Planning Your Holiday Lighting for the Entire Year

If you’re anything like me you do a lot of online shopping – and like to plan in advance.  Since lighting is a huge part of what we do, I figured I’d write up a yearly holiday lighting calendar for special events and activities throughout the year. ...

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Energy Savings Tips During the Holidays

Here at Ikon we can’t do anything without thinking of a more energy efficient way to do it. I mean we have a video dedicated to changing your refrigerator light bulb to LED to save $100 over 15 years. So when it comes to the holidays in our area, we can’t...

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Energy Efficiency and LEDs

Energy Efficiency A lot of people feel that they cannot do anything to help prevent the damage that our current energy systems cause on Earth’s atmosphere and climate. Recycling is a good step, but it isn’t enough energy efficiency to feel a meaningful difference....

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Must Have Patio Lighting Ideas

2016 – The summer of string lights. Hands down the hottest patio lighting trend for this season is bistro string lights. Not only are they the highest ranking lighting product on Amazon.com; but they have an undeniable presence at Target, Walmart and all the other big...

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Genius Idea – Speakers in a Lightbulb

Talk about a great idea!  I recently visited a lighting summit conference at the Hilton in Chicago, and saw some very interesting lighting products.  Some more interesting than others, and the last row as I was completely bored with the same old artsy designer LED...

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Dangers of Christmas Lighting

Christmas Lighting Every year, Christmas trees are the cause of 240 home fires, including a related 13 deaths, 27 injuries and nearly $20 million in property damage.  While relatively uncommon, Christmas tree fires are unusually likely to be serious and are more...

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GE Lighting Brings Gunshot Detection to Lights

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 30, 2015) – Cities and their emergency responders will soon have a new way to deploy gunshot detection technology and be able to respond to incidents and react faster to protect their residents. A memorandum of understanding (MOU)...

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Home Automation Made Simple

Home Automation Home automation is now possible with new technology and products, you can control just about anything from anywhere, using just your smartphone or tablet.   There are a lot of reasons to automate your home, the benefits are endless from energy savings...

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What is Color Temperature?

Color Temperature can be confusing, especially when represented in number of the Kelvin temperature scale.  It begins to make sense when lighting is called ‘Soft White’ or ‘Daylight.’  But 2700K or 4100K is arbitrary to the average buyer, and...

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Google Teams with Osram in Smart LED Lamps

As home automation grows in popularity in America, the German lighting manufacturer Osram announced last week they will be joining forces with Google on their ‘Lightify’ smart LED. The lamp line “Works with the Nest” according to Osram.  The...

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