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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beauty and Brains - Smart lighting control for your home

Lutron Caseta Wireless System Coupon

Meet the family

Caséta Wireless is made up of dimmers, a remote control, a bridge, and an app.

 You can build your smart lighting system with as few or as many products as you’d like. A kit is the easiest way to begin, but you can also purchase products individually and mix and match them. And you can add more products to your system at any time.

Connected Living Throughout Your Home

Getting started is easy. It takes just a few minutes to install your Caséta Wireless lighting control system. Once you have your system up and running, you can seamlessly expand beyond lighting to other connected home solutions.

Lutron Smart Bridge and App for Caseta Wireless

The Smart Bridge and App for Caséta Wireless are the perfect foundations for creating a connected home system. Monitor and control lights (as well as shades and temperature) from anywhere, so you can always be in touch with your home with or without an internet connection.

Lutron Automated Shades and Thermostats
Integrate with Automated Shades, Thermostats
Leaving work earlier than usual? Want a warm welcome home from your vacation? Control the comfort of your home from anywhere using the Lutron App and a wide range of compatible thermostats, including Lutron, Honeywell®, Nest®, Carrier® and ecobee®.

Lutron Serena® wireless shades
These battery-powered shades are easy to install, they move quietly, and have batteries that are the industry leading battery life. Available in roller or insulating honeycomb styles.

Add personalized scenes to control multiple lights and shades together at the touch of a button. Create a “movie” scene that dims lights and lowers shades as the movie begins. Or create a “goodnight” scene that turns off all your lights and closes shades before you drift off to sleep.

Schedule lights and shades to adjust automatically at set times of day. Turn on your porch light at sunset and turn it off at sunrise. Turn lights on to a soft level and slightly raise shades every morning as you head into the kitchen for coffee.

The geofencing feature controls lights based on your location. Maybe you always leave the entryway lights on as you head out the door in the morning? Geofencing will turn them off for you once you’re out the door. It can also turn lights on for you when you come home.

Look like you’re at home—even if you’re not
The Smart Away feature randomly turns lights on and off during the evening when you’re not home. You can manually trigger this feature in the app at your convenience or automatically trigger it if geofencing is turned on. You can also trigger Smart Away using the Nest Home/Away Assist feature.

Apple® HomeKit enabled
The Smart Bridge contains Apple HomeKit technology, so you can use Siri® to control your lights. Tell Siri to turn all your lights off just before going to bed or to dim your dining room lights as guests arrive for a party.

Control from anywhere
Control lights, shades and temperature in the comfort of your home or from anywhere in the world – the office, the airport, the beach – so lights aren’t left on or shades aren’t left open when you’re away.

Expand your Smart Home System
The system can even be expanded and integrated with best-in-class products available from partners like Apple, Xfinity, Nest, and the Echo “Alexa” from Amazon to incorporate the best Smart Home technology into your home.

Lutron Caséta Wireless works with Alexa

The system is ultra-reliable
Caséta Wireless features Lutron’s patented Clear Connect® technology, which sets the bar for reliable wireless performance. Its quiet frequency band is free of interference, so your Caséta Wireless dimmers are not affected by other wireless products. It just works!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Saving Energy in Style with LED Lighting

LED Lighting has never looked so good. Saving energy with new fixtures is both energy-efficient and stylish.

Kichler Outdoor Patio Lighting

Palisades Collection – The Palisades outdoor pendant collection from Kichler features a Natural Wicker globe shade with Olde Bronze Finish. The perfect addition to your patio, porch or gazebo, this pendant achieves energy efficiency with an outdoor-rated LED bulb.

Calligraphy Collection by Corbett Lighting
Calligraphy Collection – A dramatic addition to any space, Corbett’s Calligraphy pendant design evokes swirling script flowing across the page. At its core are two powerful LED light engines, surrounded by floating bands and held in place by thin, curving lines. Airy and sculptural, this unique fixture is made from hand-crafted iron and hand-finished in modern Silver Leaf. Available in four pendant sizes and a wall sconce, this energy-efficient light will bring both beauty and movement to your home.

Arramore Collection from Feiss

Arramore Collection – The Arramore Collection from Feiss is a perfect example, melding style with substance. The collection features LED Halo Rings integrated in a delicate pattern finished in Dark Weathered Zinc. The modern silhouettes of these pendants and wall lights are equally suited for indoor or outdoor spaces – and are also Dark Sky compliant.

Contemporary LED lighting from Tech Lighting

Cosmo Collection – If you favor contemporary designs and cutting-edge technology, you will be drawn to the Cosmo Collection by Tech Lighting. The elegant, contemporary LED wall sconces feature a rectilinear acrylic shade mounted on a die-cast aluminum base with marine-grade powder coat finish. Shade colors include Frost White, Amber Frit, White Acrylic, or White Frit, and base finish choices are Antique Bronze, Chrome, or Satin Nickel. Suitable for either indoors or outdoors – wet-listed for resistance to dust and water.

Sawyer Collection from Hinkley Lighting with wood finish

Sawyer Collection – Traditionalists will love the industrial look of Hinkley’s Sequoia Linear Outdoor Chandelier. The faux wood finish coated steel ensures maximum resilience to outdoor conditions, while the Clear Seedy Glass shades are ideally suited for vintage filament bulbs or dimmable LED candlelight bulbs. Bring a look of rustic elegance to your outdoor space and enjoy years of beauty and performance.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Light – the Heart of Your Home

Light can have a profound effect on all aspects of life – your mood, work and health.

Kichler living room chandeliers

QUICK FIX: Make a big change in a little time. 

It only takes minutes to make a big change in your home’s lighting. Here’s how:

• 5 minutes – Put in a new light bulb. Pick an LED to save energy and light bulb life. To better match traditional incandescent light, go for one with a 2700 Kelvin rating. (Look on the package for key numbers.)
• 15 minutes – Switch out a lamp shade or two. Try textured options, such as linen, to add interesting contrast, or spice things up with a color to match an accent piece.
• 30 minutes – Trade dimmers and switches for new smart-home options. This can be surprisingly easy, and can totally transform the look and comfort of a room.
• 60 minutes – Install a new chandelier, pendant(s), sconces or other fixture. Depending on your level of DIY experience, this makeover may require the help of an electrician, but is not a complicated or expensive procedure.

Expert Lighting Advice

EXPERT ADVICE: Want More Ideas? Ask a Lighting Professional* 

I have elderly relatives coming for an extended visit. What are some easy ways to adjust my lighting to make them more comfortable?

Preparing for your older visitors by adjusting your home lighting is a great idea. As we grow older, our eyes change. Research shows that a 60-year-old needs twice as much light as a 30-year-old. With that in mind, it will help to set up special lighting for task areas before your older guests arrive.

It is important to have light that you can direct, such as a pivoting or adjustable head on a task lamp. If possible, have a few table lamps or a torchiere that can be turned on while they watch TV. That will help reduce the contrast between the bright screen and the surrounding darkness of the room.

Dimmers are ideal in the bathroom to add a bit of illumination to navigate during the night. That is helpful for people of any age.

*Q&A courtesy of the American Lighting Association.

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:

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:


Feiss Cadence 2-Light Pendant

Dark Antique Brass / Matte BlackShade: Glass in White Opal Etched finish

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

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
Brushed Brass Style No.: 22010/1

1 Med. Bulb

Hudson Valley Lighting Concord
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

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.

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

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


Hudson Valley Lighting Bethesda Chandelier

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

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

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.

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 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