I Have Seen the Lights

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I have seen the lights and they are fabulous and more energy efficient than in the past. Yesterday I had the good fortune to meet up with a new Twitter friend, Laura Van Zeyl, publisher and editorial director of Residential Lighting, Home Fashion Forecast* and Hospitality Lighting. They are all trade publications, but we all know I need all the help I can get when it comes to interior design, so I’m eager to read them. And lighting? That could be a whole blog unto itself. Hmmm. It probably is; I’ll have to search that.

I met Laura online as @ResLightingMag and immediately followed because I need to better educate myself on lighting. DH and I have talked tile, paint, cabinets, showers and appliances, but not lighting. Except to the extent that we’ve both agreed our timing is off because as a country we’re in a big shift away from incandescent lights to LED lights, with a major detour to CFLs which I consider a tool of the devil. Oh, the environmental impact of all those improperly disposed of mercury-laden CFLs. Ugh.

Laura assured me that although the industry is in a period of rapid growth and innovation,  LEDs are quickly evolving and, hooray! coming down in price. (Still, 12 -18 months from now the prices will be even better. Who knows? We may still be waiting for our permit approvals at that point….)

As our conversation continued, it dawned on that my desire to attend CES, the Housewares Show or even the Sweets and Snacks Expo suddenly paled in my comparison to to attend Lightfair. How unlike me to get distracted by a shiny object.

Where was I? Oh yes, with that stack of magazines Laura passed on to me (pictured). I’m off to read, absorb, learn. After perusing just a few pages, I’m excited to see that LED have already gone from being merely functional to being fun, elegant or dramatic depending on the manufacturer.

I know I have a lot to learn about LED lights, but I’m aware that our village or state code requires a minimum of 50% of our new permanent light fixtures to be high efficiency. We plan to install a few recessed cans in the kitchen, ceiling fan lights in the bedroom and a dining room fixture that hangs high enough that we can move the table when we’re having a big party and not have to worry about our friends Avrum and Tall Paul poking their eyes out on it. But we’ve got a lot of blanks that need to be filled in (soon!).

Do you have questions about installing or converting to energy-efficient LED lights? Any other lighting questions? Ask away in the comments; I think I know where to get you some answers.

*Speaking of home fashion forecast, I have a must-see post coming up next week. I am literally turning the window fashions industry on its head (or possibly making it fall on its bum; you’ll have to decide).

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