Monday, November 19th, 2012
Since 1992, SPJ Lighting has been achieving success. Providing quality architectural lighting, SPJ has continued to lead the way with state-of-the-art craftsmanship. With a lighting industry saturated with carbon copy designs, SPJ Lighting has been able to stand out from the rest. Based in Southern California.
SPJ stands out from it’s competitors as it focuses on eco-friendly products. Manufactured in the US, over 70% of their sales are of LED products. With SPJ’s Forever Bright system, they offer warm color,reliability and various LED options. One of the best things about this feature is that the LED color temperature says the same so you will never have to worry about dull lighting or replacing the unit.In addition, their product like “Smart Systems” now includes low-voltage motion detection and battery emergency back-up. In addition, they offer PVD finishes that help avoid preeling, corroding, and chipping.
Tuned into You
Perhaps you are looking for something entirely unique. SPJ works one-on-one with their clients and are able to create LED technology that will fit into their custom designs and permanent collections. Customers can approach them with their project ideas and/or drawings to create a custom product.
Tags: LED, LED Lighting, SPJ Lighting
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Few people realize that when it comes to design and decor, lighting and color go hand-in-hand. The type of light bulb you choose can have a dramatic effect on the paint color you choose and unless you’re planning to install those same fluorescent ceiling fixtures in your home that you see over the paint chip display, then your color is going to look different on your walls. Here are a few tips and tricks for working with lighting and color in your home decor.
The Effect of Lights on Paint
One of the biggest factors many people fail to take into consideration when choosing a wall color is the effect of both the natural light from the windows and the light from their light fixtures. Always remember that the color you see in the store beneath those bright fluorescent lights will never be the same color you see in your home. This is true even if you happen to have fluorescent lights in your home. This is because the dynamics of the space will be entirely different. You’ll have different floors, different furnishings, different natural and artificial light.
Secondly, if you don’t have proper lighting, it will also effect how your space looks. Not enough light can cause a space to look dirty or dingy. Meanwhile, too much light can make a space look washed out or even dated. Therefore, it’s important to work to create a space with proper light. This often means a wide array of light fixtures in a home from wall sconces to table lamps to ceiling lights.
Finally, different light bulbs and light fixtures will produce different colors. You’ll notice when shopping for light bulbs today that they often will note if they create a warm color, a cool color or a neutral color. Cool colors can bring out cooler undertones in color, and vice versa with warm colors. However, mixing and matching the wrong light bulbs and light fixtures with the wrong colors can create a less-than-desirable look for any space, so keep this in mind.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match different light bulbs and different light fixtures in each room of your home until you create a desirable lighting effect. If you’re still unsure, certainly don’t be afraid to hire a lighting professional. Having proper lighting in your home is key to creating a comfortable space.
With paint colors, the type of paint you choose can also have an effect on the overall lighting in a room. For example, glossier paints will reflect a small amount more of the light from a light fixture than a flat paint will. However, this reflection is often minimal and may not even be necessary to take into consideration when looking at different paints.
It is always important to take light into consideration when decorating your home. This is especially true not only when choosing light fixtures for any given space, but for deciding how many lights and what type of light bulbs are necessary to properly light the space. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Visit Arcadian Lighting to find a light fixture that works with the color scheme of your home today.
Tags: Accent Lighting, ambient lighting, Floor Lamp, home paint., LED, Light Fixtures, Lighting Fixtures, table lamps, track lighting
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Today we would like to share a collection of the latest light fixtures and lighting trends for Spring and Summer 2012. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do!
Unique, unexpected shapes are becoming more and more popular when it comes to lighting. This stunning custom made ceiling light picks up on the geometric shapes in the abstract paintings.
Not only is this amazing cascading chandelier eye-catching and unexpected, but its highly reflective quality represents another popular trend for this year. It’s easy to see why!
This cool, modern kitchen features plenty of lighting, from recessed lights to brilliantly reflective pendant lights over the island. This is perfect expert lighting.
Kitchen lighting is a vital element to your design. Rustic, contemporary interiors are incredibly popular, and it’s no different when it comes to lighting. This re-purposed whisk light shade gives new life to an old kitchen item and makes a wonderful decoration.
Organic shapes inspired by nature are increasingly popular in home designs. This lovely pendant light is inspired by the bulbous shape of dandelions, and makes a striking focal point in this room.
While dark, matte paint colors become more common, contrasting contemporary lighting fixtures provide a wonderful accent piece, like this kitchen pendant light.
These Pyrex glass bowls have been transformed into charming pendant lights, perfect for any kitchen. Recycling ordinary items into functional, fun accent pieces is a major trend for this year.
The bold color trend of the season is, of course, tangerine. This simple pendant lights show off the beautiful hue and add a bright pop of color to this fairly monochrome living room. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Which of these trends is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to stop by Arcadian Lighting for a brilliant contemporary light fixture to complement your kitchen lighting scheme!
Tags: Accent Lighting, Access Lighting, ambient lighting, Bathroom / Vanity Light, Ceiling Lights & Questions, home decor, Lamps, LED, Light Fixtures, Lighting Fixtures, modern, Outdoor Lighting, Pendant Lights, track lighting, traditional, Transitional, Wall Sconce, Wall Sconces & Questions
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Our team recently attended the Las Vegas Lightfair convention in May and found it to be extremely benefiting and innovative. The Lightfair International (LFI) is the world’s largest lighting trade show and conference representing architectural, design, engineering, and lighting work from all over the world.
One of the big features of the Lightfair this year was the focus on LED lighting. Check out some of the highlights of what we learned below!
As LED lighting begins to take the lead, LED retrofits are selling very well among homeowners and in the retail/commercial settings. LED retrofits are becoming the optimal choice and quickly replacing incandescent, halogen, and CFL. Often having an easy replacement process, the benefits of LED retrofits can easily be seen.
Benefits of LED retrofits:
- Pro-longed life therefore less maintenance
- Long-term money saving
- Maximized brightness & high quality
LED lighting is not only for your interior. It is quickly gaining popularity in outdoor light as well.
Various companies are implementing LED lighting and taking advantage of it’s benefits. The Orange County Irvine Company, a major land owner in Irvine, has converted to the use of above ground outdoor LED spotlights.
Why the Replacement?
They decided to replace their traditional HID (High Intensity Discharge) spotlights because HID spotlights require a ballast which is often bulky and is installed within the ground. In addition, over time, the ballast housing accumulates water, which translates into high maintenance . With the switch to an LED spotlight, there is no in-ground component and eliminates that issue.
For jewelry stores, one effective technique for the display lighting is to use 2100K LEDs for gold jewelries and use 5000K for white gold, platinum, silver. The reason for this is because helps to bring out the natural color of the metal. The 2100K is warmer color, therefore it brings out the natural yellow color in gold. 5000K is a cold, white light, so it brings out the best in white jewelry. With these LED differences, it is easy to find one that matches your product’s needs.
Innovation in LED
One of the big hits of the light show was the demonstration of the iPad to control LED lights in the Osram Traxon booth. With this feature, the ipad can change the LED light color, display pattern, and color temperature. Images 1 | 7
Tags: Kichler Lighting, LED, LED Lighting, Light Fixtures, Lighting Fixtures
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Light fixtures go through trends much slower than other areas of home decor, so it’s okay to follow a few trends every once in a while. In 2012, there are a number of different trends that have come and are likely here to stay for several more years. In fact, some trends have become downright classic in their appeal.
Light fixtures that feature drum shades have come into trend in the recent years and will likely continue to be trendy into 2012. This particular style has become classic in its appeal, with its clean lines and overall sleek design, the drum shade is here to stay.
Today you can easily find combination crystal chandeliers with drum shade covers, table lamps, floor lamps, miniature pendant lights and so forth. Plus, drum shades are inexpensive and can easily be added to existing lamps to update their look.
In recent years, chandeliers have become an exceptionally trendy light fixture and 2012 will be no exception. Plus, recent interior design trends have included chandeliers in a number of unexpected places outside of the dining room. Today, you can use chandeliers or their smaller versions, chandelettes, in nearly any room including the bedroom, bathroom and even the closet.
Mix and Match
Another popular lighting trend is the mixing and matching of different light fixtures in different decor schemes. For example, using industrial style pendant lights in a contemporary styled kitchen. By combining two unique styles, you create a look that is unexpected but still works.
Adding color to a space through light fixtures is going to be extremely trendy, especially when used in an unexpected way. For example, highlighting a vase in a foyer using blue lighting; or green under cabinet lights in an neutral colored kitchen. It’s an unexpected twist that when used sparingly, can really make a statement in a room.
Speaking of statements; in 2012, look for light fixtures that make a statement in the room. Traditionally, only the wealthy were able to afford extravagant light fixtures, such as chandeliers, that called attention to themselves. Today, thanks to advances in technology and manufacturing, every family can afford to purchase light fixtures that create a statement.
The great thing about this particular trend is that there are no specific fixtures that are trendy, but rather any piece that stands out in your specific room can be a statement piece all on its own. This makes it one of the most accessible lighting trends of 2012.
Interested in seeing more statement chandelier pieces? Check out our chandeliers here. [ Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 ]
Tags: chandeliers, LED, Lighting Fixtures, Pendant Lights
Monday, July 11th, 2011
Whether you are getting new lights for your bathroom remodeling project or you’re adding them to your new foyer, lighting fixtures don’t have to be energy hogs to work well. In fact, by using one or all of these eco-friendly light sources, you can help decrease your eco-footprint as well as decrease your electric bill. But no matter what lighting source you decide to buy, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional electrician to install them. With the addition of a dimmer switch, these light sources can become even more eco-friendly by allowing you to control the exact amount of light you need, exactly when you need it most.
Beckwith Interiors via Design Shuffle
Take the LED
One of the best ways to efficiently light any room in the house is through the use of LED’s. Light emitting diodes or LED’s use a small electric charge to efficiently create a small source of light. When these small sources are packed together tightly, they produce as much energy as a conventional light bulb but for a fraction of electricity. For instance a 60 watt incandescent light bulb is just as bright as a four watt LED system. Not only do the lights work more energy efficiently, they also create far less heat. This means the overall ambient air temperature of your house will go down, allowing your HVAC system to work at maximum efficiency.
Craig and Buchanan via Design Shuffle
LED Light Sources: LED under cabinet lighting works best in the kitchen and bathroom areas. LED strip lights work well above cabinets, in alcoves and on porches.
Win the Pendant
Pendant lighting is a great source for task lighting above counter spaces, over furniture and even outdoors. Stylish design and practical use make this lighting fixture a must have in just about any room in the house. With the addition of a CFL or LED bulb, energy efficiency increases exponentially.
Pendant Lighting Sources: The shade or cover of the pendant lamp can be green too. Look for a recycled paper, bamboo or other natural material for the ultimate in eco-friendly lighting.
Hubbardton Forge via Design Shuffle
I’m Your Biggest Fan
A fan is more than just a great way to keep cool. It also helps give your HVAC a break when it’s working overtime on a hot day or cold night. Fans help circulate the air and help keep ambient air temperatures consistent. A ceiling fans light kit adds to the energy efficiency of the unit by allowing you to add an ambient light source using CFL or LED bulbs. Once a dimmer switch has been added to the fan and light kit, it works pulling double duty as an ecofriendly light and ventilation system.
Fanimation via Design Shuffle
Ceiling Fan Light Sources: A fan that’s controlled by remote control can add to the features of the fan while still allowing it to be ecofriendly.
Tags: Ceiling Fan, Ceiling Fan Lighting, LED, LED Lighting, Pendant Lights
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
StarStrand Channel Star 24, with StarChip technology from Maxim Lighting, is secured in a rigid aluminum channel which conceals the light source and provides excellent heat dissipation, and is available in both 3500 K and 5000 K color temperatures. Perfect for under cabinets, bars and retail displays, Channel Star 24 is easy to install with its included mounting clips. Channel Star 24 is available in pre-manufactured lengths and in two different finishes, Aluminum or Bronze. The maximum run is 32 feet and optional dimming includes dimming from a wall or using a remote control.
- High lumen output
- Available in both Bronze and Aluminum finish
- Clear lens for maximum light output
- Rigid aluminum channel conceals light source and provides excellent heat dissipation
- Connect end to end or with the use of connecting cables
- Available in 3500 K or 5000 K
- Includes easy to install mounting clips, both downward and 45º angle
- Under cabinets and bars
- Office desk task lighting
- Retail display cabinets and counters
- Window displays
- Closet lighting
12V StarStrand LED Tape Lighting
24V StarStrand LED Tape Lighting
Drivers and other accessories sold seperately. To view available drivers and accessories, click here.
Tags: LED, Maxim Lighting
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Marine Grade• Outdoor • Energy Efficient
Access Lighting Poseiden Modern / Contemporary Outdoor Wall Sconce - AC-20385-MG
Access Lighting, where exclusivity meets affordability, is proud of the reputation that it has built with its soft contemporary outdoor collection that uses a protective Marine Grade Finish. These beautiful and clean lighting fixtures boast the use of a strong powder coating that is both UV Resistant and Non-corrosive.
The wet location finish protects the product from extreme saline conditions, including properties in close proximity to the sea. All Access Lighting Marine Grade Products are backed by 2 Year Limited Warranty.
About Access Lighting
Contemporary lighting that is exclusive and affordable; these are the fundamental concepts that define Access Lighting. Combine these ingredients with a desire to provide phenomenal service and timely shipping, and you have a clear understanding for the drive behind Access Lighting and the reason that it has blossomed into your source for both residential and commercial contemporary lighting.
Access Lighting is family owned and operated by individuals who have a genuine desire to provide “good old-fashioned” customer service fueled by honesty and integrity. This approach to business can be found in each and every associate, all of whom work tirelessly to make every interaction with Access Lighting a pleasurable experience.
Access Lighting makes every attempt to obtain product that offers great options for a variety of spaces, including bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, dining room and outdoor applications.
Access chooses lighting that is extraordinary, affordable and cutting edge. Their energy efficient program includes a comprehensive selection of fluorescent fixtures, custom built to meet your needs. In addition, Access stays abreast of the latest technology which is evident in their growing collection of contemporary LED fixtures.
Access Lighting Poseidon Marine Grade Contemporary Outdoor Bulkhead Light - AC-20342
- What is the difference between a Marine Grade Finish and a typical Outdoor Finish?
– The finish that is incorporated on the Marine Grade fixtures is a proven extra durable Powder coating originating from Germany and used exclusively in extreme environmental conditions. This powder coating is particularly effective in extreme saline conditions such as the near ocean, as well as areas where the air is heavy, hot and corrosive from pollution, such as the dessert or heavy industrial and urban locations.
- What is the warranty on the product?
– All Access Lighting fixtures extend a 1 year warranty – however, for the protective coat on the marine grade products, Access extends a 2 year warranty.
- Does Access Lighting have energy efficient product that uses the Marine Grade Finish?
– Absolutely – Access has both Fluorescent and LED options for many of its outdoor products. In fact, many of the products meet both Title 24 and Energy Star requirements.
- Where does Access obtain its LED chips?
- Access is proud to purchase their chips from Cree – a leader in LED Chip Technology.
- Are there customizable energy efficient options for Access’s fixtures – even though they aren’t listed on the website? How about 220v?
– Yes and Yes. Access makes every effort to have the capability of meeting just about any need in residential and commercial settings. Feel free to contact us we’d be happy to walk you through the process of customization.
Tags: Access Lighting, contemporary, Energy Efficient, LED, Marine Grade
Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Will this Nora Lighting 6” Reflector Trim, 14W LED, Self Flanged 5-1/2” Aperture – NTR-6LED fit a shallow 6″ recessed can?
Nora Lighting 6” Reflector Trim, 14W LED, Self Flanged 5-1/2” Aperture
This NTR-6LED from Nora Lighting is a complete LED housing unit with the trim. If you are removing a shallow can and replacing it with the NTR-6LED this will not fit. The depth id 7.5″ for the LED can.
Tags: LED, Nora Lighting, recessed lighting, Recessed Lighting Trim