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Ideas, advice and buyer’s guides.

A Look Inside the Lumens Design House

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Explore the Lumens Design House, our first-ever concept house that we’re launching for our Spring D…
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Now Sourcing: Modern Retreat 

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From a luxe ski lodge to a high desert resort, take a closer look at the pieces we love and how to …
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The Ultimate Guide to Accent Furniture

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While full-time furniture like lounge chairs and dining sets have long held the spotlight, waiting …
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Bathroom Vanity Lighting Buyer’s Guide

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More than any other room in the home, the bathroom requires lighting for specific functions that ar…
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Designing a Modern Game Room

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The hub for social bonding, competition among friends, unwinding with drinks and, most importantly,…
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Rug Buyer’s Guide

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Our rug buyer’s guide will show you how to find the right rug size for the room, how to place it, d…
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Lighting for Health, Mood and Well-being

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Light can affect more than just mood. We’ll walk through important health considerations while plan…
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How to Choose an Office Chair

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As working from home becomes more of a modern lifestyle choice, finding the right office chair is k…
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Designing a Healthy Home Office

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Use these expert tips and tricks to assemble a home office that will charge and power your daily gr…
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How to Mix and Match Your Dining Chairs and Table

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A well-styled modern dining room doesn’t always come right out of the box. Mixing and matching furn…
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Lighting for Aging Eyes 

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While aging eyes need two to five times as much lighting support than their younger selves, a smart…
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Understanding Color Rendering Index

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CRI is the measurement of how light affects how you see color. Understanding the CRI in your bulbs …
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Smart Fan Buyer’s Guide

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Smart Fans help lower energy costs related to running heating and air conditioning with sophisticat…
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How to Style Outdoor Hanging Lights

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Whether hanging above outdoor restaurants or over balconies, outdoor lights are the way to light up…
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Designing a Smart Home

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Whether building out a new home or upgrading an existing one, integrating smart home devices into t…
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How to Design an Eco-Friendly Home

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As culture trends towards sustainability, designing an eco-friendly home is more than popular: It’s…
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Entertaining Outdoors: Designing Rooftop Lounges, Cafes and More

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Offering glimmering skyscraper and sunset views, a seemingly simple, but unused space can be transf…
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Sourcing Ceiling Fans

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Sourcing ceiling fans comes with a number of considerations, from ensuring the right size for prope…
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Dark Sky Compliance + The Future of Outdoor Lighting

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The International Dark-Sky Association (IDSA) has been the recognized global authority on light pol…
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Designing a Guest Room Like a Hotel Suite

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From the décor to the lighting and the arrangements of both, every aspect of the guest room will be…
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Outdoor Stair Lighting Ideas

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The top priorities when choosing step-lighting for outdoor stairs are safety and weather resistance…
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Living Room Lighting Guide

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The most versatile room in your home, the living room still benefits from a methodical approach to …
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Buyer’s Guide To Dimmers

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Find tips and advice on how to choose light dimmers and controls. We answer common questions with l…
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The Fundamentals of Light Layering

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In the home and commercial spaces, proper light layering–ambient, task and accent lighting–helps yo…
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How to Light a Modern Bedroom

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In this bedroom lighting guide, we will go over basic bedroom lighting tips and how to layer bedroo…
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Recessed Lighting Buyer’s Guide

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Learn how to choose recessed lighting that will fit your design goals with all you need to know abo…
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Go Cordless: Portable Outdoor Lights

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Portable lights expand your living space, going wherever you do. Check out some of our favorite por…
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Undercabinet Lighting Guide

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In kitchens, crafts rooms and elsewhere, general lighting can only go so far. Under cabinet lightin…
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Architectural Detail Lighting

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Architectural detail lighting has the power to create an atmospheric environment, or it can simply …
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How to Light a Kitchen

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Learn how to create the perfect kitchen lighting design. From fixtures to placement, get the design…
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How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

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Ceiling fans come in a nearly endless array of sizes, blade counts and finishes, so choosing the ri…
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5 Common Lighting Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

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A great lighting plan avoids common blunders. We solve 5 top culprits of poor lighting plans to mak…
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Dining Room Lighting Ideas + Tips

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Choosing the right dining room light doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few dining ro…
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How to Choose Seating Height

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Standard seat height is dictated by the intended use of the seating in question. Counter height sto…
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How to Choose a Dining Table: Shape, Size and More

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The dining table is a gathering place, during busy days, celebrations, hosting and more. Here’s how…
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How to Choose a Floor Lamp

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Finding the right floor lamp: With so many choices and styles, we’re here to help you choose the ri…
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How to Light a Small Bathroom

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When installing lighting in small bathrooms, it is important to create a lighting arrangement that …
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How to Choose Kitchen Pendant Lighting

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The kitchen requires lighting that plays double duty, illuminating tasks and adding personality to …
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UL Listings for Lighting and Ceiling Fans: What Do UL Ratings Mean?

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When is it safe to use a fixture where water contact is inevitable? Here’s a guide to what y…
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What is a Ceiling Fan’s CFM?

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CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and tells you how much air a fan moves. This is measured by th…
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LED Lighting Buyer’s Guide

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LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. This is light produced using a semiconductor in a process call…
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Lighting Options for Low Ceilings

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Low ceilings don’t have to mean low expectations for lighting design. Here are some recommendations…
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What Provides More Light: Uplights vs Downlights

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Not to be confused with ambient lighting that spreads light evenly in a room, these terms indicate …
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How to Choose a Modern Chandelier

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This guide will begin with some basic information on chandeliers and the different types, shapes, f…
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How to Light an Outdoor Entryway

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A well-lit front entry makes that ever-important first impression. Here’s how to select the r…
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How to Light a Kitchen Island

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Lighting over the kitchen island not only adds a visual element to your kitchen, but provides a key…
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5 Common Kitchen Lighting Mistakes

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Here’s a list of 5 kitchen lighting mistakes and how to fix or avoid them.
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Multifunctional Bedside Reading Lighting

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Whether having a USB port for device charging, a shelf for extra storage, or ambient glow while rea…
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All of Your Outdoor Ceiling Fan Questions, Answered

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Outdoor ceiling fans offer damp or wet ratings that reflect the fan’s ability to withstand the mois…
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How to Choose a Sofa

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This guide walks buyers through the different sizes and options of couches and sofas to better unde…
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Sourcing Outdoor Lighting

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Explore the key outdoor lighting guidelines for landscape and accent lighting to consider when appr…
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Ceiling Fan Direction for Summer + Winter

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Yes, you can use your ceiling fan all year long. To make sure it works well for each season, all yo…
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Wall Lighting Buyer’s Guide

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Find tips on how to choose wall lights and sconces with the Wall Lighting Buyer’s Guide at Lu…
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Landscape Lighting Guide

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Welcome to Landscape Lighting 101. We’ll walk you through the types of landscape lighting and…
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Bathroom Lighting Buyer’s Guide

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Find answers to the most common bathroom lighting questions to help you choose the lights you need.
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How to Light a Home Office

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In a home office, lighting is key to help you tackle any task. See our best ideas for getting your …
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The Best Materials for Outdoor Furniture

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Exploring the looks, texture, durability and ease of care required for all of the various materials…
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Buyer’s Guide to Track and Monorail Lighting

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Even with all the configurations and options available, creating a custom track or monorail lightin…
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How to Light Your Outdoor Patio

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Highlighting some of our favorite patio lighting ideas to help make the most of your outdoor spaces…
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Understanding Kelvin Color Temperature

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How do “warm” and “cool” translate in regard to what your light looks like? Here’s a breakdow…
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How to Choose the Right Size Ceiling Light

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When it comes to lighting, there’s one all-important feature you’ll want to consider before style, …
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Light Bulb Facts: The Meaning of Lumens

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We’ll show you how lumens are measured, an easy way to translate watts to lumens and why all …
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