Buyer's Guides

Buyer's Guides

Looking for a little extra information for your lighting questions? You've come to the right place. We've assembled a collection of resources to assist in some of the most common questions and challenges when it comes to lighting and interior decorating. Over the years, we've fielded thousands of calls from lighting shoppers just like you, allowing us a unique perspective of what the lighting shopper is looking for.

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Restoration Style Tips
Posted on July 24, 2015 by Angela V | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Restoration Style Tips
Restoration Style was derived from Charles II after he was restored to the throne of England in 1660. During this period a big richness was noted in English design, architecture and art. Upon his return from the Netherlands and France he and his followers brought with them the latest European styles. 

Take a trip back to 1920's Venice with delicate milk glass sconces in your powder room, or the regal elegance of an embellished Victorian crystal chandelier in your staircase or foyer. Bring a taste of medieval Europe to your dining room with a dramatic round iron chandelier. Most Vintage style collections span throughout time including ceiling lights, pendants, sconces, chandeliers and bathroom fixtures, as well as floor lamps and table lamps.

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Lampshade Buyer's Guide
Posted on June 24, 2015 by Paul West | 2 comments
Buyer's Guides - Lampshade Buyer's Guide
Consider the Use

Reading lamps need a wider shade to provide plenty of light. 

Consider the Room - What is the color and style of your room? Will the lamp have a starring role or compliment its surroundings?

Consider the Bulb
Be sure you have 2-3 inch separation from bulb to shade, especially for higher wattage bulbs. Be sure the top opening is wide enough to vent the heat. Compact Fluorescent bulbs are great for most lamps because they burn cooler, but you may need larger harp since CFL's are taller than standard light bulbs.

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Book Reading Lights
Posted on June 13, 2015 by Daniel B | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Book Reading Lights
Book lights are important if you want to keep your vision healthy over the years. Position your lamps and other lighting sources in such a way that it reflects directly onto the page without creating shadows. Many lighting fixtures like desk lamps and bedside table lamps are good examples of book lights, while other direct sources of lighting (like pendant lighting) can also work.

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Task Lighting Buyer's Guide
Posted on June 09, 2015 by Daniel B | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Task Lighting Buyer's Guide
Are you having trouble sewing, reading, or typing because of inadequate and incorrect lighting? A task lamp should allow you to do these intricate and detailed work with the least amount of eye strain and fatigue. Task lamps have been specially designed so that you get proper illumination to efficiently perform task or hobbies that require plenty of high contrasting lighting.

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Mission or Prairie Style Tips
Posted on May 27, 2015 by Ed L | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Mission or Prairie Style Tips
If you have Mission style house, you certainly want to honor the tradition of your heritage and choose mission style replacement lighting. Begin your search in the Mission category, and look for pieces similar to the originals with an updated twist. Renovating a Prairie or Mission Style home requires the right lighting including pendants, chandeliers and outdoor lighting that blends with the design of your home. But today, mission has gone main-stream and designers are using mission and arts and crafts lighting in most homes. In fact, many lights categorized as “Casual”, “Contemporary”, “Traditional” or even “Restoration” have their roots in the mission movement. So don't be afraid to work in some elegant simplicity into your home. Its elegant simplicity celebrates humanity, has its roots in rebellion and blends will with today's casual lifestyle.

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Crystal Style Tips
Posted on May 26, 2015 by Ed L | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Crystal Style Tips

Crystal light fixtures brings light to life and bring sparkle and elegance to your room. For centuries crystal lighting has been a symbol of class and status. Named for the Greek word for ice, "krystallos," crystal lighting possesses an ethereal beauty that has enchanted mankind throughout the ages.

One of the big benefits to crystal is that it tends to compliment the modern styles of today, especially if your home is decorated in a contemporary style. Crystal is clear and it pairs well with silver finishes, gold finishes, brass finishes and everything in between, making it an extremely versatile material.

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LED Light Bulb Tips
Posted on May 25, 2015 by Ed L | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - LED Light Bulb Tips
If you are looking to cut down on your monthly expenses, take a closer look at the lighting options used in your home. One of the best ways to reduce electricity consumption is replacing regular bulbs with LED lights that last longer and consume less energy.

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Pendant Lighting Buyer's Guide
Posted on May 25, 2015 by Daniel B | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Pendant Lighting Buyer's Guide
Pendants have become increasingly popular when current kitchen trends moved to an open floor plan, placing the kitchen into the public area and increasing its usage as a gathering space. Pendants help break up the open space and provided comfortable lighting with a dramatic visual impact. They are designed as great decorative lighting, which says a lot about your personal style. Decorative lighting is meant to be seen and add huge visual style to a room. Because of this, pendants come in a large array of colors, designs, and sizes.

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Desk Lamp Buyer's Guide
Posted on May 21, 2015 by Daniel B | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Desk Lamp Buyer's Guide

The right desk lamp can be a helpful tool for your office, library, or study room. These lamps do more than just provide lighting, they can also create an environment best suited for working without straining and stressing the eyes. A good desk lamp should possess the perfect balance of function and form, and holds the necessary features that are best suited for your tasks.

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Tiffany Style Tips
Posted on May 19, 2015 by Ed L | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Tiffany Style Tips
Today the designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany are honored and treasured around the world, confirming Tiffany’s legacy as a visionary of Art Nouveau design. Tiffany’s aesthetic was based on his conviction that nature should be the primary source of design inspiration. Intoxicated by color, he translated into glass the lush palette found in flowers and plants. 

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Benefits of Light Therapy
Posted on May 19, 2015 by Ed L | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Benefits of Light Therapy
The body produces Vitamin D from sunlight (specifically from the UVB band of ultraviolet light), and lack of sunlight can lead to a deficiency. Metropolitan areas have higher levels of air pollution, which block healthy sunlight. It is recommended that we each soak in one hour of unfiltered sunlight each day in order to enjoy its many benefits

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