Sept. 2020 - Fall in Love with Lighting

Posted by Amy Wommack on Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Give Your Home an Autumn Glow

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Issue No. 116






September 2020



Fall in Love with Lighting


Give Your Home an Autumn Glow

It’s fun to create a festive ambiance to match the season, yet it’s not always practical or feasible to completely change a room’s décor. Of course, a new light fixture or fan would make an impressive impact, however, small, subtle changes, such as changing lamp shades and adding compatible throw pillows, candles, table décor, rugs and artwork, as well as tone-setting accent lighting, can make a big difference in the mood of a space.

Take seasonal updates a step further by painting a room or accent wall, then installing or adjusting existing spotlights toward the new color splash for extra highlighting. A focus wall illuminated by a pair of sconces or portable lamps works well to draw the eye toward the seasonal nod.

For expert advice and the latest lighting options visit an ALA-member showroom or go online to


Maxim Lighting


Q & A


As a follow up to the article about the potential health risks of using germicidal UV to fight COVID-19 in the August issue of Bright Ideas, one reader asks:

Is the bottom line the fact that there are no UVC germicidal devices that are safe for use in the home?

Terry McGowan, director of engineering and technology, American Lighting Association, answers:

No, it’s not that there are no safe UVC germicidal devices available; it’s that the portable products that are typically being sold online for consumer use cannot be made completely safe to use and may not be effective because the UV dose cannot be controlled, especially in home situations where there are children or pets.

There are indeed safe UVC residential germicidal products, especially those which are permanently installed in air ducts as part of the heating/cooling system or on walls (like a lighting fixture) and which are designed to decontaminate the upper air in rooms. Such UVC germicidal products are highly effective and have been used for years. There is also a new residential ceiling fan product using UV germicidal LEDs which, when properly installed, works similarly too.

The COVID-19 virus has focused industry attention on developing new, safe and effective products. Perhaps DIY products will result, but for now, professional design and installation of UVC germicidal products is essential if both safety and effectiveness is to be ensured.

For the latest products and information about UVC germicidal lighting, call or visit a local ALA-member lighting showroom, or go online to



The best ideas are in Lighting magazine. Pick up a copy of the 2020 issue, now on newsstands and in ALA-member showrooms. The new magazine features all the latest styles and tips for how to create a beautiful home.

Stop by a nearby ALA-member showroom for a free copy of Lighting magazine or get a digital copy at


American Lighting Association

2020 N. Stemmons Frwy., Unit 100

Dallas, TX  75207



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