Share Your Energy Saving Ideas and Win a Sero LED Desk Lamp from Cerno

Lightology, the largest online retailer of contemporary lighting is offering an energy saving giveaway to kick off 2012!

We’re betting our design-minded friends out there have a few tips and tricks on how to contribute to the energy-efficient movement, even if it is as simple as changing a light bulb!

When you share your energy-saving tip/trick on Lightology’s Facebook or Twitter pages, you will automatically be entered to win one of the GREENEST tickets in town: A Sero Desk Lamp from Cerno Lighting!

The Sero uses only 6.3 watts and is fully dimmable!

 Cerno, a lighting manufacturer that ONLY uses LED technology, has received praise and recognition for its well-designed LED table lamps, pendants, floor lamps and wall sconces.

The Sero LED Desk Lamp is slender and clean, using only 6.3 watts with a High CRI of 82 and a 3000K color temperature, the same as a standard halogen bulb.

To enter, post your easy idea on how to save energy in your home on the Lightology Facebook Wall or send us a tweet to @lightology!

All original ideas will count as 1 entry, and the winner will be randomly selected on February 1, 2012.

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Share a Photo of Your Thanksgiving Dining Decor to Win a Koncept Z-Bar LED Desk Lamp

This time of year, your dining room becomes the most important room in your home; a place for food, family and fellowship. And whether this is the only time of year your dining room gets used, or you break out the polished silver every Sunday, Lightology wants to see how your dining room has been transformed for the Thanksgiving season! By sending us a photo, you can win a $275 Koncept Z-Bar LED desk lamp!

To enter, take a photo of your Thanksgiving Dining Decor (family members not necessary!) that also shows off your lighting.

Like Us on Facebook and Post Your Pic on Our Page!

Or Follow Us on Twitter and Tweet Us your Photo!

A winner will be selected Monday, November 28th at 5 pm and will win a Koncept Generation 3 Z-Bar Desk Lamp, a $275 value!

The award-winning Koncept Z-Bar LED table lamp ($275 value) uses only 10.5 watts and is fully adjustable, with rotating arms that move to your exact desired position. The touchstrip allows for easy dimming with a simple slide of the finger. The perfect gift – or reward for your hard work this Thanksgiving!

Send in the photo of your Thanksgiving Dining Room TODAY for a chance to win!

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Give the Gift of Light this Year

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, the best-selling and hottest new contemporary lighting fixtures were hand-picked and marked down 20-35% OFF list price (November 1-30) — offering gifts for the design savvy at more affordable prices.

Top Gift Ideas


Z-Bar® Desk Lamp features the award-winning three-bar design for ultimate reach and flexibility.

The all-LED Generation 3 line from Koncept features enhancements to the multi-award winning fixtures like the Z-bar and Equo. The innovations of Generation 3 include better quality and brightness by equalizing the LED light distribution and a touchstrip that can be smoothly dimmed with the swipe of a finger, or instantly brightened or dimmed with a simple touch.


Another brand consisting entirely of LED fixtures, Cerno, is relatively young to the lighting scene. Initially turning heads with their multi-purpose wall sconce turned reading light, Cubo, Cerno solidified their position in the design community with high quality contemporary desk lamps, floor lamps and LED pendants.


Tolomeo has become an icon in the lighting industry, popular across the world and even on display in museums.

Artemide, an icon in the lighting industry, has their top-selling Tizio and Tolomeo lamps: a classic gift that will never go out of style.


The Edge Lighting Night Owl series uses a direct beam of LED light, ideal as a bedside reading light that won’t disturb your partner. The wall-mounted Night Owl and Night Owl 3 are available in plug-in and canopy versions with a variety of finishes. The Night Owl 3 also comes with a high/low switch and adjustable beamspread.


3POD floor lamp features a black fabric shade and a black carbon steel finish for a classic look that’s equally durable.

Lightology offers its own line of fixtures, the Lightology Collection, which represents the highest pinnacle of design and the latest technological developments.

The Holiday Sale lasts until November 30, 2011.

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LED Lighting Basics and The Lighting Facts Label

In the last two months, Lightology has partnered with top LED manufacturers, Edge Lighting, Pure Lighting and Philips Lightolier to teach Chicago’s architects and designers all about LEDs through educational seminars at our downtown Chicago showroom. Through these presentations, we’ve collected 5 helpful tips on LEDs that anyone can use to make sure they purchase the right LED for any project!

1)    Look for the Lighting Facts Label

Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Lighting Facts Label is the ‘nutrition facts label’ for LEDs, providing a quick summary of product performance data.

By introducing transparency to the lighting supply chain, the label guards against exaggerated claims and helps ensure a satisfactory experience for lighting buyers.

Luminaire manufacturers who take the pledge agree to use the label to disclose performance results in five areas—lumens, efficacy, watts, correlated color temperature (CCT), and color rendering index (CRI)—as measured by the industry standard for testing photometric performance, IES LM-79-2008.

2)    Color (Correlated Color Temperature)

Students Visit the Color Temperature Wall, which shows all the different colors of light, at the Lightology Showroom

Color Temperature measures light color.

  • “Cool” colors have higher Kelvin temperatures (3600–5500 K).
  • “Warm” colors have lower color temperatures (2700–3500 K).

These colors are charted on the Kelvin scale for you to use when choosing a light source. Many LEDs are developed with a color temperature of 2700K, which is the same as a standard incandescent, or 3000K, which matches the color of Halogen light.

It is important to match the color temperature in all light sources when designing a space, otherwise the differences might be quite noticeable.

3)   Quality (Color Rendering Index)

This picture shows that the colors on the tissue box look better under LEDs with a higher CRI. All three tissue boxes are lit under the same Color Temperature, only the CRI is different.

CRI measures color accuracy, or more specifically, it is the effect of the lamp’s light spectrum on the color appearance of objects.

Based on a scale from 1-100 (100 being the best), a low CRI LED will make colors in fabrics, paint and people look duller, less vibrant. It’s a great idea to place color samples from your project underneath LEDs with differing CRIs to help determine which LED looks best.

Typically, a CRI in the mid-70s and up is acceptable for commercial applications. For residential applications, A CRI of 80 or above is preferable.

4)    Lumens, Watts and Lumens per Watt

This chart shows the comparison in efficacy between an incandescent, fluorescent and LED light source.

Lumens measures light output. The higher the number, the more light is emitted.

Watts are ONLY a measurement of the energy required to light the product. The lower the wattage, the less energy used.

Lumens per Watt is a way to measure efficiency, similar to the Miles Per Gallon you get in your car. The higher this number is, the more efficient your product is.

5)    Thermal Management

The Scope LED Head uses aluminum as a heatsink to pull heat away from the LED, making sure it maintains the 50,000 hour lifespan.

Heat plays a major factor in the lifespan of an LED. LEDs are a condensed point source that gets very hot, so an aluminum heatsink is necessary to dissipate the heat over a larger surface and keep the junction (where the LED meets the circuit board) temperature below 80°C.

Running an LED just a few degrees too warm can shorten the lifespan of an LED up to 50%! A good rule of thumb is in an open air environment, the LED needs 2.5 square inches of heatsink for every 1 watt.

Use Edge Lighting’s Scope LED as an example. At 9 watts, the scope needs 22 sq. inches of heatsink. The cylindrical fixture is 2.24”W x 4”H. You use the formula below to determine the square inches of the aluminum fixture (the heatsink).

Width x π x Height

2.24 x 3.14 x 4 = 28 square inches

The Scope LED fixture exceeds the required amount of heatsink to guarantee LED lifespan. Keep in mind that enclosed fixtures, like recessed LEDs can require around 15 square inches per 1 watt, so the heatsinks on these fixtures will be much larger, but still hidden from view.

Download a PDF of our Lamp Comparison Chart to see some of the basic differences between lighting options available to you.


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Beat the Heat! Win a Fanimation Floor or Ceiling Fan from Lightology, the largest online retailer of contemporary lighting and ceiling fans, has partnered with Fanimation for an exclusive summer contemporary fan giveaway! One lucky winner will receive their choice between the architectural Arden Floor Fan ($300 retail value) or the ultra-modern Marea Ceiling Fan ($500 retail value).

To enter, simply ‘Like’ the Lightology Facebook Page and leave a comment, or follow Lightology on Twitter and tweet to @lightology why you should win! All retail orders placed on the Lightology website from July 1-18, 2011 will also be entered into the drawing.

The Arden Floor Fan from Fanimation has walnut legs and an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish, recalling the clean and classic lines of an architect’s tripod. Complementing transitional as well as classic décor, the Arden has a three-speed rotary switch, providing a trio of comfort levels.

The Marea Ceiling Fan provides functional art on the ceiling! Circulating air with its distinctive, acrylic-frosted blade, the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish coordinates beautifully with similar finishes in the house. The Marea comes equipped with a hand-held remote and a wall-mount control. The three forward and reverse speeds provide just the right amount of comfort year-round. The 42-inch blade sweep is ideal for bedrooms, living spaces, and sunrooms.

Visit to see the large variety of ceiling fans, perfect for keeping cool and saving energy this summer.

The Lightology Summer Ceiling Fan giveaway ends July 18, 2011. A winner will be randomly selected and contacted on July 19, 2011.


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Lightology Hosts Photo Contest to Win $300 in Hinkley Outdoor Lighting and Landscape Lighting is giving you the chance to win $300 in Hinkley Outdoor Lighting!
No matter if it’s a patio, a pathway or a tiny patch of grass — everyone deserves a well-lit outdoor space they can enjoy.

To enter the contest, send a photo of your outdoor space in need of new lighting to marketing(at)lightology(dot)com or post it to the Lightology Facebook wall, along with a few words about how you would enjoy your newly lit open-air escape! All submitted photos are posted on the Lightology Facebook Page (

The photo with the most ‘Likes’ on the Lightology Facebook Page at 11:59 PM on June 8, 2011 will win a $300 retail gift card to spend on the Hinkley Outdoor Lighting fixtures of their choice!

Shop Hinkley outdoor lighting on to see the large variety of fixtures that will not only define your outdoor space but also add charm and ambiance. Use outdoor wall sconces to illuminate architectural elements for added drama; or define an intimate sitting area with a soft, exterior pendant light.

Landscape lighting can also be used to develop a safe pathway or create focal points. Use recessed garden lights for glowing gorgeous flowers. Or, create texture by using a spotlight to accent bushes and shrubs.

Lightology offers a vast array of Hinkley outdoor lighting in contemporary and traditional lighting styles. Send your photo today to marketing(at)lightology(dot)com and ‘Like’ the Lightology Facebook Page to enter to win your $300 in Hinkley Outdoor Lighting!

See the Rules and Regulations for the contest.

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Marty Lescht and Lightology Pair for Eco-Friendly Lighting at Chicago’s All Vegan Restaurant, Karyn’s On Green

Marty Lescht ASID and AIA (PA) of Lescht and Associates, is an Interior Architect and Designer based out of Chicago but known nationwide for his almost 40 year resume, touting such greats as Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (Hub 51, Tru, Everest) to luxury hotels and the restoration of the Wrigley Building. Marty often pairs with Lightology for his projects, most recently to design Karyn’s On Green, an all-vegan restaurant looking for a design to match its chic, eco-friendly menu.

Saggina Chandelier from Lightology

“I carved the ceiling tiles to look like branches,” says Lescht. “And we used the Saggina Chandelier because of its likeness to the branches of a tree. With the lights, you get a starlight effect, making the whole chandelier really play off the branch carvings and everything that I did with the ceiling.”

What was your vision for the space?  
Because we live in Chicago and it’s dark so much of the year, and I wanted to create a feeling more like Malibu or Santa Monica — very cool and natural, with an outdoor feeling. When you walk into Karyn’s On Green, you get the feeling that the food and the experience will be fresh and clean. I create unique, interesting designs, but I like working with neutrals and am influenced by nature. This way, the people and the food really get to be the star and enhance the ambiance of the restaurant.

How do you incorporate lighting into your designs?
I don’t incorporate lighting; it is the main factor in my projects. I could spend a million dollars on a project and if it’s not lit properly — it’s a waste. Dimming is incredibly important so you can change lighting effects from day to night, seasonally, etc. And for this project, all the lighting is eco-friendly, to coordinate with the all-vegan menu.

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