• Aging-in-Place Remodeling

    Our LAMPS PLUS Professionals Team attended the 2007 Remodeling Show this past month in Las Vegas. They reported that there are still areas of growth within the remodeling sector. Aging-in-place remodels, which increase ease of accessibility and control for those with decreased dexterity, are becoming...
  • 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...
  • IBS Update - This Year's Buzzword: LED LED LED LED

    The number one request at IBS this year was for LED bulbs and fixtures . This cost-conscious environment is making the energy-efficient LED even more appealing. Builders and remodelers are searching for the latest technology and the best light output. As manufacturers rush to meet this demand, we should...
  • LEDs from Ann Arbor to Buckingham Palace

    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...
  • And Now for Some Good News

    As part of the LAMPS PLUS Professionals trade program, I survey media reports on real estate periodically to get a sense of any shifts in the currents. Recently there has been some very positive analysis indicating stability in the housing market. Take a look at this article from Builder Magazine blogger...
  • More on the Glowing Green Theme

    Take a closer look at this glass table lamp that was featured in Ty Pennington's "At Home" magazine . They switched to a white lamp shade for the photo shoot, which gives it a more formal feel. The coolest feature of this $35 table lamp has to be the nightlight. It's just a fun way...
  • Tiny (Really Tiny!) Homes

    CNN story on the trend of the tiny home. These are ultra-small homes on the order of 150 to 250 square feet! "Bill and Sharon Kastrinos practice the ultimate in minimalism. They've squeezed into a 154-square-foot home that looks more like a kid's playhouse than their previous 1,800-square...
  • Are You Into Biophilia?

    Do you like to have as many plants and as much light as possible in every room you enter? Do natural patterns and textures make you feel relaxed and at ease? You may be into biophilia , a movement in architecture that explores mankind's love of nature. The phrase was coined by Harvard biologist...
  • Update: Convert Your Recessed Lights Into LEDs

    John did a post on these energy-efficient LED recessed lights on February 27th. In the meantime, our the team from the LAMPS PLUS professionals side attended a trade show. They had a booth next door to the display pictured above with the recessed lights actually installed. They were really enthusiastic...
  • Lighting City Monuments with LEDs

    We've noticed an increased commercial interest in LED applications, for example, in exterior lighting. Cities all over the world are exploring new ways of lighting their monuments at night. LEDs offer a highly efficient, colorful new approach. All of the possible applications are still being explored...
  • New! Energy Efficient Outdoor Hybrid Lights

    These outdoor lights represent the ultimate in energy efficient lighting. New from National Geographic's Preserve Our Planet lighting collection, the lights use a built-in solar panel to power LED lights for no-cost dusk-to-dawn lighting. If you need extra light, you can switch on the electric powered...
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