Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Father’s Day Gift Guide for Dads Who Have Everything

This Father’s Day, stay away from the traditional tie and socks gift and opt for a more creative and unique way to show your dear ol’ Dad how much he really means to you. We want you to light up your dad’s life with some amazing and innovative ideas to really have dad feeling loved.

Save dad cash – Give back a little more than face value with an original gift that will have Dad saving some serious money. Try giving dad the gift of replacing all his incandescent lights to LED light bulbs - not only do these lights maintain design and natural glow of traditional light bulbs, but they only consume 11 watts of power which can be a total of an 85% reduction in energy costs. With a 25,000 hour life span and a 10 year warranty, this gift will have Dad saving on his energy bills, as well as reducing the trips to the hardware store to get more lightbulbs. Don’t believe us? Even Men’s Journal has listed LEDs as one of The Greatest Gear of the 21stCentury. 

DIY made easy – Do you have a Dad that likes to do it all? From working on the car, to planting in the garden, to constructing an add-on, if your Dad is a busy body, opt for some LED work lights. LED work lights are lightweight and flexible, meaning easily transportable. They also produce less power with their 10-watts. Light the way for your Dad’s next fixer-upper.

Upgrade his man cave – If the game is on or Dad has some buddies over, you can nearly always find him in his mancave. But some occasions call for different types of lighting. Why not install dimmers and LED downlights in his sanctuary? Assembly is required for this gift, however, LED downlight retrofit can be as simple as screwing in a light bulb. Dimmer installation on the other hand isn’t for beginners - hiring an electrician to replace original switches with LED compatible dimmer switchers to match the new lighting would be best. Now, Dad will have the perfect lighting in any occasion, whether he’s enjoying a ball game or a nap.

Make his home smart – Helping Dad in his old age maybe the only thing that your Father wants this Father’s Day, but you can take it a step further by installing the Lutron Smart Bridge device. The Smart Bridge can control up to 50 devices, allowing dad to turn lights on and off, dim lights, set light schedules, and even control the thermostat. No more bothering with getting up for such a trivial task!

Enjoy our list or have any other ideas on what other successful Father’s Day gifts you’ve tried? Leave your ideas in the comments below and don’t forget to follow us on social media for more tips, tricks, inspiration, and lighting designs!

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(Source: 1000Blog.com)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Shoe Store Lighting That Inspires

For some, shoe shopping is a mundane chore to do before the new school year begins, and for others, it's therapy that brings a sparkle to an otherwise unexciting day.  But the following shoe stores will have everyone feeling like they're walking the red carpet. The main objective in a shoe store design and lighting is to highlight specific new footwear, promote the current fashion trends, and direct traffic through the store through the use of accent lighting. These stores go above and beyond with selling their products, leaving everyone that visits feel like they're walking on water!

Filling Pieces show store showroom
New Balance Experience store in Beijing

Shoe Class store will have you feeling like you're taking a lesson in fashion!

Sway shoe store's underlighting is on point.

Dune Catwalk shoe store extends the walking space to the ceiling.

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(Source: Retail Design Blog)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hotel Lighting That Is Anything But Traditional

In the hospitality management business, your business thrives on your ability to create a one-of-a-kind and special experience to ensure customer loyalty. But at what cost? You can still put an emphasis on sustainable solutions that bring the focus back to your bottom line by allowing LED lighting to guide every visitor that will save you cost and energy in the long run. And it's not at the cost of design - LED lighting can vary in sizes, colors, and designs. Whether it’s romantic lighting in the Honeymoon Suite to a display storefront in your lobby, make your hotel and place to remember.  

Check out City Lighting Products favorite hotel lighting from around the world to get inspired to save serious money:

L’Amandier hotel, Marrakech – Morocco
Reflective chandeliers hang in the lobby for a unique lighting alternative.
Photo by Retail Design Blog

Américas 1500, Guadalajara РMexico
Chandelier consisting of tube-like lighting is all anyone can see when they walk into this hotel.
Photo by Retail Design Blog
Club-House, Shanghai – China
This gold and white chandelier just adds more elegance to this hotel lobby.
Photo by Retail Design Blog
Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel, Madrid РSpain
This hotel bar does accent lighting right!
Photo by Retail Design Blog

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eco-friendly lighting: Is it real?

You always hear that LED lights, or light-emitting diodes, are an eco-friendly option next to traditional incandescent bulbs, but are they really? The truth is that traditional incandescent lights waste 90% of the energy that they consume on heat alone. Other ‘energy-efficient’ options, such as halogen incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs produce light that flows in all directions, wasting light and heat. In this article, we will prove to you that LED lighting is in fact, eco-friendly. 

LEDs lower energy use in all kinds of applications.

The Technology of LED
LEDs are constantly improving their technology that uses energy more efficiently and saves energy in indirect ways as well. They not only shine in one direction, but they produce hardly any heat, and last longer than other types of lighting.

Energy Star
Energy Star is a program between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Their goal is to label LED lights that meet energy-efficient guidelines set by both agencies, which guarantee these LEDs consume at least 75% less energy that an incandescent bulb, and last 15 times longer.

Saving With LED
LED lighting will have you saving some serious cash in utilities. According to a 2011 study, an Energy Star-qualified LED bulb only costed an average of $1 a year to operate, compared to the annual costs of an Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent bulb at $1.20, a halogen incandescent bulb at $3.50 and a traditional incandescent bulb for $4.80. And not only is the annual costs a selling point itself, but an LED’s lifespan ranges from 15 to 25 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb, which means less trips to the store for light bulbs.

Along with your short term savings, there is even a long term benefit for switching to LED lighting: reducing electricity in the United States. According to the Department of Energy, LEDs could cut the electricity demand in America by 1/3, which has an estimated savings of $265 billion.

LED lights could cut the electricity demand by 1/3 in America.

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