1. CREATE A COZY HOME WITH HYGGE

    Want to make your home as cozy, calm and relaxing as possible? Try hygge (pronounced: hue-gah), a Danish lifestyle trend that has captured the imagination of the interior design profession. More than just a décor trend, hygge is a state of mind – one of cozy contentment while appreciating the simple things that bring joy to your life. Lighting is a key element in hygge, which takes a minimalist…Read More

  2. WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SHOPPING FOR LED BULBS

    Today, LED bulbs are the most efficient, longest lasting, and often the most suitable choice for residential lighting. However, the slightly higher upfront cost, along with the variations in light output and color temperature, can make the switch to LEDs feel somewhat daunting. The best place to start for the highest-quality LED bulbs is an ALA-member lighting showroom. The experts there are well …Read More

  3. FOLLOW THE TREND: NEW WAYS TO LIGHT THE BATHROOM

    While functionality is still key, stylish and unique bathroom lighting designs are becoming increasingly popular. To meld the two, we recommend utilizing creative ways of installing fixtures and layering light. The bathroom is used for various, task-oriented activities from applying makeup, to shaving, to getting dressed. Therefore, proper lighting is first and foremost when producing a bathroom l…Read More

  4. REARRANGE FIXTURES TO CREATE A UNIQUE LOOK

    Many of today's light fixtures lend themselves to various types of installations. Some fixtures have multiple lights that can hang clustered together or, with the addition of a support frame, can be spread out in a more traditional chandelier fashion. Pendants can be grouped in a number of ways without requiring multiple holes in the ceiling by using a canopy accessory that attaches to a single el…Read More

  5. THE LATEST IN LIGHTING TRENDS

    Good design begins with a great lighting plan. From ambient lighting, to statement chandeliers and trendy LED fixtures, layering your home with light is the key to creating spaces that welcome, comfort and inspire. Recently, Executive Editor of Lighting Magazine and The Meredith Luxury Home Portfolio Samantha Hart sat down with ALA to provide an update on the latest trends in lighting. Outdoor is …Read More

  6. 4 WAYS TO ADD FUNCTIONALITY TO YOUR HOME WITHOUT SACRIFICING STYLE

    When it comes to lighting and connectivity at home, everyone has pet peeves. Whether it’s lights being left on in an empty room or the phone charger somehow always magically disappearing, high-tech, yet stylish and functional controls offer several solutions to help combat these everyday problems. 1. Lights carelessly being left on: Constantly reminding children (or your partner) to turn of the …Read More

  7. LAYERED LIGHTING LOOKS LOVELIEST

    When it comes to outfitting a room with lighting, most homeowners start with the overhead lighting – either one main fixture or a grouping of pendants. From there, lighting experts suggest adding two additional layers: task and accent. Task lighting can be achieved with sconces, portable lamps or recessed fixtures. Accent lighting all depends on the item or area to be highlighted. It may be insi…Read More

  8. LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

    Lighting a sidewalk or other pathway is attractive and a safety feature of outdoor lighting. Make sure any outdoor fixture casts its glow downward, so that is does not obscure the vision of you or your guests. Another key tip for outdoor lighting is to avoid pushing light into a window – yours or a neighbors. The goal is for the light to illuminate only the area outside. Visit your local ALA-mem…Read More

  9. ALL CEILING FANS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL Get the right fan for your space

    All ceiling fans are not created equal, especially when it comes to size, weather resistance and speed. When determining which fan to buy for your room, in addition to appearance, consider these three things: Location – Ceiling fans are separated into three location ratings: indoor-rated, damp-rated (not for direct moisture) and wet-rated (good anywhere outdoors, including in the rain). While yo…Read More

  10. FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING OUTDOOR FIXTURES

    Outdoor spaces are no longer afterthoughts in a home's design and decor plan. The outdoors set the stage for the rest of the home, create a welcoming ambience, and provide a space to relax, gather with friends and family, or steal a few quiet moments away in the midst of a hectic day. An outdoor area, whether it is a small porch or a large patio, needs to be styled and decorated to match both the …Read More