Affordable LED Table Lamps: Start Converting Your Home to LED

As LED lighting becomes more affordable and accesible, consumers are beginning to see the financial and environmental benefits to converting to this exciting new technology — and are putting money on it. This renovation to energy-efficient LEDs is responsible for the anticipated growth of the LED market — expected to double by 2014.

LED Table lamps and LED Desk lamps are an ideal way to begin the process of converting to LEDs. Lightology offers a vast array of award-winning, classic and modern table lamps that fit perfectly with other contemporary lighting or design styles.

The Equo from Koncept won a Best in Class award in 2010.

Equo by Koncept

Koncept offers an array of extremely popular LED desk lamps, like the I-Bar Mini and the Z-Bar, that fold away or extend for high-power LED brightness with four-step dimming. The Equo desk lamp recently earned a ‘Best in Class’ award from Next Generation Luminaires, an LED competition sponsored by the Department of Energy. It earned this recognition for its touch-sensitive control strip, great value (only $225) and cool design.

The Kelvin LED Table Lamp was a popular debut in 2010

Kelvin LED by FLOS

One of the most popular debuts in LED lighting this year was the Kelvin LED from Flos. Designed by Antonio Citterio, the fixture has an on/off touch sensor, 365° adjustable arm and 355° adjustable head. It consumes a mere 8 watts and is made entirely of recycled materials. Its soft, warm white light, has, until recently, been difficult to achieve with LED light sources.

The Link from Pablo is an LED lamp that comes in different sizes, colors and wall, clamp-on and desk versions

Link LED by Pablo

The Link Table Lamp from Pablo adds a bit of whimsy and fun — coming in a variety of hues like green, orange, white, silver, grey and black and match with the coordinating Link Clamp-On, Link Wall Mount and Link Floor Lamp versions.

The Tolomeo LED from Artemide is an iconic fixture.

Tolomeo LED by Artemide

Some iconic fixtures, like Tolomeo from Artemide and Berenice from Luce Plan are now available in LED for a contemporary lighting touch that will never go out of style.

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Dreaming of an Open Air Retreat

2011 DreamHome Lit Up By Lightology and 1 Design Group


Here in Chicago, the Merchandise Mart’s annual DreamHome event hosts 9 different designers,
all selected to showcase their style and talent in different residential rooms.

This year, landscape designers Michael and Lori Anthony of 1 Design Group and Jeremy Stanulis of J. Stanulis Architects were given the privilege of designing the outdoor space in the DreamHome. With a little help from Lightology,  they were able to create a relaxing outdoor retreat that leaves us all yearning for our own open-air haven.

What is your inspiration/vision for the space?
The theme this year is ‘Modern’, and we wanted to show off how warm a modern space can be — no matter the size.  We wanted to push the envelope and maximize the space for functionality while remaining visually appealing.
How does the lighting that you chose solve problems and/or enhance the space?
Lighting is such an important element in any size landscape and should not be overlooked.  In our landscape, the lighting brings the boxwood to life and sets the mood in the space. It is enchanting, and invites people to relax and have a good time.
What is your overall design philosophy and how are you expressing that in the DreamHome?
Our goal is to first listen carefully to our clients: our challenge is to evolve their wants and needs into their purest expression.  In the DreamHome, we expressed our modern design style within the theme, while bringing in the different design elements that can be utilized in your exterior space.

Get the DreamHome Landscape Look…

Michael and Lori’s outdoor retreat feels inviting and warm due to the many layers of light they created using a variety of products from Lightology.

The Alpine produces bi-directional light for a soft glow.

The Sun3 LED is a 10 watt, award-winning recessed light that they used as an uplight to show off the boxwood and stone wall.

Find out more about the 2011 DreamHome and see 1 Design Group’s landscape for yourself!

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Designer Photo Contest Winners

Last month, we asked Interior Designers, Architects and members of the trade to send us photos of their designs that included Lightology fixtures for a chance to win up to a $250 Lightology Gift Card.

Ninety-something photos (see all submissions here) and thousands of votes later, two winners stand out above the rest.

Karin H. Edwards Interiors won the People’s Vote on our Facebook page with 122 votes for her Master Bathroom design while Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects got our vote for their transformation of a worn-down shed into a lighting designers dream.

We had a chance to chat with both design teams, and here’s what they had to say about their winning projects!

People’s Choice Winner: Karin H. Edwards Interiors

What is your favorite part of being a designer?

“I honestly believe that improving surroundings has real benefits. I’ve seen how the right design can build confidence, spark imaginations or put people immediately at ease. And, I love the nuts and bolts of the doing.  It’s always about collaboration — with craftspeople, with manufacturers, retailers and, most of all, the people using the room.”

Could you share some background on the project featured in your photo?

“It’s my own master bath and a labor of love.  The paneling is meant to give it a dressing room feel and link to the bedroom’s closet doors, which explains the choice of chandelier over the tub. Because the room is open to bedroom, I needed to create a powerful vista.”

Is lighting an important element of your designs? Why or why not?

“It’s critical.  Anyone who says paint is the quickest changeup is wrong. Lighting draws the first notice, often unconsciously. It’s the invitation, and it’s the best way to build drama.”

Lightology Winner: Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects

What is your favorite part of being a designer?
“Getting to generate and share positive energy from the designs that we create. Design is about communication and sharing of thoughts with other people. It’s most satisfying when your results are truly appreciated — you know you have done your job well.”

What is your/your firm’s design philosophy?
“We believe in a blend of simplicity and whimsy. If a design becomes too complicated, it loses its “thrust” and effectiveness. A clear concept usually wins out over trying to do more than necessary. It’s important to have some aspect of expressiveness there too — so that you can use space and light as a canvas. Whimsy can represent a number of things as you can be loose or intellectual about it — it’s all about how you choose to execute it.”

Could you share some background on the project featured in your photo?
“This photo represents a metamorphic culmination. We took what was once a non-descript, uninspired shed in the woods and made it into something that has a strong identity. The original raw space (with no interior finishes, light fixtures, or even mechanical system) was completely transformed into a hip loft space. It came together very quickly from a design standpoint but fleshing out the details took a bit more time.”

What made you choose these fixtures?
“We took a walking trip to Lightology to get inspiration for the lighting, and originally we had only planned to scout out some sconces for the walls. Upon seeing the LED system featured in the showroom, we knew that we had to integrate that fixture into the design to add another dimension to the “mood” of the space. The idea of color splashing against the ceiling using beam-mounted LED lighting was something that we knew would be an instant conversation piece.”

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Find the Right Bathroom Light

Bathroom Lighting is a crucial element of a good design simply because  it is part of our daily rituals —  grooming, shaving, applying makeup … the list goes on. And, we’ve all seen what bad lighting can do — harsh light and unflattering shadows do not make for pretty faces!

So, to help make sure your bathroom is fully loaded with the best lighting design possible, Lightology is sharing a few bathroom lighting How To’s, as well as a find the Right Bathroom Light Sale until February 28th to help make fixing up your bathroom lighting a little easier on your wallet.

Bathroom Lighting starts with one simple idea: Think in Layers.

Task Lighting is best for highlighting a specific area, like a piece of art, a countertop, or in the bathroom, your face!


To achieve the ideal quality of light for grooming, shaving and applying makeup, you must eliminate shadows on the face. When using Wall Sconces, install two wall sconces on each side of your mirror, at least 30″ apart. The brightest portion of the wall sconce should be aligned with the face, or approximately 60-66″ above the floor. You can also follow these same guidelines using Pendants for a more modern look. See an example of pendants in the bathroom.

General Light helps balance light output from all fixtures in the room while giving you diffuse, even light that illuminates the entire bathroom.

To fill your entire bathroom with diffuse, general light, a ceiling light, like the Boxie or the Mint Round or Mint Square will do the trick. However, a ceiling light by itself leaves you with too much glare and shadows for a bathroom. Make sure to complement these fixtures with additional sources of light to accomplish a layered, shadow-free bathroom.

Accent Lighting adds eye-catching, dramatic light to a space but can also perform a practical task. For example, a toe kick light can also double as a path light — making middle-of-the-night bathroom trips easier and safer!

Cove lighting and toe kick lighting are fantastic ways to add general light that is also eye-catching and dramatic. LED Soft Strip is an energy-efficient way to create this dramatic look.

For more tips, ideas and inspiration, visit our Bathroom Lighting Ideas page or start shopping for your new lights at the Right Bathroom Light Sale

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Go Green: Make It Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is upon us – and it’s time to make some changes! Many of you are asking how to can save money and be energy-efficient, so make it your resolution! Here are some great tips on how to conserve energy, increase lamp life and save money on lighting in 2011.

Replace Inefficient Above, Under and In-Cabinet Lights with LED Soft Strip and LED Puck Lights


The average home will use cabinet lights around 2,000 hours per year; retail stores around 4,000 hours. When you install LED Soft Strip and Puck Lights, residential homes will enjoy 20 years of illumination!

The flexible and linear LED Soft Strip uses between 1 and 3 watts per foot and has all kinds of connectors to create custom shapes and sizes. LED Puck lights are compact, 3 watt fixtures that look great inside cabinets or closets and can either be surface mounted or recessed.

Use the Cody LED Picture Light to Illuminate Artwork Without Damaging UV or IR Rays

No one wants their valuable artwork and priceless family photographs damaged, discolored or faded from the harmful UV and IR rays that incandescent and halogen light sources put out. Using LEDs eliminates these concerns while also saving energy – the Cody LED Picture Light uses 6-12 watts (depending on size) emits zero harmful UV or IR rays and contains no mercury.

Convert Incandescent Bulbs to CFL or LED

LEDs are improving everyday, and you can always find the latest technology at Lightology. Our LED replacement bulbs are used to replace standard incandescent and halogen light sources while saving large amounts of energy and lasting up to 45,000 hours. For example, the EnduraLED A-19 is a direct replacement for a standard incandescent and uses only 7 watts!

Use Dimmers and Occupancy Sensors to Save Energy and Increase Lamp Life

By dimming incandescent or halogen lights just 10%, you not only save 10% on energy costs, but it also increases the lamp life by 80%! For example:

Incandescent Bulb Lifespan
Full Brightness: 1,000 hours
Dimmed 10%: 1,800 hours

This increase in lamp life helps save money, lower energy use and reduces waste. Add an Occupancy Sensor that uses motion detectors to turn lights on/off, making energy-saving a no-brainer!

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Interior Designer Chat Tweet Up @lightology

This Tuesday, people from all over the country came to the Lightology showroom to participate in our first-ever Tweet Up with our co-hosts @IntDesignerChat! At the beginning of the night, guests at the showroom and around the country participated in the weekly twitter chat, #IntDesignerChat, where the subject of the night was lighting. (Read the transcript)

Afterwards, the party continued for guests at the showroom, enjoying food, drinks and social media tips for their business! If you are a trade professional, make sure to register for our trade benefits program to get exclusive discounts on products and invitations to upcoming Lightology events! Visit our facebook page to see all the photos from the Tweet Up!

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Lightology Sponsors Installation at DIFFA’s Dining by Design Charity Event

This past week, Lightology paired with Chicago area design firm HDR Architecture for their Alice In Wonderland – inspired dining room installation for Dining by Design, an event hosted by the Chicago Chapter of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). This event raises funds for Chicago area HIV/AIDS service organizations that provide direct service, education, and outreach to the community.

Lightology donated the Ginetta chandelier for the installation, while companies like Coalesse Furniture, Designtex Fabrics and Interface Carpet donated other elements to perfect the whimsically chaotic setting.

HDR Designer Anne Rockwell had her sights set on the Ginnetta chandelier from the beginning.

“The chandelier was the perfect formal element with a modern twist,” she explained. “It helped tie the room together with the white table and scrolling graphic side walls.”

Find out more about DIFFA and what you can do to help.

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