It never sounded like much, but now we all know how long 20 seconds really is. While you’re standing there singing Happy Birthday – or whatever song you have settled on – a couple of times, you’ve probably had plenty of time to think about what’s for dinner or which Zoom background you want to use for the next meeting. (If you took the opportunity to look at your bath lighting, and have decided it’s time for some more contemporary light fixtures, just let us know!) 

Some of the folks here at Sculpta Designer Lighting, had some questions about handwashing so we’ve been doing a little research. We figure if we had questions, you might, too, so we thought we’d share what we learned. 

What’s better – soap or hand sanitizer? 

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) say that if you have a choice, go with soap and water, which reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals that might be on your hands. And, of course, wash for 20 seconds. “But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others,” the say. 

The downside to sanitizers is that they don’t eliminate all types of germs. “Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs, like Cryptosporidiumnorovirus, and Clostridium difficile,” the CDC experts explain. “Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can inactivate many types of microbes very effectively when used correctly1-15, people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried 14.”

Which leads to the next question…

How long should I take when washing my hands with sanitizer? 

This one is easy – until they are dry.

 

Of course, we’re not scientists or medical professionals, we are experts in lighting design and contemporary light fixtures, so always check with your doctor if you have questions.

Interior lighting is an important element of every room in your house, helping to evoke a certain ambiance while also facilitating the function of the space. When it comes to making a home office a place where you can be both productive and comfortable, the lighting design can be key.

Designer home lighting can make life not only more beautiful but also easier. For example, a contemporary chandelier in the entryway will illuminate the area when you’re looking for your keys but can also fill the space with warmth that will be appreciated when you welcome guests. The right bath lighting can make it easier to put on your makeup or get a good shave, while also helping to create a soothing haven. 

If you already have a home office or if you are converting a space in your home for use as a home office during these unprecedented times, you should take the time to determine if the existing lighting design is going to facilitate your efforts or if, perhaps, you need to make some changes. 

Home Office Lighting Design

Whether you are working from home or are simply at home trying to work, the interior lighting of your workspace can play an important role in determining how much you get done on any given day. 

As Michael Desmond of The Spruce says, “Poor lighting can reduce your energy, dampen morale, produce eyestrain and headaches, and ultimately impair your ability to work effectively.” Boom!

“If you don’t have a lot of natural light, then artificial lights are even more important when considering workspace illumination,” he says. “Many home offices have ambient lighting that includes overhead or recessed lights, but it’s a mistake to think that those will suffice. Existing ambient lighting is not designed for functional lighting in the home office, and it’s necessary to add additional sources.”

Designer home lighting can be both attractive and functional and is worth investing in for the long-term. At this moment in time, when you may need to get your home office up and running quickly, you may need to focus your interior lighting needs on the functional. If we can help in anyway, contact us.

Exterior lighting is designed not only to enhance the visual appeal of the exterior of your home but also to help you make the most of your outdoor spaces. And if there’s ever been a time to try to get out and enjoy outdoor living spaces illuminated with contemporary lighting fixtures, this is definitely it.

Staying home is one of the best things you can do to stay safe and to do your part to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. But staying home doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside. Whether you have a small balcony or a sprawling backyard, designer exterior lighting can help you get out and enjoy it. 

Landscape and Exterior Lighting

If you are thinking about lighting up and enjoying your outdoor areas, the design pros at HGTV recommend that you start off by defining what you want your new exterior landscape lighting to do. “Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your backyard,” they say.  

It’s not just a question of lighting up the night and finding a little space to stretch. You can accomplish a lot of things with exterior and landscape lighting. If you have kids, you might want to light up a section of your lawn for their use as a playing ground. If it’s just the two of you, you can use exterior lighting to inspire romance or to create a little welcome breathing room after all your together time. 

Exterior lighting is also a great way to enhance home security and safety. Designer exterior lighting on your front porch or by the back door will do a lot to keep crooks at bay, while strategically placed flood lights or pathway lighting can illuminate uneven walkways or steps that might trip someone up.  

All of us at Sculpta Designer Lighting wish you and your family all the very best during these difficult days. If our contemporary lighting fixtures can help make things easier for you, please contact us.

Talk about an innovative mind! Thomas Alva Edison received almost 1,100 patents in his lifetime. Of course, here at Sculpta Designer Lights, we are most impressed – and grateful – for his many inventions and advancements regarding electricity and electric lights.

Edison wasn’t the only one trying to invent a safe and affordable form of electric light. Various scientists had been scratching their heads over the challenge for decades. In 1880, when Edison had his big breakthrough, contemporary lighting was gaslight. 

Edison – Beyond Lightbulbs and Light Fixtures

As the U.S. Department of Energy reports, “Edison left a profound impact on the nation’s energy sector. Beyond inventing a light bulb that was both practical and inexpensive, he devised a whole system of electric lighting — including electricity generators, wires to get electricity from the power station to homes and light fixtures (lamps, sockets and switches).”

Edison also invented the phonograph and one of the earliest moving picture cameras. Also of ongoing interest was the battery he designed for use in electric cars.

“Back when the automobile was first introduced, electric cars outsold their internal combustion counterparts. Still, the lead-acid batteries that powered these vehicles featured several limitations: not only were they very heavy, acid from the battery would corrode the car’s interior,” the Department of Energy says. “Edison was among the first scientists focused on developing a better alternative.”

Edison struggled with the challenge, but did develop a battery, albeit one that had some issues. “Edison’s batteries were plagued by many shortcomings and were eventually outpaced in the automobile market by the arrival of Henry Ford’s Model T,” the D.O.E. says. “Although it failed to live up to automotive expectations, the Edison battery proved to be a profitable invention and paved the way for the modern alkaline battery.”

With his inventive mind, we like to think that Edison would have approved of the contemporary light fixtures we specialize in here at Sculpta Designer Lighting.

Once you have your lighting design set up appropriately for reading, ideally with designer home lighting positioned behind your favorite chair, it’s time to kick off your shoes and curl up with a good book.   

If you’re looking for something to read, we thought we’d share some suggestions. The following books may not be about the adventures of a lighting designer or revolve around contemporary light fixtures, but they do all have “light” in the title. And we hope that might brighten your day. 

Dying of the Light A Novel

1 – Dying of the Light: A Novel

by George R. R. Martin

If the author’s name sounds familiar, it could be because Martin wrote the Game of Thrones books that the wildly popular TV series was based on. This book is something entirely different. It’s billed as an “unforgettable space opera” that presents a chilling vision of eternal night. It’s set in a volatile world where cultures clash, codes of honor do not exist, and the hunter and the hunted are often interchangeable. (And, we might add, a world that sounds in desperate need of contemporary lighting fixtures and maybe even some designer exterior lighting, for good measure.)

Light a Penny Candle

2 – Light a Penny Candle

By Maeve Binchy

Irish novelist Maeve Binchy developed quite a following. She wrote 17 novels as well as a couple of short-story collections. This book was her first published novel. It is a coming of age tale and a story about the bonds of friendship set during the years of World War II, when young Elizabeth White is sent to a small Irish town to escape the chaos and danger of London. It is there, in the crowded, chaotic O’Connor household, that she meets Aisling—a girl who soon becomes her best friend. Aisling is bold, where Elizabeth is proper – at least initially. Through the years, the two friends come to believe they can overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship—as long as they have each other. That belief will be tested before the book is over! 

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

3 – The Light Between Oceans: A Novel 

by M.L. Stedman

This one was made into a movie, but you know what they say… the book is always better. And before it was filmed, this particular book spent weeks and weeks on the best-sellers’ list. It’s an historical novel set in Australia, where Tom Sherbourne returns after four years fighting on the Western Front to take up a job as a lighthouse keeper. He and his wife have about given up on having a child when a boat carrying a dead man and a living baby washes up on the remote island where the lighthouse sits.

 

If you’re still looking for a happy end to your interior lighting design challenges, we hope you will consider contemporary lighting solutions from Sculpt Designer Lighting

There’s nothing like curling up with a good book. Of course, the right kind of interior lighting can make a big difference in the enjoyment you get from reading. For example, contemporary light fixtures such as a perfectly placed table lamp or floor lamp will bathe the pages of your book in light.

Lighting Design for Readers

If you are a reader and have a special chair or nook where you like to relax and read, it should definitely be taken into account when the lighting design of your home is being laid out, so be sure to let your lighting designer know about your love of books. 

To get the best lighting for your reading pleasure (assuming that you are reading an actual book or magazine rather than reading from a screen) it is best to position to have the light source behind you, so that the light is falling over your shoulder and on to the page. 

If you don’t currently have a lighting design that lends itself to that, you can place a floor lamp behind your favorite chair, sofa or chaise. And if that flocontemporary lightingor lamp is from Sculpta Designer Lighting, it can be both lighting and decorative accent for the room.

Appropriate Lighting for Screens

The Canadian Association of Optometrists says that interior lighting is also important if you are reading from a tablet or digital reader, such as a Kindle. “Be mindful of the brightness of digital screen vs. your reading environment,” they say. “It’s important to remember that the lighting of the area you’re reading in should be as bright or brighter than your digital device.”

You may not think you need to have the interior lights on if you are reading from a well-lit screen but reading in a darkened room can cause eye strain. “Reading from digital devices in a dark room can cause discomfort, leading to lower concentration and disorientation because your eyes are constantly adjusting between the brightness of a screen and your dimly lit surroundings.”

If you need more light for your reading, Sculpta Designer Lighting Company offers a number of decorating lighting solutions, ranging from contemporary chandeliers and bath lighting to contemporary lighting in the form of standing lamps.

Just because something is beautiful, it doesn’t mean it can’t be extremely practical, too. That holds true for a classic leather clutch, a colorful trench coat or a Camaro convertible and it certainly holds true for designer exterior lighting

When you are trying to make your home, office, warehouse or shop more secure, the pros will tell you that the key is to focus on deterrence. It’s kind of like that old saying about locking the barn door after the horse has bolted. 

Pretty and Practical Deterrence

According to Protect Your Home, a blog from the home security experts at ADT, illuminating your home is one of the best things you can do to keep criminals at bay. “Outdoor lights help make for an easy crime deterrent at night. While motion-sensing lights are by far the best option, simply leaving a porch light on along with the back door or side door lights works very well,” they say. 

By lighting up the exterior of your home or business, you make it a much less attractive target for burglars. 

Indoor lights can also work to help deter crime,” ADT says in its blog. “Many criminals are just after your stuff and often don’t want any confrontation. If they think you’re home, they likely won’t break in. Leaving the kitchen or living room light on will help provide the illusion that someone is home even when you’re not. TVs and radios make a good addition to indoor lights, because the sound will help further the illusion that someone is home. Turn them up loud enough to be heard but not so loud that the voices are distinct.”

You can make your home more secure – and more beautiful – with designer lighting from Sculpta Lights. We offer an array of decorative lighting styles, including floor lamps, pendant lights and contemporary chandeliers.

Sculpta Designer Lighting, your source for exceptional contemporary lighting, is based in Miami, Florida. Here in the Sunshine State, we are used to welcoming tourists from all around the world. But tourists aren’t the only ones who enjoy our beaches. Every year sea turtles come to our shores to lay their eggs. 

Sea turtle nesting season is just around the corner. It begins on March 1 and will last run through the end of October. Whether you have designer exterior lighting or interior lighting that shines on the beach, during nesting season, homeowners and businesses all along the Florida coast need to take steps to keep the lights down low.  

Lighting the Way for Sea Turtles

Not all sea turtles are the same. You can find seven different species living in the world’s oceans. Florida is an important nesting ground for five of those species – all of which are threatened or endangered. 

Florida’s sea turtles include:

  • Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) The most common sea turtle in Florida, the loggerhead is named for its massive, block-like head. … threatened
  • Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) …endangered
  • Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) … Critically Endangered
  • Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempi) … Critically Endangered – the rarest sea turtle
  • Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) Critically Endangered

 

All of our sea turtles have one thing in common: the problem of light pollution from cities, towns and private homes along the coast. 

As the Sea Turtle Conservancy explains, “Nesting turtles once had no trouble finding a quiet, dark beach on which to nest, but now they must compete with tourists, businesses and coastal residents for use of sandy beaches. U.S. beaches, popular with humans and turtles alike, are now lined with seaside condominiums, houses and hotels. Lights from these developments discourage females from nesting. If a female fails to nest after multiple false crawls, she will resort to less-than-optimal nesting spots or deposit her eggs in the ocean. In either case, the survival outlook for hatchlings is slim.

“Lighting near the shore also can cause hatchlings to become disoriented and wander inland, where they often die of dehydration or predation,” the experts at the Sea Turtle Conservancy continue. “Hatchlings, scientists believe, have an innate instinct that leads them in the brightest direction, which is normally moonlight reflecting off of the ocean. Excess lighting from the nearshore buildings and streets draw hatchlings toward land, where they may be eaten, run over, or drown swimming pools.”

Efforts are being made up and down the coast of Florida to reduce light pollution during sea turtle nesting season. If you would like more information, about steps you can take to help protect endangered sea turtles, contact the Sea Turtle Conservancy.

And if you would like information about how you can adapt your designer exterior lighting or decorative interior lighting from Sculpta Lights for the upcoming sea turtle nesting season, please contact us.

LED has had an impact on lighting design in a number of ways. In addition to the energy efficient properties associated with the technology and the luminosity of the light itself, LED – or light-emitting diodes – can go where ordinary lightbulbs never could. Today’s high-end contemporary light fixtures reflect the incredible design possibilities that are now available thanks to LED.

Examples of Outstanding Contemporary LED Lighting

Here at Sculpta, we are proud to offer a wide selection of truly striking interior lighting options, including:

  • The Palmz 47-Inch LED Flush Mount, which reflects geometric style elements of modernism, adds an eclectic contemporary touch to your interior design. An LED light strip is at the heart of the design, ensuring good looks and long-lasting functionality.
  • Weddington LED Flush Mount also adds contemporary lighting flair with its chrome finish and modern geometric influences.
  • Oxer 30-Inch LED Table Lamp, made with metal and silicone, is an artsy lighting design piece that will make a statement wherever you plug it in. It comes with a dimmer remote control so you can set the mood with LED lighting.
  • San Bari 35-Inch LED Table Lamp, another example of creative lighting design, can reflect your artistic side. It, too, allows you to control your interior lighting with the aid of an LED dimmer remote.
  • Sakura 63-Inch LED Floor Lamp, ideal for a bedroom, living room or office, offers a choice between a warm or cool white light – another variable offered by LED technology – while adding a sculptural focal point to your space. 
  • Verse 63-Inch LED Floor Lamp, equipped with a dimmer switch, is another contemporary showstopper.
  • Wilshire 63-Inch LED Floor Lamp, which lights up a room with its distinctive style and integrated LED lighting, is contemporary lighting at its finest.
  • Xaret 47-Inch LED Pendant Lamp, with remote control dimmer, provides an instant update to your interior space. It also offers either warm or cool white light from an integrated LED light strip that will last a lifetime.

With contemporary LED light fixtures like these, you can enjoy ultimate style and exceptional functionality. And, with their integrated LED light strips, you’ll never have to worry about changing a lightbulb again!

LED lights are the “it” contemporary lighting source these days. They provide beautiful interior lighting while providing energy savings and they last a good long time. What more could you want to bring your beautiful decorative lighting fixtures from Sculpta Lights to life?

The technology underlying LEDs was first stumbled upon in the early 1960s. Gary Pittman and Bob Biard from Texas Instruments, Nick Holonyak Jr. at General Electric, and M. George Craford, one of Holonyak’s graduate students, all played a part in the early development.

And, as the Department of Energy reports, they continue to develop in exciting ways. “One of the fastest developing lighting technologies today is the light-emitting diode (or LED). A type of solid-state lighting, LEDs use a semiconductor to convert electricity into light, are often small in area (less than 1 square millimeter) and emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light,” they say.

What Are LED Lights?

 As experts with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star initiative explain, “LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lighting products produce light approximately 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs. How do they work? An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs and the result is visible light.”

Benefits of LED Lighting

LED lights really are an important advancement in lighting. They are the most energy efficient bulbs available. They also open the door to a new world of opportunities, as the Energy Star website explains. “Small in size, LEDs provide unique design opportunities,” they say. “Some LED bulb solutions may physically resemble familiar light bulbs and better match the appearance of traditional light bulbs. Some LED light fixtures may have LEDs built in as a permanent light source. There are also hybrid approaches where a non-traditional ‘bulb’ or replaceable light source format is used and specially designed for a unique fixture.”

The Energy Star experts go on to say, “LEDs offer a tremendous opportunity for innovation in lighting form factors and fit a wider breadth of applications than traditional lighting technologies.”

Here at Sculpta Lights, a leader in designer lighting, we look forward to sharing those innovations with you as LED technology continues to impact trends in interior lighting in new and exciting ways .