Friday, October 31, 2008
Using LEDs and RGBs, Enlighted Designs has created custom-made illuminated clothing and accessories for Cirque du Soleil, "Dancing With The Stars," Kanye West's 2008 VMA performance and tours for artists including Big & Rich, Incubus, Daft Punk and more! Check out the Enlighted Design website for more information and to purchase products. Most ready-made products can be purchased for less than $100. Custom-made products are also available to order. Check out their website for more details and exact pricing. Lights out until next time! - Photos Via Enlighted Design, Inc./Enlighted Design Inc. on MySpace/Enlighted Design Inc Blog
Thursday, October 30, 2008
In a recent post, Jennifer spotlighted this beautiful home, pictures of which were posted on the homeowners' Flickr account. I loved everything about this home but the one thing that stood out in a big way was this beautiful, colorful chandelier. She bought the chandelier on Ebay in the UK but after doing a little digging, it looks like you can purchase it online from a bunch of different retailers. Made by PT Home, this chandelier retails for about $150 and is made of metal, glass and resin with colorful resin beads. The Gypsy Chandelier is not wired for the USA, according to retailer Dutch By Design, but I'm not 100% sure that means. I know that electrical outlets are different in the UK but I think you can just buy an adapter that allows you to use those products, unless this wiring issue is something different altogether. The total length of the chandelier, from the hanging chain to the bottom of the beads is 125 cm (49.2 inches), but it needs a minimum clearance of at least 75 cm (29.5 inches). The chandelier is also available in other sizes, colors and styles. Check out all of these lights by PT Home! Lights out until next time. - Via MadeByGirl
Gypsy Chandelier - $150
Mini Gypsy Chandelier - $69.50
Black Gypsy Chandelier - $165
Floral Pendant - $150
Belle Epoque Chandelier - $310
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
In addition to his Ice Branch and Blossom Chandeliers, Boontje designed the exquisitely beautiful Garland Light, which is an elegant jumble of metal leaves, vines and flowers that wrap around a light bulb to form a unique sort of lamp shade. There's also Boontje's Midsummer Light, a paper lamp that resembles a delicate paper snowflake. Also made of paper is his Icarus Light, which is cut to look like the feathers on a swan's wing. Boontje describes his Shadow Light as a "magical carousel of color, light and dreamlike imagery," a very fitting description for this light which, when illuminated projects a calming, colorful scene onto the walls. Finally, Boontje's Come Rain Come Shine chandelier comes in two colors - a Gothic black, and a multi-colored version that looks very much like a fanciful piñata.
These pieces are all so different and inspiring that it's really hard to pick a favorite. Check out this interview with the designer on Boston.com from earlier this month. Lights out until next time! - Via Apartment Therapy / Photography from TordBoonjte.com
Garland Light - $95
Midsummer Light - $95
Icarus Light - $84
Shadow Light - $359
Come Rain Come Shine - $4,950
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Started in 2004 by designer Lisa Goldberg, LightenUp Design uses all natural materials in the making of their lights. The lamps themselves are crafted out of natural clay, while the paints and glazes used are homemade and non-toxic. Not only that, but all LightenUp lamps are CFL compatible! Not a scrap is wasted at LightenUp - all materials are recycled and new designs are created using "found or reconstituted objects." In addition to lighting, LightenUp is expanding its offering of tableware, including eco-friendly vases, votives, tea sets and more! Check out LightenUp online and purchase their beautiful products here! Lights out until next time! - Via Apartment Therapy & LightenUp Design
Knockout Oval Lamp - $430
Monday, October 27, 2008
Track lighting is basically a method of lighting where you have adjustable fixtures mounted along an electrified metal track installed on the ceiling. Track lights are perfect for displaying artwork in your home or items on a mantle. You can adjust each individual light fixture so that it shines in a different direction. Track lights are also great when used in an office setting and when used with energy efficient light bulbs, you can really cut down your energy costs significantly! Additionally, a great variety of styles allows you to customize the look of your room with your track lighting.
Here is a very helpful how-to-guide that I found on the HGTV (Home & Garden Television) website:
Flat- head screwdriver
Crimping tool Needle- nose pliers
Wire cutters Drill, with Phillips driver bit and 1 1/2" spade bit
Drywall-mounted electrical box
How To Install Track Lighting:
- At the breaker box, shut off the power to any circuit you will be using.
- Determine where you want to install your light, and drill pilot holes into the ceiling joists. Attach the track to the ceiling with wood screws. Use toggle bolts if you can't screw into the joists.
- For installations where no previous light existed, feed the wire through the ceiling.
Note: You may want to hire a licensed electrician to wire your light.
- Use the stud sensor to identify an area between studs in which you can place the light switch. The switch should be at least 2" away from any stud. Use a measuring tape to mark the placement of the switch so that it will be the same height as the other switches in the room.
- Use the drywall-mounted electrical box as a template for marking the cutout for the switch.
- Drill a pilot hole in the corner of the cutout, and use a long screwdriver to check for obstructions. Finish the cutout with a drywall saw.
- From the attic, locate the area above the wall where you intend to mount the light switch. Use a 1 1/2" spade bit to drill into the void behind the wall. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves and a dust mask to avoid irritation from fiberglass insulation.
- Feed two pieces of electrical cable into the hole from the attic and out through the hole in the wall.
- Strip the sheathing off the ends of both pieces of electrical cable, and strip 1" of insulation from the black and white wires.
- Connect one electrical cable to an existing power supply such as an attic light fixture or other nearby power source. Use the circuit tester to make sure the power is off before you handle bare wires. Connect the bare copper wires with a barrel crimp, and use wire nuts to secure the remaining connections, keeping white wires with white wires and black wires with black wires.
Caution: Some switched fixtures may have confusing wiring arrangements. If you're unsure which wires supply constant power, test the circuit, or call a licensed electrician.
- Locate the cable for the light fixture, and attach a junction box to a nearby joist. Thread the light-fixture cable and the remaining electrical cable into the junction box, and splice them together with wire nuts and a barrel crimp. Attach a cover to the junction box.
- Downstairs, push the other ends of electrical cable through the back of a drywall- mounted electrical box, and secure the box to the wall by tightening the wall-clamp screws.
- Strip the sheathing and insulation from the wires. Twist the ground wires together with a 5" piece of ground wire, and secure the connection with a barrel crimp. Connect the white wires together, and secure them with a wire nut.
- Attach the black wires to the terminals on a single-pole light switch, and attach the remaining ground wire to the green ground screw on the switch.
- Attach the switch to the electrical box, and attach a cover plate. For multiple track lights, consider using a stack switch.
- Insert the fixtures into the track so that the three prongs line up properly with the electrical wiring inside the track. Most fixtures simply snap into place.
Note: If you're installing track lighting over an existing fixture, remove the fixture and disconnect the wires. Then mount the track light, connect the wiring, and insert the light fixtures.
Friday, October 24, 2008
For about $200 on ThinkGeek, you can pick up one of these Luxeed Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard. Hooking up easily to your computer via a basic USB cable, you can change the color of your keyboard on a whim. Make it slime green, neon pink or red, white and blue! With over 430 LEDs, you have the power to change the color of every single key on your standard keyboard. Additional features include fun animation programs that moves a rainbow wave back and forth across the keypad. You can also make each key glow a little brighter each time your press down. You even have four "preset" buttons right on your keyboard (above the arrow keys) that allow you easy access to your favorite four "skins." Lights out until next time!
- Via Josh Spear and ThinkGeek
- Price - $199.99
- Available in White or Black
- Requires Standard USB Connection
- Keyboard Dimensions: 15" x 7.5" x 1"
- Optional Non-illuminating Number Keypad available ($34)
- Optional Keypad Dimensions: 4.25" x 7.5" x 1"
- Software Requirements: Windows XP, Vista (not Mac-compatible)*
*Keyboard functions with a Mac or Linux computer as a regular keyboard, but does not illuminate
Thursday, October 23, 2008
In this past Wednesday's episode (episode 8), called "Light It Up" the remaining 5 contestants had to design a room around an upscale chandelier from Swarovski! As the beautiful India Hicks introduced the challenge, I immediately recognized the stunning, $20,000 Swarovski Blossom Chandelier hanging there in the showroom, just glittering away. Anyway, the "Pop Design" challenge winner from that day, Eddie Ross, Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living Magazine (and publisher of his own blog, EddieRoss.com) got to pick the order the designers chose their chandeliers. The order was as follows:
The end results were a mixed bag. For those of you who haven't seen the show, I won't spoil it, but needless to say some drama went down with contestant Andrea Schroeder, wife of actor Ricky Schroeder. Back to the stars of this episode...the beautiful lights. I knew Swarovski made lovely things, but I had no idea about some of these other light fixtures they designed. As part of the Swarovski Crystal Palace Collection, some of these chandeliers are destined to be timeless classics. Still others are just bizarre. Pricing is not available online but you can visit the Swarovski website for more information. Most of the collection will be available starting in January of 2009. Top Design Season 2 airs every Wednesday at 10:00 PM eastern, 9:00 PM central on Bravo. You can purchase past episodes on iTunes.
Lights out until next time!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Deco Detective sure knows how to take my mind off the weather and focus it on some really cool rustic lighting that is perfectly fall-appropriate. In a great post from the other day, the Deco Detective featured some beautiful lighting by Norwegian designer Cathrine Kullberg. This is quintessential fall lighting and seeing these fixtures really got me thinking about cool, crisp fall afternoons, leaves changing colors, and wood-burning fire places.
Based in Oslo, Norway, Kullberg built her own company, Cathrine Kullberg Lighting and launched her first lamp, "Norwegian Forest" in 2007. All of Kullberg's pieces have a uniquely homemade look, while still maintaining a certain refined elegance. Using nature as her inspiration, Norwegian Forest lamps draw on the classic Scandinavian tradition of using thin birch strips as the main medium, depicting a nature scene of a deep pine forest filled with flora and fauna. The blond birch veneer shines warmly when lit up creating a beautiful light display in whatever room its set up in. Kullberg's beautiful detailing and exquisite craftsmanship shine through, literally! Norwegian Forest lights are available as a large pendant light, small pendant light and as a table lamp. Absolutely beautiful!
The pieces range in price from $550 to $750 and can be purchased here. Lights out until next time! - Via The Deco Detective/ Photography By Line Böhmer Lökken via Cathrine Kullberg Lighting