Dominion Electric Lighting Blog

Friday, October 18, 2019

Why does light matter?

The days are getting shorter and we’re all preparing for what “experts” predict will be an exceptionally cold winter, at least in the more northern parts of the country. So, if you’re going to be stuck spending more time in your home, you might as well enjoy it. Even more, it won’t just be you—the friends and family that you’ll be entertaining over the holidays will also appreciate your attention to proper lighting, even if they don’t realize it.

What does light mean for your health? 
We all know that light has a utilitarian, functional purpose. But it also affects our internal clock that governs our sleep. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you feel more alert in the morning or late at night? Your energy level has to do with your personal “circadian rhythm.”

According to Harvard Medical School, circadian rhythms affect your sleep patterns, hormones, body temperature, and eating habits. When they’re out of sync, they might also cause health issues and lead to problems like diabetes, obesity, and seasonal affective disorder or depression. 

The biggest factor affecting your circadian rhythm is light. Your body wants to sleep when it’s dark and awaken when it’s light, since your master clock is linked directly to the nerves in your eyes. When daylight fades, your eyes signal your brain to release more melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy. And when the sun rises again, those same signals from your eyes tell the brain to keep those melatonin levels down.

What does this mean for your home?
The goal in what we call “circadian-attuned” lighting is to, as much as possible, replicate the arc of the sun. You can achieve this using the following three concepts in lighting:

1.     Color Temperature
Just as blue light from computer screens, tablets, and smart phones signal your brain that it’s time to be up and alert, warmer, golden light signals your brain to rest. So, in the morning, especially if you want to wake up gradually, use more warm, golden light. In the middle of the day, and especially in offices and other daytime settings, choose bluer, whiter lights. And in the evening, choose more sunset, warm or red hues.

2.     Position and Intensity
Today, most homes are constructed with ceiling lights in every room. Unfortunately, overhead lights alone can create areas of high intensity and glare, with areas of low intensity with unpleasant shadows and dark spots. To combat this, try layering—incorporate multiple light sources at different heights to create an attractive, appealing, and more flattering glow.

3.     Style and Taste
Finally, make sure your choice of lighting fixtures reflects your own personal style. Are you traditional or contemporary? Do you want to be trendy, or stick with a classic? Do you prefer brassy or shiny finishes, or a subtler brushed or even matte look? Think about these as you coordinate your approach to layered light, and always remember that one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways of updating a space is through well-considered lighting pieces.

Your friends will notice the difference.
Proper light does more than create a healthier environment for you and your family, it sets a tone and a mood. As we enter the holidays, you’ll probably be looking forward to welcoming lots of guests. The color, positioning, and intensity of your lighting can make your home feel warm and homey at one moment, or bright and energy-packed at another. Matching what’s appropriate for the moment will not only create the right feel to create great memories in your spaces, but also invite plenty of compliments. And who doesn’t want those? 

Sound complicated? (It’s easy!)
While all this might sound complex and laborious (turning lights on and off, adjusting, tweaking colors) it really doesn’t have to be. The smart home controls currently on the market can enable you to effortlessly change the look and feel of your spaces with lighting by a simple voice command. Even better, an intelligent schedule can adjust your lighting automatically throughout the day, so your spaces will be tuned to your needs at all times. (Let Alexa or Google do it for you!)

It may seem daunting, but you don’t need to be tied into one system or product line, or even spend a lot of money to get started. With just a little guidance from the team at Dominion, you can create a system that can grow and adjust with your own schedule and budget.

Save 20% during our Fall Sale!
Now through November 2nd, save 20% on all decorative lighting and fans at Dominion Electric Supply, and let one of our experienced and knowledgeable lighting designers help you create the perfect, healthy, and compliment-worthy environment for your home.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Mix It Up

Embrace the warmth of mixed metals this season. In combining contrasting finishes, you create a textured layer that’s anything but boring. Consider matte black with gold, or soft brass with clear crystal globes. Mix & match combinations bring a level of sophistication to your space, while making the pieces in your home look like an effortless collection gathered over years.

Alora Tagliato Pendant in mixed metals

Alora Tagliato Pendant and Hinkley Skye Pendant in mixed metals

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Cool Summer Fans

It's hot. Wouldn't a cool breeze feel good right now? Find the coolest styles with the latest technology to upgrade your ceiling fans indoors - and outdoors - this summer.
Our staff are ceiling fan experts, able to answer all your questions about downrods, blades, clearance, airflow, DC vs AC motors, and more.

52" Hepburn - 4-Blade LED Ceiling Fan in Matte Black Finish with Reversible Walnut Blades.

65” Xtreme H2O (Outdoor) – 8-Blade LED Ceiling Fan in a Coal Finish with Coal Blades

84” Timber – 3-Blade LED Ceiling Fan in Heirloom Bronze Finish with Maple Blades and an Etched Lens

65” Gentry – 8-Blade LED Ceiling Fan in a Anvil Iron Finish with Distressed Antique Walnut Blades

64” Artemis IV – 4-Blade LED Ceiling Fan in Soft Brass Finish with Matte Black Blades

Friday, March 1, 2019

Make Your Home A Showplace with "Layered Lighting"

   Make Your Home A Showplace with “Layered Lighting”

Have you ever been to a friend’s dinner party and marveled at the ambiance of the kitchen, living room and dining room? As the night went on, the look of each room changed – almost theatrically, as if it were a stage. Yes, your friends took some extra time perfecting their lighting plan – but the extra few hours and dollars was well worth the final result.

ET2  Alumilux Suspension Contemporary
Lighting the interior of your home in requires “layers” of lighting – a combination of ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Ambient lighting can also be obtained with track lighting, ceiling lighting, chandeliers, wall sconces, ceiling fans and recessed lighting. Most homes have some of these lighting features already installed. This is the first layer of lighting in your home.

Quoizel Lighting Zodiac Pendant
Task lighting is directed to specific areas so you can prepare meals, read, see yourself in the bathroom mirror or help perform other focused tasks we do such as reading, and playing games. Task lighting includes under counter lights, table lamps, bathroom and powder room vanity lights, island or pool table lights, floor lamps, pendant lights, track lighting and recessed lighting.

Troy Lighting Silhouette Pendant
Accent lighting creates the layers in your lighting plan. Do you have some artwork that makes a great conversation piece? One dramatically lit piece of artwork at the end of a hall will draw visitors to it. Do you have beautiful landscaping? Use landscape lighting in conjunction with large window areas to brings another layer of light and interest into the home environment. Ceiling cove lighting is a great way to soften the lighting in any room – especially when combined with dimmers.

Remember to layer the lighting in your home with ambient, then task, and finally accent lighting. All who enter your home will be dazzled by the transformation when you put more thought into your lighting plan.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Dress Up Your Home For The Holidays

What is life without a little sparkle? 
This season, discover pendants and chandeliers to make your home shine year-round, but with a special warmth during the holidays.

Prepare for a Safe Holiday Season 

While many people are just starting to make holiday plans, the safety experts at UL, the global safety science company, have been working all year testing holiday lights to eliminate safety risks for homeowners.

A member of the American Lighting Association, UL has played an important role in developing and adapting holiday décor safety requirements for more than 90 years. Since the company updated its safety requirements in the late 1990s, there have been fewer injuries and fatalities related to those seasonal products.

What can you do to stay safe this holiday season? Look for UL-certified products. Christmas trees, even pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, can pose a fire hazard. UL-certified pre-lit artificial trees meet the safety requirements developed after extensive research and testing by UL’s labs and engineers.

Visit one of our convenient showrooms for the safest and highest quality lighting products on the market.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lutron RadioRA 2

Lutron RadioRa 2 Wireless Total Home Control System

Wireless total home control system

This energy-saving system gives you the ability to adjust the amount of daylight and electric light (using light controls and automated shades) as well as temperature in a single room or throughout your whole home.

With RadioRA 2, you can: 

• Save energy and lessen your impact on the environment. The energy-saving benefits of RadioRA 2 are brought to you through a combination of light, shade, temperature, and appliance control.

• Add convenience to your daily life. With a total home control system, you can adjust lights, shades, and temperature to the specific level you want, in a particular room, or throughout your house — at the touch of a button.

• Create just the right mood or ambiance for any activity — and do it with stylish products that will complement your home’s décor.

• Add cutting edge technology to your home. With RadioRA 2, you can control lights, shades, temperature, and appliances from wall-mounted, tabletop, or handheld controls, in a specific room — or remotely from another room — or even from outside your home. You can also incorporate voice and audio control into your system with other connected home products.

Ideal for existing homes and new construction.

Because RadioRA 2 features Lutron wireless technology, the system installs just as easily into existing homes as it does into new construction.

Just a few of the remarkable features

Lutron RadioRa 2 Total Home Wireless Control

Friday, June 29, 2018

Find Your Comfort Zone

It’s true – stirring up the air will make you feel immediately cooler. But ceiling fans do more than just bring about breezes. Designed with the latest home decor trends in mind, these overhead fans move in fashionable circles.

Staying Chill – Ceiling fans not only provide that delightful breeze – drying your skin and cooling it at the same time – but they can also save you money. By keeping air circulating around your home, you move the cold air around and the air movement actually helps human bodies stay cooler. In winter, this effect is called the “wind chill,” and the same theory is at work during the summer – but it’s a lot more pleasant. Because of wind chill, homeowners can lower their energy costs by setting a higher A/C temperature – without loss of comfort.

Efficient and Design Forward – Today’s ceiling fans are more efficient than ever, and come in nearly unlimited choices of finish, width, blade count and light. Traditionalists can choose from hundreds of styles in Panama-style fans or cottage-inspired wooden finishes. Most ceiling fan manufacturers now offer a stunning selection of contemporary styles – ranging from nearly unrecognizable- as-fans designs to broadly sweeping designs with anywhere from one to ten blades.

Huggers and More – There are huggers for lower-ceiling rooms or finished basements and oversized fans (60”, 70” or even 84”) for high foyers and maximum air circulation. Keep your porch, patio or deck cool this summer with a wet- or damp-rated outdoor fan – also available in a broad selection of metal, resin or acrylic blades to stand up to wilting humidity.

Before deciding on a fan, be sure to talk to one of our ceiling fan experts. We can help you choose the right fan for indoors or out and help you sort through the often-confusing number of options including blade pitch, size, downrod length, light kit and speed.

Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Market Trends

As our buyers prepare to go to June Market, we asked them for a quick review of what is trending in the world of lighting. Lightovation, the Dallas Market Center lighting show each January and June, is a huge market with hundreds of manufacturers exhibiting their latest lighting product introductions. Here’s what captured our attention at the January Market:

Trend One – Finishes

Still GOLD. This color trend is sticking, what’s changing is the type of finish. Oscar Moreno, in our Design and Specification Department, says a satin finish seems to be the key this year and that extends to “looks like gold” brass as well. In general, lighter more neutral finishes rule – gold, white, silver – except for black. Black is in – especially paired with Brass and Gold.

Gigi Collection

Trend Two – Shapes

The Sphere lives on. Everyone said it was a fad, but it is still showing strong. Other popular shapes in the showrooms included all the geometric stuff – diamonds, squares and lines – oh my! Linear, angular, simple, yet strong.

Added elements were borrowed from classic design – think the Greek Key and classic materials - more interesting applications of crystal and glass.

Sphere shaped lighting like the Mara Collection from Quorum Lighting

Trend Three – Still Mid-Century Modern

Mid-century modern still continues to be big. However, it’s not your grandmother’s fixture! The aesthetic is young and fresh. The fixtures are almost minimalist. The simple structure is not only very practical – less maintenance: less to clean, less that could break – it is also visually appealing. The result is a fixture that suits a wide audience. Part of the movement continues to be the love of the Sputnik with manufacturers playing with different glass finishes.

Mid-century modern lighting like the Liki Collection from Robert Abbey

Trend Four – Still LED - But Cutting Edge Modern

LED continues to push all the limits. The fixtures being designed around this technology are so very modern. It is everywhere. Found in all shapes - linear to round. And in all applications – chandeliers to hidden undercabinet. And always improving in rendering – a softening if you will with a warmer color temperature.

Cutting edge modern lighting from Hubbardton Forge - Loves Me Collection

Trend Five – Something New - An Introduction to Color

Pale blues, reds and navy finishes notes Erin Schwartz, Residential Lighting Consultant and Dominion Buyer, are making an entry onto more “main stream” fixtures.

Introduction of color to lighting like the Pop Collection from Hubbardton Forge

Trend Six – Concern Over Light Pollution

As people continue to expand their living space outdoors, they are discovering the beauty of a night time sky. As a result, more manufacturers are introducing Dark Sky friendly fixtures. Dark Sky “compliant” fixtures are more environmentally friendly for evening enjoyment. Barn lights are increasingly popular as they push the light down and hide the source.

Concern over lighting pollution

Monday, May 7, 2018

$1500 Spring Lighting Spruce-Up


**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.  Open to legal US residents, age 21+ at entry and who live in the Washington, DC and Baltimore Metro Areas.  Begins 8:00:01 AM ET on 5/5/2018; ends 5:00:00 PM ET on 5/19/18.  To enter, complete and submit entry form in one of the three Dominion Electric Supply Lighting Showrooms (5053 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA; 14605 Lee-Jackson Highway, Chantilly, VA; or 8610 Cherry Lane, Laurel, MD.)  Limit one (1) entry per person per day.  One (1) prize: $1500 to apply toward residential lighting product purchase. PRIZE HAS NO CASH VALUE. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.  Drawing to take place on or around May 31, 2018.  Sponsor: Dominion Electric Supply, Inc.