• Decorating the Debt Ceiling

    Recently I was asked my opinion on the debt ceiling. As a designer, and obviously expert on timely issues affecting the U.S. Treasury, I immediately said it should be covered in gold-leaf! Needless to say I received blank stares and will never be asked an opinion that requires a cerebral answer from...
  • How to Dress Up Your Recessed Lighting

    Many of us have recessed lighting in our homes or apartments. If you want to make them less plain, add a new plastic trim ring to get a more sophisticated look. These designs have been featured in Country Home magazine and come in several different patterns. A snap to install, you can leave recessed...
  • Convert Your Recessed Lights Into LEDs

    This screw-in module converts most standard 6" recessed IC or non-IC housings into an LED light. It's a quick and simple installation and a great way to retrofit older recessed lighting. LED recessed light module . Product Update 4-17-08: This is actually a twist-and-lock base, not a screw...
  • An Easy DIY Project: Go From Recessed to Pendant Light

    The Can Converter allows you to modify recessed can lights to hang a ceiling fan, ceiling light, light canopy, swag light, pendant light or just about any other type of light fixture in just minutes. Pretty neat! The one trick: you can only mount to construction cans with bar hangers that will support...
  • 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...
  • Get Inspired: A Phoenix Modern Home

    Here's some modern architectural eye-candy for your Friday. Spotted on the Curbed blog's House of the Day feature, this 1,600-square-foot home in Phoenix's North Mountain neighborhood has a 2-bed, 2-bath layout. I'm loving the distinctive, two-story exterior profile. The interior...
  • 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...
  • Update: Convert Your Recessed Lights Into LEDs

    John recently 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...
  • Recessed Lighting Exposed

    A couple in Venice, CA, found a novel solution to expanding their home on a small lot ... build up! Their unique home was featured on the L.A. Times ' home design blog. Many, if not most, structural elements are exposed, and I was particularly interested to see uncovered recessed lighting units...
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