Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2016 Market Trends in Review

The Buyers are back from the January Market and as we await their picks for the upcoming year - we thought we'd take a look back....

Lightovation, the Dallas Market Center lighting show each January and June, always has fabulous fixtures for our buyers to bring back to our showrooms.  It’s a huge market with hundreds of manufacturers exhibiting their latest product introductions.  It’s not only hard to get to everyone during the show; it’s even harder to keep track of everything!  After Market each year, we ask our buyers that attended to narrow down the trends and highlight just a few of their favorites for the year to introduce to our customers.  Here’s what captured their attention in 2016:


1. Mid-century Still Mod
One of our favorite trends at the show was the expression of Mid-century modern.  Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs and the style was characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature.  Interior spaces were opened up and the outdoors brought in.  Kichler introduced several fixtures nodding to the movement - the Cirus collection features warm curved Auburn Stained Wood accents reminiscent of wood panels from the 1940s. The smooth round shape and white fabric shades complete the look.  And the Charles collection stamped circular cut outs in Natural Brass surround a pleasing, smooth round shade. Another great example is the Jonathan Adler Vienna Chandelier manufactured by Robert Abbey that offers modern sophistication with a cool '60s groove. The texture and tone of the expertly handcrafted, nearly opaque Pulegoso glass adds a glamorous glow to any room.

Kichler Lighting Cirus

Kichler Lighting Charles

Jonathan Adler Vienna Chandelier by Robert Abbey

2. More Outside In 
We loved the use of organic materials in fixtures this year.  One of the more popular trends at the 2016 Lightovation Lighting Market was the inspiration that came from outdoors.  Natural shapes, unexpected organic materials and a large focus on outdoor chandeliers showed us we could go “back to nature” in a very sophisticated way.  Artcraft Lighting’s Danbury chandelier by CobiStyle (designer Cobi Ladner) features a bronze frame with rope-wrapped arms, and provides ideal lighting for a small foyer, hallway, or dining room.

Artcraft Lighting’s Danbury chandelier by CobiStyle 

With a beautiful curvy shape, Bask from Varaluz is made from hand-forged recycled steel and hand-painted with a low-VOC finish. It is inspired by nature and handmade by artisans and as the company states: “presents crystal in a new and entirely un-stodgy way. “

Bask from Varaluz
Natural agate is the star on Corbett Lighting’s Meteor six-light pendant.  The frame is hand crafted iron with a textured gold leaf finish.
Corbett Meteor
Carson from Hinkley Lighting pairs industrial sophistication and artisan craftsmanship with its bold overlapping metal ribbons. The hand-crafted pendants bring a subtle touch of reclaimed charm into any space.
Hinkley Lighting -Carson Exterior

3. Hello Orbs
Although many introductions still featured drum shapes, we were drawn in more by the spherical bodies.  Orbs surrounded us and we liked it! From Elk division Dimond Home we discovered Oriona, a three-light pendant fixture in antique gold leaf.  With a modern yet organic vibe, this fixture would be at home in a wide variety of decors. The orb-centric pendant is handcrafted from metal and glass and is available in large and small sizes.

Elk also brought us a Starburst fixture in a beautiful globe shape.  This delicate pendant fixture has 19-Light points in a polished chrome finish.
Oriona from Elk Dimond Home

Elk Starburst
An elegant sphere of pure optic crystal is laser etched to create a mysterious yet beautiful orb floating within. When illuminated by the downward-firing LED hidden within the socket, the Mina pendant light from Tech Lighting’s inner orb glows brilliantly while the fixture provides a bounty of task light on surfaces below.
Tech Lighting Mina
The Axis collection is one of Capital Lighting’s most popular collections. An open bounded metal orb surrounding the light source, Axis is available in Russet, Winter Gold, and new Brushed Nickel finish options, a variety of sizes, and with or without crystal accents.
Axis from Capital Lighting

4. I Can See Clearly Now 
Nearly every manufacturer we visited had an offering of clear glass pendants.  Oversized and in varying shapes, these featured prominently throughout the show.  One of the ones we liked is Tech Lighting’s Quinton Pendant fixture, available in LED. This elegant, large-scale glass pendant is masterfully hand-blown to feature a beautiful clear draw at the crown of the ample, flowing teardrop silhouette.

Tech Lighting - Quinton

5. LED – Better And Better!
We may say this after every show the last few years, but again, there is no stopping LED.  Innovative and fresh designs along with better lumen output and color rendering, make it perfect for everything from bathroom fixtures to crystal dining room chandeliers. LED’s dimming capabilities have vastly improved as well. The bold Allegri Glacier LED pendant features clear crystal spears complemented by a thick metallic band.
Allegri Glacier LED

We were also very impressed with the ceiling fans now available with LED lights especially outdoor rated options–a perfect application for the light source.

6. Go Softly Gold 
We applaud the trend towards soft gold finishes on fixtures of all description. Lending an extra sparkle to your holiday décor, a gold-finished chandelier in an unexpected place brings its own stylish brightness to the party, and works well with your warm winter palate.  Bring back the gold standard!

Schonbek dresses up your home for the holidays with the Valterri Chandelier which also embraces a larger movement towards clean straight lines.
Schonbek Valterri
Hinkley softens the gold by adding an element of silver to the finish on their Sabina fixture and Capital Lighting Fixture Company gives us a beautiful brushed gold finish on the Ellis pendant.
Hinkley Sabina

Capital Lighting Fixture Company Ellis pendant

Let us know your favorite and for more inspiration, visit the Dominion Pinterest page.

p.s. Our buyers just got back from the January Market, we are excited to see what caught their attention this year and what will appear in our showrooms for you in the next couple months … if you are looking for something new and fresh to invigorate your space, you’ll find it at Dominion Electric Supply!






Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our best wishes and warm thanks to you this Thanksgiving. Enjoy the long weekend with friends and family. Stay home - Brighten your Day.




Friday, November 11, 2016

Designer Picks

Lighting matters.  It not only illuminates a space, it can be a beautiful focal point of the room.  It also gives a homeowner another chance to show off their style.  From time to time The Washington Post "Local Living" section will feature guest designers who pick “go to” fixtures.  I love seeing their choices and have been wanting to reach out and let everyone know - you can get most of these fixtures right here in our local area showrooms.  See it – touch it – take it home!

Here’s a sampling:

Pendants
:

Feiss Cadence 2-Light Pendant

$306
Dark Antique Brass / Matte BlackShade: Glass in White Opal Etched finish
STYLE NO.: P1283DAB/MB

Harking back to period-inspired, warehouse lighting, the Cadence lighting collection by Feiss is a contemporary update to historic industrial fixtures. The riveted center band, as well as the vented top and square-linked chain on the pendants, add rich, visual interest yet don’t distract from the clean lines of the overall silhouette.

Dimensions: D: 13'' H: 13 1/8''
(2) Medium 75w Max. Incandescent bulbs

Hinkley Lighting Fletcher 2-Light Pendant

$309 Steel with Etched Opal Glass Style No.: 4834DZ

Fletcher’s chic vibe transcends style boundaries. A seamless dome shade features a cast-fitter and an elegant capture ring that secures the etched opal glass with decorative cast knobs. Spanning vintage to industrial, classic to transitional, Fletcher seamlessly unifies any décor declaration.

Dimensions: Width:  13.5"  Height:  14.5"
2-100w MED bulbs


Feiss Marquise Mini Pendant
$389 

Capturing the fun of contemporary crystal and designed to follow the cut of a marquise diamond, the Marquise lighting collection by Feiss has a delicate, exposed metal frame adorned with a silver leaf application and then finished with a string of hand-applied crystal beading to grab the warm light and make a dynamic sparkle. Available in either a Silver finish with Clear color crystals or Burnished Silver finish with Champagne color crystals.

Dimensions: D: 9 5/8'' H: 15 3/4''
(1) Medium 75w Max. Incandescent

Elk Lighting Joline 1-Light Pendant
$398 
Brushed Brass Style No.: 22010/1

HEIGHT:14  WIDTH:14
1 Med. Bulb

Hudson Valley Lighting Concord
$320
Style No.: 8811-HN

Concord’s cast collar, adorned with mounting thumbscrews, secures a special globe of mouth-blown glass. Trained artisans create this soft-white “triplex” glass by encasing the milky layer in a double-dipping of glossy, clear glass. The finished piece has unmatched visual depth. Light reflects evenly across the globe, diffusing bright spots and obscuring socket components in the soft, creamy glow.

Diameter/Width 11.00" Height 13.25"
Min - Max Height 19.25" - 73.25"
1 Wattage 75 Medium Base - A19 Bulb

AVAILABLE FINISHES
Aged Brass (AGB)
Old Bronze (OB)
Polished Nickel (PN)


Flush Mounts:

Hudson Valley Lighting Bethesda

(we have a sconce and chandelier on display from this family)
While Bethesda’s roots are rustic, its modern poise calls to current tastes. At the frontier of bold design, Hudson Valley branded Bethesda’s six-point star base with classic American inspiration. Hand-worked finishes and light, eco-paper shades soften the look for contemporary settings. The collection’s durable cast details embody their commitment to exceptional design.

SPECS
Diameter/Width 7.00"  Height 7.00"
1 60 Watt lamp Medium Base - A19 Bulb

AVAILABLE FINISHES
Aged Brass (AGB)
Aged Silver (AS)
Old Bronze (OB)
Polished Chrome (PC)
Polished Nickel (PN)


Chandeliers:

Hudson Valley Lighting Bethesda Chandelier


SPECS
Diameter/Width 30.50" Height 22.25"
Min - Max Height 25.25" - 76.25"
6- 60 watt Candelabra bulbs

AVAILABLE FINISHES
Aged Brass (AGB)
Aged Silver (AS)
Polished Nickel (PN)

Our lighting showrooms are located in Arlington, Virginia 703-536-4400; Chantilly, Virginia 703-631-8300; and Laurel, Maryland 301-470-2121.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Rooms that work twice as hard


Photo: Lighting Design by Pat Stanley for Weiss Alexander Design Group LLC


The American Lighting Association (we are members) is a great resource for all things lighting. They send out a free E-Newsletter each month always filled with information you can use when thinking about lighting for your home.


Their latest newsletter talks about rooms with multiple uses, in particular family rooms.

A family room that doubles as a media room requires lighting that can be adjusted to minimize glare and shadows while providing ample illumination for varying activities.

The holiday season is right around the corner, making this the perfect time to get ready to entertain family and friends. Whether those guests are coming just to watch the big game or to stay for an extended period of time, your media space will no doubt be a popular gathering spot.  And lighting mixed-use spaces can be tricky.

The types of fixtures typically used in a multi-purpose family room are different from those suited for a dedicated media room. In a mixed-use space, multiple layers of adjustable light are necessary to suit different tasks and myriad light requirements.

Inside and outside light affects TV viewing. When lighting a media viewing space, it is imperative to consider all sources of light. Natural light from outside is as influential as light from indoor fixtures. Multi-purpose spaces generally have windows, which create the need to control that light during the daytime as well as at night when even minor reflections can be distracting. 

Just as important as your light source is the time of day and season, all of which affect the amount of light coming in as well as the angle and intensity of the light.  Having a versatile controls system can help.




A space that doubles as a both a media room and family gathering spot requires lighting that can be easily adjusted. Lutron's Caséta Wireless system can control lights, window shades and room temperature with one device.

Want to know more?  Visit us!  We have ALA Certified Lighting Specialists in each of our lighting showrooms.  But remember, lighting design takes time, it is best to make an appointment if you'd like to go over blue prints or plans.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

Fire Prevention Week is October 9 -15, 2016

The National Fire Protection Association @NFPA campaign this year is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

This is the third year in a row they have focused on smoke alarms, but for good reason.  If your smoke alarms are not maintained or working properly, there is an increased risk in the event of a home fire.

To those in the fire service, the lack of working smoke alarms, especially in homes, sadly comes as no surprise. Every day, headlines from across the country chronicle fire after fire in homes without working smoke alarms. 1

Please keep in mind that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Stay safe!  Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.








2. Infographic courtesy of http://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Quick Tips about Color Temperature

Catherine has been called away to concentrate solely on our Project Homes division, so we've been struggling with how we will fill her "shoes" here on the blog.  It is going to be tough!  She started Enlightening back in 2008 and really made it successful.  She even won a tED Magazine "Best of the Best" award for it.  We will miss her insight.  Hopefully, she can pull free for a post or two and let us know what is working for the project homes side of the business.

From time to time, please drop us a line! Let us know how we doing and what you want to hear about.  We appreciate the input and want to make Enlightening a useful resource for you.

LED has been a big focus in our industry - for our counters and for our lighting showrooms.  Changes are constant and improvements happening quickly.  Liz Iacone, our representative for Philips, has given several presentations for our customers on LED basics, and for our first post we've summarized it for you.

LED Lighting is all the rage and we LOVE all the fun and fabulous things manufacturers can do with it!  Along with better lumen output and color rendering, dimming capabilities have vastly improved, and no longer is LED limited to recessed lights.  It’s everywhere, from bathroom fixtures to crystal chandeliers for the dining room––an emphatic acknowledgement of the homeowner’s desire for quality design that truly addresses energy efficiency. 

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If you are thinking about purchasing a LED fixture or replacing some of your light bulbs, consider these tips.  Color Temperature is a way to choose lighting that gives you the look and feel you want in a space.  It is expressed in Kelvin measurements "K".

For residential homes, a Color Temperature of 2,700-3,000K would be appropriate, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere, particularly for communal or high-traffic areas like the living room and kitchen. Temperatures within this range are called “warm white” and are on the lower end of the color spectrum.
Lighting above 3,500K are known as “bright white” or “cool white” and appear more neutral in color. Commercial lighting tends to fall within the 3,500K-4,000K range. The higher the Kelvin measurement, the cooler the color, a bluish white and often referred to as “bright white” or “daylight” in product packaging.  Keep in mind, the eye sees more yellow as we age, so cooler Kelvin temperatures may be more desirable as we get older.




When you are purchasing LED light bulbs to replace your old incandescent light bulbs read the packaging.  All bulb packaging must list the “Lighting Facts” now.  Go to  http://www.lightingfacts.com/ for more information.  

Rule of thumb, one 60W medium base screw in light bulb (A Lamp) is 750 Lumens (light output).   The higher the number, the more light is emitted.

Buy equal LED output to what you are replacing in incandescent.  If you are looking to dim your LED lighting, make sure the LED product says it is dimmable and you get the suggested type of dimmer so the LED performs correctly. LEDs do not become warmer in color when dimmed like regular incandescent or halogen light sources.  If you are interested in that sort of effect, look for “warm dim” or “dim to warm”.  

Interested in LEDs?



Friday, April 22, 2016

Girls Night Out featuring HandyMOM 101 DIY Workshop

There are a few seats left!  Get in on the fun (and prizes)!



Grab your friends and join Dominion Electric Supply and Moss Building & Design for a Girls Night Out, complete with hors d'oeurves, wine, raffle prizes and more.  Peruse our beautiful lighting showroom while learning about lighting and having a great time!  
Moss Building & Design will present their Dim It workshop, an installment of the popular HandyMOM 101 program during which a MOSS professional will teach you how to install a dimmer switch in your own home.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice regarding all things home-improvement.
Our Philips Lightolier representative will demonstrate how color temperature and the different effects of LED lighting can enhance whatever you are working on. 
Various prizes will be raffled off including a FREE Handyman For A Day (a $700 value)!  Once you arrive, there will be several fun ways to earn raffle tickets, all of which are free.  The first and easiest way you can win raffle tickets is to share this invitation on Facebook -- receive 5 raffle tickets just for sharing!


The event is Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) at Dominion Electric Supply Co. - 5053 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

Monday, February 29, 2016

Lighting Showroom Sales Positions Available


We are hiring!
We are searching for full time & part time Lighting salespeople for our Chantilly, VA showroom.  We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated people to sell lighting fixtures & accessories to homeowners. This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic and fast-paced organization that is willing to train the right people for a great career in lighting.
Successful candidates must possess the ability to effectively communicate with clients and fellow co-workers, be computer proficient and have a flair for design, as well as possess an ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Candidates must also be willing to learn and have a warm, friendly disposition.
Secondary duties are Showroom Maintenance & Administrative Support:  hang price tags on merchandise, keep tables neat, replace burned-out light bulbs on displays, and assist co-workers as needed.
Part-timers must be able to work every Saturday from 9 to 3, plus weekday hours between 8 & 5, but NO Sundays!
If you are interested please contact msingh@dominionelectric.com

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Year of the Past - Lighting Trends of 2016

The Year of the Past

Lighting Trends of 2016
  
This is the year of nostalgia.
There is a surge of fixtures from the 50's, 60’s, and 70’s reminiscent of simpler times. This restoration of style indicates homeowners’ seeking solace in the past. Lighting styles from decades ago have been refreshed with modern flares.
 
Hinkley Lighting - Felix Collection - Sunset Gold & Steel Finish (Top Left)

Varaluz - Masquerade Collection - Hammered Ore Finish & Recycled Steel Acrylic Diffuser (Top Right)

Maxim Lighting - Cocoon Collection - Polished Chrome Finish & Fiber Glass Latex Shade (Bottom Left)

Varaluz - Fascination Collection - Zen Gold Finish & Recycled Champagne Glass (Bottom Right)





Organic Modernism & Mixing Metals
Organic Modernism, introduced in the 40’s, is a style of lighting that uses sustainable and natural resources for interior design. The materials focus on different types of wood, stone, leather, and recycled glass. Organic Modernism is often combined with hard texture metals and warm finishes. The revived organic style of bringing the outdoors in is a reaction to our technology-filled lifestyles. To be outside and a part of the natural world is in our biology.  This trend brings relief from our busy schedules, and reconnects with nature by creating a retreat of peace.



 
Eurofase Lighting - Cesto Collection - Wood and Amber Glass Finish (Top Left)

Varaluz - Flow Collection - Hammered Ore Finish & Glass Opal with Hand Forged Recycled Steel (Top Right)

Maxim Lighting - Norwood Collection - Black Finish with Ash-wood & Natural Uddo Oil (Bottom Left)

Varaluz - Tinali Collection - Gold Dust Finish & Sustainable Twine (Bottom Right)



Currey and Company - Drift Wood Collection - Natural Wood & Iron Finish (Left)

Currey and Company - Metamorphosis Collection - Antique Brass Finish (Middle)

Currey and Company - Oakington Collection - Bronze Finish & Vanilla Linen Shade (Right) 





Raw Textures and Warm Metals
The design elements in the 70’s were bold and raw. This was inspired by the response to changes in the social and political world. Brass became the vogue finish of the interior design industry. Then the 90’s experienced a Digital Revolution once again altering the world of design. Homeowners wanted minimal and cool metallic finishes like chrome and nickel to display a space age atmosphere. Now in 2016 people are finding comfort in heritage. The desired finishes are bronze, copper, brass, and gold with touches of hand-wrought craftsmanship. Different from the shiny lacquered brass, once popular in the 70’s and 80’s; light fixtures are now left unfinished. Brass is warming and an alluring aesthetic without being ostentatious. Visually these metals bring a perfect mixture of modern and tradition while adding an element of timeless artisan-ship.  

 
Visual Comfort - Gramercy Collection - Gilded Iron Finish (Top Left)

Visual Comfort - Re Collection - Gilded Iron Finish (Top Middle)

Troy Lighting - Link Collection - Bronze Leaf Finish & Hardback Organze Shade - (Far Right)

Crystorama - Layla Collection - Antique Gold Finish (Bottom Left)

Troy Lighting - Chaumont Collection - Distressed Driftwood with Gold Leaf & Wood Finish (Bottom Middle)





Rustic Chic
 Exposed brick, pipe, and duct work used to only be featured in urban lofts. Now this industrial design is finding its way into suburban homes with a flare of chic. The Industrial Chic look uses raw materials, recycled items, and simple shapes. Steel or concrete combined with wood or different textures create the balance between hard and soft. The Edison lamp is one of the main components for the Industrial Chic style. The lamp blends effectively with organic fixtures made of woods or other sustainable materials. The Edison lamp appearance is clear glass with carbon filament exposed in the center. The distinctive filament is the central attraction.  The Edison lamps emit a soft amber hue, creating a feeling of ease and reflecting on an earlier time of life
Hubbardton Forge - Otto Collection - Black & Brass Finish with Clear Glass (Top Left)

Maxim Lighting - Crete Collection - Polished Chrome Finish with Gray Concrete Cement & Black Fabric Covered Wire (Middle)

Eurofase Lighting - Rotem Collection - Copper Finish & Vintage Moroccan Souk Perforated Metal Shades (Far Right)

Varaluz - Jackson Collection - Antique Silver Finish & Recycled Window Pane Glass (Bottom Left)


The Sputnik Chandelier 
The Sputnik Chandelier is an eminent decorative symbol of the 60’s Space Race.
The first satellite to ever orbit earth was the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite, launched in 1957. This historic event inspired the United States to NASA. The “Atomic Age” became prominent all throughout the 60’s, heavily influencing the interior design industry. Iconic pieces like the Sputnik chandelier were born.
This mid-century modern light fixture has the qualities of a radiating starburst. The chandelier has many arms, each one supporting one lamp at the end. The Sputnik is such a legendary design that it can be mixed with other classic designs from any era.
The adoration for the Sputnik Chandelier comes from a time in history that broke all boundaries and gave strength to the past, present, and future.
Eurofase Lighting - Zazu Collection - Black & Chrome Finish (Top)

ET2 Lighting - Cassini Collection - Bronze Finish & Amber Murano Glass (Second)

Kichler Lighting - Armstrong Collection - Natural Brass Finish (Third)

Crystorama - Galileo Collection - Forged Bronze Finish (Bottom) 


Blog post written by Katie Douthitt from Dominion Electric Supply's Chantilly, VA lighting showroom.




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LED - Craze of the Lighting Industry

                  Light-Emitting-Diode (LED)
           The Lighting Industry Buzzword



Once upon a time LED lamps (bulbs) cost $30 a piece. Now those days cease to exist. The increase in demand and manufacturing process becoming streamlined have allowed the costs to drastically decrease. 

 LED is 6-7 more times energy efficient than Incandescent lights. The life span runs from 25,000-50,000 hours on average.

                                                             Energy Efficiency & Costs

The initial purchases of Incandescent lamps are considerably cheaper compared to LED but have higher long term costs. Replacing a 60 watt Incandescent with an LED equivalent will save around $130 in energy costs over the life span of the lamp. An average American household has the ability to cut $150 from its annual energy bill by replacing Incandescent with LED lamps. 

The link below displays the usage of wattage between LED, Incandescent, and Compact Fluorescent lamps, in addition to the differences between the three light sources. 

                                                                
                                                                  LED Terminology
        LED comes with unfamiliar terminology that is puzzling.

Life Expectancy is rated based on the number of hours the lamp will glow at 100% capacity. Unlike an Incandescent lamp LED will not burn out after the end of its estimated hours of lifetime. Instead LED emits 70% of its initial light output.

Lumen Rating determines the amount of light emitted per second. The higher the lumen rating, the brighter the light.

Color Rendering Index (CRI) evaluates the accuracy of color. Incandescent lamps have a CRI of 100, equal to natural sunlight.  The CRI of LED stays around 80 to 93. The higher the CRI on an LED lamp the higher the cost.  

Kelvin Color Temperature Scale measures the softness or coolness of light. A candle glows around 1500K (Kelvin) while a typical commercial Fluorescent light runs near 4100K. LED lamps used in residential homes should usually stay between 2700 and 3000K. The increase of Kelvin Temperature causes the light to become more blue and crisp.




                                                                    LED Concerns
                                 Does LED dim?  

Most retrofit lamps will work with a standard dimmer. Integrated LED fixtures require either a magnetic or electronic low voltage dimmer depending on the type of driver.
If an LED is put on an incompatible dimmer it’s likely the light will flicker and make a faint buzzing noise. 
Packaging or specification sheets will state that LED lights can be dimmed and specify a compatible dimmer switch.

MYTH
LED will not work in an enclosed environment.
FACT
LED lamps will work in enclosed fixtures but it reduces their life span. These lights thrive in cool temperatures. If it is in an enclosed fixture the lamp will gradually build up heat causing the life span to shorten.

***Disclaimer***
LED technology is continuously changing. Be wary that this information could be invalid by tomorrow!

Blog post written by Katie Douthitt from Dominion Electric Supply's Chantilly, VA lighting showroom.

Top Photo Credit: http://lightmynest.com/tech-lighting-alda-led-pendant-wins-design-award/
Kelvin Temperature Chart Credit: http://www.seesmartled.com/kb/choosing_color_temperature/