Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Budgeting

Lighting and Lamp offers budget friendly options for your home and business.


In 1956 Jack Oliver and Ruth Wright would measure and cut wire on the downtown Birmingham sidewalk where Jack had marked the footage, as the budget did not allow for purchasing wire in bulk. With both Charles and Ruth having such strong work ethics, they wanted to be absolutely sure they could repay money before borrowing. When they were confident they could repay the debt, they acquired a loan to begin buying in bulk. Somehow they always managed to pay the money back even before it was due.

"Mother learned at an early age to be an excellent money manager. My first lesson she taught me was how to write my first check each month to the church for my tithe. She stressed that everything we have belongs to God." ~ Patsy Wright Burks
Budget friendly lighting

Lighting & Lamp  is constantly researching and learning the newest, latest lighting choices. There are budget friendly options and they are anxious to share. Building codes are changing all the time. Outdoor energy saving security lights, occupancy sensors, path lights, and sensor lights for your business and home are just a few of their ideas. Whatever your budget, Lighting & Lamp is ready to meet and assess your needs. Servicing Birmingham and Shelby County, their knowledgeable, creative team will take your ideas and their experience and transform your living area.

Philippians 2:3 ~ "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself."

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bring in the Lumens! Watts are a Thing of the Past...

Lumens are the newest way of knowing how bright a lamp is says Lighting and Lamp! 

Lumens and Watts

The higher the lumen rating the brighter the lamp is. Lumens are the actual amount of ambient lighting coming from a lamp according to Department of Energy

For starters, 10 watts in an LED light are equal to 60 watts conventional which means saving money for you! 60 watts conventional is equivalent to 14 watts in a CFL (Compact Flourescent Light). To obtain about the same brightness as a 60 watt conventional bulb would provide, you will need an LED lamp with around 800 lumens. Lamp packages are clearly marked.


Lighting and Lamp's suggestion below to compare watts to lumens:

  • 25 watts = 230-270 lumens in a lamp
  • 35 watts = 250-280 lumens in a spotlight
  • 40 watts = 440-460 lumens in a lamp
  • 50 watts = 330-400 lumens in an spotlight
  • 60 watts = 800-850 lumens in a lamp
  • 75 watts = 1000-1100 lumens in a lamp
There are different lighting needs in each room of our homes. Kitchens, living areas and bedrooms need specific task lighting for reading, homework, games, etc.


Below is a chart with Lighting and Lamp's suggestions of lumens needed for each room:

  • Living Room - 400 - 500
  • Reading  Area - 400
  • Kitchen - 300-400
  • Kitchen Task Area - 700-800
  • Hallways - 300
  • Bedrooms - 300-400
  • Bedrooms Reading Area - 700-800
  • Bathrooms - 500-600 
  • Bathrooms Mirror Area - 700-800
These numbers can be adjusted to fit your personal comfort. 

Lighting & Lamp's experienced lighting team has suggestions to offer the best lighting for each area of your home with beautiful options. Contact them today with your ideas and requests. They are sure to have the perfect solution to bring your home to light.

Ruth and Charles Wright opened the first Lighting & Lamp in downtown Birmingham in 1954. Patsy Wright Burks learned this "Business by Grace" from her parents. Still family owned and operated, Randy Calhoun fulfills his dream everyday, providing lighting solutions and smart home technology for home owners, builders and commercial properties. Lighting & Lamp, located in Pelham, Alabama, provides lighting services in Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Clanton, Helena, Hoover, Montevallo, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia Hills.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Are You Ready to Get Outdoors?

Are you ready to get outdoors in Alabama? Is your outdoor living space ready for entertaining and relaxing? Begin to create your peaceful retreat with a wish list. Walk outside and look around. What would you like to change?

  • How is your landscaping?
  • Do you have walkways that need to be replaced or created?
  • Does stonework need repair or installed?
  • Does the lighting complement your living area?
  • Is there comfortable furniture on the patio? 
  • Is there personality with fabrics, cushions, draperies, and canopies?

Lighting and Lamp has all of the lighting options that are durable for outdoors, and beautiful as well. If you have bulbs that need to be replaced, light fixtures to be repaired, cleaned or replaced, lights added to soften and brighten your outdoor space contact Lighting and Lamp today to schedule a consultation. With your ideas and dreams along with their experience and friendliness, you will surely be pleased and ready to begin spending time entertaining just in time for summer.

Ruth and Charles Wright opened the first Lighting & Lamp in downtown Birmingham in 1954. Patsy Wright Burks learned this "Business by Grace" from her parents. Still family owned and operated, Randy Calhoun fulfills his dream everyday, providing lighting solutions and smart home technology for home owners, builders and commercial properties. Lighting & Lamp, located in Pelham, Alabama, provides lighting services in Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Clanton, Helena, Hoover, Montevallo, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia Hills.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Myths about LED Lighting...

There are several myths about LED lights that we would like to address as summer approaches and you may be thinking of upgrading your landscaping lighting in the Birmingham and surrounding areas
Some think that LED lighting may not be as bright as incandescent lighting. This is not true. A light bulb is guaged by its wattage, meaning a 60 watt bulb is brighter than a 40 watt bulb. This also means a 60 watt bulb uses more electricity, which also means an increase in cost. LED lights produce lumens, a measure of brightness. You have to consider the number of lumens an LED bulb produces. For example, a 29 watt LED light produces about 2600 lumens, which is about the same as a 150 watt incandescent bulb. Keep in mind also, brighter is not always better. At night, brighter lights can cause glare and shadows. This can cost more in electricity unnecessarily, as well as give intruders a place to hide easier. 

It is often mistakingly thought that LED lights put off a cold, unflattering bluish light. This may have previously been the case; however as quality has improved, light is not limited to the bluish effect once seen. There is now a wide selection of color temperatures available which determine the light color. Most homeowners are choosing a pure white light for landscape lighting, sometimes choosing a warm white that is nice against brick. The bluish tinted bulbs are usually chosen for underwater lighting for a nice effect. 

It may be tempting to allow your landscaper or general contractor to install outdoor lighting. It is a better choice to allow a lighting professional to discuss options, choices and needs with you. While your landscaper is a professional and has experience with ... well, landscaping, they may not have the electrical knowledge and lighting experience to provide you the best solution for your money. Our experienced team of lighting specialists have the knowledge and training that will beautifully brighten your outdoor living area.

Initially choosing LED lighting may seem more expensive than other choices of lighting, but over the life of a bulb, there is substantial savings. LED bulbs last much longer, up to 20 years with 4 hours of use each day. The electricity savings is substantial as well. 

Contact the friendly team at Lighting and Lamp today for more information on updating and/or replacing your outdoor lighting. With your ideas and their experience, you are sure to be pleased.

Ruth and Charles Wright opened the first Lighting & Lamp in downtown Birmingham in 1954. Patsy Wright Burks learned this "Business by Grace" from her parents. Still family owned and operated, Randy Calhoun fulfills his dream everyday, providing lighting solutions and smart home technology for home owners, builders and commercial properties. Lighting & Lamp, located in Pelham, Alabama, provides lighting services in Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Clanton, Helena, Hoover, Montevallo, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia Hills.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let Your Business Shine!!

Commercial lighting is important, and even more so if you are a business. Of course, safety is at the top of the list, with energy conservation coming in next. Of course you want your business to have attractive curb appeal that will invite your customers in!

With appropriate lighting, your parking lot and business will be secure from intruders and prowlers. Proper lighting does not allow for shadows, keeping all nooks, crannies and corners well lit. Front doors and other entrances are illuminated to discourage thieves. If your business is open after dark, well lit entrances and parking lots prevent accidents as patrons are entering your business.

With proper illumination, your building will shine, even during closed hours, as drivers pass all through the night. Highlighting an attractive building with brightly lit landscape will draw attention and bring shoppers back during business hours. First impression counts! What better form of advertising?

You do not have to break the bank to make your business shine. Lighting fixtures and bulbs are improving, with energy savings always in mind. Halogen and LED lights have all but replaced outdated incandescent lighting. These lights offer brighter, clearer, better-controlled illumination. 

With a Smart Automation System, scheduling individual lights on a timing system, as well as zones on your property allows for energy savings and gaining the most from your lighting. 

Randy Calhoun and his experienced team are glad to visit your business in Shelby County, Jefferson County and other areas in Alabama to discuss the best lighting options for your business. With Lighting & Lamp's quality design, creativity and service, you can leave your business at night and feel more secure knowing it is well lit and shining for all to see!

Ruth and Charles Wright opened the first Lighting & Lamp in downtown Birmingham in 1954. Patsy Wright Burks learned this "Business by Grace" from her parents. Still family owned and operated, Randy Calhoun fulfills his dream everyday, providing lighting solutions and smart home technology for home owners, builders and commercial properties. Lighting & Lamp, located in Pelham, Alabama, provides lighting services in Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Clanton, Helena, Hoover, Montevallo, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia Hills.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Is Your Outdoor Lighting Ready for Summer?

Summer is finally just around the corner! This means we will be spending more time outdoors playing, relaxing, cooking and visiting with family and friends. The days are longer now and we want to to stay out after dark and enjoy our outdoor living space on warmer evenings.

How is your outdoor lighting? Has it been updated in the last few years? Especially now at the beginning of a new season, it is a great time to walk around your house and yard to check lighting. It is time to consider updating fixtures, adding new ones, replacing bulbs, etc. 

The first thing to consider is safety. Are all walkways and stairs well lit? Lighting and Lamp's path lights not only provide security and safety, but are beautiful as well. A brightly lit house provides added security that will deter burglars and prowlers.

Landscape lighting is the first impression friends will have when they arrive at your house after sunset. Exterior lighting highlights your home after dark, showing off features and making your home inviting to guests. You do not have to spend a fortune updating your outdoor lighting. Exterior lighting is an investment that enhances the curb appeal of your home, which adds value as well.

Coordinate post lamps, outdoor pier lamps, outdoor wall lighting and matching hanging lanterns! There is a style to fit your taste, ranging from classic to trendy to dramatic and all the while complementing your home. Be creative, express yourself, show some pizzazz!

Brighten up your patio for entertaining, subtle effects with dramatic lighting enhance your garden, or showcase your prized flower bed with flood lights. Lighting and Lamp offers durable lighting that will withstand the elements including Alabama humidity! 

Your home will glow from the street and and be the shining star in your neighborhood! As your guests drive away, make your house the one they are talking about as they leave. 

What are your plans for updating your landscape lighting? 

Ruth and Charles Wright opened the first Lighting & Lamp in downtown Birmingham in 1954. Patsy Wright Burks learned this "Business by Grace" from her parents. Still family owned and operated, Randy Calhoun fulfills his dream everyday, providing lighting solutions and smart home technology for home owners, builders and commercial properties. Lighting & Lamp, located in Pelham, Alabama, provides lighting services in Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Clanton, Helena, Hoover, Montevallo, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia Hills.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Home Automation for Safety and Energy Savings

Lighting and Lamp is more than 'just lighting and lamps'. Randy Calhoun and his team are experienced with smart home technology and enjoy assisting friends and clients. Home automation is not just for the rich and famous anymore. While you may think of it as futuristic, more and more people are turning to smart home technology. 

One of the main reasons for updating your home is safety. With the push of a button, lights are on when you get home rather than pulling into a dark drive or walking into a dark house. With the modern capabilities and access to smartphones and tablets, you can instantly check appliances to confirm you did turn that coffee pot off this morning! It is an amazing relief to be able to check on elderly parents, or teenagers home alone after school. There is peace of mind knowing your parents' stove is off or your teen did not overflow the sink trying to 'help'!

Home automation is available from very small scale to the most elaborate! There are many options to choose from. Many people begin with lighting. Linking your smart phone to your house allows the lighting to be adjusted from anywhere. Occupancy sensors are great on stairways and dark paths outdoors. You can customize your system to automatically turn lights on at dark and even close your window shades.

Energy savings is a great reason to invest in smart home technology. Programming thermostats and lights to go off during the day when no one is home will save bundles! Being able to check in if you were not the last to leave home assures all lights and appliances are off during the day. Occupancy sensors ensure that lights are off in empty spaces, especially closets and bathrooms. Remote controls allow easier access for dimming lights and closing shades.

Everyone is about comfort of course! Home automation allows for the maximum comfort level when you are in your home. Programming window shades to lower during the warm part of the day and raise when the sun is down keeps the temperature in your home consistent. Dimmer switches allow for task or mood lighting. 

Home automation systems are convenient to install in new construction and existing homes as well. Wireless solutions offer convenient installation. Available for commercial and personal homes, you will not be disappointed in the choices and options available from Lighting and Lamp. With your smart phone, tablet and remote controls, your home can be controlled with the push of a button! 

Ruth and Charles Wright opened the first Lighting & Lamp in downtown Birmingham in 1954. Patsy Wright Burks learned this "Business by Grace" from her parents. Still family owned and operated, Randy Calhoun fulfills his dream everyday, providing lighting solutions and smart home technology for home owners, builders and commercial properties. Lighting & Lamp, located in Pelham, Alabama, provides lighting services in Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Clanton, Helena, Hoover, Montevallo, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia Hills.