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.

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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

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

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.

LED will not work in an enclosed environment.
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.

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.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Geometric Movement


 The Modern Lighting Trend 

Geometric used for decor is characterized by or decorated with regular lines and shapes that expose an airy frame.
Due to its compatible nature with almost any style of room whether it is industrial, minimal, traditional, or transitional, geometric lights have stayed trendy throughout the whole year.
  The design is well-matched with interior spaces that are either contemporary or transitional in appearance.  In the case of a traditional interior space, these geometric fixtures are popularly used to balance out the overall appearance with a clean-lined aesthetic. It is a sophisticated design to incorporate into a room without being over the top in d├ęcor.

Here are some examples of the geometric trend from some of our lighting vendors:

Dimond Lamps

1)      Adele Collection, Polish Nickel Finish (Upper Left)
2)      Ryan Gold Collection, Antique Brass Finish (Upper Right)
3)      Munich Collection, Gold Leaf Finish ( Lower Left)
4)      Trinity Collection, Polish Nickel Finish ( Lower Right)

Currey & Company

1)      Percy Collection, Antique Brass Finish (Upper Left)
2)      Fitz James Collection, Mayfair Finish (Upper Right)
3)      Metro Rectangular Collection, Contemporary Gold Leaf Finish (Lower Left)
4)      Aerial Collection, Silver Granello Finish (Lower Right) 

Savoy House & Progress Lighting

1)      Savoy House – Berlin Collection, English Bronze Finish (Upper Left )
2)      Progress Lighting – Equinox Collection, Antique Bronze Finish (Upper Right)
3)      Savoy House- Berlin Collection, English Bronze Finish (Lower Left)
4)      Progress Lighting – Alexa Collection, Antique Bronze Finish (Lower Right) 

Visual Comfort

1)      Studio Selene Collection, Gilded Finish (Upper Left)
2)      E.F. Chapman Metal Banded, Gilded Iron w/ Wax Finish (Upper Right)
3)      Studio Orbe Collection, Gilded Iron w/ Wax Finish (Lower Left)
4)      Thomas O’Brian Nina Collection, Aged Iron w/ Wax

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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Scenes from the Showrooms

Today I give you.... Scenes from the Showrooms!

First up, a few shots that feature the new mirrors that just arrived from Uttermost.  These pictures are from our Chantilly, VA showroom (photos by Debbie Fortney):

Next up, Marcia Hussey, our Laurel, MD showroom manager sent me these pictures ~ a great reminder that we sell picture lights, too!

Friday, October 23, 2015

New Displays in our Laurel, MD showroom

Quick post today to show you some pictures of three new displays in our Laurel, MD lighting showroom!
pendants by Kichler

this display features Uttermost, Capital Lighting, and Kichler

pendants by Feiss
Come visit us in Laurel at 8610 Cherry Lane ~ 301-470-2121

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Aidan Gray Home now on display

We have an exciting new vendor on display in our Chantilly, VA lighting showroom:
Aidan Gray Home.

This is what they have to say about themselves on their website (

Founded in 2003, Aidan Gray a leading brand in home furnishingshome decor and accessorieslightingchandeliers and antique reproductions. We strive to provide the best quality home furnishing products under the Aidan Gray brand. Our goal is to create the finest one of a kind product in the world. Our core values are: focus on texture and finish, focus on graceful lines, and focus on understated elegance.

Aidan Gray is based in the McKinney, Texas USA. We use the best materials to manufacture furnitureoccasional tablestable lampsgarden decorcandlesticks and case goods. This embodies our company's desire for products made by hand and with authentic materials such as solid wood, rustic metals, antique mirrors, old painted finishes and silk appointments which drives our product assortment. Our motto is "Our Details, Your Style"!

When shopping at, you will only buy goods made from premium products. Aidan Gray represents a love for interiors, design, and authentic pieces that exude "European Grandeur".

One of our buyers, Erin Schwartz, has been wanting their products for years ~ her dreams are finally coming true!  Here's a sampling of what we've put on display so far....

L448 - Fiesole Chandelier  (I think this one is my favorite!)

L479G - Falling Leaves Curves Chandelier in Gold

L456L - Trieste Chandelier - large

L69 - Italian Chandelier

L614 - Rosemary Chandelier, Seaside Collection

L469 - Bretenoux Chandelier

L446S - Landini Chandelier - Small

WL285 - Cumiers Wreath Sconce

L606 - Chartres Chandelier

L430 - Naples Chandelier ~ this one is 51" wide x 45" high!

We've created a Pinterest page for these beauties as well: