Make a Shining Statement with Lighting

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Vintage Light Fixture with Mixed Metals in the room

If there’s one thing that can make your home look dated, its lighting. Old fixtures and out of date technology can make you overdue for an update. The good news is that changing out or adding new fixtures can be an easy fix that makes your home some shine!  In many cases, your light fixtures are often a budget-friendly way to upgrade the décor. Here are some of the recent lighting trends to consider if you are ready for a change:

Vintage Lighting

Going vintage with your lighting is a great way to bring character to a space. You can brighten any space with a stylish fixture with rustic or industrial finishes.  There are such a variety of ways to get that vintage vibe and still fit into your décor.  Lighting fixtures utilize raw materials, vintage bulbs and simple shapes to create the vintage vibe.

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Example of Glass Bubbles design

Statement Piece Chandeliers

It is time to bring back the glamour back with a statement piece chandelier.  Exciting shapes and designs are the current trend along with larger fixtures to make a big impact. These larger fixtures create a wow factor that become the new centerpieces of a room. Some of the popular designs are the glass bubbles that brings a bit of whimsy to the space and the starburst design for a mid-century feel.

 

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Example of Starburst design

Mixed Metals

The notion that you should have one type of metal fixtures in your home is a trend that is on its way out.  There is a huge variety of metals in today’s light fixtures including soft gold, silver, brass, rose gold, copper, antique bronze and matte black.  Take advantage of the colors by designing a space that can use more than just one of these colors to create a stunning space.

Smart Lights

With Amazon’s Alexas and Google Home making their way into our homes, it is not surprising that people are looking to be able to control their lights using these new smart devices. There are several products you can buy today that go beyond your typical light bulb and that integrate smart technology into your lighting. Expect this trend to only continue to grow as more variety is offered

Whether you are remodeling, redecorating or just ready for a change, consider how lighting fixtures will fit into your décor.  If you need help installing your new fixtures, please give us a call at 210-710-7737.

Make your home shine with Inside Lighting

Inside LightingThe winter months are a perfect time to focus on indoor lighting.  Consider updating and upgrading inside lighting to be more modern and efficient.  The Guru installs new interior lighting as well as retrofitting current fixtures.

Sometimes all it takes to upgrade a room is to switch from a hanging light fixture to recessed lighting (often referred to as can lighting). Recessed lighting has become more popular over the last decade for many reasons.  Recessed lighting makes a room feel bigger because it actually takes up less visual space in the room. Because the light cans are set into the ceiling itself, nothing hangs down to interrupt the visual space of the ceiling. Another advantage of recessed lighting is its wall washing effect.  The wall washing effect is a great way to cast light on a wall you want to highlight for design reasons such as works of art, fireplace or a bookcase.

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Temperature of Halogen Recessed Light

Do you already have recessed lighting in your home?  It is likely you still have the normal halogen cans in your ceiling.   A great way to freshen up the lighting in a home is to convert halogen recessed lights to LED. Most people are aware of the cost savings benefit to switching to long-lasting LED.  However, there is even more reason to consider switching to LED when talking about recessed lighting.  There is a huge temperature variance between halogen and LED lamps.  Halogen cans are so hot when the light source is on that they need to vent to the attic to prevent fires.  The picture shows the measurement of heat coming off a halogen recessed fixture.  Another issue with the halogen recessed lighting is when they are off the attic air is venting back into the house.  At this time of year, that means when the lights aren’t on, cold air is venting back into your home through the recessed lights.

An LED retrofit makes sense for two reasons.  One is that you use way less energy and you don’t heat up your room which is forcing your HVAC system to work harder.

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Temperature of LED Recessed Lighting

The picture shows the measurement of heat coming off an LED recessed light.  That is a huge difference compared to halogen and depending on how many recessed fixtures you have, it is adding considerable heat to your home while you spending a of money cooling it off in the summer.

Another benefit to an LED Retrofit is that you are not letting your cool air through the vent holes into the attic when they are off. Retrofit LED cans are way better than just swapping to an LED lamp.  When you swap to an LED lamp you are still leaving the vent holes in the existing ceiling can open to the attic.

An LED retrofit gives you piece of mind knowing that the fixture is built for the LED it contains and will give you the best overall lighting and offer the longest life for the fixture.

The Top 3 Lighting Trends You Need

Top 3 Lighting Trends you need to know about

We have rounded up the three biggest lighting trends that are hot right now and are must haves for your home.  They are fairly simple changes that have a huge impact on your life.

Lighting Trend #1: Lighting Sensors

Is there a room in your house where the lights are always being left on?  By replacing your current light switch with an occupancy sensor switch, you will never leave the lights on again!

top 3 lighting trendsAn occupancy sensor will automatically turn on the lights when you enter a room and it will turn them off once you leave.   Not only is it convenient but it saves energy and saves you money on the electric bill.

These sensors are ideal for rooms where the lights are accidentally left on such as pantries, closets or bathrooms.  They are also ideal for rooms you enter when your hands are full such as your laundry room, kitchen or a work/storage room.

The sensors have setting options on them to adjust the sensitivity as well as how long the light should remain on after you leave the room.  This is handy if you are making trips back and forth into the room so you don’t have the lights turning on and off constantly.

To read more about it, check our post http://landscapelightingguru.com/occupancysensorswitch/

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Lighting Trend #2: Lighting inside cabinets and drawers

Don’t you hate it when your cabinets or drawers are so dark that you can’t see the contents, and you can’t find what you need? Tired of using a flashlight when you need to venture into a dimly-lit space? Well, trendsetters these days have found elegant solutions to that problem: they’re adding lighting inside those formerly-dark spaces.  In many cases, when you open a drawer or cabinet, the light inside is triggered to instantly turn on.

 

 

 

Lighting Trend #3: LED

lighting trendsLED lighting continues to be top trend in indoor and outdoor lighting and will remain that way for years to come.  The US Department of Energy forecasts that LED lighting will comprise 75% of all lighting sales by the year 2030.

This is such an easy trend to get on board with – retrofitting your current fixtures is as easy as changing out your light bulb.  LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have been constantly evolving and improving since they were introduced. The latest LED technology offers a broad range of colors and intensity levels with ever-increasing energy efficiency.  It saves you money right away in electrical costs and longer term as you don’t have to replace the bulbs as often.

  • High Efficiency – LED uses 75% less energy than traditional lighting Better for the environment and saves you money
  • Extra long life – LED have a life expectancy of 50,000 hours that is an average of 15 years. In addition, the light output remains consistent throughout its lifespan. The long lifespan requires very little on-going maintenance.
  • Variety of Color Options and size – LEDs can match the warm tones of incandescent lighting, overcoming the cold, blue-white light of the past.
  • Surface temperature – LED lamps remains cool which allows for improved safety and no energy loss due to heat.

If you would like to learn more about these lighting trends or any other indoor lighting options, please give us a call at 210-710-7737.

 

 

LED there be light

With the days getting shorter, we are using our indoor lighting a lot more in the evenings.  If you haven’t already made the transition to LED bulbs for your indoor lighting, NOW is the time.

Not sure where to start?  Overwhelmed by the choices at your local home center?  Landscape Lighting Guru will guide DIYers with a quick and easy LED cheat sheet to get you started!

LED Cheat Sheet

Source: energyfix.com

LED Cheat Sheet

Source: lifehacker.com

Traditional incandescent bulbs are being phased out to make way for more energy-efficient LED bulbs. In addition to efficiency, LED lighting can be more durable, versatile and longer lasting.  LEDs last a lot longer – 1 LED bulb is the same as 25 Incandescent bulbs! The average life span for LED is 22 years compared to an incandescent that less than a 1 year life.

 

LED bulbs come in many different light brightness just like the old incandescent bulbs. However, it can be hard to determine what LED bulb you need because incandescent light bulbs are measured in watts while LED is measured in lumens.

LED lamps are available in many different colors of light.  A traditional incandescent bulb produces a warm, soft light around 2,700-3,00 Kelvin (K).  For a cooler, more neutral white choose an LED bulb with 3,500-4,000K.  If you prefer a blue daylight look, LEDs with a Kelvin of 5,000-6,000K will be best.

LED Cheat Sheet

Source: LEDexchange.co.uk

If you need help with your transition to LED, give us a call at 210-710-7737!

New Product Line Offered

 New Product LineThe Landscape Lighting Guru is excited to offer a new product line from WAC lighting.

WAC lighting has been in the lighting business for over 30 years. They offer exceptional interior LED lighting choices. They have now brought their extensive LED expertise to the exterior landscape lighting world.

One of the best products they offer is their landscape lighting bullet fixture. It has an adjustable beam angle as well as a dimmable light output at each fixture. Our Landscape Architect and Designer friends are loving this fixture. The fixture is perfect for that brand new landscape with small specimen trees and plants. We can put the perfect amount of light on that “smaller” plant, and then adjust the fixtures spread and intensity as the landscape matures.

New Product LineYou can be confident that this fixture will still be the right fixture well into the future as it offers an incredible 10 year manufacture warranty. Set an appointment now, so we can show you this fixture and the other awesome fixtures that are a part of the WAC Landscape Lighting line up.

If you are interested in learning more about WAC Landscape Lighting check out their website at: www.WAClandscapelighting.com or if you want to pick some new interior lighting for your home check out: www.Modernforms.com

Reserve your Holiday Lighting spot today

Holiday LightingWe know, we know, it is over a hundred degrees outside for the last few weeks and the holidays seem far away BUT now is the time to reserve your spot.  We don’t want you to miss out by waiting until late fall when it is too late for new reservations for holiday lighting with professional lighting companies.

Landscape Lighting Guru has years of experience installing holiday lighting and decor.  Our crew has installed holiday lighting for many business and the city of San Antonio as well as on residences. Landscape Lighting Guru installs energy saving LED lights and also offers a range of holiday decor including lit wreathes and garland.

Holiday LightingIf you want your home decorated this holiday season, give us a call for a free estimate at 210-710-7737 or click here Contact Us.

 

Is it time to update your light fixtures?

update light fixtureHave you looked at your light fixtures recently?

Often fixtures are installed and then forgotten about and not really “seen” by the homeowners day in and day out.  Just the other day, I looked up at the light fixtures on my porch and was shocked to see how awful they looked!  Not only were they filthy but the finish has come off and it was just so out of style.  I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t noticed them sooner.  You will be surprised the difference it makes when you update light fixture.

So I urge you to pay attention to your light fixtures and fans inside and out and see if they need a good cleaning and maintenance or if they need replacing to fit into the look of your home.  Landscape Lighting Guru installs lights and fans inside and outside your home.  New light fixtures make a huge impact for a small cost.  And if you switch to LED lamps instead, you will receive an even bigger impact with lower electric bills.

If new fixtures aren’t in the budget yet, you can always use a little spray paint to update the look.  I was amazed at the difference a little spray paint could do!  For more information and directions on how to upscale your current fixtures with spray paint, click hereupdate light fixture

 

 

Never leave the lights on again!

Is there a room in your house where the lights are always being left on?  By replacing your current light switch with an occupancy sensor switch, you will never leave the lights on again!

An occupancy sensor will automatically turn on the lights when you enter a room and it will turn them off once you leave.   Not only is it convenient but it saves energy and saves you money on the electric bill.

These sensors are ideal for rooms where the lights are accidentally left on such as pantries, closets or bathrooms.  They are also ideal for rooms you enter when your hands are full such as your laundry room, kitchen or a work/storage room.

The sensors have setting options on them to adjust the sensitivity as well as how long the light should remain on after you leave the room.  This is handy if you are making trips back and forth into the room so you don’t have the lights turning on and off constantly.

If you are interested in learning more about these occupancy switches give us a call 210-710-7737.  Landscape Lighting Guru does do indoor lighting and can install these sensor switch if you don’t want to tackle this project yourself.  For more information, check out this video one of the sensor manufacturers created.

Transform a room with updated lighting

With the holidays upon us, you may thinking that a home update will not fit into your budget.  However, there are easy things you can do to your home to instantly give it an updated look.  One of the easiest ways to improve your living space is with good lighting.
Photo Credit:  Kichler

Photo Credit: Kichler

The first thing you can do is clean the light fixture and change out to a more energy efficient lamp.  Did you know that a dirty light fixture sheds 30% less light than a clean one?  So simply cleaning your current light fixtures will provide more light.  Changing your current lamps to an LED lamp can save you a lot of money.  We have featured the cost savings in a recent post and we also like the great information at Lumens Now .

Replacing outdated fixtures will instantly update any room.  There are so many new styles of lighting fixtures out there, it can be so confusing to find one that is your style.  To help with that Kichler sorts its products online by the different styles so you can pick your style, like transitional, and it will display all their fixtures that fit that style.

Landscape Lighting Guru does both outdoor and INDOOR lighting so give us a call if we can help you.  We have relationships with many lighting manufacturers and can offer you a variety of styles to choose from.  Give us a call at 210-710-7737 or click here to email us. Contact Us