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Legrand Adorne Pop-Out Outlet

One of our favorite products in the Legrand adorne outlet collection is the pop-out outlet. This innovative outlet design keeps the outlet hidden when not in use. When you are ready to plug something in, simply push on the box and three outlets will pop out.

Legrand Adorne Pop-Out Outlet

Legrand Adorne Pop-Out Outlet

Installation is easy and does not typically require new wiring. An innovative assembly and snap-in system make is simple to install. Two colors are available, white and magnesium, but it is easily customizable with the adorne wall plates, which are available in 32 colors and a variety of materials.

This acclaimed product has been featured in numerous technology, home improvement and interior design blogs such as Remodelista, Trend Hunter, Technabob and Cool Mom Tech called it “built in baby proofing.” It has also been featured on Houzz in a roundup of innovative automated kitchen and bath products from KBIS 2014. Check it out here.

The Legend Lighting showroom has a beautiful display of all of the legrand adorne products. Visit our showroom to learn more!

Lighting Design using Google SketchUp

Today we want to share with you how we are using Google SketchUp in lighting design. Sometimes it is really difficult to imagine and visualize how lighting will actually look in a space. Google SketchUp is being used by many interior designers to show colorful perspectives and three dimensional illustrated plans. It is an excellent design, presentation and sales tool used by over two million professionals around the world. We wanted to give it a try with lighting design. Cathy Shockey and Alissa Fischer, both with Legend Lighting, worked together on the design.

The photo below was shared with us by one of our custom home builders as an idea inspiration. They wanted a similar look with the ceiling and the pendant lighting for a new construction project.

Design Inspiration Photo

Design Inspiration Photo

The photo below was taken at the job site.
Dropped ceiling grid

Dropped ceiling grid

The next two photos are what we came up with using Google SketchUp. They are the same, just slightly different views.
Pendant lighting design using Google SketchUp

Pendant lighting design using Google SketchUp

Pendant lighting design using Google SketchUp

Pendant lighting design using Google SketchUp

We think using Google SketchUp will really help us plan the lighting design with our customer and eliminate any confusion and miscommunication. It will also come in handy when it comes time to hang the pendants. When the project is complete we will post it to the blog-stay tuned!

Lighting a Foyer

For today’s Lighting Tips and Technology Tuesday post, we are going to give you some tips on lighting your foyer. The entry hall/foyer of your home is a great place to add some personality with your decor and a unique light fixture will punch it up a notch!

To determine the proper fixture width add the length and width (in feet) of your foyer together. This number is the correct width (in inches) for your foyer light fixture. For the height, your fixture should be at least 7 feet off the floor. Based on your ceiling height, you will need to choose a flush mount, semi-flush, or even a 2 or 3 tiered chandelier or tall lantern.

If you have a window in your foyer over your front door, center the light so it can be seen from the outside.

If you have a large foyer, you may want to consider adding wall sconces. They should be installed 60 inches from the floor and at least 6-8 feet apart.

For inspiration, here are some beautiful foyers with lighting supplied by Legend Lighting.

A large foyer light is needed for an expansive, two story entry space.  Home built by Stalwart Custom Homes

A large foyer light is needed for an expansive, two story entry space.
Home built by Stalwart Custom Homes

A beautiful lantern is a great choice for a foyer light. Home built by VII Custom Homes

A beautiful lantern is a great choice for a foyer light. Home built by VII Custom Homes

The foyer light was repeated down this long center hallway.  Home built by Canyon Custom Homes

A transitional style drum was repeated down this dramatic long center hallway. Home built by Canyon Custom Homes

A unique semi-flush light fixture worked best for this foyer. Home built by VII Custom Homes

A unique semi-flush light fixture worked best for this foyer. Home built by VII Custom Homes

This homeowner added beautiful scones to help light her foyer. Home built by Trinity Land and Home

This homeowner added beautiful scones to help light her foyer. Home built by Trinity Land and Home

This attention getting foyer light and fabulous front door  make a great pair. Home built by VII Custom Homes

This attention getting foyer light and fabulous front door make a great pair. Home built by VII Custom Homes

Foyer lights are available in every size and style and we would love to help you come up with the perfect one for your space. For more lighting inspiration, we are also on Houzz OR visit our foyer lighting board on Pinterest for even more ideas!

LED Step and Wall Lights

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.

LEDme Step Lights from WAC Lighting

LEDme Step Lights from WAC Lighting

Here are a few of our favorites:
Luna LED step light from Hinkley Lighting

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.

WAC LEDme Step and Wall Light

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.

American Lighting step light

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!

Lighting a Front Door or Entry Way

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

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.
VII Front Door-2 lights

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

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.Graphic from ALA
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!

Lighting Tips and Technology Tuesday

Introducing-The Harmony Tru Universal Dimmer from Pass & Seymour

Harmony Tru-Universal Dimmer

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.

Legrand Tru-Universal Dimmer

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.

Lunch & Learn Series: SSL Revolution

Legend Lighting is pleased to invite you to

SSL Revolution

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!

LINE LED Cabinet Lighting by WAC Lighting

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.

Join Us for an Exclusive CEU and Happy Hour Event for the Austin Design Community

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 Whisper Dimmer by adorne

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:  Eventbrite - Lighting Controls as a Component of Interior Design (Free CEU & Happy Hour)

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.

Introducing New Light Switches, Dimmers and Outlets: The adorne Collection from Legrand

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 Adorne Collection from Legrand

Switches and Dimmers

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 with White Whisper Switch from the adorne collection

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.

Outlets and switches from the adorne collection

Outlets and switches from the adorne collection


Pop-Out Outlet from the adorne Collection

Pop-Out outlet from the adorne collection


Wall Plates

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.

legrand adorne wall plates

Legrand adorne wall plates


Under Cabinet Lighting System

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 system

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.

House Beautiful, April, 2013

House Beautiful, April, 2013


legrand adorne featured in Times Square

Legrand adorne featured in Times Square

Traditional & Contemporary Lighting & Ceiling Fans | Custom Lighting Designs | Energy Efficient Solutions | Landscape Lighting
Architectural Downlighting | Cabinet Lighting | Turn-key Installation Services | Table & Floor Lamps | Home Décor | Light Bulbs