Stay Stylish and Save Energy with the Right Ceiling Fan

Today marks the first day of fall. While topics like sweater weather and pumpkin spice might be dominating much of the conversation, over at the American Lighting Association we’re excited about the energy savings that come along with cooler weather! This week, we celebrated the fifth annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD), which got us…

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. It’s easier – and less expensive – than you might imagine to transform your existing patio, deck or pool…

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.

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.

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. Outdoor lighting serves a variety of purposes, from safety and security, to adding style and interest to your home or garden. While daylight saving time means…

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. Ambient Lighting Ambient lighting, or general lighting, provides an area with…

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. Know What’s Available There are three basic types of light bulbs available today: Halogen Incandescent CFL (Compact Fluorescent) LED (Light Emitting…

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. Where to Start With bathroom lighting, you need to first think about the types of lighting…

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.

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. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), ceiling fans are a unique home cooling option, as they blend aspects of both…

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.