• Around the House Portland Podcast

    Tony Jump and store manager Mark Himebauch from our Portland, Oregon, Lamps Plus Clackamas-Portland store , made a Saturday radio appearance on the local KXL 750 Around the House show with Handyman Bob. The show covers home improvement tips, and this episode presents some general lighting tips and...
  • Nantucket On My Mind

    It’s been so depressing watching the drama on Wall Street and in Washington that I needed to take a braincation. What’s a braincation? In a word, a made-up word, I would call it a fantasy. I had Nantucket on my mind as the perfect escape from reality. Braincations are super cheap and offer...
  • Exteriors Magazine Likes Our Outdoor Lights

    Exteriors magazine, a special publication by Better Homes and Gardens, recently featured designs from our outdoor lighting collection. A John Timberland Bellagio outdoor wall light and an energy efficient Jessica McClintock outdoor hanging light got the nods. Check them out, or see our entire collection...
  • 5 Porches that Inspire

    Sitting out on the porch drinking lemonade on a warm evening is why I love summer. More homes used to be designed to utilize the porch. Recently, relaxing on the front porch has become popular again. Homeowners are taking note and designing the porch space. Enclosed porches are great if you live...
  • Safer with Security Lighting

    Outdoor lighting does more than just add curb appeal. Exterior lighting with special security features helps keep your home and outdoor spaces safer and more secure. Fixtures with motion sensors turn on or get brighter when motion is detected. Lights equipped with dusk-to-dawn operation turn on...
  • Outdoor Porch Lights - Bigger Is Better

    When it comes to outdoor lighting for a porch or front entryway, many people get it wrong when sizing a new outdoor wall light . This is because it's hard to judge how a product will actually look when installed by just looking at it online or even in a store. So what many folks end up with is...
  • Hybrids in Aventura Magazine

    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...
  • New ENERGY STAR Porch Lights

    Porch lighting, and outdoor lighting in general, is a great way to highlight your landscape when the sun goes down. It also adds security by lighting up the areas around your home. Because your outdoor lights may stay on much of the night, energy efficient fixtures are a great choice. We recently...
  • Turn on the Green in Outdoor Lighting

    The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is a voluntary partnership between leaders of the homebuilding industries and representatives of Federal agencies concerned with housing. They recently released their PATH Remodeling Top 10 home projects to make homes more energy efficient...
  • Keeping the Integrity of a Historic Home with Design Vidal

    Karen Vidal of Design Vidal has extensively renovated a large number of historic homes in Los Angeles. She falls in love with the charm of older homes from the orginal doors to the period wall sconces . Karen makes keeping the integrity of the home a priority when she develops her design concept. ...
  • For All the Romantics Out There: Jessica McClintock

    Jessica McClintock is familiar to many as a dress designer . Her specific niche is undeniably feminine frocks complete with lace trim, ruffles, and fabric rosettes. Check out Jessica's line of lighting to see how her nostalgic sensibility translates into warm, traditional looks for both indoor...
  • Exteriors Magazine Likes Our Outdoor Lights - Part II

    It seems Exteriors magazine really likes our outdoor lights ! After two of our designs showed up the recent print edition (see our post last week ), four of our outdoor lights are being featured now in a great slideshow called "Enhance Your Home's Style with Exterior Details". See the...
  • Summer Decor: East Coast Style

    While the Jersey Shore makes some think of Snooki and bad behavior, I think of chic East Coast Style. Like the Hamptons, the Jersey Shore can offer some of the best in easy summer decor. This glorious shingle style home is classic Americana. Large windows let in the summer sun, while Colonial-Style quality...
  • Creating Curb Appeal - Early Show Video

    LAMPS PLUS outdoor lights recently made an appearance on The Early Show for a "Creating Curb Appeal" segment. Host Harry Smith spoke with Ahmed Hassan from the DIY Network, and a Bellagio Collection outdoor wall light was featured. Good tips here, especially on how to choose a fixture to...
  • Questions With: International Dark Sky Association, Part 1

    Dark Sky lighting refers to outdoor fixtures and light plans that mitigate nighttime light pollution. We spoke with James Hanna, policy research Intern at the International Dark Sky Association, about the group's work promoting "Dark Sky" lighting and what that means for home owners. ...
  • My Outdoor Seating Set from Polyvore

    Doesn't this make you long for a warm evening on the patio? Well, spring and summer are on their way, so it's not too early to start thinking about decking out your outdoor spaces. This is my idea of a modern-yet-cozy seating area with organic touches and a hint of Asian-inspired zen. I put...
  • 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...
  • Installation Photo, Classic Mission Arts and Crafts Outdoor Lighting

    Our friend in Northern California recently updated his cabin with these beautiful Mission Copper Outdoor Lights . The classic Arts and Crafts design elements and the hanging lantern look go well with the wooded, outdoor setting. And the lights cast a warm glow against all the snow they've had lately...
  • New Designs in ENERGY STAR Lighting

    One of the hottest styles of lighting isn't a visual look at all, it's ENERGY STAR rated fixtures and ceiling fans. These products all meet the strict consumer product energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy. So not only do they look great, but they'll save...
  • Tips for Turning Back the Clock Tomorrow

    Don't forget ... clocks go back tomorrow, November 1st, 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. - Replace...
  • Questions With: International Dark Sky Association, Part 2

    Here's Part 2 of our conversation with policy research Intern James Hanna from the International Dark Sky Association. In this section we focus on Dark Sky lighting for homeowners. Q: What qualifies as a Dark Sky residential outdoor fixture? Essentially a dark sky friendly outdoor residential...
  • Umbrella with Solar LED Light

    This one falls into the "what will they think of next" category. Take one umbrella, add a solar panel at the top, place LED lights inside the 'brella and you've got the perfect addition to a patio or outdoor seating area. This will run for up to 8 hours on a full charge, and it has...
  • 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...
  • Feng Shui, Lighting and Design in the Garden

    With the days getting longer and spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your home garden. With that in mind, we spoke with LAMPS PLUS friend Shelley Sparks about garden design and outdoor lighting . Shelley has been a licensed Landscape Architect for more than 25 years...
  • Natural Slate Outdoor Lighting

    Franklin Iron Works has come out with a couple of new outdoor lighting designs that caught my eye. They feature beautiful natrual slate wall plates that will look right at home on a contemporary, Mission style, or rustic lodge home. Another plus, the slight variations in the natural slate stone that...
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