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 Halogen and LED lights have all but replaced outdated incandescent lighting.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.



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Meet Our Vendors 105 ~ Corona Lighting

Many of us are looking forward to spring! Who is tired of cold and threats of snow??
While the weather is cool enough to actually think of working outdoors, why not begin dreaming of summer in our outdoor living spaces? Corona Lighting is one of Lighting & Lamp's vendors for outdoor lighting solutions.

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Corona Lighting manufactures and distributes quality low voltage landscape lightings.

"Our entire line of products is affordable, easy to install and maintain, and have years of trouble free performance. We offer complete line of accessories and replacement parts which provide convenience and maximum design flexibility. By offering these quality selected products, we hope to spark your imagination for great lighting plans and endless possibilities." ~ Corona Lighting

Corona Lighting supplies directional lights, path lights, area lights, step lights, flexible b.b.q. - deck lights, and hanging lights. The colors are endless. as well as natural finishes including brass, copper and stainless steel. 

Visit Lighting & Lamp for more information on these durable, stylish outdoor lighting solutions.