't forget ... clocks go back tomorrow, November 1st, 2009, at 2am. As Daylight Savings Time ends, energy bills get bigger in part because people keep their lights on longer throughout the winter months. As we turn back the clocks, here are a few tips to help turn down your energy bills. ...
  • Rethink the Look of Your Guest Bath

    The bathroom needs plenty of even, shadow-free lighting for shaving, grooming, and applying makeup. In a smaller bath, mirror lights will illuminate the entire room, but in larger spaces an additional ceiling fixture is needed for general lighting. Placing light fixtures on each side of the above...
  • Tips for Installing Mini Pendant Lighting

    Something we hear all the time: "My new mini pendant lighting doesn't look right...help!" There are two common mistakes behind this cry for assistance. For starters, mini pendants should be mounted so that the bottom of the glass or shade is approximately 66-65 inches above the floor...
  • Mini Chandelier Hanging Tips

    On a previous post, reader Karen asked this about mini chandeliers : "Question about appropriate height for mini chandeliers...for over bed in bedroom? Any tips?" It's a good question, so we thought we'd share some of our response. For starters, mini-chandeliers are a great idea...
  • Thai Palace on a Budget

    Saturday's Home and Garden feature from the LA Times showcases a couple of our local residents' endeavor to transform their 1960 fixer-upper into a tropical resort. With Bangkok's Sukhothai Hotel as the inspiration they incorporated plenty of lighting and plants into their plan. Take a...
  • 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, fluorescent lights usually don't offer...
  • 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...
  • One Touch Lamps

    As we get older, operating the tiny knobs and switches on household applicances gets tougher. A new wave of touch lamp designs address this problem. You can turn these lamps on and off simply by touching anywhere on the lamp base. Many designs also offer a dimmer one-touch option as well. The Fresno...
  • Tips for Office and Study Desk Lighting

    The Las Vegas Review-Journal asked us for tips on how to find the perfect desk lamp, especially for those heading off to college. One of the tips, "Desk lamps should be situated so that hand shadows don't obstruct your reading and work." You can read the entire article online here: Lamps...
  • Shine a Light with Dark Sky Lighting

    Dark Sky lighting regulations have become more commonplace in various municipalities over the last few years. Lighting that conforms to Dark Sky design specs aims to stop the adverse effects of outdoor lighting pollution, including energy waste and the harm that lighting can cause to nocturnal wildlife...
  • Decorating a 520 Square Foot House

    I enjoyed a recent pictorial on Design*Sponge of a teeny, tiny house in Culver City, CA. It's just 520 square feet. I'll bet many of you have one room in your house that's bigger!! Takes me back to one of my first apartments ..... Decorating small spaces takes lots of creativity, flexibility...
  • How To Clean A Crystal Chandelier

    To keep a crystal chandelier shining its brightest, give it a good cleaning once a year or so. Most chandeliers can be handled by the weekend do-it-yourselfer, but if your fixture is hung too high or is just too elaborate, call in a professional cleaning service to handle the job. Many chandeliers...
  • More Dorm Decorating

    The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article on dorm decor and showcased our Blue Glass Fluorescent Desk Lamp (no longer available) as one of its featured products. They also had this comment on dorm room lighting: "All of the rooms we saw had a single overhead ceiling light. That makes desk or...
  • Security and Outdoor Lighting

    Want to add safety and security to the look of your home? Add an outdoor wall or ceiling light that comes with a built-in photocell. Sometimes called dusk to dawn outdoor lighting fixtures , these outdoor lights will automatically turn on at night and off at dawn. When you're coming home late...
  • Designer Debbie Talianko's Dramatic Before and After With Lamps Plus Lighting

    We rarely have the opportunity to see Lamps Plus products used in real interior spaces, so we were thrilled when interior designer Debbie Talianko, principal of Talianko Design Group , shared these before and after photos of one of her recent designs. Debbie's work is clean, modern, and tasteful...
  • Energy Awareness Month 2009

    In case you didn't know, October is Energy Awareness Month for 2009. This is a great reminder to get you thinking about your home energy use. Some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to cut your energy profile and save you money: install CFL light bulbs , upgrade with energy efficient lighting...
  • 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...
  • Lighting Tip: Use a Plug-In Wall Lamp and Avoid Wiring

    Plug-in style wall lamps are a great way to add lighting to a room without having to go through the hassle of hard-wiring a fixture. J ust hang the lamp on the wall, plug it into any standard wall outlet, then stand back and enjoy the view. These plug-in lamps are great for use in bedrooms on either...
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