October 2019: Go from Spooky to Spectacular

Posted by Raelle Bell on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Issue No. 106 Oct. 2019

Go from spooky to spectacular.

Tech Lighting


Now that it’s getting dark earlier, don’t scare away your visitors with a dreary, poorly lit front entrance. A few simple updates can make a big difference.



Show your festive side.

If the idea of making décor and lighting updates is frightening, not to worry. Here are a few easy tips to make your home more welcoming for trick-or-treaters as well as holiday guests.

Well-placed porch and landscape lighting is the first thing visitors see, so it goes without saying that you want your home’s façade to look its best. However, it’s when visitors step inside that you really want your home to shine. An easy way to create holiday ambiance is by featuring an entry display of seasonal flowers or décor surrounding two or three mini lanterns illuminated either by battery-operated lights or candles. Warm up a corner or holiday feature with a floor or table lamp. For a cozy feel, be sure the lamp uses a bulb with a warm color (2700 or 3000 K).

Create a festive scene with a holiday runner or seasonal foilage down the center of a dining table. On the kitchen island group decorative items such as mini pumpkins and gourds with leaves and branches. Take it one step further by placing a string or two of battery-operated fairy lights throughout the scene. In a dormant space or unused fireplace, arrange various sizes of candles in metalic votive holders, or for added drama, plan a monotone look. As a finishing touch, trim the overhead lighting fixture with metallic or crystal beads for cheery shimmer and seasonal glow.

For more holiday decorating tips, go online to Find the perfect lighting to spruce up your home for the holidays at a nearby ALA-member showroom.

Image above right courtesy of Hinkley Lighting


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Is your lighting smarter than you?

The newest smart home devices, including light fixtures, have the ability to instantly provide information about anything you need to know. As Dennis Noyce of Acuity Brands and Samantha Hart of Better Homes & Gardens explain in a new video, smart lighting can connect the home to all Amazon-related devices. By creating a seamless ecosystem, the new technology can control the entire home, including anything that’s Amazon friendly, via a phone or with verbal commands.

To learn more, click here to see Acuity Brands’ new video, produced by the American Lighting Association and Better Homes & Gardens. Or go online to

Acuity Brands' new video explains how the latest smart lighting technology connects everything in the home and can answer questions from homeowners.



Ask a lighting professional.

How long will an LED bulb typically last?                            -Hank B.

According to the Department of Energy, a good quality LED bulb will last about 25,000 hours, which is equivalent to 24 hours a day, seven days a week for three years. That is 25 times longer than a traditional light bulb.

For help selecting the best light bulb or fixture for your space, stop by your local ALA-member showroom where you will find professionally trained lighting experts and the latest lighting products on the market. More information is available online at

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Questions about lighting your home?

Click here to ask an expert.

Find an ALA-member lighting showroom near you. 

Visit ALA online.


American Lighting Association
2050 N. Stemmons Fwy., Unit 100
Dallas, TX  75207

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