Light Your Home

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Bring Behind-the-scene spaces out of the shadows

When it comes to lighting design, spaces not typically seen by guests sometimes do not get the attention they deserve.

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Give your home a summer glow

Summer nights are meant to be enjoyed. Your outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down.

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Using Lighting to Improve Sleep and Health

All living things depend on light to survive, but did you know that the light you are exposed to throughout the day (and night) can affect your health?

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Lighting small spaces for function and style

Lighting can be tricky in a closet, laundry room, or any small space that requires adequate illumination and good color rendering.

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Four reasons to start your home renovation at a lighting showroom

When it comes to home renovations, the first things that come to mind are often cosmetic features like new flooring, countertops, or paint colors.

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Key things to know about moving towards an integrated home

mart and connected home products are growing in popularity and they offer more than just convenience and "cool” factor.

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Make the most of your outdoor living area

It can be difficult to get outside during the winter months, especially during the work week when it's often already dark by the time you get home.

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Enjoy Your Best Home

These days people are spending more time enjoying their homes, inside and out. Put your home in the best light and pull everything together with these simple tips:

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5 Simple Tips for Creating a Cozy Home this Fall

This fall and winter more than ever, many of us will be spending most of our time at home. C

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Style Spotlight: Modern Mountain

Mountain home design style may conjure up thoughts of moose heads, bearskin rugs, and rustic cabin décor, but that look has had its day.

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Lighting Trends to Love in 2020

Each year brings a profusion of new design trends for the home, and new lighting designs play a crucial part in setting style.

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Style Evolution: Modern Farmhouse

First came the farmhouse design trend, a humble, nurturing style that is a nostalgic throwback to a simpler time.

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Dining room Revolution: Are formal dining rooms back?

With the popularity of today's open floor plans, oversized islands, and eat-in kitchens, the dining room has become somewhat of an afterthought - just a space tucked between the kitchen and the living room.

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New Spaces, New Places for Chandeliers

Just the word “chandelier” can bring to mind an ornate, candle-bedecked light glimmering over the center of a dining room table.

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Easy Lighting Ideas to Welcome the Season

The days are growing shorter and darker, and less daylight means it’s time to use lighting and seasonal elements to brighten up the home.

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Landscape Lighting Adds Beauty and Safety

Adding the perfect amount of exterior lighting will brighten up a dark landscape, giving a home after-dark curb appeal while also providing safety for visitors and family.

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Lighting Tips for Open Floor Plans

Many home designs incorporate an open floor plan, where cooking, dining, and entertaining are enjoyed in the same space.

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Designing in Coastal Style

Every day can be a beach day when your home's décor has a light and airy Coastal style.

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Tips for Lighting Outdoor Kitchens

Indoor-outdoor living is more than just a trend- it's become a lifestyle. Many homeowners are choosing to bring the functionality of their inside kitchen to their outdoor space so that they can enjoy the luxury of cooking and dining in the open air. 

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Three Stand-out 2019 Lighting Trends

From new finishes to new inspirations, to products that typically aren't even considered to be lighting, there are many notable design trends in today’s lighting market. Here’s a roundup of three notable trends that are “in” for 2019 and beyond. 

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Trend Alert: Mixed-metal Accents to Light Every Room

The days of matching the same metal color for lighting, cabinet hardware and plumbing are over. Today, designers and homeowners are getting creative and letting their personal style shine with mixed metals.

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Advantages of Using LEDs

Although LED technology is commonplace today, confusion still arises for the home user when it comes choosing LEDs over traditional light bulbs.

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Kitchen Lighting Tips to Achieve Function and Style

Today’s kitchens are more than just a place to prepare food, they are gathering spaces for family and friends, serving different purposes throughout the day.

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Essential Tips for Lighting Your Living Room

Your living room is likely one of the most frequently used rooms in your home. From relaxing with family and friends, to watching television, to reading a good book, this room serves many purposes, and proper lighting is key to making your space multi-functional.

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'Tis the Season for Crystal

The holidays are upon us, which means sparkling, shimmering lights are all around.

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Key Measurements You Need to Know When Shopping for Lighting

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Learn Lighting Lingo

From elegant chandeliers to simple modern pieces, lighting has evolved from being a way to brighten a dark space to becoming a decorative statement for the home.

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How the Right Light Bulb Can Save You Money

With the rise in popularity of LED light bulbs, you’ve likely heard talk of energy savings and lighting.

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Create a Cozy Home with Hygge

Want to make your home as cozy, calm and relaxing as possible?  Try hygge (pronounced: hue-gah), a Danish lifestyle trend that has captured the imagination of the interior design profession.

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What to Consider When Shopping for LED Bulbs

Today, LED bulbs are the most efficient, longest lasting, and often the most suitable choice for residential lighting.

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Follow the Trend: New Ways to Light the Bathroom

While functionality is still key, stylish and unique bathroom lighting designs are becoming increasingly popular.

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Rearrange Fixtures to Create a Unique Look

Many of today's light fixtures lend themselves to various types of installations.

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The Latest in Lighting Trends

Good design begins with a great lighting plan. From ambient lighting, to statement chandeliers and trendy LED fixtures, layering your home with light is the key to creating spaces that welcome, comfort and inspire.

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4 Ways to Add Functionality to Your Home without Sacrificing Style

When it comes to lighting and connectivity at home, everyone has pet peeves.

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Layered Lighting Looks Loveliest

When it comes to outfitting a room with lighting, most homeowners start with the overhead lighting – either one main fixture or a grouping of pendants. From there, lighting experts suggest adding two additional layers.

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Five Things to Consider when Choosing Outdoor Fixtures

Outdoor spaces are no longer afterthoughts in a home's design and decor plan. The outdoors set the stage for the rest of the home, create a welcoming ambience, and provide a space to relax, gather with friends and family, or steal a few quiet moments away in the midst of a hectic day. 

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Light Up the Night

Lighting a sidewalk or other pathway is attractive and a safety feature of outdoor lighting.

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All Ceiling Fans are not Created Equal

All ceiling fans are not created equal, especially when it comes to size, weather resistance and speed. When determining which fan to buy for your room, in addition to appearance, consider these three things:

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High-tech Fixtures Push Style Boundaries

The myriad advancements in technology are making it easier for designers to create pendants, sconces and chandeliers that push horizontal and vertical boundaries.

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Elevate Your Outdoor Space

The time for backyard barbecues, afternoons at the pool and hours of summer fun is here. If you’re fortunate enough to have an outdoor space that lends itself to one of these activities, you know style and comfort can make all the difference when it comes to hosting this summer.

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6 Extras You Can Expect at a Lighting Showroom

We are always talking about how great ALA-member lighting showrooms are. With the help of Lighting magazine, we've broken down 6 of the top reasons showrooms are truly something special when it comes to shopping for lighting.

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8 Lighting Design Trends to Watch in 2018

Wondering what's trending in lighting right now? Look no further than these eight design trends from Lighting magazine. You're sure to be inspired.

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Quick Lighting Makeovers to Fit Every Lifestyle and Budget

Whether you're looking for a five-minute fix, or you've got a little more time and money to dedicate to an update, you can make an impact on your home through a lighting makeover.

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Adding Function with Lighting

When it comes to lighting design, spaces not typically seen by guests sometimes do not get the attention they deserve.

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Curating Comfort with Custom Lighting

You start and end almost every day in your bedroom, so shouldn't it be the place where you feel most comfortable?

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Consider Tasks and Style When Selecting Bathroom Lighting

Often overlooked, bathroom lighting is more than simply a functional light source.

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Inside and Outside Light Affects TV Viewing

When lighting a media viewing space, it is imperative to consider all sources of light.

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Hit Reset with a Kitchen Lighting Update

Ready for a redo? Many homeowners resolve to kick start a new year by making improvements to themselves as well as their home.

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New Trends to Brighten Your Home in 2018

The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for a fresh start for your home. One easy change that will make a big impact is a lighting update.

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Using Lighting to Let Your Personal Style Shine

Your bedroom is the perfect place to let your personal style shine, and the right lighting can provide the perfect finishing touch to your space.

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Three Tips for Functional Bathroom Lighting

Whether getting dressed, shaving, applying makeup or styling your hair, there are a variet of important tasks that take place in the bathroom mirror.

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Top Lighting Tips for Beautiful Dining Rooms

When planning your dining room lighting, keep these easy tips in mind.

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Maximizing Productivity Through Office Lighting

Proper office lighting is key to setting the stage for a productive workday. 

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Decorative Trends in Kitchen Lighting

A popular decorative trend in kitchen lighting is the use of shaded or hooded chandeliers above an island. The shades provide glare control and reflect light down to where it is needed.

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Give Your Home a Facelift with New Lighting

To give your home’s exterior a fresh look, upgrade your outdoor lighting to complement existing landscaping and architectural elements.

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Get the Right Light in Your Dining Room

Today’s dining rooms reflect consumers’ changing lifestyles. Once solely for daily dining, this room has become more multipurpose.

 

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Maximize Your Viewing Experience

Whether your TV is in the family room, dedicated media room or even an outdoor living area, everyone's viewing experience will be optimized with proper lighting.

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Using Lighting to Create an Outdoor Oasis

You don't have to plan a lavish vacation to relax this summer. With the right lighting, your back yard can become your own private retreat, allowing you to enjoy a mini getaway without leaving your home.

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Who Says Bathrooms Can't be Luxurious?

At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than retreating to a luxurious, spa-inspired bathroom.

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Add Functional Style to Your Home Office

Office spaces are the perfect place to blend style with functionality. A stunning chandelier can add an unexpected element to a room, but it's not all about design.

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Watts up with Lumens?

Until recently, shopping for light bulbs involved primarily focusing on wattage. After 2012, when the Department of Energy set standards specifying how much energy light bulbs can use, things became slightly more complicated.

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Using Wall Sconces for Style and Function

Wall sconces are incredibly versatile lighting fixtures. While they are often used to add flare to a room, they can also serve very practical purposes. As a result, they are a great choice to add anywhere in your home.

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Tips for Working with Your ALA-member Showroom

Whether you're tackling a home remodel, a new build, or simply looking to update your dining room chandelier, the best place to start is always with a trained ALA-member lighting showroom professional.

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Tips for Lighting Your Outdoor Spaces

This weekend marks the start of daylight saving time. As we welcome longer days and warmer weather, now is the perfect time to start thinking about updating your outdoor space.

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Lighting with Layers

When developing a lighting plan for any room in your home, it is important to consider the three basic types of light - ambient, task and accent. The best lighting plans combine all three types to light an area according to function and style.

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Tips for Picking a Light Bulb

With the options available today, choosing a light bulb has become slightly more complicated for the average homeowner. If you find yourself wondering what bulb you need, here are a few tips to consider.

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Rethinking Your Bathroom Lighting Design

Your bathroom is where you typically start and finish your day, so creating an inviting space can set the tone for a great day and a restful night's sleep. Unfortunately, many homeowners are left uninspired by their bathroom lighting design.

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Lighting Your Home for the Holidays

The right decor lighting this holiday season can help your guests appear more photogenic, boost their mood and make an amazing display.

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Selecting the Right Chandelier

A longtime lighting staple of dining rooms and foyers, chandeliers are gaining popularity in unexpected places. This classic lighting piece can be found in kitchens, bedrooms, walk-in closets and even bathroom

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'Tis the Season...for LEDs

Your interior lighting design has a huge impact on mood, productivity levels, sleep quality and more. It shouldn't be surprising then how important your home lighting is to a successful holiday. 

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Make Your Media Space More Enjoyable

The holiday season is right around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to spruce up your home before entertaining friends and family. Whether your guests are coming just to watch the big game or to stay for an extended period of time, your media space will no doubt be a popular gathering spot. The American Lighting Association suggests a few ways to enhance everyone’s viewing experience.

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The Beauty of Decorative Lighting

Decorative lights are the unsung heroes of great lighting design. These statement fixtures are important in conveying specific design themes, and can also be used in light layering.

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Stay Cool with a Ceiling Fan as Stylish as it is Functional

No longer do you have to choose between comfort and design when it comes to your home. Once thought of as purely utilitarian, today's ceiling fans offer sophisticated styling, designer finishes and glamorous accents.

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Floor Lamps 101: Know Your Light Fixtures

One of the main goals of home décor is to make your space inviting. The right interior lighting adds the perfect amount of warmth to any room. For interior designers, a major point of direction will often be your home's lighting design. With numerous styles to pick from, it can be overwhelming to decide how to best light up your home.

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Five Common Lighting Mistakes to Avoid

While there are plenty of ways you can bring new life to your home through lighting design, there are also some common mistakes to avoid. 

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Bringing the Outdoors in: Natural Elements in Home Décor

One of the bigger trends in home design is using natural elements to bring the outdoors inside. It's a design aesthetic that people have tried to perfect for generations, as organic looks and elements tend to create a serene environment in the home.

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How LEDs are Transforming Interior Design

The shift toward LED light bulbs in interior design is happening quickly, as manufacturers and homeowners find more ways to use these new types of lighting inside common areas of homes.
LEDs come in a wide variety of hues and colors that can transform an ordinary bathroom into something that will give you an artistic experience when you get ready for work in the morning.

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Hallways, Entrances and Foyers: Lighting Your Homes Trickiest Spaces

Entrances, hallways and foyers all have a major commonality: These spaces are typically the focal point to the entrance of your home. Guests are greeted in these areas and you use the spaces as a means to get to other rooms throughout your home.

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Make a Statement with Your Kitchen Lighting

Artificial light is a necessary feature for home kitchens. In this space, you work with sharp tools and depend on your eyes to chop, read labels, inspect food and to clean up afterward. With so much importance on kitchen lighting design, you have to be practical. However, this shouldn't limit you from making a bold statement in your kitchen.

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