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Our showroom floor just got a little bit brighter, and more user-friendly!

It is a continual journey of education and research in order to keep up with today’s lighting technology.  With so many advancements in the bulb industry, it can be hard for consumers to weed through the product information to determine which type of light source works best for their space and illumination needs. Our newly installed, custom bulb labs will allow us to better show our customers the differences between all types of lighting sources: LED, Eco-Halogen, Nostalgic Edison, and more!

These beautiful, built-in wooden displays consist of several compartments to showcase different color temperatures (degrees kelvin) of light, with room to place paint swatches as well as counter-top and finish samples within them.  Interested in LED tape lighting, but unsure as to which product offering best suits your environment and new finish selections?  Our trained consultants can easily examine these light differences with you, in a side by side comparison, to help determine what color temperature is best for you.  These custom units are also equipped with multiple screw in socket bases and bulb options to experiment with, for an overall interactive customer experience.

West Wall Showroom Display- In Progress

Customer Service Area Main Display- In Progress

Head into our St. Paul showroom to get an up close look at these wonderful, newly finished displays and let our trained lighting consultants help to show you the best type of product for your illumination needs.


It’s no secret, LED is changing the ways of illumination.  The technology is advancing, prices are dropping, and lighting manufacturers have been embracing this wave of change with integration of the new lamping systems directly into their product designs, in lieu of the old “socket and bulb” assembly.  There is much to be excited about with this LED advancement- but we have a few of our favorite new examples of the integration currently hanging on the showroom floor.

LBL LIGHTING- East River Linear Pendant

An architectural dream, this beautiful bridge-like structure by LBL Lighting serves as a piece of hanging modern art.  The bold, angular framework supports both indirect up-light AND direct task down-light lamping systems- which equal a total of 29 watts of LED illumination.  

ELAN- Annette Crystal Pendant

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There’s a lot to know about ever-evolving LED lighting.  

We used to think in terms of lamp wattage, or soft white vs. clear bulb choices.  The conversation has shifted now to lumen output and color temperature.  It can be confusing to say the least, which is why we have put together a few tips on how to best choose the right LED lamp type for your illumination needs.

Lets Talk Lumens

Lumen- the unit of measure of visible light.  The lighting game has changed.  A 60 watt incandescent lamp is the compared lighting equivalent of a 42 watt eco-halogen lamp, which is of similar equivalence to a 13 watt compact fluorescent lamp, or an 11 watt LED lamp.  Scratching your head?  You are not alone.  Depending upon which type of light source you choose, the rated wattage- or the amount of energy consumed- will be different.  This is why we now have to look at each lamp type’s lumen rating, or the measure of visible light produced from a specific source.   Tami explains this in further detail in the video below-

It is important to know how many lumens your bulb choice is providing you with in order to properly illuminate your space.  As a general rule of thumb, we recommend the following: [ Read More…]