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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.

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 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 .

There is something warm, comforting and, dare we say, romantic about candlelight. There was a time when burning candles was necessary, but now with the wealth of contemporary lighting options that we have, burning candles is an indulgence.

And it seems to be an indulgence that lots of us really enjoy. According to the National Candle Association (yes, it is a thing):

  • Approximately 35% of candle sales occur during the Christmas/Holiday season. Non-seasonal business accounts for approximately 65% of candle sales.
  • More than 1 billion pounds of wax are used in producing the candles sold each year in the U.S.
  • It is estimated that more than 10,000 different candle scents are available to U.S. consumers.

 

Candle Cautions

You should never leave a burning candle unattended – that’s the first thing you need to remember if you want to safely light your interior spaces with candles.

As the Chicago Tribune reports, you should also be aware of what your candles are made of.   “Paraffin wax is made out of petroleum, while soy or other vegetable-based waxes and beeswax aren’t, said Ted Myatt, senior scientist at Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., professor of environmental science at Brandeis University and director of research Integrity at the University of Rhode Island. A 2009 study by researchers at South Carolina State University found that long-term exposure to paraffin wax can be hazardous to your health and may cause poor indoor air quality,” the paper reported.

Certain scented candles also pose the possibility of contributing to indoor air pollution. And, of course, there is the issue of soot with some candles.

There are plenty of safe options if you want to use candles as bath lighting to treat yourself to a some relaxing “me time.” If you like using candles because of the fragrance, you can always investigate the use of essential oils, which might be a healthier than lighting your interiors with scented candles.

There is so much to love about the holidays, but not surprisingly here at Sculpta Lights, where our lighting designs and decorative light fixtures are inspired by contemporary sculptures and reflect cultural elements from around the globe, we are definitely partial to the glowing possibilities inherent in every single strand of holiday lights!

Can you blame us? Seriously, who doesn’t smile when the lights are plugged in on the tree? But there’s no reason to limit the use of those lovely – and affordable little lights – to the tree. Holiday lights – or fairy lights as they are now also called – can be used throughout your home during the holidays and all year long.

Lighting Design Projects with Holiday Lights

You can use the holiday lights you pick up at corner drugstore, the big box store or the home store to make a stylish and unique centerpiece for your holiday entertaining – whether the holiday you’re celebrating happens to be Christmas, Hanukah or the Fourth of July!  Just fill various glass containers with small strings of battery-operated lights. Get creative – you might have some mason jars or leftover jars from spaghetti sauce in your cupboard that would look lovely paired with a favorite vase or head to the thrift store and see what fun shapes you can find. You can also run fairy lights down the center of the table, like a runner.

The folks at Country Living rounded up some other fun DIY ideas for decorating with lights that have been freed from the tree, including:

DIY Flameless Fire Pit

Don’t have a fireplace? Add extra “warmth” to your living space by creating this adorable faux fire pit. (Roasted marshmallows not included.)

Get the tutorial at Free People

Winter Sparkle Mirror Garland & White Lights

Winter skies can get a bit dreary, so why not brighten up your rooms with some shimmer and sparkle? String together multiple strands of Christmas lights and mirror garland on a large hanging rod for a dangling decoration that endlessly glimmers.

Get the tutorial at Apartment Therapy.

For more year round interior lighting ideas as well as designer exterior lighting concepts, contact the lighting designers at Sculpta Lights.

In the Spotlight: Our Veterans
At Sculpta Lights, our specialty is contemporary lighting, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a true appreciation for history – especially when it comes to the brave men and women who have served our nation. So, as Veterans Day approaches, we’d like to turn the glow of our designer home lighting on an important chapter in our nation’s history.

The History of Veterans Day
World War I still ranks as one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Prior to the rise of Adolph Hitler, it was referred to as the war to end all wars or simply as The Great War. By the time the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles, France, more than 18 million had died. Another 23 million were wounded.

If you remember reading “All Quiet on the Western Front” or any of the other books detailing the horrid conditions endured by the soldiers during World War I, you might just begin to understand the profound relief associated with the end of the fighting. Even fans of “Downtown Abbey” might have gotten a hint of the horrors of the war.

A treaty ceremony securing the peace took place on June 28, 1919, about seven months after an armistice had brought an end to the fighting between Germany and the Allied nations. The armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Almost 100 years later, we still pause to remember those who serve on November 11.

It’s Not that Kind of Holiday
In 1968, Congress signed the Uniform Holiday Bill. The idea was to ensure that a few federal holidays — Veterans Day included — would be celebrated on a Monday. According to U.S. Department of Defense, “Officials hoped it would spur travel and other family activities over a long weekend, which would stimulate the economy.”

Turns out, we care about our veterans more than we do our three-day weekends. “Within a few years, it became pretty apparent that most U.S. citizens wanted to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, since it was a matter of historic and patriotic significance. So on Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed another law (Public Law 94-97), which returned the annual observance to its original date starting in 1978,” the Dept. of Defense explains.

All of us at Sculpta Lights would like to thank our veterans for their service. We manufacture contemporary light fixtures inspired by art work and design elements from around the world and we know that without those willing to fight for our freedoms, our designer home lighting would never shine.

You’ll Need More Interior Lighting: Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, Nov. 3

If you’ve been wanting to update your interiors with stylish contemporary lighting, you couldn’t pick a better time than Sunday, Nov. 3, which marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. As we set the clocks back an hour, you’ll be relying even more on interior lighting to banish the darkness and fill your home with light and warmth.

Sculpta Lights, your source for designer home lighting for every room of your home, offers an exciting selection of contemporary chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps and pendant lights.

A Nation Divided

As we get ready to bid Daylight Saving Time farewell for another year, once again, the nation is divided. Every year as the first Sunday in November approaches, some people will be happily looking forward to gaining an extra hour of sleep, while others will be bemoaning what they perceive as the impending loss of daylight hours.

According to Live Science, “Daylight saving time has a rocky past. Established in the United States in 1918, daylight saving time was a contentious matter and was repealed in 1919. The standardized clock changes, however, were re-established nationally early in World War II and observed from Feb. 9, 1942 through Sept. 30, 1945.”

Live Science goes on to say that, “After the war, U.S. states were free to choose whether to observe daylight saving time, and if they did, the calendar start dates of the time change. The result was time confusion for travelers and newscasters. In 1966, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act, which stated that if any state observed daylight saving time, it had to follow a uniform protocol, beginning and ending on the same dates throughout the country.”

Which brings us to today. The folks who would prefer that Daylight Saving Time remain in effect permanently may be louder, but according to polls, they are in the minority.

On the Bright Side

Even while Daylight Saving Time still reigns, you may have noticed the fading light as you make your way home from work. With every day, we are moving closer and closer to the winter equinox, the shortest day of the year.  This year, the winter equinox falls on Saturday, Dec. 21.

In other words, you were going to be turning on the lights earlier anyway. Having beautiful contemporary lighting from Sculpta Lights will help you keep the darkness at bay.  Shop our full collection of designer home lighting now.