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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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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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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Energy Star lighting
Posted on May 19, 2015 by Ed L | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - Energy Star lighting
In a world where energy prices are going up and shortages abound, energy efficient lighting makes more sense than ever. Energy Star approved lamps produce 75 percent less heat than traditional bulbs. They also use 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer than conventional light sources. 

Energy Star lighting is good for the environment, as well. According to Energy Star, if every homeowner in the United States replaced just five of their most utilized lamps with Energy Star approved lamps, the effect would be to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 10 million vehicles.

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How to Buy a Wall Sconce
Posted on May 13, 2015 by Daniel Brielmaier | 0 comments
Buyer's Guides - How to Buy a Wall Sconce
Wall Sconces offer a unique lighting quality that overhead and portable lighting can not offer. Sconces have a distinct aesthetic quality that instantly changes the atmosphere of any living space. Wall sconces come in a wide variety of styles for an array of lighting and décor needs. As such, you might need some help regarding how to buy a wall sconce. There are different kinds of materials wall sconces can be made from, brass, wood, and iron, are some of the more popular, although other materials are use too. Depending on several factors, you need to select the right sconce that will blend perfectly with the space you intend to decorate or illuminate.

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