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Born and raised in Denmark, married to a German, living in sunny New Mexico I have enjoyed getting closely familiar with several cultures . I had a teacher' degree when we moved here from Germany 27 years ago, but while building our own house (a passive solar adobe home) we just couldn't find any lights we cared for. Stepping into a traditional lighting store full of hopes and the desire to find something very soon made us flee in overwhelmed frustration. This planted the seed for opening a lighting business, and six months later it was reality!

LED Table by Ingo Mauer

This magnificent piece has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The table has 278 white LEDs embedded between two sheets of safety glass with no visible wiring. The LEDs appear to be suspended in air and emit light through both sides of the glass giving the massive glass a weightless feel. I was fortunate enough to visit the Euroluce fair a couple a years ago, where Ingo Maurer introduced his tables at his private show in Milan. It was a breathtaking view!


Nobel Price goes to Soraa Founder Shuji Nakamura

Soraa founder Shuji Nakamura wins noble prize

Soraa, the world leader in GaN on GaN™ LED technology, announced today that one of its founders, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. Recognizing that Nakamura’s invention, the blue light emitting diode (LED), represents a critical advancement in LED lighting, the Nobel committee explained the innovation “has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.”

“I am very honored to receive the Nobel Prize from The Royal Swedish Academy of Science for my invention of the blue LED,” said Nakamura. “It is very satisfying to see that my dream of LED lighting has become a reality. I hope that energy-efficient LED light bulbs will help reduce energy use and lower the cost of lighting worldwide, and that is why we founded Soraa.”

In 2007, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, along with pioneering professors Dr. Steven DenBaars and Dr. James Speck, came together and made a bet on an LED technology platform completely different than current industry practice, a technology most industry experts at the time considered to be impossible to execute.

“We knew that our GaN on GaN™ LED technology would be the future of lighting and Soraa has made this a reality,” added Nakamura.

Soraa bet that GaN on GaN™ LEDs would produce more light per area of LED and be more cost-effective than technology based on other foreign substrates like sapphire or silicon carbide. This strategy ran against every trend in the LED industry. That bet paid off: today, Soraa’s LEDs emit more light per LED material than any other LED; handle more electric current per area than any other LED; and its GaN on GaN™ crystals are up to a thousand times purer than any other LED crystal.

“Shuji is simply brilliant and well deserving of this honor. Largely as a result of his work, Soraa has been able to push the boundaries of what is possible in high performance LED lighting,” said Jeff Parker, CEO of Soraa. “Soraa’s GaN on GaN™ LED lamps are now regarded as the best in the world, with quality of light that far surpasses any other LED product.”

For more information on Soraa’s LED lamps, please visit: www.soraa.com.

About Soraa 

Pioneering lamps using LEDs built from pure gallium nitride substrates (GaN on GaN™), Soraa has made ordinary lighting extraordinarily brilliant and efficient. Soraa’s full spectrum GaN on GaN™ LED lamps have superior color rendering and beam characteristics compared to lamps using LEDs created from non-native substrates. Founded in 2008, Soraa is located in Fremont California, where it manufactures its GaN on GaN™ LEDs in the company’s state-of-the-art facility. For additional information, please visit www.soraa.com and follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.


Stay in a Glass Igloo and see the Northern Lights!

THIS is where I’d love to spend the Holidays: Right in Santa’s back yard!!
The Finnish Arctic Resort Kakslauttanen allows you to enjoy the Northern Lights from your bed.
Each of the glass geodesic domes is created from a highly effective thermal  that prevents ice buildup on the outside as well as condensation on the inside in spite of the considerate temperature differences.
The main Aurora Borealis season between August and April offers the best chance of witnessing this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

For the not-so-faint-at-heart Kakslauttanen also offers snow igloos!
Though well insulated the temps stay below freezing, so lots of layers and down is recommended!

Brings back memories of snow camping in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Tried it once as a ski patroller and even the memories make me shiver.
If we go to Kakslauttanen we’ll definitely not be roughing it, but will make reservations for one of the glass igloos.


A charming dwelling in France

The site by Marianne Evennou brings unique design inspiration ffor everyday living.



The other day I stumbled across Homepolish and I am HOOKED on their site, idea, and enthusiasm .



Tech Lighting Staccato Chandelier

The Tech Lighting Staccato Chandelier is an old-timer, but can certainly still hold its own. I just love the cheerful design. It is a great choice for a space where you need the light, but don’t want to block the view.



Tech Lighting SoCo Pendant

Looking for a simple and straightforward solution for a pendant?

What can be simpler than the SoCo fixture by Tech Lighting?
It’s just a cord and a socket with a decorative nostalgic Edison bulb.

Use it by itself or in a cluster as shown for added drama and visual presence.

The SoCo system of Sockets & Cords delivers choice, flexibility and the power of custom design.
The SoCo sockets accommodates any 120 volt, medium base lamp up to 150 watts (not included). We have made it easy to create your own look.
Mix, match and cluster to create a truly unique light sculpture or just install a few at a time to put light exactly where you need it.Available in 2 socket styles, 3 standard lengths, 7 cord colors, and 4 finishes. Ships with matching canopy. Cord is field-cuttable. Consult factory for custom cord colors and lengths. We stock and make it easy to order some of the most popular lamps including several energy efficient LED and compact fluorescent options. Red cord, vintage socket seen here.


Tech Lighting Stratton Pendant

The ultimate marriage of industrial design and modern elegance of Tech Lighting’s new Stratton line-voltage pendant starts with a large-scale, hand blown Italian glass shade and is capped off with a decorative metal housing topped by a riveted detail.


Tech Lighting Artic Pendant

I love it how Tech Lighting is thinking outside the box in their design. The Artic Grande pendant is big, bold and beautiful.
The little sister, Artic, can definitely also hold its own – or can be clustered over a kitchen island.

Inspired by rays of light, articulating from a central light source, Tech Lighting’s Artic pendant features two unique design elements. First, there’s the partially exposed, metal frame (in Satin Nickel) whose arms elegantly represent the path the light is taking. Second, the highly reflective inner surface (either Silver or Gold) within its modern, high-gloss, semi-translucent shade (in either Black or White) allows the light to playfully bounce around the fixture, enabling just a hint of the lamp itself to shine through.
All together, the effect is unique and dramatic.



Tech Lighting Rae Mirror Kit

This incredible LED mirror kit is THE best seller in our showroom right now.
We have tried for months to get it on display, but have sold every model we got in before we managed to get it up on display. Our clients are raving about it!
We now finally have one that is going up in our bathroom vanity display ASAP.

It is just so incredibly beautiful in its simplicity and the light quality is amazing!

It is available in different CRI (Color Rendering Index) qualities. I’d definitely ALWAYS pay a bit extra and go for the highest quality.

The Rae mirror kit by Tech Lighting consists of a special co-extruded remote phosphor LED channel which hugs a high-quality mirror in three mirror configurations. The LED channel provides an amazingly slim profile—less than 1” deep with flawless, even illumination and superior color reproduction.
The Rae mirror kit comes complete with 3.9 watts per foot of LEDs to create 300 lumens per foot of white light. Available in four CCT options and two CRI options.