May 2016: Vintage is Modern

Posted by American Lighting Association on Sunday, May 1, 2016

American Lighting Association

Issue No. 65, May 2016


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Vintage is Modern
The industrial lines and exposed filament-style bulbs of many of the latest fixture designs are meshing old ideas with new technology to create an up-to-date modern look.

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TOP TREND: Copper is cool and complementary

Copper is enjoying a resurgence in home design details, especially lighting. This distinct, lesser-used metal provides a beautiful contrast to other materials and finishes. Use it in small doses for a punch of unexpected shine and warmth, or perhaps with a black ceiling (as shown at right).

See the newest lighting products and learn more about lighting trends at an ALA-member showroom.


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INSPIRING IDEAS: ALA Offers Complimentary Copies of Lighting 

To find design inspiration for your  home, you need look no further than the 2016 issue of Lighting magazine. The new magazine features illuminating ideas for every room in your home that you won't find anywhere else. Also included are many photos and design tips.

For example, did you know that if you need a chandelier for a ceiling that is taller than 8 feet, such as a foyer, you should allow 2 to 3 inches of fixture height for every foot of room height? And, to create brightness in a dark space or corner, many professional designers prefer to use uplighting, which can be easily accomplished with a portable torchiere.

For more home lighting ideas and tips, you may request a complimentary copy of Lighting from ALA, or simply view the magazine onlineLighting is also available for purchase on newsstands.

Pick up your free copy of Lighting magazine at an ALA-member store.


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Request your complimentary copy of Lighting magazine or view it online.

EXPERT ADVICE: Want More Ideas? Ask a Lighting Professional. 

What kinds of bulbs can be used in the recessed can lights in my kitchen? My electrician says I must only use Halogen bulbs (50 watts max), and others tell me I can use any bulbs, including LEDs.    - Bonnie B.

There are LED bulbs that are designed to be replacements for halogen bulbs. It is fine to use the LED replacement bulbs, because they have very low wattage. As long as you are not exceeding the 50-watt limit of your fixtures, it is fine to install LEDs. To see the best LED replacement bulbs, you should take one of your existing bulbs to a lighting professional at your local ALA-member lighting showroom.

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