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Incandescent?  Halogen?  LED?   

Determining the right type of light bulb for your lighting needs can be utterly confusing.  With so many different types of lighting available to us today, how does one weed through the options?  On top of the large variety of choices, this industry keeps evolving and the lighting technology continues to improve.  Many of last year’s advancements are already old news and there’s a new version on the market.  It takes a lot of effort to keep up with this light bulb evolution!  We are here to help eliminate the confusion and get your illumination game on point.  Here’s a quick breakdown to get you started:

INCANDESCENT:  If you are a lover of the classics, the incandescent bulb may be your match.  Standard incandescent lighting is warm in color, easily dimmed, and looks great in almost any environment.  If you tend to lean towards warmer paint hues and finish materials, and prefer a softer lighting effect- incandescent lighting may be your favorite pick.  The struggle?   Higher wattage, traditional incandescent bulbs have been phased out due to energy regulations.  So- you won’t find your 100 watt or 75 watt standard version on the shelves any longer.  Some retailers (including us) still have a supply of 60 watt (or lower) incandescent bulbs.  The phase out of this old technology will eventually come to a close, however.  Then what?  That brings us to our next bulb…

ECO-HALOGEN:  Do you enjoy the ease and flexibility of incandescent lighting, but need something a little stronger for high task areas?  Meet the new incandescent: Eco Halogen.  Eco-halogen is a newly designed version of the standard incandescent bulb.  In fact, some of you may have purchased this bulb version without even realizing it differed from the original, since the phase out of the standard incandescent bulb began.  The Eco Halogen bulb has the same silhouette of a standard A-19 light bulb, but instead of a filament inside, it houses an envelope of halogen or xenon gas within the bulb structure.  This Eco-friendly adaptation makes this bulb type 30% more efficient and longer lasting than it’s predecessor.  It also has a slightly higher Kelvin rating than the old incandescent version- which can make this bulb appear brighter and whiter to our naked eye.

LED:  It’s no secret- LED seems to be where the entire lighting industry is headed.  The most energy efficient of all light sources, LED technology has definitely changed the illumination game. No filaments or gas filled envelopes here- the energy emitting diodes that comprise an LED light bulb are teeny tiny microchips, in which an electrical current passes through to illuminate the source.  The result=visible light!  There is much confusion with this new technology, however.  The conversion LED light bulbs that are widely available now have a broad range of Lumen Outputs, CRI Ratings, and Kelvin Temperatures within them.  It can be an uncomfortable amount of information to try and weed through on your own.  The plus side: you can have an LED bulb in almost any color of light you wish.  But, which color temperature will best fit your space and illumination needs?  This is where our custom bulb labs can be of great assistance.  Tara talks more about this in the short video below-

The custom bulb labs in our showroom are an incredibly useful tool. These beautiful, built-in wooden displays consist of several compartments which showcase the different color temperatures (degrees kelvin) of light, and also allow room to place paint swatches, or counter-top and finish samples within them.  So, if you’re interested in using LED, but unsure as to which bulb offering best suits you, our trained lighting consultants can easily examine the different options with you, in a side by side comparison, to help determine what color temperature and overall lighting product will work the best in your environment.  These custom units are also equipped with multiple screw in socket bases and bulb options to experiment with, for an overall interactive customer experience.

The Creative Lighting team is here to ensure that you get the right type of lighting for your space.  Head into the showroom today and let us help you best illuminate your life.  #lightmatters


The leaves have started to fall and Halloween is just around the corner, which means one thing in the lighting world…DARKNESS.  In the excitement this crisp seasonal change brings, it also carries a yearn for more light.  The evenings start a little earlier now, lingering into darker morning rises, often reminding us of our areas of shadow in the home- making it harder to curl up with that book, or finish that work deadline on our computers, or even read the paper before the rest of our house has awoken.  More light is imperative this time of year and we are here to help!  Here’s our quick guide on how to best brighten up your space this season with portable lamps.


Use a mix of table and floor lighting!  Floor and table lamps go together like peanut butter and jelly.  We don’t often recommend one without the other.  They provide different layers of illumination and fulfill different needs, but will work harmoniously together to better light your space.  Don’t be intimidated- that large floor lamp will not only add visual interest and definition to your room, but will provide a higher level of lumen output and add an additional layer of ambient lighting that we desperately require this time of year.  These don’t have to “match”, and in fact, we’d prefer they didn’t!  A trendy and structural tripod floor lamp, can pair beautifully with a metal or ceramic table lamp.  A third, and more task-style desk lamp may also be added in a nearby reading area. One suggestion- keep your fabric shade styles similar in shape and color. This will help ease the merge of different pieces into your room for a more seamless and cohesive look.


Consider exactly where your lighting needs are within your room, and what type of lighting will provide the best solution.  Are you desperately in need of better reading or task lighting?  Where is it that you read the most?  Having a small task lamp near the end of the sofa, or beside your favorite chair is a good place to start.  Which portion of your space seems the darkest overall?  Placing a tall floor lamp near the edge of this area will completely transform the room.  One trick?  Use your wall space.  The more surface area the light source has to reflect off of, the farther your light will travel.  That forgotten corner area is often a missed luminary opportunity!

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The all and mighty portable lamp.  Many may have forgotten it’s duty and pledged illuminating purpose, but not those lighting buffs who truly grasp the importance that great portable lighting serves. No…not us.  We are here to enlighten you (pun intended) on why you shall never forget the addition of portable pieces in your home.  Here are six great examples of how the right lamp can enhance your current illumination situation!



A fresh take on an old favorite, floor lamps can definitely add some style and scale to your room.  This Adrian lamp from Uttermost is constructed of solid cast steel, and finished in a beautiful aged gunmetal.  Boasting 150 watts of light through its wide, white linen shade makes it a perfect addition to brighten up that gloomy living space.  Pro Tip:  Place this near or behind a sofa or chair in the corner of your room.  The added wall surface will act as a reflective launching pad, providing more lumen spread throughout your interior space.



A great bedside table lamp should be as beautiful to look at as it is functional.  The Castilla gold leaf lamp from Dimond Lighting is perfectly sized for a small nightstand area and is equipped with a 100 watt medium-based bulb, so you will have plenty of light for that late night read.  Its pretty proportion is adorned with a soft gold finish and clear glass body, making it a stylish and transitional choice- perfect for most any decor.



Sometimes your space just needs a little something special, a statement piece that really highlights your style.  The Hubbardton Forge Encounter lamp is just that- an artful accent that just happens to be illuminated with LED technology!  This organic sculpture is innovative, artisanal and an amazing example of how impressionable the right lighting can be.

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