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What’s the Best Fixture for Your Ceiling?

on May 12, 2017

Here’s something you may not have considered: is there a right choice when it comes to installing a new ceiling fixture?  Short answer: not always but often there are better answers than the one you first choose.  Are you looking for a fan?  Is your ceiling sloped? What’s the aesthetic of your room?  Does the […]

DIY Edison Bulb Projects

on March 24, 2017

The Edison bulb refers to Thomas Edison’s original carbon or tungsten filament bulbs back in 1882. While modern day “Edison light bulbs” are not the same vintage bulb first created by Edison, they are designed to replicate the same light color and bulb shape as the original. These modern Edison bulbs are more energy-efficient and […]

Romantic Lighting Made Simple

on February 10, 2017

Restaurants are professionals when it comes to setting the right mood with lighting.  Then again, so are dance clubs, bars, and any number of other institutions where lighting is a factor on the mood of the patrons.  The good news is that a little knowledge on how lighting works and how to control its effects […]

SAD Lamps, Winter Lighting, and Health

on January 27, 2017

Long nights, short days, and cold weather are how we know that it’s winter.  During the winter season, the Earth rests with the northern hemisphere tilted away from the sun.  The further north you are, the less light is received per day.  That lack of light is enough to cool things off, giving us seasons […]

How to Choose a Ceiling Fixture

on January 6, 2017

Home design has shifted towards portable and easily replaceable floor fixtures.  With electrical outlets controlled by a light switch, adapting your home to fit any kind of light source is easy.  Open ceiling with recessed fixtures give a clean and spacious look to any room.  But there are still times when installing a fixture on […]

The Best Blogs of 2016

on December 29, 2016

Simple Home Electrical Fixes Unless you designed it yourself (and sometimes, even if you did), there will always be one or two things about your home that can use changes or upgrades over the years.  The electrical system for your home is no different.  The number of fixes, upgrades, and additions required to make your […]

Be Prepared for Power Failures

on September 30, 2016

They happen throughout the year.  Power surges, lighting strikes, auto collisions, overheating, and heavy snow or ice can lead to downed power lines or blown transformers, leaving your home or neighborhood without power for hours or (in the worst case) days.  While an outage during the summer or the fall can be annoying, winter outages […]

Christmas Light Power Systems

on September 23, 2016

It’s September and, while most of us don’t want to think about the approach of the holidays until after Thanksgiving (Halloween is soon after all), there are a few things that require more planning you won’t be able to do at the last minute.  Specifically, your lights.  Around the nation, countless homes are already beginning […]

Wall Controls

on June 24, 2016

Switches, dimmers, sensors, and speed controls are all common to the modern home.  Whether you’re using a simply on and off switch, or a variable control for adjust fan speeds or lighting levels, we’ve filled our homes with tiny interfaces to control the electronics of each home.  Upgrades and home-aging eventually necessitate replacing wall-switches.  But […]

What are ballasts, transformers, and drivers

Ballasts, Transformers, and Drivers

on April 8, 2016

Lighting sounds like a simple thing.  Plug a lightbulb into a socket and turn on the switch, right?  While incandescent lights are often that simple, energy-efficient and high-power lighting requires a little more effort (and some extra devices) for installation and operation.  At some point or other, you’ve probably heard of ballasts, transformers, and drivers.  […]