Restaurant Lighting and Light Fixtures

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There is a recipe for appetizing restaurant lighting, and sometimes it can make or break a restaurant. LED bulbs, which come in a variety of shapes and colors, are an effective way to modulate mood. They are available in large sizes to create a big impact in focal features. Some are waterproof, so you can use them in waterfalls, water walls, and fountains to create the perfect splash. If you have an Italian restaurant, consider using red and green LED lights to make a statement.

Open show kitchens are popular in restaurants, but offer a unique lighting challenge. The kitchen must be a bright, clear-light work environment, which is fine with CFLs, but the food must be delicious looking as it is made and waits under heat lamps to be served, which pose a problem with CFLs. We offer energy-efficient light bulbs in a variety of colors to make your food look as good as it tastes. These include a combination of kitchen and over-the-table lighting to set the right mood in your restaurant. Did you know that people have a bigger appetite when the light is dim? It’s true. So even if you have a bright show kitchen, keep over the table lighting subdued. And put your grill front and center of your show kitchen. Guests like the drama and the orange-red of the flames as your chefs work helps take the chill off bluish CFL bulbs. We offer halogen lights that are ideal for kitchens and cast a clean, bright light with savings of up to 80% on energy costs.

Restaurants with big windows are fabulous during the daytime, when natural lighting (the ideal type of lighting made by Mother Nature herself) floods the space and food prep areas. Many restaurants are not so lucky, particularly those located in the interiors of shopping malls. To mimic the warm of natural sunlight, install large overhead fixtures with alabaster-colored shades and combine with wall scone floods and strategic LED lights. Newer restaurant lighting fixtures include honeycomb modules and chandeliers that use gorgeous LED modules with diffusers. Available in a range of colors. LED modules can create dramatic effects and are useful in restaurant seating areas. GE makes super-mini bulbs for low-watt fixtures that provide richness and accuracy of color. These bulbs retrofit with existing systems and can burn up to 15,000 hours.

Architectural LED power grids are a fast and simple way to install energy-efficient, bright LEDs in a variety of colors. These illuminated grids are up to 64% more efficient than fluorescent, have no lead, mercury, or glass and offer a 50,000 hour lifetime.The interlocking grids can be quickly constructed into backlighting such as behind a cocktail bar or on ceilings for an overall illumination… and they come in a wide variety of colors.

Hungry for more information? Just give us a call and talk to us about your restaurant lighting challenge.

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How To Light Hotel Rooms… To Brighten Guest Satisfaction

 

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Hotels know the cost savings provided by replacing inefficient incandescent lighting with compact-fluorescent bulbs. But guest complaints are common because CFLs can have an unpleasant light quality. They also have a short lag before they reach full brightness, which guests dislike when walking into an unfamiliar space, including a hotel room. To keep guests happy requires a little extra care when choosing CFLs and CFL fixtures, but it can mean saving money with risking guest satisfaction.

Bathrooms and Entries: Always choose a CFL that warms up to full brightness in 30 seconds or less. Some CFL bulbs take longer than others to warm up, but there are newer brands that have instant-on technology. This is especially important for the entry light when a guest first flicks on the light when entering the hotel room, and in hotel bathrooms were light is a safety issue.

Size and Shape: Big, bulky spiral CFLs look cheap in an upscale hotel environment. Choose the smaller, compact size CFL bulbs for hotel room fixtures and lamps. If a bulb is readily visible, such as in a bedside lamp, there are CFL bulbs designed to resemble incandescent bulbs that give a much better impression. You can also get CFLs to fit and look good in chandeliers, ceiling fans, and wall-mounted swing lamps. There is no reason to make guests think “cheap!” every time they switch on a light, when we offer energy-saving bulbs for every possible need.

Dimmable and 3-Way Fixtures: Guests usually want and expect these fixtures in their hotel room. For maximum guest comfort, include a dimmable general purpose light, such as a ceiling light, and at least one 3-way table lamp near a reading chair or bedside. Only CFLs that are specifically designated as dimmable will work in a dimmable light fixture. Other CFLs will flicker and burn out if used with a dimmer switch. Likewise, 3-way CFLs are required for 3-way fixtures. Standard CFLs will not turn on until the third click of the lamp switch, which is an annoying guest experience and makes them think maintenance is not doing a good job of keeping the room fresh and in good working order.

Color Temperature: The color that CFLs emit can be unpleasant, even glaring. Choose bulbs in the 2700-3000K color temperature range, especially in bathrooms and near hotel room mirrors. The light color is similar to incandescent bulbs and will not make your guests look washed out and unhealthy when they look in the mirror as they brush their teeth.

Colored Lampshades: While not strictly part of your bulb choice, the lampshade has a big influence on light color. Trying using lampshades in pink-beige tones for a warmer, more flattering tone. Your guests won’t know why, but the illumination will be more pleasant and cast a more hospitable glow.

LEDs – LED bulbs come in the same sizes and shapes as incandescent bulbs, can last over 22 years if burned 3 hours a day, and offer a multi-directional light output with clean, bright 3,000K color. With no mercury and great energy savings of 77% compared to incandescent, LED bulbs are the perfect one-to-one replacement bulb for just about any hotel room fixture.

LED Strip lights are another way to add light and a design to a hotel guest room. By adding these strip lights to the top of a headboard you add extra lighting and ambience not to mention they are easy to hide.

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How To Keep Bathroom Fixtures Like New.

 

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Nothing is sadder than a bathroom with pitted chrome or bronze finishes gone from antique to merely elderly. Even if you can’t afford to completely renovate your bathroom, new plumbing fixtures update your style and give a fresh, clean look that bathrooms are all about. A few tips on maintaining your bathroom fixtures will keep them looking like new.

Chrome fixtures are not solid chrome, because is too soft to use except as a high luster coating over other metals. Residue buildup will cause it to pit, exposing the metal underneath. By then it is too late, so regular cleaning is the key to maintaining a mirror-like finish.  A damp rag and some soapy water are all you need for regular maintenance. Never use ordinary household cleaners, because acids eat into chrome and abrasives scratch it. You can clean around faucet bases and drains with a soft toothbrush dipped into soap and water. About once a month, go over your chrome fixtures with a one-to-one mixture of warm water and vinegar. This will help remove tough lime scale. If your chrome is rusty, try rubbing it with aluminum foil and the vinegar-water solution. It works! Dry your chrome bathroom fixtures with a microfiber rag and then polish with a special chrome polish from your local auto store. Auto buffs use it to buff a metallic shine onto their expensive wheels.  You can also use wheel cleaning clay, which will buff out most scratches.

While chrome is the most popular bathroom fixture finish, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures have a special elegance.  These fixtures are more corrosion resistant than iron and brass, but they require upkeep or the patina will turn green and the finish will corrode. Use soap and water to wipe away toothpaste, hair gel and other products on a daily basis. Remove stubborn grime with a mixture of 1-tablespoon salt to 3 quarts of warm water, and then rinse clean. Once a month, clean your bronze fixtures with 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of white vinegar and enough white flour to make a gloppy paste. Coat the paste over the fixtures; let it dry for an hour, and then rinse with warm water and dry with a microfiber cloth.  You should also wax your oil-rubbed bronze fixtures once every 3 or 4 months. Use liquid car wax. Ordinary cleaning solutions like glass cleaner will cause your bronze fixtures to corrode and turn green, so stick to soap, water, and salt.

Brushed and satin nickel fixtures are sophisticated, but they gunk up with hard-water deposits. Most bath and tub cleaners are acid or ammonia based and will ruin your fixtures. Soap and water will do the trick. For tough water deposits, use a soft cleaner like Bon-Ami or Barkeeper’s Friend, but no steel wool, please. Please avoid products that say they remove rust or tarnish, as they usually contain acids that remove the protective finish. When it gets bad, try 50/50 white vinegar and water with a soft cloth. Remove and soak the shower head. WD-40 will restore the finish on nickel fixtures; it too is available at the auto parts store.  Some people swear by Stainless Steel Magic, which you may already use on your stainless kitchen appliances. Protect the finish with car wax. Stainless Steel Magic will also clean your stainless steel bathroom fixtures, but don’t wax them.

Be aware that some antique-looking fixtures have a “living finish” that is designed to develop a patina with age. Vinegar will remove that finish. And many fixture manufacturers warn you against using Scrubbing Bubbles on fixtures; it is meant for tile. Forego the use of plastic scrubby sponges; they can damage your fixtures beyond salvation. Brass and copper fixtures can be treated the same way; most metal cleaners will wear down plated finishes.

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August 22nd is Angel Day…So Shine Like One!

 

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August 22nd is Be An Angel Day. It was first celebrated in 1993, but the idea behind it is timeless: do something nice for someone else, and recognize the nice people in your life. And while good deeds will light up your life, angel lamps add a dash of cherubic sweetness to a dark corner.

You can find a dozen celestial variations on Angel Lamps at KamensFineThings.com, for around $40 apiece plus shipping. For a little girl’s bedroom a Renaissance angel glows in bas-relief when lighted, $25 from Freewebs.com/BeckysGifts or Ferrisville.com. Or choose a resin pair of cherubs in a pink lamp with fringed shade, from Collectible-Glass.com for $25. EBay and Etsy, of course, have tons of retro angel lamps from a nicer era.

Now, if your tastes are less sweet, angels do come in all guises, including the very sleek Artemide Cosmic Angel Suspension light, created by super-minimalist designer Ross Lovegrove. Or flank your sofa with a pair of Angel Wing lamps in antique white or gold leaf by Regina Andrew Design, at around $700. Class will cost you, but it isn’t easy to make angels chic.

Sadly, the entire Angel’s Touch Collection of plastic “Tiffany-Style” lamps is anything but angelic. It was recalled in July 2013 due to shock and fire hazards. They were sold exclusively by Cracker Barrel, so it shouldn’t be hard to know if you have one.

Where angels really shine is on the road, with aftermarket Halo Headlights and Angel Eyes for your vehicle. Projector, LED, Euro, and Dual Halo Projector headlights increase nighttime visibility but mostly they make your vehicle look stunningly exotic. Halo Headlights start around $100 and blaze at more than $500, uninstalled. Car enthusiasts love to argue about the best ways to pimp their rides, so you’ll have to do some research on what will work with you. The simplest and cheapest way to go (and glow) is with LED angel Eye Headlight Accents, for around $10.

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Lighting Up Fashion With Style

Veronique Cote Sculpture dress

Veronique Cote Sculpture dress

 

Artist Véronique  Côté used hundreds of LED lights and a wire frame to create “Donkey Skin,” a sculptured dress that reflects her interest in fairytales. While this is art and is not meant to be worn daily, fashion and lighting do mix it up, particularly for evening wear.

UK-based CuteCircuit, a fashion tech company, has launched two lines of ready-to-wear dresses and tops embedded with LED lights. Some, like the “K-dress.” allow you to control the color and pattern of your lights. Enlightened by Janet Hansen offers faux fur coats, scarves, and other types of clothing for both men and women that are festooned with color-changing lights. They also create clothing by special order and spectacular costumes for stars such as Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Bow Wow.

Illuminated clothing is priced beyond reach for most of us, but you can go clubbing in a fiber optics LumiTop from LumiGram for 189 euros. Or, if you have some sewing skills and plenty of patience, you can embed flexible, neon-colored LED lighting in just about any garment. You can also create your own glowing wire clothes, similar to those worn by the band Daft Punk, using electroluminescent wire, also known as EL wire. Both are available through eBay. Send us pics of your brightest fashion ideas!

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How Lighting Affects Your Mood…

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Have you noticed when the sun is shining bright outside you feel happy? Do you notice a change in your mood when it’s gloomy outside? Well that is because lighting can affect your mood. Lighting can make you feel relaxed, agitated, happy or sad at any given time. Research show that when its dark your serotonin levels are at the lowest point, but once the light shines it increases your serotonin levels. Which help to shift your mood…  It’s the same as when you are feeling stressed you go into a room light a candle and just sit and relax.

This is also true for places you visit like a restaurant, which has dim lighting and candlelight to create a romantic atmosphere. Or a spa that has set a tone that is serene and relaxed. Even nightclubs have special lighting that put you in the mood to dance the night away. Lighting can even make your marriage proposal or wedding an unforgettable event! So the next time you feel down head outside and let the light shine….

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Light up your summer nights!

I am one of those people who never need a reason to throw a party. Especially during the summer which comes packed with family birthdays. And nothing says summer like hosting a fabulous party outdoors with the warm breeze and cool drinks it makes for a great time. When the sun goes down, the party can still go on…using lighting and creating an ambiance.That is sure to keep your guest happy. Below are some great DIY lighting ideas that can add elegance to your party while illuminating your backyard.

                                                      Twine Light Strings

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                                               String Lights & Paper Lanterns

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                                                         Hanging Lanterns

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Let’s host a summer Shindig!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hurricane Season… Are you prepared?

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hurricane supplies

Hurricane Season is here the Eastern Pacific season began May 15 while Central Pacific began June 1. The Atlantic hurricane season also began June 1 and just like the pacific ends in November 30.

During the season it’s always a good idea to begin your preparations early, because even though during a hurricane watch or warning you have time to track and prepare. We all wait till the last minute since we are not really sure if the hurricane, will actually hit our area or if it will make a last minute track change. And then we spend hours in line at the stores getting our last minute supplies. Only to figure out the store has run out of some of the supplies. So that is why preparing early is important it saves you time and money.

I have been living in Florida my whole life and, I understand first hand that we as consumers are weary of preparing early. I am one of those people who have waited for the last minute, because the times I have prepared early nothing happens thankfully. However I have also learned that when I don’t prepare things happen and then I have nothing. So this year I decided that I would prepare early and if, nothing happen which I would much rather, I could use these supplies year round.

The truth is that hurricane supplies don’t need to be purchased just for hurricanes. The supplies are very versatile and can be used in just about every situation. Like a couple of months ago a flashlight would have been handy when I lost power in my house. The power wasn’t caused by any kind of disaster just old hardware. I spent two nights with no power and of course no flashlight. Cause who needs one right?

So when deciding to purchase your supplies don’t think of it as just hurricane supplies think of them as just in case supplies.

  • Here is a small list of supplies.
  • Flashlights & extra bulbs
  • Battery operated radio
  • Battery operated lanterns
  • Batteries (different sizes)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rain Gear
  • Plastic bags
  • Can openers
  • Water
  • Generator (if affordable)
  • Extra medicines
  • Gas
  • Cash

We have a wide selection of hurricane or just in case supplies, visit us at www.adlsupply.com/hurricane-supplies/

A19 Incandescent Light Bulb Phase-Out

A19 Halogen Bulb

A19 Halogen Bulb

 

In 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act or Clean Energy Act was signed into effect.  In 2012 the phase out of A19 bulbs began with the 100w bulb. In the coming months more phase-out of bulbs will continue. Which means manufactures will no longer be able to produce A19 60W or 40W bulbs that don’t meet energy efficient standards. As the phase-out continues you might be inclined to stock up, on these bulbs before they run out as suppliers are allowed to sell out there stock.

However replacement bulbs for the A19 which meet energy standard are available to buy. The replacement A19 Halogen Light bulbs use 28% less power than their counterparts. These bulbs can be used anywhere a standard A19 bulb is used. Because the bulb is a true A19 replacement, it has the same look and feel of incandescent, and also saves you energy. So rather than stocking up, just replace the bulbs and save money.

For more information or to buy the A19 replacement bulb visit our website… we carry a wide variety of bulbs.

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