Home Lighting News

Information you need now to make the right decisions about lighting for your home.

Smart lighting: affordable, convenient

Smart-home lighting is so cool, it’s hot! Ease your way into this lighting of the future.

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Manufacturers continue pushing lighting’s levels of capability.

 

It’s in every room of your home. That’s one reason lighting is especially fertile ground for remarkable – and newsworthy – breakthroughs.

LED / OLED lighting

More affordable and elegant as ever, today’s new lighting has built-in bonuses.

Decorative interior

Decorative lighting sets the mood in your home as layered lighting.

Security

Motion sensors and timers are just two ways home-security lighting can deter crime.

Smart-home trends

The compatibility between home lighting and tech is getting ridiculously cool.

Functional interior

Today’s must-have lighting emphasizes both form and function.

Specialty

Need more information about specialty lighting in your home? Check here.

Feel-good lighting

It’s human-centric lighting, promoting mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Outdoor

This first-impression lighting sets the tone for guests, family and friends.

Daylight harvesting

Skylights and windows bring in pure, CRI-100 lighting. Learn more here.

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Lighting as added value

Forget the pool or man-cave. When selling your home, updating your lighting can help you to reap an impressive return on investment. 

Achieve your lighting goals

Planning makes all the difference. Does it have to be so difficult?

The Lighting Research Center in Troy, NY, states the primary goal for home lighting is to be “comfortable, easily controlled and energy efficient.” Start there and the rest should follow. 

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Managing energy matters

The energy used to power your home lighting comes at a cost. Take steps to reduce that line item of your budget and to minimize your carbon footprint. It’s easy to do!

Did you know…

Light-emitting diodethat the average cost of LEDs has dropped by nearly 90 percent since 2008? That pushes the cost of LED products down, which might be why over that same period, total installations of home LEDs increased from 100,000 to nearly 202 million by the end of 2019.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy.

FAQs

Lighting for the home is a fast-moving industry! Got a relevant question? We’ll try our best to answer it here.

We obtain our answers from the most qualified of lighting-industry sources, including reputable manufacturers, award-winning designers and government agencies. 

Are incandescent bulbs going away?

Eventually (it’s political), but for now you’ll find more halogen-gas incandescent bulbs than traditional incandescents being sold among your compact-fluorescent bulbs and growing number of LED home-lighting options.

How often do home lighting designs change?

Roughly, about every 8 to 10 years. What’s important is that you’re happy with the choices you make for your own living space. And take note: lighting fixtures (or, luminaires, as they called in the lighting industry) are often retro and/or classic. You can rarely go wrong opting for timeless, vs. trendy, styles.

What are circadian rhythms?

The National Institutes of Health define them as “physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle.” They mostly respond to light and darkness, and are produced and regulated by your biological clock. Access to natural lighting helps keep circadian rhythms healthy and keep you happy. Read about how the lighting industry is being urged to promote circadian-friendly lighting in this article. 

Do motion-sensor outdoor lights really deter burglaries?

That depends, but their proven role is to 1) startle potential burglars and 2) alert your neighbors. By themselves, however, opinions on them are mixed since most burglaries in the U.S. occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The best options: Combine outdoor motion-sensor lights with smart-home lighting technologies, including timers and remote controls.

Why are LED bulbs so bulky?

LED bulbs must incorporate a heat sink to draw heat away from the LED light source(s). The upsides: the bulbs produce about 90% less heat than incandescents and remain relatively cool to the touch.

What's the deal with dimming LED bulbs?

Unlike standard incandescent and halogen bulbs, many LED lights do not work with existing dimming technology. Opt for LEDs (and CFLs, for that matter) clearly marked “dimmable.” Even then, however, be wary of using them with older dimmer switches. Your best bet: use newer, LED-ready dimmer switches. NOTE: Do not use “smart LED” bulbs with any type of dimmer switch.

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