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.