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Hinkley Lighting: Illuminating Homes for 90 Years

Posted by Raven Lopez on Thu, May 10, 2012


One of our favorite brands, Hinkley Lighting, is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. They continue to be a leader in the industry with their unique catalog design and lifestyle advertising.  Producing innovative and beautiful lighting creations for indoors as well as outdoors.

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HINKLEY LIGHTING BEGAN IN 1922 as a small family lighting company and has developed into one of the most well-respected designers and manufacturers of high quality lighting fixtures in the world. We believe that light inspires our outlook and our lives, brightening each moment spent with family and friends. We are committed to keeping your life aglow by creating lighting that is defined by superior materials, distinctive designs and unparalleled craftsmanship. Continuing our family heritage with a fourth generation of visionary leaders in the lighting industry, Hinkley Lighting, Inc. continues to evolve while maintaining its tradition of unique designs and enduring quality.

TODAY HINKLEY LIGHTING CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING THE VALUES UPON WHICH ITS REPUTATION HAS BEEN FOUNDED FOR ITS 90-YEAR HISTORY. Award-winning product designs, innovative materials and cutting-edge LED technology continue to set Hinkley apart. Our new energy-efficient corporate campus features a progressive Design and Training Center and an open work environment to encourage collaboration among our team. Hinkley’s highly-trained Customer Care team sets the gold standard by providing exceptional service to reps, consumers and showrooms. Leading the way with outstanding lifestyle photography, Hinkley’s marketing efforts expand to include an updated website in 2011, digital advertising and social media.

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Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Bathroom Lighting

Novelty Lighting for Big and Little Kids

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 23, 2010

Novelty LightingNovelty lighting will always be the perfect fit for a child's room. Getting creative when decorating a child's room can be a lot of fun.  The options to decorate your child's bedroom have dramatically increased in recent years. In today's world parents are spending a lot of time and money on their kids and there are a lot more products in the marketplace to decorate kids rooms. The juvenile products market is exploding in kids decor, kids furniture, kids novelty lighting; etc.

Matching the lighting to the theme of the room is easy with ELK and Landmark novelty lighting. Lights of moons and stars will allow them to drift off to sleep peacefully. Dancing ballerina's, butterflies and hearts add a whimsical nature. You may even inspire an athlete with their favorite sports lighting. All your kids to dream big.


Elk Novelty LightingWe talked about kids, but lets not forget about the big kids in the house. Big brother or Dad. Sports fans, car fans, train fans; etc. Celebrate their dedication to their favorite sport by decorating their room with novelty sports lighting. Add that special touch to the family room or rec room where they watch their favorite sports team.

Do you know someone who has a passion for planes or spends their free time collecting trains? Surprise them with lighting to commemorate their passions. 

ElK Lighting and Landmark Lighting are the leaders in the decorative lighting industry for quality grade novelty lighting. ELK Lighting is the license for top brands such as Trump Home Lighting. Landmark is the cornerstone for game room and billiards lighting.

Tags: Novelty Lighting, ELK Lighting, Landmark Lighting, Gameroom Lighting

Holiday Lighting Ideas

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, November 19, 2010

Elk Lighting Holidays

** Decorations may be a fire hazard if not installed properly - be sure to keep all decorations away from exposed bulbs on light fixtures.

    1. Wrap your chandelier arms with garland or gold ribbon and Christmas lights.

    1. Use low wattage "flicker flame" colored bulbs.

    1. Tie tiny ribbon bows on the arms of the chandelier.

    1. Hang Christmas ornaments (colored balls, gold tassels, stars) from your wall sconces and chandeliers using holiday ribbon.

    1. Add crystals to chandeliers, sconces and even table and floor lamps to reflect light.

  1. Change your chandelier shades for the holidays. Wrap existing shades in wrapping paper for foil paper and tie them with a ribbon.

We recommend Elk Lighting for all of your Outdoor Lighting and dining room Chandeliers. Be sure to check out our article Enhance Your Interior Lighting for the Holidays for great ideas on new light fixtures for the exterior and interior of your home to spruce up the holiday mood.

Tags: Design tips, ELK Lighting, Holiday Lighting

Enhance Your Interior Lighting for the Holidays

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, November 19, 2010

Elk LightingLight can be the most important decorating element, creating warmth that makes a space feel like home. As the holidays fast approach, we are spending more time celebrating with family and friends. We are usually attending as well as hosting many of our own parties. The right lighting determines the atmosphere in your home. It can relax or invigorate the atmosphere and can also just add a decorative holiday touch.

Many people concentrate on decorating their home on the inside for the holidays. There are simple jobs that can create a very appealing and grand entrance for the outside of your home. The simple projects of painting your door, changing the door hardware or adding a festive door mat can create a more inviting entry way to your home. To hightlight these changes to the front of your home, don't forget to change your outdoor lighting fixtures. These simple changes will make the exterior of your home more inviting for your holiday guests. We recommend using Elk Lighting for exterior lighting.

Lighting is the single most effective element in decorating, dramatically improving the look and feel of any room. Gentle lighting from several sources can accent as well as create a comfortable atmosphere. Ambient lighting is used to enhance focal points and even create a festive and artistic feel in a room. Ambient lighting can be created through specific placement of table and floor lamps which will create a comforting effect that is both relaxing and interesting. In contrast, bold lighting will bring out the rich dramatic colors used in the decor. It will draw your attention to the brightly lit areas where family and friends will gather. The general illumination of a room can strongly influence the mood of a room from bright and festive to more intimate and romantic. The simplest things can have the most profound effect on us and how we view our home. Decorate and celebrate the holidays with decorative lighting fixtures.   

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Drum Pendants Make The Perfect Centerpiece

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, October 02, 2010


Elk Lighting Drum PendantsDecorative and Functional

During the process of decorating your home or business, the right lighting selection can be both practical and     decorative.  There are several advantages to using Drum Pendants in any room:

1. Accenting with Light—place a Drum Pendant of varying brightness over any spot that could use a bit of visual      emphasis. Instead of diffusing the light sideways, light is  directly focused in a specific area.

2. Functional  Task Lighting - many places within a home or business need extra light for functional uses. Perhaps over a dining table, kitchen prep area or a  poorly lit desk. Drum Pendants focus light on small or large  areas depending on the size of the pendant.

3. Limited Space  - Drum Pendants are the perfect solution.  Floor lamps take up valuable floor space and table lamps take up useable space on desks or tables. Drum Pendants   allow focused light without taking up valuable space to work and entertain.

4. Decorating Option -  Drum Pendants are available in    varying sizes and shapes as well as textures and colors. 

ELK Lighting Modern OrganicsDrum Pendants have graced many homes, offices and      restaurants because they simply add a touch of class coupled with  usability and versatility. 

Consider  Drum Pendants as not only a functional lighting option but also an accessories to your room’s décor.  ELK and Landmark Lighting offer artistic designs, varying shapes and sizes.  You can view all our Drum Pendants online. The series show to the right is part of the Modern Organics collection from ELK Lighting.  

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The experts at Lighting Catalog are the online leaders in ELK Lighting and Landmark Lighting Drum pendant lighting. Call our experts to ensure we are not undersold. 110% Price Gaurantee.

Tags: Pendant Lighting, ELK Lighting, Landmark Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Welcomes You Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, October 02, 2010

Elk Outdoor LightingFront entrance lighting, as well as overall outdoor lighting is the first thing that welcomes your guests as they approach your home. As such, it creates the first impression of your home, particulary in the evening. It is important to take extra time in selecting the proper light and styles for both visual appeal and security. Outdoor lighting is available in many styles just like interior lighting, so you can easily harmonize the lighting inside and out with the architectural elements and increase the curb appeal of the home.

Create your outdoor living spaces with lighting that accentuates your style. Wall lanterns and chain hung lanterns spread a warm glow and set the right mood for relaxation and entertaining.

Plan on using pier or post mounts near driveways or walkways, chain hung lanterns or flush mounts above the front door and wall lanterns on each side of the entranceway.

Designs are available from casual to ornate to match any decor.


Wall lanterns on each side of the front door give your home a warm, welcoming look. Hang them approximately 66 inches above the bottom of the door, slightly above eye level. The height of the wall lanterns should be from 1/5 to 1/6 of the entrance height.

A wall lantern can be used to light other entrances to the home, mounted on the keyhole side of the door.

Chain hung lanterns and wall lanterns can be used to add illumination to outdoor living spaces.

Choose a chain hung lantern or flush mount to hang above the front door beneath an overhang for added light and visual appeal.

Add a pier mount or post light near driveways and walkways for added illumination and security.


  • Wall Lantern
  • Flush Mount
  • Chain Hung Lantern
  • Pier or Post Mount


  • LED - Long lasting bulbs with energy savings greater than conpact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Compact Fluorescent (CFL) - Readily available, uses existing fixture's sockets, more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
  • Photocell - Does the work for you by turning fixture on at night and off during the day.

The Experts at Lighting Catalog are the premier online retailer of outdoor lighting. Elk Outdoor Lighting is a premier brand for exclusive tastes.  Call for the Best Prices. 

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, ELK Lighting

Restoration Lighting Passes Test of Time

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, October 02, 2010


Restoration Lighting reflects the beauty of hand turned craftsmanship inspired by the early 20th Century lighting and antiques that have surpassed the test of time. These collections feature detailing appropriate for classic or traditional decors and blend vintage design elements with today's casual living. They offer a modern interpretation of period designs with a discriminating concern for preserving historic lighting and architectural lighting with historic charm and timeless design.  


  • A chandelier, flush mount or a semi flush fixture can be used as the main light in your foyer, living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and hallway. The bottom of the fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor.
  • If there is a window in the foyer above the front door, center a chandelier there so it can be seen from outside.
  • Kitchen islands can be lit with multiple pendants. The bottom of the pendants should be 30 inches above the counter top, at eye level.
  • A dining room chandelier should be no wider than 12 inches less than the width of the table. The bottom of the chandelier should be at least 30 inches above the tabletop.
  • Sconces can be used for additional light in a foyer, living room, dining room, bedroom and hallway. They are hung about 60 inches from the floor, spaced 6 - 8 feet apart along the wall.
  • A bathroom should use a bathbar at least 20 inches wide over the mirror, plus a wall sconce or swingarm on each side of the mirror at least 28 inches apart and 60 inches above the floor.
  • If you have a double sink vanity, use a bathbar that is almost as wide as the mirror, or two fixtures (one over each sink). The bathbars should be mounted 78 inches from the floor, centered over the mirror.


  • Determining fixture width: Add length and width dimensions (in feet) of the room together. This number is the proper width (in inches) for the fixture to fit the room.
  • Determining fixture height: The bottom of the fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor.


The calculation for the proper light wattage* for each room in the home:

Multiply the length times the width of the room (in feet). Then, multiply that number times 1.5.  * Wattage is based on incandescent (standard) bulbs.

The best source for Restoration Lighting is from the experts at ELK Lighting and Landmark Lighting for these craftsman and period style lighting. Lighting Catalog is the premier online retailer for these top two brands and Lighting Fixtures

Tags: Restoration Lighting, Design tips, ELK Lighting, Landmark Lighting

Designer Lighting Can Be Energy Efficient and Attractive

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, June 30, 2010

Learn what you can do this year to save energy, save money and help protect our environment in your own home. For those of you in states like California, these things are becoming the law starting in 2010. For those of you in other states, this will be coming down the pipeline. Learn how you can start doing your part now.

What is a Kelvin Anyway?
The color of light is often described using a term called color temperature which is measured in degrees Kelvin or kelvin (K). Lower Kelvin numbers mean that the light has a warmer color, while higher Kelvin numbers mean the light has a cooler color.

Minka Lavery Energy Star

What Is A Lumen Anyway?
A lumen is actually the measurement of light output. Unlike watts, which measure the power consumed by the bulb, lumens indicate the amount of light you are getting.

How Much Light?
To choose the ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb with the right amount of light, find a bulb that is labeled as equivalent to the incandescent bulb you are replacing. Light bulb manufacturers inlcude this information right on the product packaging to make it easy for consumers to choose the equivalent bulb. Common terms include "Soft White 60" or "60 Watt Replacement."

You can also check the lumen rating to find the right bulb. The higher the lumen rating, the greater the light output.

To determine which Energy Star qualified light bulbs will provide the same amount of light as your current incandescent bulbs, consult the following chart:

Energy Star Lighting

Did you know?
ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs run cool and will last longest when used in fixtures that have plenty of air flow.

Energy Star Lighting

Which Rooms?

  • Family and Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Porch

Which Fixtures?

Open fixtures that allow air flow.

  • Table Lamps
  • Floor Lamps
  • Wall Sconces
  • Pendants
  • Open Ceiling Fixtures

Need a little more convincing on Energy Star lighting fixtures and their benefits? Read this short list of trivia facts (Energy Star Lighting Facts You Must Know) and you will be surprised at what impact you can have on the reduction of energy waste and the greenhouse gase effects. 

Minka-Lavery has developed a program in conjunction with ENERGY STAR to provide decorative indoor and outdoor product that is functional, attractive, and efficient. You can save money, greenhouse gases and not have to compromise on quality and style. For outdoor lighting Minka manufacturers the premier outdoor lighting line for discerning customers known as The Great Outdoors. Energy efficiency legislation has targeted outdoor lighting to reduce energy consumption and Minka makes some beautiful energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures.

Minka Lavery Lighting

Tags: Energy Savings, Energy Star, Minka Lavery, The Great Outdoors

Energy Star Lighting Facts You Must Know

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, June 29, 2010

Energy Star LightingDID YOU KNOW

  • The average U.S. household has more than 40 sockets for light bulbs. 20% of your electric bills are directly attributed to lighting your home.
  • Only 10% of the electricity consumed in an incandescent bulb is converted into visible light. The other 90% is actually released as heat.
  • If you replaced 5 regular light bulbs with Minka-Lavery compact fluorescents you will save enough energy over the life of the 5 bulbs to light your whole house for nearly 11 months. 5 Minka Lavery compact fluorescents will save you about $190 over its lifetime, or enough money to purchase more ENERGY STAR lighting fixtures.
  • If every home in America replaced one fixture with a compact fluorescent fixture it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for one year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of 800,000 cars.

ENERGY STAR Indoor Lighting Fixtures          

  • Minka Lavery 1429 84Have a 2 year warranty… twice the industry standard.
  • Will save you up to 75% in energy cost over incandescent fixtures, which save on replacement costs and maintenance time.
  • Ballast’s are electronic; they are required to operate quieter, faster and more efficiently than the old magnetic ballast. This means less radio interference, instant start and a much faster warm up time.
  • The lamps have a much better color rendering today. 2700K lamps are very comparable to a typical incandescent lamp.

Minka-Lavery has developed a program in conjunction with ENERGY STAR to provide decorative indoor and outdoor product that is functional, attractive, and efficient. You can save money, greenhouse gases and not have to compromise on quality and style. For outdoor lighting Minka manufacturers the premier outdoor lighting line for discerning customers known as The Great Outdoors. Energy efficiency legislation has targeted outdoor lighting to reduce energy consumption and Minka makes some beautiful energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures.

Minka Lavery

Tags: Energy Savings, Energy Star, Minka Lavery

Material Shortage Changes Lighting Trends

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, June 29, 2010

Murray Feiss LightingIn attending the International Lighting show in Dallas this June we noticed a dramatic shift in the lighting styles which manufactures were displaying. It was as if styles and materials had dramatically changed overnight.  Even in a down housing market manufacturers were rapidly turning out new fashions.

Cage LightingWe quickly came to learn that these rapid design changes were not just to keep up with the ever changing fashions but were due to material shortages especially with glass production. China has seen many changes to its manufacturers in terms of labor and environmental standards forcing plants to close over night. Many glass suppliers closed down or moved into production of different categories, forcing lighting brands to scramble for alternative material sources.

Instead of glass around the light bulbs we are seeing something entirely different. The drum shade has re-emerged completely surrounding the entire fixture and entirely eliminating glass from the fixture. These are known as drum lights or drum shades. Another big movement is the use of metal cages to portray design patterns known as cage lights or cage lighting. In many cases we even see the doubled up effect of a fabric drum shade surrounded by a metal cage. See the Murray Feiss chandelier up top.  This is a good example of a layered effect with elaborate patterns in the metal.

Drum shade lighting

They don't call it Fashion Lighting for nothing in this ever changing fashion world called lighting. Who knows what fashions lighting fixtures will be wearing the next time around.  


Tags: Cage Lighting, Drum Shades, Design tips

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