The May 2017 issue of Coastal Living carried the article Coastal Twenty 1997-2017 What’s Classic Now by Betsy Cribb and Ellen McGauley. In it they say; “The coast has its own elements of style – a library of looks woven through the homes that rise up from the shoreline. Here, we’ve celebrated 20 enduring design ideas that define today’s most beautiful beach houses.” Continue reading
The pineapple has been a decorative motif for centuries. Continue reading
This is the time of year we all want to get organized. An organized desk is the first step to organized paperwork.
- Minimize Papers
Don’t print it unless you need to. Go through the mail as it comes in and immediately toss or shred anything that does not need action. (Put the catalogs in the bathroom.)
- Have an Inbox
Whether it is a place on your desk that is reserved for incoming papers or a wall pocket near the desk, have one single place so they don’t scatter all over the desk.
- Have a Trash Can or Shredder
Make sure you don’t have to get up or try to toss your papers into the trash.
- Have a To-File Box
Rather than make a heap on your desk of items waiting to be filed, have a single file box under the desk that you can put items in. They’re still convenient if you need them immediately. File them correctly eventually.
- Have a Pencil Cup (Or a segregated spot in the drawer)
Take all of those pens, pencils and highlighters out of the drawer, make sure they write, sharpen the pencils and put them in something easy to reach. (Throw it away if it doesn’t write.)
- Have Good Lighting
Make sure you are not working in your own shadow. An adjustable desk lamp , floor lamp or swing arm wall lamp is a great investment that will pay you back with more efficiency and less eyestrain.
- Use the Room
If you need it close, but aren’t going to use it soon, get it off the desk. Stack it on shelves. Put it in a box. Or rethink it. You may just want to file it, shred it or donate it. Give it a little time and nearly everything isn’t worth keeping on the desk or in the office any more.
- Get Rid of Clutter
Move the family photos and knickknacks to somewhere else in the room.
- Schedule Tidying Your Desk
Pick a time every week to lift and dust, wipe down keyboards and throw away all those little things that accumulate.
- Use Hold Time
Any time you are sitting on hold, put it on speaker phone and make use of the time. Sort your Inbox. Or stand up and do a couple of exercises like High Knee Lifts or with Arm Circles.
“Now’s the time to carve out a spot for paperwork, scheduling and similar tasks. ‘When it comes to home offices, neutral walls, simple patterns and streamlined furnishings create a calm and inviting feeling,’ says interior designer and blogger Danielle Oakey. Proper lighting is another must. Place your desk near a window for sunlight, if possible and add a task lamp for extra brightness. Oakey also suggests movable furniture-a comfortable chair on casters, a rolling cabinet-which allows for flexibility in small areas.”
Style at Work Family Circle January 2014
Brand Lighting Desk Lamps
This contemporary kitchen uses a variety of lighting sources. Recessed Lighting is over the sink. The countertops are with undercabinet lighting. Over the island, two Tech Lighting Mini Melrose Pendants provide a focal point, while adding task lighting. The Bi-pin Lamps provide plenty of light while the Tahoe Pine Amber glass diffuses it, so that there is no harsh light in your eyes.
- Recessed Lighting
- Countertop Lighting
- Tech Lighting Pendants
- Tech Lighting FreeJack
Tech Lighting Mini Melrose Pendants
- Available Colors
- Ferrari Red
- Tahoe Pine Amber
- White Frit
- Available Finishes
- Antique Bronze
- Satin Nickel
- Gracefully shaped glass shade, richly layered in brilliant frit, with machined top detail.
- 12 volt Halogen, 24 volt Halogen, LED 12 volt LED 3000k
- Six feet of field-cuttable suspension cable
- Swag Hook option available
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Tech Lighting allows you to customize your pendant by choosing from a variety of available canopies. FreeJack 4″ Round Flush Canopies are shown in this kitchen. The canopies are available for an individual pendant, as shown above or to hang three, four or five pendants from a single canopy.
- Available Hardware Finishes
- Antique Bronze
A darker finish designed to simulate aged bronze
Similar to a polished nickel with a slightly cooler tone
- Satin Nickel
A brushed nickel similar in appearance to brushed stainless steel
- Antique Bronze
- Available Wood Canopy Finishes
- 2″ Square
- 4″ Round
- 4″ Square
- Domed Canopy
- Venus Deep Canopy
- 3-Pendant Linear
- 3-Pendant Round
- 4-Pendant Round
- 4-Pendant Square
- 5-Pendant Round
- Adapter to replace recessed can light with a pendant
- Adapter to hang pendant from track light
The Mini Melrose Pendant can be suspended from single canopies as shown above or from a Kable System, Single Circuit or 2-Circuit MonoRail System or T~trak.
These Pendants are compatible with Tech Lighting Kable, Free jack, Monorail and 2-Circuit Monorail.
Adapters are available to use these on Track Light or T~trak.
|Tech Lighting Pendants are completely customizable.Choose your pendant.Choose how to hang it.
(Or start with your system, then decide which pendants, fixtures and accessories to add.)
Don’t you just love this kitchen?
This is from Elle Décor’s July/August 2014 issue.
“He may be a furniture restorer to the stars, but in his own Brooklyn townhouse, Karl Kipfmueller opts for the worn and the faded
“The kitchen cabinetry and stainless steel countertops are by Galesi Design, the pendant lights are by Progress Lighting, the under counter freezer and refrigerator drawers are by Summit, and the Wolf stove is vintage; the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Dulamel in White and the flooring is cork.”
Text by Kathleen Hackett
Photography by William Abranowicz
Produced by Anita Sarsidi
Progress Lighting Metal Shade Pendant Lights are VERY inexpensive! They come in brushed nickel, dark green and a bronze finish, as well as the white shown in Elle Decor.
Progress P5094 Metal Shade Pendant Lights
One-light cord-hung pendant with white interlined shade. Basic Metal Pendants are ideal for Kitchen Lighting or Bar Lighting.
Finish: Brushed Nickel, White, Dark Green, Venetian Bronze
Plated Brushed Nickel (-09) finish with clear cord
Painted White (-30), Dark Green (-45) with white cord
Painted Venetian Bronze (-74) finish with black cord
Spun metal shade
Painted gloss white inside for reflectivity
Width/Diameter: 16″ x Height: 7-1/2″
canopy covers a standard 4″ hexagonal recessed outlet box:
Lamp Type: 1 x Medium Base 150 watt ceramic sockets
3 conductor SJT cord
10 feet of wire supplied
Flex Track or Monorail Lighting Systems are a type of Track Lighting. A continuous rail conducts electricity from a single source. Pendants or fixtures may be attached anywhere along this track. There are a lot of choices in track, fixtures and pendants.
Track lighting fixtures for standard track lighting and monorail are available in incandescent, fluorescent, halogen and LED. Fixture extensions can be added to bring a fixture lower. Line voltage fixtures must be used on line voltage track. Low voltage fixtures with incorporated transformers may be used on line voltage track as well. Low voltage track uses low voltage fixtures.
A wide variety of filters, lenses, shades, shields and accessories are available.
Complete MonoRail Kits
If you are looking for a simple layout, a kit might work for you. Monorail kits have all the hardware you need for most basic layouts and include pendants or fixtures.
You may be able to customize these kits with additional components to join multiple kits, drop them further from the ceiling or suspend them from airplane cable.
Fixed Monorail gives somewhat the look of monorail, but is installed like a standard light fixture.
Monorail Starter Kits
Customize these kits with your choice of pendants and heads. If you are looking for a basic layout, these kits will work for you. Kits have all of the hardware you need. Then you make them your own with your choice of a wide variety of pendants or fixtures. Eurofase Monorail, Besa Monorail, Bruck Enzis Monorail, Bruck Flight, LBL Monorail, Tech Lighting MonoRail and WAC Solorail Monorail have kits available.
Custom Monorail Options
Single Circuit or 2-Circuit
2-Circuit MonoRail allows individual fixtures to be independently switched or dimmed. Bruck Flex-Line Monorail Track, LBL Monorail, Tech Lighting MonoRail, WAC DuoRail Monorail and FlexRail 2 120V Monorail are available 2-Circuit.
12 Volt, 24 Volt & 120 Volt MonoRail
Usually Monorail is a low voltage 12 Volt system. Besa, LBL, Tech Lighting and WAC Lighting Monorail is available as 12 volt or 24 volt. WAC Lighting and Tech Lighting both offer a line voltage 120 Volt version of Monorail.
Some systems offer more mounting options than others. Mounting is available for flat ceilings, angled, vaulted ceilings or dropped T-grid ceilings. Cables allow the monorail to be suspended from the ceiling. Some systems allow you to attach or cantilever monorail from the wall.
Most Monorail systems have live and isolating connectors. Dead-End isolating connectors allow you to switch and dim sections of rail separately. They also allow you to have more lights on track on separate circuits without exceed the rating on the system. Some systems have special connectors to allow monorail to make sharp angles or join in a “T” or “X”. Different systems offer different standoffs and connectors.
The right light makes all the difference in your home office. You need a desk lamp that is truly adjustable. When you adjust it, it should stay adjusted! You need to be able to position it to easily see your papers without glare and without reflections from your monitor. You should be able to adjust it without burning yourself. The light should not shine directly into your eyes. The right lighting in your office can keep you from getting headaches and eyestrain.
Whether you have vision problems or not, good light is essential. As your eyes age or if you are faced with vision issues, lighting becomes even more important.
“Traditional table lamps with lampshades do not provide a way to direct light to where you need it to read or perform tasks such as writing checks or any other close work. When you select a lamp for a table or desk, choose one with a flexible gooseneck than can be turned to direct light where it’s needed.”
Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss by Peggy R. Wolfe
There are so many choices available, but all good desk lamps have the same qualities! In Oliver Heath’s Home Book he says on desk lamps; “There are a massive variety on offer, but these lights generally have a solid base and a stand with the light bulb shielded or directed by the shade. It’s important to pick for your work area a light with a shade that will prevent glare from the light bulb, which can potentially create eye strain. Try to choose a desk lamp with some level of flexibility, such as an angle-poise lamp, which allows you to manipulate it into a variety of positions to best suit the task you are carrying out – for example, to shine light onto a surface or onto a wall to balance the light levels.”
You don’t have to give up style and fun for efficiency. There are a lot of options available to fit any style.
In the September 2013 issue of House Beautiful, Interior Designer DD Allen talks about her favorite. “I’m in love with my new orange lamp from Flos. Such a fun, punchy color– and the articulated design and LED light make it practical too.”
House Beautiful February 2014 Article Master Class interviews Interior Designer Darryl Carter “The Tizio Lamp is a timeless design. It’s complex yet doesn’t seem to occupy much space. I bought my first one in college and how have three in my house. It’s very functional, especially next to a bed.”
Artemide Tizio Lamp is available in many sizes, finishes and variations. They are adjustable direct task low voltage halogen or LED table or desk light for orientable task lighting with parallel head rotation.
Artemide Tolomeo Collection includes floor, wall and and desk lamps for orientable task lighting in incandescent, fluorescent or LED. They are available in a variety of table mountings.
If desk space is at a premium some desk lamps mount through the desk top using a set-in pivot. Or consider using a swing arm wall or floor lamp.
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American Lighting now makes LED Tape-Rope Hybrid. Just plug it in. The 1.6A DC inverter is on cord. It is low profile and bright like LED tape light, but extendable and has longer runs like rope light. Great for use in coves, restaurants and bars, retail displays, reception areas, uplighting and more.
Small, Compact & Low Profile
Tape-Rope measures only 3/8″ wide by 1/4″ high. Installed using optional track, it is 1/2″ wide by 7/16″ high. The connection fittings measure only 7/8″ in diameter.
High light output – up to 80 lumens/foot.
LEDs spaced every .65″ produce even and bright light.
High output – White produces 80 lumens per foot. Warm White produces 72 lumens per foot.
American Lighting LED Tape-Rope Hybrid line voltage kits are economical – no drivers required!
Low maintenance LEDs last up to 35,000 hours.
Easy to Install
American Lighting LED Tape-Rope Hybrid is easy to use.
Kits interconnect and plug into standard 120V AC receptacles.
The 1.6A inverter on cord converts 120V AC power to 60 Hz DC for LEDs.
Each kit includes 4 clear plastic mounting clips per foot. Optional clear plastic track is also available.
Long or Short Runs
Use for long or short distances where light is needed.
American Lighting LED Tape-Rope Hybrid is available as a complete kit with runs as short as 3’. Kits are available up to 45.9′. Kits can be extended using a 3’, 6’ or 15’ linking extension or jumper. Bright White and Warm White LED Tape-Rope Hybrid can be extended to run up to 106 feet. Blue and Green LED Tape-Rope Hybrid can run up to 106 feet. Red LED Tape-Rope Hybrid can run up to 211 feet.
Flexible & Durable
American Lighting LED Tape-Rope Hybrid is flexible. It can be curved to fit a variety of applications.
LEDs spaced every .65” inside durable white PVC housing with clear PVC jacket.
American Lighting LED Tape-Rope Hybrid is dimmable with most standard incandescent dimmers.
Retail blister packs for 3′, 6′ and 12′ kits; Retail boxes for 18′, 30′ and 45′ kits.
Available in Blue, Green, Red, Bright White or Warm White.
The Basics of Track Lighting
Track Lighting consists of a continuous track that conducts electricity from a single source. Fixtures may be attached anywhere along this track.
Track can be mounted to
- Suspended Ceilings
- Along architectural elements
- Suspended from rods or cables
- Sloped ceilings
Track lighting may be suspended using rods or cables. Pendants may be suspended from the track. Track lighting is available in Line Voltage (120 volt) or Low Voltage (12 volt or 24 volt). Low voltage track uses a transformer to drop the electricity to the required voltage, connecting low voltage lights directly to the track. Line voltage track may still be used with low voltage fixtures with a transformer as part of each fixture. Be sure to anchor your track securely before hanging heavier fixtures.
“Track lighting offers a great degree of flexibility to the designer, because not only the direction of the light, but also its location can be changed. This feature makes track lighting an ideal auxiliary or primary lighting source for a retail store. Track lights are also available with colored filters that attach directly to the fixture. The biggest drawback to track lights is the potential direct-glare problem. Because the lights can be positioned in any direction, it is likely the light source will be visible and produce glare. Some baffles are available to control glare, which cause the lamp to be recessed deep into the fixture. Even though this effectively cuts off light, store personnel must be instructed to be aware of the problem of direct glare, and the fixtures must always be positioned to control the problem.”
Store Design: A Complete Guide to Designing Successful Retail Stores by William R. Green
Ceiling mounted track lighting with adjustable spotlight fixtures and pendants are an excellent choice for both residential and commercial use. There are an unbelievable variety of attractive and functional fixures available.
Track lights make it easy to make changes in your lighting. You can mix pendants and track heads to direct light on specific areas.
Standard Track Lighting Types
There are 3 standard types of Track lighting. If you are adding to an existing system you will need to determine which type of track lighting you have.
- Halo or Halo compatible track has three wires or contacts
- Juno or Juno compatible Juno or Juno compatible track is wider with only two wires about 1″ apart.
- Lightolier or Lightolier compatible track also has two wires which are about 7/8″ apart
Power & Connections
Electricity is provided to the track using a Live End.
Power can be fed from one end of the track, from a connector, from a flexible or stem power feed or as a floating canopy anywhere along the track.
Track can be wired directly to a ceiling box or be attached anywhere, then plugged into a standard wall outlet using a cord set. If the outlet is not controlled by a switch, an in-line switch may be used on the cord.
If you wish to have areas of your track lighting controlled by separate switches, so that one area can be lit or dimmed without affecting the entire track, you may use an isolating end and an additional live end.
Track can be ordered in various lengths or cut to fit any area. It can be laid out in any design, using connectors to join sections. Right or Left “L” Connectors, “X” and “T” Connectors make right angles or use Flexible Connectors to join sections at other angles.
Bruck Lighting’s New GalaxZ Simplifies Daylight Harvesting
Daylight Harvesting means using as much natural sunlight as possible instead of electric lighting. Of course this uses less energy and costs less money. Win-Win!
Daylight Harvesting lighting control systems dim or switch off electric lighting when there is more natural sunlight.
Bruck Lighting’s New GalaxZ
Control in commercial applications is crucial to sustainable lighting design. GalaxZ fulfills the LEED® requirements for efficiency with the use of individual integrated Daylight harvesting sensor and drivers without the need for extensive wiring installation or expensive commissioning.
GalaxZ is ideal for general lighting applications where 54w T5HO would be used. A raceway design along a linear line voltage track or canopy mount can illuminate retail, hospital, school cafeteria and classrooms, hallways, grocery store isles, conference tables, office or warehouse low bay applications.