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I use the blog to share helpful lighting, electrical, sound and automation information.  Articles will be on a variety of topics including new products, design and code.

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2014 National Electric Code being adopted in 2014

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

The state of Louisiana will be adopting the latest building codes (2016) and the 2014 National Electric Code in Feburary of 2018.    Please make sure that your designers and contractors are aware so taht your home or building passes inspection.

Lighting and health circadian system

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This article is from the Electrical Contractor Magazine. The lighting industry continues to explore the potential for lighting solutions to benefit and optimize human health. Studies indicate light has physiological effects that go beyond vision. In recent years, the industry has focused on the effect of light on the human circadian system and how electric lighting choices can affect circadian health.

Light and circadian rhythms


The circadian system produces and regulates b...

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CANEEL BAY CEILING FAN FEATURED IN HGTV FIXER UPPER

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We are excited to see The Casablanca Caneel Bay ceiling fan featured in one of Joanna Gaines’ room redesigns.

Chip and Joanna Gaines placed Casablanca’s industrial style ceiling fan in a room doubling as a mudroom and home office during a recent episode of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Casablanca Designer Claire McRoberts admired how the wood desk coupled with the Caneel Bay in the Aged Steel finish with White Washed Distressed Oak blades keeps the eye moving around the ro...

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The simplest Things are important in Lighting and Electrical Design

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 A customer who is remodeling a historic building in the French Quarter asked for Design services for lighting.   The switching plan for this space was very important so as to NOT destroy the look of the spaces with switches and dimmers all over the place.   After completing the layout the designer added cabinets in the bathroom which would best be lit and worked with the electrician to create 5 gang switch look in the master water closet.    ...

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one reason LED lights fail early - EOS

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We hear about LED lighting that fails and in addition to surges taking care when doing maintenance is important to prevent the early loss of life of LED bulbs.  To help keep those LED lights working, I am copying the paragraphs below from an email received by Kevin Smith of BrillianceLED.

 

"Back in the halogen and incandescent days of landscape lighting, it was a common practice by many contractors to install lamps while the system was on. This is known as a “hot ...

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lighting for kitchen

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Regularly a customer tells me that they do not have enough light in their kitchen.   One of the problems that I regularly find is that the bulbs that are being used are BR type bulbs which not necessairly for task lighting.   Many times these same customers have PAR type bulbs in their liviing room.  After having them put the higher lumen PAR bulbs (850+ lumens) in their kitchen they see a big improvement.  

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The right light

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Designing and Recommending the right lighting has become a passion of mine.  Ever since I was asked to take that lighting control course many many years ago I have been on a quest to apply the appropriate lighting.   I am starting this blog because there is so much that is mis understood about selecting and placing lights and you don't know when you have bad lighting unless you have experienced good lighting.   So for today I am going to just mention a few fundam...

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