LED step and wall lights can be used in both interior and exterior applications to light up steps, stairways and walkways for added safety and beauty. Consider adding them in your next new construction or remodel project. The addition of step and wall lights can turn your dark stairway or pathway into a distinctive decorative element.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Luna LED step light from Hinkley Lighting
Hinkley Lighting‘s new Luna LED step light collection can be installed in any 120V outlet or switch location. They are rated for indoor and outdoor use and are ADA compliant. Only 4 watts are consumed per unit, with a light output of 180 lumens, and they are dimmable to 25% with any incandescent control, coupled with an easy retrofit to the switch/receptacle location. Available in bronze, satin white and titanium, they can be mounted horizontal or vertical and come in 3000K warm white.
LEDme Step and Wall Lights from WAC Lighting
LEDme step lights from WAC Lighting offer a sleek profile and fit flush to the wall with no visible hardware. Installation is direct wire with no driver needed and they are available in stainless steel, black, brushed nickel, bronze and white. They are dimmable to 10% with an electronic low voltage dimmer, come in 3000K warm white, in addition to amber, red and blue. Using only 3.9 watts per unit, they offer light outputs of 31-68 lumens, based on the model number.
LED 120V Step Lights from American Lighting
American Lighting‘s 120V LED step lights come in four styles and three finishes; dark bronze, stainless steel and white. They fit in a standard box, have an integrated driver and come in 3200K. Consuming only 3 watts each, they offer a light output of 37 lumens. They are rated for outdoors with a watertight junction box and a gasket (sold separately) and are not dimmable.
There are many LED step and wall lights to choose from. Based upon your application and desired price point, we can help you choose the perfect one for your project. Visit our showroom to learn more!
The right lighting at your front door or entry way is important, not only for safety and security, but also to create a warm welcome for your guests and improve your curb appeal. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:
The lantern height should be based on the height of your door or opening. If there is only space to place the light on either side of the door, as in the photo below, it should measure 1/3 the height of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66″ above the threshold of the door.
Horseshoe Bay home built by Summit Builders, Austin, Texas
If two lanterns are used, they should measure 1/4 the height of the door or opening.
Rough Hollow, Austin, Texas home built by VII Custom Homes
Many people make the mistake of undersizing their outdoor lanterns, especially near the front door. For example, if your door is a standard 80 inches tall and you have an extra 20 inches of molding or trim, you will need a fixture that is about 25 inches tall. (80 + 20 /4) If that seems too large, try making a cardboard template, tape it at the suggested height and take a look at it from the street or the top of your driveway. When in doubt, always go larger.
Lighting designers say that two errors are consistently made by homeowners when it comes to lighting the front door or entry way. One is undersizing and the other is creating glare from a bulb that is too bright. Lower wattage will create a softer, more welcoming glow.
Georgetown, Texas home built by Stalwart Custom Homes
Our lighting specialists at Legend Lighting would appreciate the opportunity to assist you in selecting outdoor lighting for your new home or remodeling project, or simply help you upgrade your existing fixtures. Come see us soon to learn more!
Are you still in the dark about the incandescent light bulb phase out?
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), was passed by Congress to encourage the use of more efficient light bulbs. Implementation was planned to take place over a three year span, starting with the phase out of 100 watt incandescent lamps in 2012, and continuing with the phase out of 75 watt incandescent lamps in 2013. January 1st of this year began the final stage, which will phase out the 40 watt and the 60 watt incandescent lamps. This will be the biggest change for consumers, since most bulbs that are purchased are from this category. The bulbs will be available as long as they last on retailer’s shelves, but will no longer be produced or imported.
The graphic shown here, from the American Lighting Assocation‘s director of technology, will help you understand your alternatives. The important thing to remember is that brightness, which is measured in lumens, is not sacrificed with these new choices, and you will save energy and money on your electric bill!
LED light bulbs are one option for you. They will cost more up front, but are rated to last 20+ years and use only a fraction of the wattage of an incandescent bulb.
CFL’s are another choice. The quality of the bulbs has improved in recent years and most are dimmable.
Another option is halogen, which are incandescent bulbs with a small amount of halogen gas inside. Halogen bulbs are a good choice if you are not ready for the investment in LED and not a fan of CFL’s.
Visit our showroom and our lighting specialists will help you find the perfect light bulb for your needs!
Introducing-The Harmony Tru Universal Dimmer from Pass & Seymour
With lamp (light bulb) technology changing so quickly, there has been some confusion about dimmers. Which dimmers work with each lamp type? In the past, each kind of light bulb required a specific type of dimmer. No longer!
The Harmony Tru Universal dimmer works with all lamp types. Equipped with a self-calibrating feature, which sets itself to the lamp type installed by the end user, it instantly identifies the lamp as a CFL, Halogen, or LED during installation. The process is very simple and past problems with flickering and poor dimmer performance are eliminated. An on/off decorator switch is combined with a separate slider for dimming control. A green LED glows when the dimmer is off to make it easy to find it in the dark.
The Harmony Tru Universal dimmer comes in three interchangeable face colors-ivory, white and light almond, which are included in each package. It is also available in black, brown, nickel, antique brass and dark bronze.
The short video below gives you an overview of the product and how easy it is to install.
Dimmers give you better control of your lighting levels, which will reduce your energy consumption and save you money on your electrical bills! Come see us to learn more about the new Harmony Tru Universal Dimmer from Pass & Seymour.
A complimentary, accredited CEU course presented by WAC Lighting
Wednesday, September 25th at 11:30AM
Legend Lighting Showroom
Join us for our Lunch & Learn Series as we explore how Solid State Lighting (SSL), also known as LED, continues to deliver revolutionary new solutions for residential lighting needs. Explore the features and benefits of cutting-edge Organic LED (OLED) lighting and its current and future applications. In addition, this course will cover the top features, benefits and functionality of current LED Lighting; the differences between traditional lamp sources and LEDs; and the success of LED lighting.
Complimentary lunch and valet parking to be provided. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat today!
WAC Lighting’s SSL (Solid State Lighting) Revolution CEU Course is accepted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and accredited by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).
For more information, contact our showroom at (512) 251-0000.
Legend Lighting is pleased to invite you to “Lighting Controls as a Component of Interior Design”, an exclusive event for the Austin Design Community featuring a complimentary, AIA and IDCEC accredited Continuing Education Unit presented by Legrand.
The course will be presented at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 21 at the Legend Lighting showroom by Trip Speight, Lighting Showroom Sales Manager for Legrand. Space for the CEU portion of the evening is limited, so reserve your seat today!
The presentation will be immediately followed by a happy hour and open house from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Enjoy an evening of tapas and homemade sangria as you discover Legrand’s new adorne collection of lighting controls and cabinet lighting solutions. Please feel free to join us for the happy hour even if you cannot make it to the CEU presentation.
To RSVP, please register below, or click here: And to get a sneak peak at the new adorne product line, check out these brief videos from Legrand, or visit our previous blog post.
If you are tired of the same old, boring switches, dimmers, outlets and wall plates, you will love the new adorne collection from Legrand. New to the marketplace and new to Legend Lighting, Legrand’s innovative products add great style to these typically utilitarian devices. Elegant, with clean lines, the adorne collection offers combinations to fit every style and taste.
The heart of the product line is the unique collection of beautifully designed switches and dimmers. Each switch and dimmer in the adorne collection features a clean design with a helpful locator light to easily find it in the dark. Turn your lights on and off with a touch (like on your smart phone), click or a wave of your hand.
White Mirror plate with white Whisper switch from the adorne collection
Legrand has taken the ordinary electrical outlet and made it extraordinary! Featuring outlets that hide in the wall until needed, convenient in-wall smart device connections, pop-out outlets and even accent nightlights, outlets have never been more stylish and convenient.
adorne’s wall plates are available in 32 beautiful choices including cast metals, woods, leather, and vibrant colors. Their custom option makes it very easy to customize the wall plates to work in any decor. The possibilities are endless.
With an array of modular components that can swap out easily, the adorne under cabinet lighting system offers new high-tech, highly convenient choices. In addition to lighting and outlets, Bluetooth speakers and smart phone docks are incorporated into the design.
The adorne under cabinet lighting and outlet system
Legrand is generating a lot of excitement with these innovative new products. The adorne collection has been featured in many industry and design publications, including House Beautiful (shown below) in addition to being featured in Times Square (also shown below). Legend Lighting is pleased to announce that adorn products are now in stock at our showroom, and our interactive adorne display should arrive this month. We can’t wait to introduce this fantastic new product to Austin! Take a look at this video to learn more, and visit our showroom soon to see the product on display.
Austin Interior Designers: Lori Andersion and Roxanne Gutierrez
Austin Interior Designers
Meet the dynamic duo of Austin Interior Designers, Lori Anderson and Roxanne Gutierrez of Interior Selections-Austin. It won’t take long to experience their enthusiasm for interior design and the personal connection that they make with their clients, vendors and friends. Specializing in residential design, they enjoy working on both new construction and remodels and following a project from the planning stage through to the finished product.
Lori is an original founder of Interior Selections-Austin and has over twenty years experience in residential interior design in Austin. She loves to exceed her clients’ expectations and to make the design process fun and exciting. She enjoys getting to know her clients and strives to reflect their personality and style in their decor. The most rewarding aspect of design for Lori is pulling everything together at the end with the finishing touches. Lori is happy with the trend toward cleaner, fresher looks as an alternative to the Tuscan style that has dominated the last few years. Orange and hot pink are her favorite colors to work with and Currey & Company and Cyan Design are among her favorite lighting lines.
Roxanne joined Lori in 2012 and has over ten years of experience in residential interior design, having worked with several architects, builders and design firms in her career. Roxanne enjoys the technical aspect of her work, such as tile design and layout in addition to AutoCAD. The blend of old and new and mixing finishes without making everything “matchy” is a priority for Roxanne. She enjoys creating a focal point and conversation piece for her clients. Classic looks, Hollywood glam, and silver and chrome finishes are favorite looks for Roxanne. Grays and blues are the colors she enjoys working with, and her “go to” lighting lines are Hinkley Lighting and Cyan Design.
Both Lori and Roxanne expressed that one of the new challenges to their design work is that current popular TV home makeover shows can create unrealistic expectations for their clients. They stress that quality interior design is a process and it takes time and patience to get great results.
Legend Lighting has had the privilege of working on several projects with Interior Selections-Austin. Our ALA Lighting Specialist Cathy Shockey teamed up with Lori and Roxanne on the lighting design in the photos below.
The new Ariel ceiling fan model from Savoy House in partnership with SleepFans will be on display and available for purchase this September 2013 at Legend Lighting. Aside from its stunning aesthetic design qualities, this revolutionary ceiling fan is 20% quieter, moves 20% more air, and uses 20% less electricity than traditional ceiling fans thanks to its design characteristics that borrow from aviation technology.
The Ariel fan will be available in a bronze and nickel finish with real, carved wood blades in a two-blade, three-blade and five-blade design. To learn more about the technology behind the design, watch this interview in the video below with David Furnace of the SleepFans company.
And for those of you who think the name SleepFans sounds familiar, Legend Lighting was proudly the very first lighting showroom in the world to display and sell the original SleepFans Quiesco model. These pedestal fans were previously featured in our blog, and are now available in a wall mounted and table top design. For a refresher about the original SleepFans design, check out this video.
While the Ariel ceiling fan model being launched by Savoy House doesn’t feature the “red noise” benefits of the SleepFans pedestal, wall mount and tabletop models, other nifty attributes are rooted in the original SleepFans design. The most obvious is the curvature and shape of the blades themselves, which very much resemble and indeed are based on the design of an aircraft propeller.
With increased interest in LED lighting and the continuing trend toward energy efficiency, we are often asked where LED lighting makes the most sense in residential applications. LED lighting is a great option for cabinet lighting, landscape lighting, outdoor lighting, recessed lighting and light bulb replacement.
LED Cabinet Lighting
One of the easiest ways to incorporate LED technology into your home is by changing out your old fluorescent under cabinet lighting to LED. WAC Lighting manufactures two of our favorite and most popular under cabinet lighting products.
InvisiLED tape light from WAC Lighting
LEDme Light Bars from WAC Lighting
LEDme Light Bars from WAC Lighting are an excellent choice for kitchen counters and under cabinets. Available in 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 lights, and in bronze, satin nickel and white, they are dimmable to 10% with an electronic low voltage dimmer. LEDme Light Bars have a true one inch profile and are rated to last 50,000 hours.
InvisiLED Tape Light, also from WAC Lighting, is one of the most flexible LED products on the market and can be used as accent lighting, in coves, under counters, bars and in toe kick areas. It is very easy to install and is a quality energy efficient light source. InvisiLED is available in 2700K, 3000K, 3500K and 4500K color temperatures, can be dimmed with an electronic low voltage dimmer and rated to last 50,000 hours.
LED Landscape Lighting
If you spend a lot of time and energy creating a beautiful landscape, you will definitely want to light it up at night to show it off. Artistic illumination of the landscape is very popular right now and can be accomplished with a variety of down lights, spotlights, path lights, and floodlights. The versatility and energy efficiency of LED make it the perfect choice for landscape lighting. LED bulbs last much longer than standard low voltage lights, and as a result, require much less maintenance.
Kichler Design Pro LED Landscape Lighting
Kichler’s Design Pro LED with Radiax Optics offers more lumens with less wattage, multiple kelvin temperatures and multiple lumen outputs. These features create design flexibility and the capability to precisely deliver light right where it is needed. The versatility, finish options, beam angles and brightness make Kichler an excellent choice in landscape lighting.
The Nexus series from Hinkley Lighting
Hinkley Lighting’s LED landscape lighting fixtures are engineered with an integrated LED light engine. Hinkley continues to stay in the forefront of LED technology with sleek fixtures such as their Nexus series. Nexus is a clean, contemporary energy saving system, which is designed to blend into the landscape. It is a dimmable system and will work with any 12V transformer and will complement a wide range of residential applications.
LED Outdoor Lighting
Consider an update to your outdoor lighting and get a great new look along with the energy efficiency of LED. There are many beautiful choices available to enhance your home’s exterior. The LED fixtures shown here from Hinkley Lighting are engineered with a high efficiency LED panel and built-in driver. Hinkley also makes GU24 fixtures that are equipped with an energy efficient socket that accepts LED and fluorescent lamps. Select lanterns can be fitted with the LED DSL-40 to convert to Dark Sky and LED.
The Atlantis Series from Hinkley Lighting
The Aria Series from Hinkley Lighting
LED Recessed Lighting
If you are remodeling your home or even as an economical alternative in new construction, consider using LED retrofit modules in your existing recessed cans. They use 85% less energy than a 65 watt incandescent lamp, producing 77 lumens per watt and last an average of 35,000 hours. The 6″EP Series shown here from American Lighting is available in 2700K and 3000K with a high color rendering that works well for general lighting. They are dimmable with most standard incandescent dimmers, can be used in damp locations and have a five year warranty. Trim colors available are dark bronze, brushed steel and white. These are very easy to install with a few simple, easy steps.
EP 6″ LED Retrofit Module from American Lighting
LED Light Bulbs (Lamps)
The quickest and most convenient way to add LED lighting in your home is to replace some of your light bulbs with new LED lamps. Toshiba manufactures high quality LED lamps in a variety of color temperatures and lumen outputs, so there is sure to be one to fit your needs. Their powerful PAR 30 lamp, shown here, provides 800 lumens and is available in three color temperatures and three beam angles. These lamps can replace the halogens in your recessed cans and are rated to last 40,000 hours. Consider replacing the light bulbs in your table lamps with the Toshiba 8A19, also shown here. This omni-directional 40 watt equivalent A-19 produces 450 lumens of warm natural light. All of the LED lamp products from Toshiba are highly rated and are an excellent choice as a replacement for your incandescent light bulbs.