Designing a Space with Edison Bulbs

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In recent years, we’ve seen a huge upswing in popularity of Edison light bulbs. You know the kind – the ones with the golden glow, antique look, and café feel. They’re popping up everywhere! They’re a great way to set the stage for events or the perfect lighting for settings around the home. But, like anything, Edison bulbs have their own benefits and drawbacks.

What are Edison Bulbs?

There’s a good reason why Edison-style lighting has become so popular recently – it’s art! Working like an incandescent, their filaments and bulbs are curved into unique and fascinating shapes. The wire inside creates a fiery glow, emitting a warm, golden light showing off their distinctive beauty.

There is a “not so bright” side to Edison bulbs, though. You’ll most often see Edison bulbs used in an area that doesn’t need as much functional light as ambiance lighting. This is because Edison lights just aren’t as bright as other standard incandescent bulbs or LEDs. If you install Edison bulbs for task lighting, such as in a bathroom vanity, you’ll be disappointed. But, install them as accent lighting over a dining table, and you’ll create a warm, inviting space.

If you opt for vintage-style Edison bulbs over standard bulbs, you can expect to lose quite a bit of luminosity. A 60-watt Edison bulb emits roughly half the lumens as an A19 incandescent. And, because Edison bulbs also have a lower/warmer color temperature than standard bulbs, their orangey-glow doesn’t fully illuminate the room, rather than emphasize their amber glass casing.

Another consideration when designing a space with Edison lighting is that the bulbs are less efficient than modern LEDs and CFLs. They give off the majority of light as heat, so they may not be ideal for people trying to keep their home temperature cooler. Edison bulbs are also notoriously easy to break, so they may not be a good match for homes with pets or kids, or in areas where they could be easily bumped. In addition, Edison bulbs are typically over twice the price as standard bulbs.

When to Use Edison Bulbs

If you want to create the perfect ambiance, Edison Bulbs might be worth the added costs. After all, they instantly add a unique, vintage ambiance to the room. Just don’t expect them to fully illuminate an area where you really need to be able to see. Simply put, they may not be the right choice for every room.

Edison bulbsIf you love the look of Edison bulbs (and let’s be honest, of course you do), but want a longer lasting bulb, you may want to consider LED filament bulbs. They bear a similar look but use LED light emitters in the bulb. LED filament bulbs offer 15,000 life hours as opposed to the 1,000 hours of incandescent Edison bulbs. (However, for comparison, a typical LED boasts a 50,000-hour life.) In some rooms, it may make sense to mix Edison bulbs with other light fixtures at higher positions (like the photo at the right) for a versatile lighting mix that meets the needs of various activities.

Tips for Adding Edison Bulbs to Your Décor

• Hang Edison bulbs at varying lengths over your dining table.
• Use Edison-style lights to add visual appeal to clean, modern designs.
• Install Edison bulbs in the living room on a dimmer switch to dial-in the perfect amount of light to set the mood.
• String outdoor-rated lights from your patio fence or along walkways to create a warm ambiance.
• Consider Edison-style LED string lights for added durability and versatility.

Make Old New Again

Edison bulbs are being used in homes, stores, and restaurants everywhere! They’re a great way to incorporate a vintage feel into minimalist design and instantly add functional art.

For more information about using lighting to create a beautiful home, contact the lighting design experts at White’s Electrical today.

Electrical Wiring for an Outdoor Kitchen

electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, and what’s not to love? Whether you like to entertain, enjoy grilling a meal for your family, or want to increase property value, an outdoor kitchen has a lot to offer. Being sure that your outdoor kitchen is planned properly can help you enjoy it for years to come. In this blog, we’ll discuss electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen.

Electrical Outlets

While planning electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen, it’s important to consider the location and type of electrical outlets you will use. Are you going to install a mini-fridge near your grill? Do you use a blender or food processor often? How about just having the ability to plug in a small fan near the grill? Planning enough electrical outlets in the right locations can make the use of your outdoor kitchen easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable.

While you’re planning where to put the outlets, be sure to consider the type of outlets you want to install. It’s a good idea to put the outdoor kitchen on its own GFCI circuit board inside your house. If you need to reset the system, it will be far simpler to reset it from indoors than to crawl behind an undercounter appliance to reach a buried outlet. An experienced electrician will know the codes inside and out and can help you make sure your kitchen will be both safe and comfortable.

Lighting

Having enough lighting is another important consideration when planning the electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen. Of course, if you plan to use your grill after dark, you will need lighting at your island or bar. Your kitchen probably includes seating, so having enough lighting in your seating area is also important. Dimmable lighting is useful, because you can adjust the lighting to meet your needs, while still being able to enjoy the stars.

Ceiling Fans

If your kitchen includes a covered seating or cooking area, you may want to consider a ceiling fan. Of course, standing over a grill can get hot. Couple that with the humid Indiana summers, and you’re bound to need a way to cool off. An electrician can help you plan for, wire, and install a ceiling fan that can be used for lighting as well if desired.

Electrical Wiring for Outdoor Kitchens from White’s Electrical

No matter the size or needs of your outdoor kitchen, White’s Electrical has got you covered. From the practical planning stage, to custom design, to installation and maintenance, there is no job too big or too small for our licensed electricians.

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Benefits of Landscape Lighting

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When the weather warms up, most of us like to get outside and take advantage of the longer daylight hours. But the appeal of summer doesn’t stop when it gets dark. No matter our reasons for wanting to be outside after dark, having the option to fully illuminate our surroundings can have some big benefits.

Safety

Well-lit paths can help prevent tripping or other accidents. Lighting walkways, stairs, or any other potentially hazardous area can help you navigate safely around the property. In addition, having dark areas illuminated can help give peace of mind for someone who may become easily frightened in the dark.

Security

Unwanted intruders are much less likely to attempt an intrusion into a well-lit area. Use landscape lighting to illuminate the perimeter of your home, especially entry points. Although lights cannot prevent crime, statistics show that a well-lit home is much more likely to deter criminals.
Motion-tripped floodlights are a great way to protect your home and save energy at the same time. They only turn on when they sense motion instead of remaining on all night long.

Ambiance and Entertainment

The right landscape lighting can help set the perfect atmosphere for your party. Illuminate pools, patios, decks, and any space where you guests will be. You might even say that landscape lighting will make your summer parties “lit.”

Functionality

Even if you aren’t entertaining guests, just enjoying your backyard alone is much easier with the right lighting. Landscape lighting can allow you to use your pool or spa, outdoor kitchen or grill, or patio after dark.

Added Value

The right lighting can make your home stand out from the rest. Professionally placed landscape lighting can be used to revel subtle contours, shapes, and textures of your home and property. This can add value to your home and increase its curb appeal. Landscape lighting can be used to accentuate architecture and the charm of your home.

Why should I work with White’s Electrical for my landscape lighting?

White’s Electrical can help you increase the security, safety, ambiance, function, and value of your home by adding landscape lighting. Our design team will walk you through the process and work with you to make your vision come to life. Our licensed electricians can provide the exceptional service and professionalism you have been looking for. Connect with us on Facebook, submit this online contact form, or give us a call to schedule a consultation today!