Archive for 2013

Troy Lighting Bistro

I want this one!
The bistro collection from Troy Lighting is fun, charming and at the same time elegant and sophisticated.
The mix of hand wrought iron, fine crystals – and flatware is just so perfect. Like all Troy Lighting fixtures it is made with superb craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Holiday Pet Photo Contest

Holiday Pet Photo Contest

It is not too late to enter our annual Holiday photo contest!

Share your favorite Holiday pet or home deco photo for everyone to enjoy.

Email us your entries to:
Post to our facebook page

or pin it to Pinterest

We will choose our favorite photo on 1/1/14.








Are Your Whites Really White?

- AND can you tell?

The incandescent bulb that is now disappearing gave us great color rendering.
So now we are familiarizing ourselves with the newer LED options.

But not LEDs are created equal. Some have wonderful color rendering, others make their surroundings look drab.

Lots of products are manufactured with optical brighteners that look terrific under incandescent light, but unfortunately not under conventional blue-based LED lamps. Whites look a dingy, yellowish gray.

So here I thought that all I needed to look for was a high CRI  (Color Rendering Index) # on the box and everything would look great. But while testing different LEDs we saw for ourselves that this is not the case.
Even a lot of LEDs with a very high CRI failed at rendering whiteness properly.

After testing a lot of LED lamps we are blown away by one brand: Soraa.

Soraa’s GaN-on-GaN technology is engineered to render white materials with optical brighteners in exactly the same way as natural incandescence.

The result is a bright, white appearance optimal
for modern-day clothing, cosmetics, paper products, and appliances.”




This chart that I found on the Pure lighting website might come in handy in the jungle of new definitions, acronyms and terms.

Incandescent bulbs have a perfect score (100)  on the Color Rendering Index (CRI) – No wonder we love them so much!
But they unfortunately aren’t that effective in putting out a lot of light in comparison to the energy they consume.

The good news is that some LEDs (that we carry in stock) are getting there at a CRI of above 90.




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Can LEDs step up to the Plate?

Help! Now even more incandescent bulbs are being “banned”!
What do we replace them with?
The problem is that CFLs have not been able to step up to the plate and do the job, even though it seems that there was plenty of time for the technology to evolve after they were first introduced. They are still a poor substitute.
Why else would people literally take to the street and protest the ban on our beloved Edison bulb?
Will LED lamps be any better ?

Well, for now the retrofit lamps have a host of problems of their own: Many don’t fit well, have dimming problems and many can’t be used in a sealed fixture (or they get too hot.) So many have poor color rendering capabilities and just plain don’t give off enough light.

No wonder we hear so much whining from our clients!

BUT we are currently testing some LED lamps from Soraa that are blowing us away with their performance and we can’t wait to share our experience with you.




Dr. Shuji Nakamura, “the man who single-handedly created the current LED revolution”, was recently honored by Lux Review Magazine as their “Person of the Year” and was inducted into Electronic Design’s Hall of Fame for his outstanding work in the lighting industry.
“Shuji Nakamura enabled an entire industry based on high-brightness LEDs replacing incandescent, gas-discharge, and fluorescent lighting in vehicles, homes, businesses, and outdoors. He did it by developing a practical way to manufacture efficient blue and ultraviolet LEDs, which are the basis for ‘white’ LEDs.”



Louis Poulsen Collage

It is always refreshing to see good design in airports. Here I spotted the Collage fixture from Louis Poulsen in the Phoenix airport.

Louis Poulsen Collage


Is Bad Lighting our Future?

Why are people literally taking to the streets to protest the ban on the trusted old Edison bulb?
Well, for one it produces great light. In technical terms: It has a CRI of 100, which is the highest possible.
(CRI or Color Rendering Index, is a scale from 0 to 100 used to indicate how a light source will make the color of an object appear. )

Only 95 of the more than 8,000 ENERGY STAR lamp products on the July 2013 Qualified Lighting Products List published by the EPA,  have CRIs of 90 or above. That’s pitiful!

“As bans on incandescent lamps unfold and governmental regulations continue to ignore the fundamental challenges of delivering high color quality products, the bulk of the LED industry will continue to focus on easier-to-make, mediocre color quality (CRI 80) products that just meet the bar. All this leaves consumers with little choice but to adopt inferior lighting in their homes.”
Mike Krames is the CTO of Soraa
Mike writes an awesome blog:



“T’s The Season

Some fun French Holiday ideas. Check out our Pinterest board.




Hubbardton Forge Cavaletti

Hubbardton Forge’s Cavaletti collection was honored as the recipient of the 2013 ASFD Pinnacle Award for Design Achievement in the lighting category. This marks the ninth time the company has won the Pinnacle award.