Newsletter July 2010

Light Bulbs Unlimited

Issue No. 9, July 2010

This "green" kitchen remodel features energy-efficient recessed down lights from Nora Lighting.

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Ready, Set, Go Green
Win a $5,000 Lighting Makeover
2010 Lighting Magazine is Now Online

Transform Old Into New
"Green" renovations, like the one shown above, repurpose original materials and incorporate new eco-friendly materials.

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NEW LOOK: Get Ready, Get Set, Go "Green" 

Make your guests green with envy by going "green" the right way. Imaginative makeovers salvage and repurpose as much of the original materials as possible and effectively blend those existing materials with new eco-friendly products.

In addition to utilizing energy-efficient appliances and lights, many remodeling projects now incorporate innovative materials, such as cabinetry made with FSC-certified* wood; low- or no-VOC* paints and wood stains; sustainable copper metal accents; water-saving faucets; and concrete counter tops.

By striping and cleaning existing pantry cabinets, tile flooring and hardware, many original components are often salvageable. Restoring and repurposing materials can save energy, money and resources, and in many cases, help retain the original ambiance of older structures.
*FSC = Forest Stewardship Council; VOC = volatile organic compounds

For expert advice on choosing the most eco-friendly light fixtures for your home, click here to find your local ALA-member showroom.

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The Vortis pendant from Hubbardton Forge is energy efficient and made in the U.S.A.



Photo courtesy of Lithonia Lighting

BRIGHT TIPS: 2010 Lighting Magazine is Now Online 

Just click here to see the 2010 issue of Lighting magazine from the American Lighting Association and Better Homes & Gardens . This is the same magazine currently on newsstands for $6.99. Now, with the click of a button, you can see the newest home lighting products and get great ideas for putting your home in the best light. It’s quick, easy and compliments of the ALA.

Do you have lighting questions? Click here to submit your questions for a professional lighting designer.


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Newsletter Oct-2011

Light Bulbs Unlimited
Issue No. 15, January 2011
Kichler Photo courtesy of Kichler Lighting
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RIGHT LIGHT Turn Down and Warm Up
WINNING LOOK Homeowners Win Lighting Makeovers
EXPERT ADVICE Get Answers to Your Questions

Baby, It’s Cold Outside Use portable light fixtures with dimmers to create a warmer feel.

RIGHT LIGHT: Turn Down the Light and Warm Up the Room 


  All it takes is a few small upgrades and improvements in lighting to make a huge impact on the warmth and inviting feel of your home. During the cold, dark days of winter, the right lighting is especially important. Using a dimmer will help create the perfect ambience for indoor activities. In a room where a central lighting fixture dominates the space, dimming allows that fixture to provide a more subtle and comfortable light, and lets other fixtures provide appropriate contrast. The addition of one or two portable light fixtures will help set the perfect stage, especially if they are connected to a table-top dimmer, which can be found at most ALA-member showrooms.  

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MurrayFeiss Photo courtesy of Murray Feiss
WINNING LOOK: Four Homeowners Win Lighting Makeovers from ALA 

Four lucky homeowners are winners of the American Lighting Association’s 2010 Home Lighting Makeover Sweepstakes. The winners’ names were randomly selected from among nearly 28,000 entries received from across the U.S. and Canada. The fortunate four are in the process of receiving a total of $10,000 worth of lighting products from their local ALA-member lighting showrooms.

Congratulations to winners: » Elisa M. of Wildwood, N.J. (grand prize = $5,000) » Cyndy K. of Woodbury, Minn. (2nd place = $2,500) » Derrick H. of Missoula, Mont. (3rd place = $1,500) » Amy W. of Pittsburgh, Pa. (4th place = $1,000)

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EXPERT ADVICE: Get Answers to Your Questions
    All of the seating in my 20′ x 20′ family room is removed from the walls, but there are no outlets in the center of the room. How can I use a portable lamp on my coffee table without creating a hazard with the cord running from the nearest wall? To add a plug in the middle of a room, there are two options:
  1. One is to use an extension cord with a very low, essentially flat profile. Also available are rubber covers that can be placed over extension cords to minimize the danger of tripping.
  2. The better option is to add a floor receptacle in a location below a table or a piece of furniture near the area where you want to place your table lamp. If you have a basement or a crawl space this can be accomplished by an experienced electrician, though it would require cutting and then repairing the area after installing the plug.
  Do you have questions about lighting your home? Click here to submit your questions for an ALA-trained lighting professional.

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