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Holiday Happy Hour and CEU Presentation by Hubbardton Forge

Please join us for a Holiday Happy Hour featuring a

CEU presentation by Hubbardton Forge

Wednesday, December 10, 5:00PM – 8:00PM

CEU Presentation begins at 6:00PM

Be sure to bring your Christmas tree ornament made out of a light bulb for your chance to win table lamp from Hubbardton Forge!

IDCEC-accredited CEU presented by Hubbardton Forge

“The Art of Lighting: Historical Precedents for a Modern World”

Eventbrite - Holiday Happy Hour and CEU Presentation

Holiday Happy Hour and CEU at Legend Lighting

Lighting Checklist for Holiday Entertaining

The year has flown by and the holidays are almost upon us! It’s time to get your home ready for holiday entertaining. As you consider your holiday decor, be sure to think about your lighting! The right lighting creates a warm and hospitable welcome for your guests.

Photo courtesy of Kichler Lighting

Photo courtesy of Kichler Lighting

Outdoor lighting becomes even more important with the shorter days in the fall and winter. Make sure your guests have the proper lighting as they approach your home at your main entrance. The facade of your home should have general illumination to highlight your home’s exterior and light up any dark areas that guests may need to pass through. Landscape lighting in and around trees, shrubs and walkways creates a welcoming effect. If possible, add path lighting to guide your guests to your front door.

The light in your foyer is also an important one for setting a warm and inviting mood. As your guests enter from a dark exterior, it is best not to have the foyer light too bright and intense, but to use a dimmer to control the light intensity. This will reduce glare and discomfort and will help make the transition from the darkness outside  to the interior light of your home.

The color temperature of your lighting is also important to creating a warm and cozy feeling in your home. The most popular is the 2700 color temperature since it is the closest to outside lighting from the sun. Choosing light bulbs can be tricky, so let our lighting experts at Legend Lighting share our knowledge with  you and assist you in selecting the best light bulbs for your lighting needs.

There is still plenty of time to spiff up your lighting for the holidays! We can help you with the best lighting solutions to get your home ready for holiday guests and entertaining. Call us today at 512-251-0000 or come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35.

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.

Take a lighting tour of the 2012 HBA Parade of Homes

Legend Lighting was a proud participant in the 2012 HBA of Greater Austin Parade of Homes. Legend Lighting provided lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, LED lighting, cabinet lighting, outdoor lighting and more for four of the six builders participating in this year’s Parade: Enertech, JKD Builder, Dillon Custom Homes/Shai Homes, and Pillar Custom Homes.  To learn more about the unique lighting selections made for each of these exquisite properties, contact one of our lighting specialists or visit our showroom!

In Memoriam: Larry Lee, Sr.

Friday, September 14, 2012
In Memoriam: Larry Lee, Sr.
Dear Friends and Valued Customers,
It is with a very heavy heart that we write you to share some sad news. Yesterday morning one of our Legend Lighting family members, Larry Lee, Sr., passed away. Larry was known by many of you for his warm, friendly customer service that he provided as he called on custom homebuilders and assisted homeowners with lighting selections in our showroom.
As many of you know, Larry was with Legend Lighting from the inception of our new business, well before we ever opened our doors. Having previously owned and operated Texas Light Bulb, Larry brought of wealth of knowledge to our team and was a mentor and trusted advisor to our family. Larry represented both our business and our family with professionalism, loyalty, and respect. Our family is forever in gratitude to him for both the guidance he shared with us and the excellent customer service that he provided to many customers over the last three and half years.
Outside of work, Larry was a devoted father and grandfather, an avid golfer, and a proud Texas Longhorn fan. Larry’s sense of humor and kind heart touched us all, and it has been a privilege to know Larry both professionally and as a friend. Larry’s positive presence in our showroom is already sincerely missed.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, but please check with Legend Lighting for more information as it is available.
The Neal Family
Legend Lighting Inc.
Legend Lighting
15342 North IH-35
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 251-0000

New Trends in Lighting Design: Aged Brass

While the past decade was dominated by variations of bronze and nickel finishes, one timeless finish had made its way back with a classy new hue.  A more modern brass finish has evolved from the polished brass of the 1970s and antique brass that was stylish in the 1980s and 1990s.  This new incarnation of brass typically has a brushed look to it much like the ever popular brushed nickel finish. Manufacturers have a variety of names for this trendy new finish, but they all give a sophisticated edge to a timeless material.  Bring on the brass!

Hinkley Lighting’s Lanza Three Light Bath Bar, pictured below, offers a clean, transitional design in the new brushed brass finish.

Hinkley Lanza 3 Light Bath Bar In Brushed Bronze

The Foxcroft Four Light Pendant from Savoy House is available in the Aged Brass finish in addition to Brushed Nickel.

The Foxcroft Four Light Pendant in Aged Brass from Savoy House

The Directoire Wall Sconce designed by Mary McDonald for Robert Abbey is shown below in Natural Brass with Black Painted Glass Panels.

The Directoire Wall Sconce from Robert Abbey

Special Hours in Observance of the Christmas Holiday

Legend Lighting will close at 2pm on Friday, December 23 and remain closed through Monday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday. We appreciate your understanding as we allow this time for our Legend Lighting family to be with their loved ones for Christmas. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, December 27.

On behalf of our entire family, we wish all of you glad tidings this Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year! We extend our sincerest gratitude to all of our team members, vendors, and especially our customers for a successful 2011, and we look forward to working together for an even stronger 2012!

Lunch & Learn: LED 101

Legend Lighting Presents

LED 101

Sponsored by WAC Lighting

Learn how LED lighting is  changing the way that we illuminate our homes. All aspects of LED lighting including inception,  performance, drivers, dimming, organic LED and the future of LED technology will be covered.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Two Sessions
Session One: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Session Two: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

This event is FREE!  Lunch provided!

Seating is limited!

Please reserve your space by selecting a FREE “ticket” for the event time that you prefer.

Legend Lighting is Pleased to Reveal New Website

Legend Lighting is pleased to reveal its new, full scale website, offering customers detailed information about the products and services we offer.  Keeping with our mission of helping homeowners and home builders to find the perfect solutions for their lighting needs, we hope this website will be resource to you for discovering the latest trends and technologies in the rapidly evolving lighting industry.  Please check back often, as our site will be updated and evolve as new products and information becomes available to us.  For further information about any of the lighting or ceiling fan products featured on our website, please contact a sales representative or visit our showroom!  We look forward to sharing our passion and knowledge for lighting with you!

Important Questions to Ask about LED Lighting

As traditional incandescent lighting sources begin to be phased out by law, advances in technology and increased consumer awareness of LED lighting has made it a more popular choice for lighting our homes and businesses.  More and more products enter the marketplace every few months as the cost of this technology continues to drop, but consumers should be aware that not all LED’s are created alike, according to Tyson Neal, co-owner and manager of Legend Lighting in North Austin.

“The benefits of LED are hard to ignore.  They can last up to 50 times longer than old fashioned incandescent light bulbs, use 85% less electricity, are more durable, smaller, and have a significantly smaller environmental impact,” Neal said.

LED’s, or Light Emitting Diodes, are solid-state semiconductor chips that illuminate when electricity passes through them.  Think of a computer chip that literally glows.  LED light fixtures have LED modules incorporated into their design, and are already common in such lighting applications as landscape lighting, under-cabinet lighting, track lighting, and even pendants and chandeliers.

When shopping for LED lighting, there are a few things you should keep in mind, Neal said.  “You want to make sure the LED fixtures or light source has a consistent color temperature, which is measured in degrees Kelvin,” Neal said.  Color temperature measures how “warm” or “cool” the light appears.

“LED manufactures must literally test and sort all the chips to ensure consistent color temperatures.  The more rigorous the sorting process—called “binning”—the  more expensive the fixture, but also the color of the light will be more consistent from fixture to fixture,” Neal explained.  “This is especially important if you will have multiple fixtures in close proximity in your home, such as recessed lighting or under cabinet lighting.  You don’t want some to appear a soft yellow and others to appear a cold blue,” Neal added.

The warmer the color temperature, the closer the light will appear to a traditional incandescent light bulb.  At Legend Lighting consumers can compare LED, incandescent, and compact fluorescent lighting in a recessed lighting lab to see the differences in color temperature first hand.  “It’s important to know that LED lighting will not always directly mimic more traditional light sources.  Seeing is believing, which is why we encourage anyone considering these products to see examples in our showroom,” Neal said.

Another important consideration is the warranty.  Neal explains that because LED technology is still relatively new, it’s important to look for a brand that offers a robust warranty on the product.  “You must remember that the warranty is not the same as the rated lifetime.  Fixtures may be designed to last 50,000 hours, but you might be left high and dry if the warranty is only one year.”

Legend Lighting carries many LED products that have five year warranties, Neal said.  One of their premier brands, WAC Lighting, not only offers a five year warranty, but also designs many of its fixtures with replaceable LED modules, which allows you to replace just the LED’s rather than the entire fixture should they malfunction.

Finally, Neal encourages shoppers to be aware that the ability to use dimming devices on LED fixtures is not necessarily the same as with older incandescent fixtures.  “Pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations for compatible dimming switches.  For example, most of WAC Lighting’s LED products are dimmable using electronic low voltage dimmers, but other manufacturers may recommend different dimmers for their products,” Neal said.  Many LED products are not dimmable at all, and those that are dimmable may only be so down to about 5% due to minimum electrical load requirements of the actual dimmer.

To learn more about LED lighting products, contact Tyson Neal or any lighting specialist at Legend Lighting, (512) 251-0000, or visit the Legend Lighting showroom at 15342 North Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78728.

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