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Galactic Pendant Lights

Today is the officially unofficial Star Wars day, May 4th, and we have a few galactic light fixtures to help you celebrate this fan-tastic day. The Minka Lavery pendant is not particularly space themed but its polished chrome finish, dome shape, circular cut outs, and opal glass make it resemble a UFO of sorts. The ELK Lighting Kids Novelty collection features this Space Walk flush mount and Saturn pendant. Perfect for space enthusiasts of any age.

Modern Chandeliers

 

From Kichler Lighting, the geometric Novara Pendant gives a nod to the past with its modern yet relaxed approach to a classic contemporary shape. In the center, the Nitrogen Chandelier from Access Lighting is the perfect modern chandelier for any science fiction fan. With the Crystorama Luna pendant on the right, the two-toned bronze and gold finish combined with the simple shape of a triangle, make this single light pendant the right choice for any modern decor.

The force is strong with these pendant lights and modern chandeliers. Happy Star Wars day from Lighting by Lux.

 

Thumprints 1105-ASL-2070 Bali Acacia Wood Table Lamp

Thumprints Bali Acacia Wood Table Lamp

With the tag line “as distinctive as your thumprint”, this designer lamp company offers innovative, creative and stylish table lamps which are essentially pieces of functional art. Thumprints high-design and artistic style can easily be seen in any of their unique table lamps and floor lamps, wall sconces, or pendant lights for transitional and contemporary decors.

 

 

Thumprints Jewel Poppy Table LampThumprints Sahara Table Lamp

 

Thumprints Lamps got their start in 2002 when founder Allison Davis was exploring more creative outlets for her art. She began in her basement by designing lamps from found objects and hand-covering lamp shades with unusual materials. Today Thumprints table lamp and floor lamp intriguing designs are crafted with high-end materials such as sustainable wood, ceramic, blown art glass, natural stone and metal while paired with shades made from luxurious fabrics including dupioni silk, ultra suede and fine linens.

 

Thumprints Tigers Eye Floor LampThumprints Acacia Wood Table Lamp

 

Thumprints Lighting brings a fresh perspective and an exceptional value to decorative lighting and design. A large selection of Thumprints table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, and pendants are made in the USA, which allows for custom lighting at a lower cost. Come check out Thumprints American made lamps at Lighting by Lux today.

Kichler Lighting Danika Collection

Kichler Danika Chandelier and Mini Pendants

A new year is here (whether we are ready for it or not) and so are new trends in decorative lighting. Just last week, our industry had a big trade show at the Dallas Market Center in Dallas, Texas. This is where the highly anticipated, newest collections are shown and we get to see what our favorite brands have designed for the latest in lighting fixtures.

Several popular style trends from last year have carried over into 2015 – Industrial, Restoration, Modern Rustic, Geometric, and LED lighting. We will see lighting brands offering more collections with these details; some full on and some with just slight nods to the styles. We have quite a few collections from the lighting industry leaders: Kichler, Feiss, ELK Lighting, and Crystorama are worth noting.

Kichler 43587NBR Rumer Chandelier

Kichler Rumer Natural Brass Chandelier

 

In new releases for 2015 from Kichler, we have the Rumer chandelier and Pendalette (a clever name for a fixture that can be hung as a pendant, shortened to a semi-flush, or even mounted as a wall sconce). This 2-piece collection showcases several design details that are big this year so far. The industrial pipe metal frame is finished in a warm Natural Brass paired with the two-tone coloring of a black cord, along with uncovered sockets which look best with an antique style light bulb.

This chandelier and pendant also feature another design trend continuing into this year, pull-down retractable lighting. The cord can be gathered up and clamped together to raise the bulbs or it can be completely untethered. The adjustability factor of this collection with the 3 in 1 light fixture and the chandelier is a breathe of fresh air for lighting to come. We hope the multi-functional usability of lighting will continue and become the standard.

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Top Pins for the Month

0 Minka Lavery Downtown Edison Bath Vanity | 1 ELK Lighting Genevieve Crystal Mini Pendant | 2 Kichler Crystal Ball Turquoise Mini Pendant | 3 Meyda Tiffany Moravian Star Pendant | 4 Kichler Bronze Foyer Pendant | 5 World Imports Edmonton Pendant | 6 Kichler Industrial Cage Wall Sconce | 7 Kenroy Home Capri Glass Table Lamp | 8 Kenroy Home Aniston Milk Glass Table Lamp | 9 Kenroy Home Hatteras Table Lamp | 10 Wildwood Old Brass Desk Lamp

Kichler Ceiling Fan

Happy Ceiling Fan day! Today is the day we celebrate the invention and continuing innovation of what has become the staple for energy efficient cooling in today’s home.

Here are some fun facts about the ceiling fan:

  • By installing just one ceiling fan in your home and bumping the thermostat up a few degrees, you can save hundreds on yearly energy costs.
  • Ceiling fans aren’t just used for cooling either. With a simple flip of a switch, you can circulate warmer air down and bring cooler air up.
  • The first ceiling fan was created in the 1880’s and was steam powered. The electric version was created some years later with the same motor technology used in a sewing machine.
  • Ceiling fans use on average about 30 watts per day on medium speed, whereas the standard AC unit uses about 5,000 watts per day.

Help us celebrate energy conservation today by turning the AC off and flipping that ceiling fan, pedestal fan or desk fan on. In need of a new ceiling fan? Check out our large selection of ceiling fans from Kichler, Minka Aire, Fanimation, and Hunter Fans today.

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Lumens

In a previous post, we showed you the method of how to calculate wattage needed for any room. You can also use this method to calculate the amount of lumens you will need for any room, which is becoming a more important calculation due to the increasing popularity of LED fixtures.

A lumen is simply 1 unit of light output. LEDs are measured in lumens rather than wattage since LEDs put out a brighter light, without using a lot of wattage. For example, a 5 Watt LED can be the same amount of light as a 40 Watt Incandescent bulb. They put out the same amount of light (lumens), but the LED uses significantly less power.

It is important to keep in mind, that not all LEDs are the same when comparing the by wattage. You have to factor in lumen output and color temperature as well. We will dive into the ins and outs of LEDs in another post, but for now, let’s see how to calculate the lumens for any room.

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Lighting by Lux is on Pinterest. Follow us for current style boards such as Coastal Living, Vintage Industrial, and Bohemian Chic. We also have Schoolhouse Lights and Mid-Century Modern boards which showcase lighting fixtures that encompass the specific look and feel of these timeless design styles. Another popular board is Robin’s Picks, where you will find a variety of trending light fixtures picked out by our top style expert.

lightingbylux-polyvoreLighting by Lux is now on Polyvore. Follow us to see the latest trends in decorative lighting and home decor. The set above features multiple fashion forward trends including mixed materials and finishes, shimmer and texture, and classics with a modern twist.

Determine the Proper Wattage for Any RoomWith so many different shapes, sizes, and styles of light fixtures available, it’s easy to forget that they actually serve a real purpose; other than to look pretty of course. Recently, we have had a few customers ask us if the chandelier or pendant they are shopping for will be enough light for their room. And we tell them the simple method of how to find out.

It can seem like a daunting task to figure out how much light is needed in any room, but I assure you it is super easy and simple. All you need is basic math and the measurement of the length and width of the room in feet.

Calculate Wattage Needed for Any Room:

Sounds like it might be complicated, but it really is just simple math. To start all you need to do is multiply the length of the room in feet by the width of the room in feet. This will give you the square footage. For example, a 16 foot long by 14 foot wide room has a square footage of 224.

Once you have the square footage of the room, you can use it to find out how much wattage you will need for general lighting in the room. The reason the wattage calculation is important, is because most incandescent lighting fixtures have a maximum wattage listed. For example, a 6 light chandelier that uses incandescent bulbs might have a maximum wattage of 60 watts per light, for a total of 360 watts for the fixture. How would you know if 360 watts is enough for your two-story foyer light? Or is 360 watts overkill for the intimate breakfast nook?

To calculate the total wattage needed, multiply your square footage by 1.5. Going back to our example of the 16’ by 14’ room, which has a square footage of 224, we would multiply 224 by 1.5 and get 336 watts. The general lighting in the room will need to reach the 336 watts mark to ensure there is plenty of overall light.

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