Bring it Home: Falling For Fall

Thank you to Stephanie Vanderbilt of Coastal Windows & Exteriors for allowing us to share your blog this month!

We introduced this new blog series last month ~ all about bringing style to your home from creating a warm & inviting living space, going green, lux for less designing or simply the shifts in seasonal decorating & renovations.

This week I am embracing fall from making my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (make them now & thank me later)

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

to decorating my front door. We finally fixed up the front stairs and I need to bring a little outside colors now to my front entry way.

This week it’s all about Falling for Fall. It takes me until about mid-October to fall in love with my favorite fall hues ~ burnt orange is my fave. How about you? Do you have a favorite fall hue?

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Bring It Home Fall Decor

My fall curb appeal starts with of course our yearly pumpkin (1). This year it’s about drilling patterned holes. It’s really simple … cut a hole in the bottom of a large pumpkin and scoop out the pulp/seeds. Mark off the pattern with an erasable wax pencil then get out your drill (use medium drill bit) to punch out the dotted outline of your design. I also love Martha’s chic no carve lacy pumpkin made with an old pair of tights. Yes, remember those from last winter? You can find instructions here on this fun new way to decorate your fall pumpkin here. Next, on over to Building Center in Gloucester to pick up these items: pumpkins, mini mums, cabbage plants, wheat stalk, urn/flower pot and solar pillar and string lights.

Fill up your urn with some white pumpkins, mini mums and cabbage plants (2). Then add that warm glow by following instructions for the solar lights (3) in both the pumpkin and urn. I love coming through my door greeted by warm lights. I would add a lantern or two filled with more solar string lights!

Speaking of lights, why not swap out that old porch light (mine is probably 100 years old and inefficient). I love this new line of lighting over at the Building Center. Lucy Dearborn of Lucia Lighting & Design in Lynn suggests to make a plan first by working with an expert—your “GPS” for navigating through your lighting vision. The plan you will create will provide guidance for your timeline and budget. Lucy suggests to focus on function first, then fashion such as your signature style. Make sure you use an LED bulb to save money and the environment (4).

Time to remove that screen door if you have one and make sure your front door (5) is draft free. Please follow these easy three steps:

  1. Place a flame near the edge of the entire door and look for any flickering.
  2. Open the door and check to see if there is any damaged weather stripping on the door and the frame itself.
  3. Close the door and look through the bottom of the door and check to see if you have a good seal. If you can see any daylight, or need a new door sweep. You can find these at The Building Center.

Did you know that drafty doors and windows can increase your energy bills up to 40%? That’s crazy so if you have found any air leakage please contact me to learn more about our energy efficient award-winning doors and how you can save money on your energy bills this winter. We’re offering great promotions on our best products this month and so there is no need to be left out in the cold.

Follow us for lots of tips & inspirations to bring these looks home and protect your home this winter. I would love to hear how you’re decorating your front entry way this fall.

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LED Mania at Boston Lights 2014

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You don’t have to be an expert to know that LED (light-emitting diode) lighting has taken over the market. The technology has developed faster than mobile apps since the first white-white (some would say unpleasant white) LED was introduced. Quality, variety, and price have improved to the point that it is now the darling of the lighting world. From residences to offices to hotels and restaurants, LEDs are solving problems and allowing seemingly endless opportunity for creative lighting installations for designers, architects, and their clients. At the recent Boston Lights Exposition, a biennial show presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New England, at the Marriott Copley Place, more than 100 lighting companies showed off the latest in architectural lighting, most of which capitalize on the low-heat, color range, and small size LED technology allows.

“This is like bringing the night club home,” says Lucy Dearborn of Lucia Lighting & Design in Lynn, Massachusetts, and Designers Lighting Forum board member, who was our personal guide through the show displays. She was referring to Fred & Fred’s illuminated blocks. Conceived by French designers, Frederic Remaud and Frederic Gervais, both of whom studied at premiere Paris art schools, the fun, intriguing, and just plain cool-looking blocks have LED lights inserted into channels built into the bubbly glass. The result can be one color or a constantly changing display or multiple hues. The blocks can be built into small panels, columns, doors, or even a whole wall. Or one block could become a table lamp, sconce, or ceiling light.

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LED Blocks

FXLuminaire from California manufactures landscape and architectural lighting that combines the style and durability of brass and copper assembly with the technical advances in lighting. Custom options are plentiful — for example, the path light comes in 13 finishes with additional amber, green, and blue filters. Deciding on filter color usually depends on what it is the fixture is lighting — white is more suitable for flowers, while amber or green are better for enhancing the appearance of greenery and grasses.

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LED Landscape Lighting

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Special Guest Alex Newell Joins Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at the Can’t Stop the Beat Concert June 7 at Lynn Auditorium

Lucia Lighting & Design and Eastern Bank Sponsor Event to Benefit North Shore Charities

Special guest Alex Newell of Fox TV’s hit show Glee joins The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to present Can’t Stop the Beat at Lynn Auditorium at 3 City Square in Lynn on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. The event, presented by lead sponsors Lucia Lighting & Design and Eastern Bank, will benefit thirteen North Shore charities.

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Special Guest Alex Newell Joins Boston Gay Mens Chorus at the Can’t Stop the Beat Concert June 7 at Lynn Auditorium

The public is invited to attend The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus celebration of gay pride with song, dance and video in their biggest production ever. The progress of triumphs of the LGBT movement can’t be stopped – and will be heard in toe tapping songs from Hairspray and music from Josh Groban, Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick. Special guest Alex Newell returns to his hometown of Lynn to light up the stage with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. The community celebration is creating an air of excitement as the North Shore prepares to welcome hometown actor Alex Newell and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Now in its 29th season, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach.

In anticipation of record crowds to enjoy the concert, Lucia Lighting & Design secured the Lynn Auditorium that seats over 2,000 and boasts ample and convenient parking.

“The Lynn Auditorium is thrilled to host the Boston Gay Mens Chorus’s concert for the second time.  We are excited and hope to sell out our 2122 seat house while galvanizing Lynn and surrounding communities in an effort to raise funds for local charities,” James Marsh, General Manager, Lynn Auditorium.

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Boston Gay Mens Chorus

North Shore United Way sponsored charities benefiting from the event include: AIDS Action Committee, Children’s Law Center of MA, Boys and Girls Club of Lynn, Cerebral Palsy of Eastern MA, Family & Children’s Services , Girls, Inc., YMCA of Metro North, Gregg Neighborhood House, Straight Ahead Ministries, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, RAW ArtworksCatholic Charities North  and Camp Fire of the North Shore.

Eastern Bank, a corporate leader in supporting LGBT organizations and equality initiatives through generous financial assistance and progressive corporate practices, joins Lucia Lighting & Design as lead sponsors of this event. Sponsors to date include Honda North, All Care VNA & Hospice, Boston Spirit Magazine, Daily Evening Item, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 47 Central Pub and Wayne Alarm.

“Lucia Lighting & Design is delighted to bring the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to the community to showcase the talent of the Chorus and raise money for North Shore charities,” says Lucy Dearborn of Lucia Lighting & Design .Tickets are $20-70 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 781-599-SHOW (7469) or  visit www.lynnauditorium.com

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Lucy’s Innovative Lighting Tips

 Lucys Innovative Lighting TipsLucy Dearborn of Lucia Lighting & Design advises on how to personalize spaces using innovative lighting design.

New homeowners sometimes overlook an obvious step towards creating a home that reflects their character. When developing a footprint for a new nest, understand how to integrate personal style using customized lighting.

Think of lighting like jewelry. The ideal accessory not only makes an outfit fashionable, it also makes a personal statement. Lighting is such an important part of home design. It is seen every day, so why not have some fun and infuse personality into selected pieces?

Here are a few ideas to light up your life:

Make a Plan

Create a master lighting plan. Work with an expert—your “GPS” for navigating through your lighting vision. The plan will provide critical guidance for your timeline and budget. You may want to focus on function first, then fashion.

Create a Signature Piece

There are endless options for creating a lighting piece that reflects your personal style. You can design anything from a custom-blown glass chandelier to a table lamp topped with your favorite fabric.

Modify a Family Heirloom

It may be the lamp that lit up your nursery or your grandmother’s treasured dining room chandelier. Add a new lampshade or crystal jewels and jazz up a piece of your family history.

Add a Splash of Color

Whether adding a pop of color to wall coverings, floor decor, countertops, or a lighting pendant, homeowners are coloring their lives. You can celebrate the color trend by creating a custom piece in your favorite hue or adding color in details like switch plates or dimmers.

See the light

Thumb through magazines, visit your favorite design sites and Pinterest boards, check out your neighbors’ lights, or walk through your favorite lighting showroom. It’s even helpful to create an online vision board or make notes in a journal of ideas and inspirations.

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Lucy Dearborn the Leader in Retail Lighting!

Lucy Sign 300x199 Lucy Dearborn the Leader in Retail Lighting!The results are in! Readers of enLIGHTenment Magazine voted for members of our industry who have made a positive impact on the residential side of the business. Our own Lucy Dearborn has been awarded the Leader in Retailers for Lighting in the 2014 enLIGHTenment Legends, Leaders & Luminaries. Please read the Q & A with Linda Longo of enLIGHTenment Magazine.

How did you get started in the industry?

Lighting was my first job out of college. I worked in a local lighting store and fell in love with the creativity, constant change, and technical challenges that lighting offers. Clients really appreciate special guidance and are looking for an expert to help them with their home.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen?

Not much changed in residential lighting from a technology standpoint for most of my career in lighting. Sure, new trends in decorative lighting would pop up, but they were simply new or recycled looks.

The emergence of LED and what it offers in architectural lighting makes lighting design almost limitless now! I also love the use of recycled products and very much appreciate that there are still some manufacturers here in the States that create beautiful glass and metal fixtures.

What do you think is the greatest challenge?

Mixing the technology of LED sources with the category of lighting controls comes to mind immediately. For instance, we love that LEDs are dimmable, but when we’re designing lighting and then introducing a lighting control system, there must be expertise, team efforts, and testing.

Team Lucia will keep pushing the envelope in design and technology ― that’s what our clients expect. We overcome challenges by paying attention to the details, doing lots of research, and partnering with manufacturers who understand our needs. Big challenges bring big solutions ― and we’re really in the solutions business!

What has been the key to your success?

I think it’s the people who surround us. Lucia is eight years old and most of my co-workers have been with us the entire time. We’ve added enthusiastic and experienced people along the way, so we have a very strong core group of people. As Confucius said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew how hard it would be to be good at everything. You don’t know what you don’t know until it’s sitting in your lap, but you figure it out and do your best.

What do you think the future holds?

Lighting showrooms will have to continue to offer a level of expert service and experience. Technology will continue to play a larger part in our lives. We have to be ready to serve the next generation with that technology and work hard to get people away from their computers and into our stores. What will no longer exist is waiting for customers to come to us ― we’ll have to go and get them. Potential customers have lots of choices, so we’ll have to work hard to give them good reasons to choose us. And we will!

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Pantone Colors of 2014

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Pantone announces the hot colors for 2014

Lucia Lighting and Design celebrates Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, in a vibrant collection of fixtures and fabrics. Officials at Pantone describe the captivating color as “reaching across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination” and give sage instruction on how to use it in your interiors.

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Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014

“Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re-energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.”

Looking for a bright idea in Radiant Orchid?  Here are some lighting ideas to consider…

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A few ways to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your home with lighting!

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Lucia collaborated with Boston’s Spirit magazine to showcase more ways to incorporate the hottest colors into your home!

 

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The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn, Martha’s Vineyard

by Lisa Amore

Lucia owner Lucy Dearborn and I visited Martha’s Vineyard recently to assist with a home renovation project. On our to-do list was a stop at the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury. The homeowner’s renovation started primarily because they needed to light a beautiful painting newly purchased at the Gallery (along with other artwork in their home), so we wanted to do a little research before visiting their home.

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The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn, West Tisbury

The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn is the oldest and largest gallery on the island, opening in 1954. They represent a variety of artists, including painters, sculptors, photographers, craftsmen and jewelers. They display fine art paintings and drawings of landscape, still life compositions and photorealism by well-known national and local artists, exhibited alongside emerging artists.

The main purpose of our visit was to offer suggestions for lighting a beautiful ocean painting by artist Heather Neill. Ms. Neill created a collection of painting inspired by the purchase of the old Marine Hospital on the Vineyard by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Reclamation: An exploration of a hidden island treasure beautifully details the architecture and history of the building.

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Reclamation, by Heather Neill

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Vineyard Porcelain, by Heather Neill

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Memorial Day, by Heather Neill

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James Pond, by Heather Neill

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Manchester Gothic, by Heather Neill

The Granary Gallery is also proud to be one of the few art galleries in the country to exhibit an important collection of early American photojournalism, and the first to have limited edition prints for sale by noted Life photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, known as the father of photojournalism. We saw Eisenstaedt’s VJ Day in Times Square among several more of his prints. My favorite was the Puppet Theater Triptych, taken in Paris in 1963.

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Puppet Theater Triptych, by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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VJ Day in Times Square, by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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Future Ballerinas of the American Ballet, NYC 1937, by Alfred Eisenstaedt

 

With several indoor galleries, an outdoor sculpture lawn, and beautiful art-filled courtyard, The Granary has something for everyone. It is the primary destination for the Vineyard art scene! Owners Sheila and Chris Morse, along with their friendly staff, always make a visit to The Granary Gallery a memorable experience. When you’re on the island, make a point to stop in there, as well as their sister galleries, The Field Gallery “up-island,” and the North Water Gallery in Historic Edgartown.

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LEDs As Accent Lighting – The Fun Stuff!

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We have had a great time sharing with you (almost) everything you need to know about current LED lighting technology.

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Now that we’ve discussed different types of LED lighting, how to choose recessed lighting, and ways to use LED in your kitchen, it’s time for for a little fun!

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Lighting art with LED

One of the great things about LED lighting is you can safely put it almost anywhere to highlight anything you want, from an architectural feature to a special molding or just to set a different mood with color.

Going forward, the #1 use for LEDs as accent lighting might well be to display artwork.

“There are no ultraviolet rays in LED, so it’s great for art,” Lucy Dearborn said.

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LEDs are perfect for lighting art.

In the bathroom, LEDs are lovely for soft lighting around the mirror…

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LEDs built right into your mirror!

Lighting with color is now easy with LED technology, whether you are looking for a specific hue to complement your scheme …

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A mirror outlined with LED lights can complement your color scheme.

… or the ability to change colors according to your mood.

 

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Color changing LED can change your life!

LEDs have, of course, many practical uses. A great example is how they can be used to light up a stairway for safety (while still looking snazzy!):

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Light up stair rails with LED strips

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Use LED strips along steps for safety

And it’s always a pleasure to add lighting just because you can:

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Show off your cove with LED in color!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the latest in lighting. We’ll be back with more as the technology evolves.

 

 

 

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Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

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For the first time, we recently incorporated high-tech, energy-saving LED lighting into an entire kitchen project.

There are no incandescent, halogen or fluorescent bulbs to be found – not even in the dramatic drum pendants we specified for the island.

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Fabric drum pendant in polished nickel ~ stunning!

The results are beautiful, the clients love it (photos coming soon!) and in the process we became LED converts.

We give full credit to Lucía Lighting and Design in Lynn for helping us through the process. So we asked Lucía owner Lucy Dearborn to talk to us more about how to choose the right LED lighting.

After giving us an overview of LED, Lucy focused on recessed fixtures.

Many earlier recessed lights featured light that was too white and cold for many people, but warmer-toned LED lighting is now readily available, Lucy said. Here’s what to look for:

  • A color temperature rating of between 2700 and 3000 kelvins (or K), ensuring a warmer cast to the light. 2700K is generally preferable because it is equivalent to the temperature of the light emitted by a standard incandescent light, but the slightly whiter 3000K also may work in your space. “2700K is not the ‘best’ light, but it’s like a hug,” Lucy said. “It gets low and romantic.”
  • A Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80 to 100. The CRI measures the ability of the light source to reproduce the colors you might see if an object were placed in daylight. Typical incandescent bulbs have a CRI of 100, or the maximum. The higher the CRI, the happier you are likely to be with your light.
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LED recessed lighting

Other important things to know:

There is a high initial cost … but dramatic cost savings over time: A top quality LED replacement bulb (with lensing that diffuses the “Lite-Brite effect” of the LED light cluster within) can cost $75 for one fixture at 2700K and 80-plus CRI.

That seems like a lot, but with 75-90 percent energy savings and a lifespan of 50,000-plus hours, the investment does pay off.

The new LED recessed fixtures that we specified for our recent kitchen project were about $135 apiece. That’s about double the standard cost for all-new recessed incandescent lighting, but in the scope of a major project, it was an easy call.

LEDs are dimmable with the proper dimmer. We used CFL-LED dimmers from Lutron, which also work with fluorescent lights. They were slightly more expensive than standard dimmers, but the cost was not significant.

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LED recessed lighting

Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

For the first time, we recently incorporated high-tech, energy-saving LED lighting into an entire kitchen project.

There are no incandescent, halogen or fluorescent bulbs to be found – not even in the dramatic Visual Comfort drum pendants we specified for the island.

 Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

The results are beautiful, the clients love it (photos coming soon!) and in the process we became LED converts.

We give full credit to Lucía Lighting and Design in Lynn for helping us through the process. So we asked Lucía owner Lucy Dearborn to talk to us more about how to choose the right LED lighting.

After giving us an overview of LED, Lucy focused on recessed fixtures.

Many earlier recessed lights featured light that was too white and cold for many people, but warmer-toned LED lighting is now readily available, Lucy said. Here’s what to look for:

  • A color temperature rating of between 2700 and 3000 kelvins (or K), ensuring a warmer cast to the light. 2700K is generally preferable because it is equivalent to the temperature of the light emitted by a standard incandescent light, but the slightly whiter 3000K also may work in your space. “2700K is not the ‘best’ light, but it’s like a hug,” Lucy said. “It gets low and romantic.”
  • A Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80 to 100. The CRI measures the ability of the light source to reproduce the colors you might see if an object were placed in daylight. Typical incandescent bulbs have a CRI of 100, or the maximum. The higher the CRI, the happier you are likely to be with your light.

 Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

Photo courtesy of Lucía Lighting and Design

Other important things to know:

There is a high initial cost … but dramatic cost savings over time: A top quality LED replacement bulb (with lensing that diffuses the “Lite-Brite effect” of the LED light cluster within) can cost $75 for one fixture at 2700K and 80-plus CRI.

That seems like a lot, but with 75-90 percent energy savings and a lifespan of 50,000-plus hours, the investment does pay off.

The new LED recessed fixtures that we specified for our recent kitchen project were about $135 apiece. That’s about double the standard cost for all-new recessed incandescent lighting, but in the scope of a major project, it was an easy call.

LEDs are dimmable with the proper dimmer. We used CFL-LED dimmers from Lutron, which also work with fluorescent lights. They were slightly more expensive than standard dimmers, but the cost was not significant.

 Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

Photo courtesy of Lucía Lighting and Design

LEDs don’t dim exactly like an incandescent light … but the technology is coming. In her Lucía showroom, Lucy Dearborn demonstrated that dimmed LEDs can’t quite mimic the orangey tones produced when you dim an incandescent light. But such products are in development, she said, so consider waiting a bit if that is really important to you.

See it in person first. Be sure to visit Lucía’s showroom to test any recessed lighting you are buying … and ask the lighting specialists lots of questions. “Pleasant light is so subjective,” Lucy said. “(For example) whiter light for the aging eye is phenomenal.”

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It’s Time to Consider LED Lighting For Your Home

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If you’ve tried to buy a light bulb lately, you know it’s no longer as simple as running down to the hardware store for a couple of 60-watt or candelabra-style bulbs.

In just a few years – thanks to advances in technology, environmental concerns and federal regulations on incandescent bulbs – the choices in the lighting aisles have exploded, leaving many consumers confused and annoyed, especially when they learn that those 60-watt standard incandescents are due to be phased out in 2014.

Lucy Dearborn is here to help. The owner of the award-winning Lucía Lighting and Design showroom in Lynn is one of our go-to sources for interesting and beautiful fixtures. And she’s always got a smart take on the latest technology.

In the lighting world, there’s nothing more state-of-the art than money- and energy-saving LED. Lucy’s design associate Lisa Proulx helped us choose LED fixtures for a gut renovation kitchen project in Andover that is nearly complete.

Lucy herself spent time with us last month so we could share with you some of the best ways to incorporate LED technology into your projects. In future posts, we’ll discuss what’s new and next in recessed, undercabinet and accent LED lighting.

But first, the basics.

LED stands for “light-emitting diode,” and it’s a completely different method of distributing light than your typical incandescent (or even fluorescent) bulb.  Each “diode” creates highly directed and intense light. They are powered by standard household electricity combined with a transformer or driver that is either built into the unit (as in with LED screw-in replacement bulbs) or installed in a convenient spot near the fixture.

LED lights offer an energy savings of up to 90 percent over the standard bulb. And since LEDs last for tens of thousands of hours – up to 100,000 hours in some applications – you likely will never have to change them out.

The technology looks as high tech as it is. Grouped together, Lucy Dearborn said, the diodes look a little like Lite-Brites – especially when they come in colors!

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Red, green and blue (RGB) LED diodes

But more importantly, those clusters or strips of diodes, when packaged properly, increasingly can provide comfortable and useful task and general lighting throughout the home. Take a look at this beautiful transitional kitchen featuring recessed LED fixtures and accent lighting provided by Lucía:

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Recessed LED lighting in a kitchen

 

A lighting design, Lucy said, should be like a “7-layer-cake” that satisfies every lighting need in a room.

“People use their rooms in so many different ways,” she said. “In a kitchen, for example, it’s not uncommon for someone to be cooking, someone to be on their laptop, someone to be reading a newspaper …”

Until very recently, LED lighting was either impractical, too expensive or simply too cold and sterile for the average homeowner.

Early LED residential lighting was a very cool, harsh white. Today’s new fixtures and LED replacement bulbs have color temperature ratings of 2700 to 3000 kelvins (or K), giving them a warmer cast.

A rating of 2700K is equivalent to the temperature of the light emitted by a standard incandescent bulb, and is the number to look for when bringing LED lighting into your home, Lucy said.

More – and much improved – LED lighting in this color temperature range is hitting the market, dropping prices and making it more accessible to the typical homeowner.

But how to bring it into your home? In our next installment, Lucy will tell us all about designing with LED recessed lighting.

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