September 2018: Get your wow factor..

Posted by American Lighting Association on Sunday, September 30, 2018



Get your wow factor..


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To get the wow factor for your home, start with an eye-catching light. Show off your unique, creative style with one captivating light fixture or group several small-to-medium fixtures into one stunning focal point.








Make it your own.



Not sure how to define your style? Don’t fret. These days it’s perfectly acceptable to ditch pre-defined style lables and show off your unique taste. Start by choosing a light fixture you like, and with the help of a lighting professional at an ALA-member showroom, find complementary fixtures as well as new ways to arrange and install your fixtures to truly create your one-of-a kind home.

Lights are being used in exciting new ways, and a beautifully decorated room does not mean everything must match. Curating or mixing light fixture finishes or styles can create drama and charm. As homeowners have become more sophisticated and saavy, they are gaining the confidence to branch out and select different decorative elements that complement each other.

Many of today's light fixtures lend themselves to various types of installation. Some fixtures have multiple lights that can hang clustered together or, with the addition of a support frame, can be spread out in a more traditional chandelier fashion. Pendants can be grouped in a number of ways without requiring multiple holes in the ceiling by using a canopy accessory that attaches to a single electrical box.

For more about how to choose and arrange light fixtures to enhance, your home, check out Progress Lighting’s new video, produced by ALA and Better Homes & Gardens. Stop by an ALA-member showroom or go to to learn more.

Image above courtesy of Feiss

Click here or in the image above to view a new video from Progress Lighting.





Go green and save some too.



Today is National Ceiling Fan Day. For the sixth year in a row, major ceiling fan manufacturers, the ALA and leading energy conservation groups invite everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their AC and relying on ceiling fans to save energy and money.

On average, it costs around $100 per month to run an AC unit in a typical home, while operating a fan can cost as little as $1 per month. By starting today, and continuing year round, you can help save the environment, and save yourself some green too.

Image courtesy of fan manufacturer Fanimation, the initial supporter of National Ceiling Fan Day.





Ask a lighting professional.



What is the best lighting for a stairway with no windows and very little natural light upstairs? My current plan calls for recessed lighting.        -Lisa B.


It would be best not to put recessed lighting above the stairs, because it will be difficult to replace the light bulbs. With the absence of much natural light, it would be good to use wall sconces on the stairs, and perhaps a surface mounted fixture at the top of the stairs at the landing, as well as another fixture at the bottom of the stairs just above the first step. The wall sconces should have translucent glass that emits light horizontally and downward. Avoid sconces where the light is directed upward.


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