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Gameroom Billiard Lighting Buyers Guide

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, June 27, 2010

Gameroom LightsOver the past few years, gameroom lighting has begun finding its way into other rooms besides just the gameroom or rec room. Gameroom/Island lights are remarkably versatile and can be used over a pool table, in a bar area, over a kitchen island or over a dining room table for optimal illumination and a touch of class.

The Tiffany lighting collection takes its cues from the game, sporting colorful, detailed illustrations and classic victorian themes. The Designer Classics collection runs the gamut from spirited, fun-loving billiard lights inspired by the game itself to an array of stunning, rich designs that make an eye catching statement. The Casual Traditions collection provides simplified elegance with beautiful variations of metal and glass. 

When mentioning the word gameroom, a pool table often comes to mind, and proper billiard lighting is important. Available in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors, gameroom lights adds air of ambiance to the room.


Choosing the right gameroom light for your home depends mostly on your decor. If you have a more rustic look consider using a more traditional light with stained tiffany glass. For a modern feel, choose a gameroom light that features a sleek shape and is finished in black or silver.


  • Various finishes available to match your style.
  • Interchangeable glass or metal shade choices.
  • Increase energy efficiency with compact fluorescen bulbs in existing line voltage sockets.


  • Hang billiard lights at least 32 inches above the bed of the pool table. The bottom of the fixture should be at eye level when standing. Always center the light lengthwise on the table.
  • The function of billiard light is to provide even lighting across the entire surface of your pool table, including the top of the rails to avoid shadows. The edge of the field of light produced by the billiard light should line up with the edge of the table.
  • Most pool players agree that fluorescent bulbs provide the most even lighting across the table.
  • Gameroom/Island lights can also light a kitchen island or dining room. The bottom of the fixture should be 30 inches above the table surface, at eye level. 

Landmark Lighting is the leading manufacturer of Billiard Lights and Gameroom Lights. We carry hundreds of fixtures for your pool table including Tiffany art glass containing pool table graphics designed into the glass. Lighting Catalog is the leading provider of Landmark Lighting online with all lighting fixtures in stock.

Tags: Landmark Lighting, Gameroom Lighting, Billiard Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Dresses Up Home For Outdoor Parties

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, June 20, 2010



ELK LightingThe weather is now nice and warm and Outdoor lighting enhances the overall beauty of your home. Front entrance lighting , as well as overall outdoor lighting is the first thing that welcomes your guests as they approach your home. It is the first I impression of your home. It is important to take extra time in selecting the proper light and style for both visual appeal and security.

Wall lanterns and chain hung lanterns will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of your guests and family. They can also set the right mood for relaxation and outdoor entertaining.

Plan on using pier mounts or post lights near driveways and walkways.

ELK-LightingEnergy Saving Outdoor Lighting Tips

Several outdoor fixtures from ELK in the Barrington Gate collection have been certified Energy Star products.

LED-Long lasting bulbs with energy savings greater than compact fluorescent bulbs

Compact Fluorescent (CFL) - Readily available, uses existing fixture's sockets, more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Exterior lighting is one of the best places to use CFLs because of their long life. If you live in a cold climate buy a lamp with a cold weather ballast since standard CFLs may not work well below 40*F.

Lights powered by small Photovoltaic (PV) modules that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Consider PV-powered lights for areas that are not near an existing power supply line.

Outdoor lights with a photocell unit and motion sensor will turn on only at night or when someone is present.

For outdoor lighting and lanterns, the LightingGuru recommends ELK Outdoor Lighting. Great styles from a great quality brand.  

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Lantern, Outdoor Lanterns, ELK Lighting

Kichler Expands Popular LED Landscape Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, June 19, 2010

Kichler Expands Popular LED Landscape Collection with Wall Wash Accent Light

Wall Wash Fixture Features Kichler's Advanced Design Pro LED Technology

Kichler Wall Wash FixtureKichler Lighting continues to expand its popular Design Pro LED Landscape Collection with a new, energy-saving Wall Wash accent light. Kichler® Design Pro LED Wall Wash creates a low, even light spread, ideal for illuminating shrubs, plants and textured wall surfaces and silhouetting special detailing.

The durable aluminum fixture not only delivers the warm, white light contractors and homeowners expect from professional lighting, but uses 80 percent less electricity than comparable halogen fixtures. Plus, the LED light chips last up to 40,000 hours, or approximately 18 years, so there's no need to change bulbs.

"We're very pleased to continue to provide landscape lighting professionals with the most advanced LED technology that meets the increased demand for energy-efficient outdoor products," said Jack Miller, Kichler senior product manager. "Our Design Pro LED fixtures not only provide cooler operating temperatures and superior color rendering, but are optimized for easier installation to save contractors time and money."

Offered in both Textured Architectural Bronze or Textured Black finishes, the fixture's durable, efficient electronics deliver consistent light output across a wide input voltage range (9-15 volts), virtually eliminating voltage drop issues. Optional mounting accessories also are available.

For additional information about this new product and Kichler's full line of Design Pro LED Landscape fixtures, which include path and spread lights, well lights and cowl lights, visit Kichler Landscape Lighting.  

Kichler Lighting is The Premium Choice in Landscape LightingTM. The company's landscape products include decorative path lights, accent lights, specialty items, transformers and accessories.

Lighting Catalog is a leading online retailer of Kichler Landscape Lighting. Best Prices, Large Selection, Excellent Service and Fast Shipping to your front door.

Tags: Landscape Lighting, Kichler, LED lighting

Trump Hotel Chicago has Lighting Style

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, June 13, 2010

Trump Home LightingNothing says style and luxury like the Trump® brand. I had the opportunity this past week, while in Chicago, to stay at the luxurious Trump Hotel & Tower. The Trump Hotel met all of my expectations and more. Superb service, impecable dining, spacious and contemporary rooms and best of all, the best views and location in all of Chicago.  The rooms are immaculately designed for the most discerning traveller. The Trump Hotel is the utmost in comfort and luxury. Every detail of the luxurious accommodations, from the floor-to-ceiling windows to the striking custom furnishings enhances the experience, encouraging one to unwind and indulge. We had a luxurious river view suite that made us feel like we were practically in the river. The view of the buildings along the river showed us how architectural the City of Chicago truly is.

The thing we liked best about Trump's luxurious hotel was their attention to minor details known as kids. Most 5 star hotels I stay at do everything to keep kids out.  They only have 1 King bed per room, no pull out sofas or they attempt to force you to rent a second room for your kids to prohibit you from bringing them.  Trump has what is known as Trump Kids®. This means they spend a lot of time and thought making sure your kids are taken care of. Upon entering the room the kids were presented with a special treat of milk and cookies and the names were written on the plates with chocolate. Nice touch as it made them feel special. 

Of course as a perveyor of home lighting and designer plumbing, I must touch base on the Lighting and designer bath suite, especially since our company sells and promotes the Trump Home brand of Lighting by ELK Lighting.   This was very similar to what was in the rooms and the lighting fixtures throughout the hotel. 

Trump Hotel ChicagoThe room lighting creates a sophisticated and modern appeal. All of the chandeliers, wall lights and table lamps had a polished nickel finish, cream colored glass and cream hardback fabric shades. It's inspired by the Manhattan lifestyle that I have seen in many properties surrounding Central Park in New York. This is very similar to the Tribeca Collection from Trump Home Lighting which combines downtown chic with timeless elegance.

Trump Lighting Tribeca

The bathroom suite was also spectacular with a great layout and ameneties.  The tiled walls and floors are luxurious limestone. A deep-soaking tub and state-of-the-art Kohler shower system along with a TV built into the mirror over a double vanity. All of the fixtures, faucets and showers where from KOHLER.

KOHLER Bathroom

The Trump Hotel and Towers has definitely earned my 5 star rating and a repeat customer. My 2 year old and 5 year old also give the all encompassing treatment of the Trump Kids® Program 5 stars along with their thumbs up. 

Tags: Trump Hotel, Trump Home, ELK Lighting

Mary-Kate and Ashley Fashion Home Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, May 24, 2010

mary-kate and ashleyJust when you think this two film and fashion icons have done it all, they launch their own line of home lighting. Introducing the Mary-Kate and Ashley lighting collections! These high-quality, decor-minded lighting products reflect the well-known style and youthful appeal associated with the mary-kateandashley brand. They will be offered at fine lighting showrooms and retailers throughout North America.

The co-branded product is created by the award-winning ELK Lighting design team under the design direction of Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen. Taking advantage of the hottest trends in lighting today, three collections have emerged.

Influenced by nature's tranquil beauty, the Elemis collection exudes a modern look and comes in a wide variety of sleek finishes. Chrome, Jet Black and Pure White ceramic rocks blend harmoniously with the rich elegance of faux suede shades, or choose an Earth-Toned base with a beige fabric shade.

Simplicity of form and color blend seamlessly in the Continuum collection. Smooth, flowing shapes, a simple palette of rich colors and chrome accents combine to provide a clean, contemporary flare for your decor.

With its vine-like motif, the beauty of nature comes through in the Solaire collection. The textured open-work style base is highlighted with an Antique Eggshell finish and an earth-toned beige fabric shade.

A display of elegant simplicity, the Avanti collection features a slender center column with a brilliant crystal accent and an Antique Eggshell finish. A textured fabric shade with beaded trimmings and pink crystal accents provide a sophisticated designer touch.

Accentua features smoked black glass with pink facets for the style savvy.

Rosavita highlights a traditional flair, offering antique white chandeliers with a mixture of pink and clear crystals accenting delicate pink roses.

Create-A-Shade appeals to the eclectic personality by allowing the individual to select the color and pattern of the shade.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Collections

 Avanti  Continuum  Elemis  Rosavita  Solaire







Tags: ELK Lighting, Mary-Kate and Ashley

Ten Commandments For Home Lighting Design

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, May 17, 2010

Golden Lighting1. Get inspired.
Don't box yourself into a particular design style. Today's design is about bringing together a mixture of elements that inspire you. Maybe you're mostly contemporary, but a rustic lamp really inspires you. Don't be afraid to mix and match -- just make it your own distinctive style.

2. More is not always better.
Don't buy decorative items just to fill space. Find items that mean something to you and inspire you. Don't settle on something that's just okay because it fits your room or budget. It's worth the wait to save your money and get decorative pieces that fit your personality and make you smile!

3. Have a plan.
When you have a plan before you start decorating it helps you to create a room that is functional and creates synergy throughout.

4. Buy quality.
Discounts and bargains are great, but make sure it's a quality piece. Just because it's pretty, doesn't mean it's quality. Buy brands that you trust, and remember it's worth paying a little more for something that will last.

5. Explore color.
White is boring. Color brings personality and style into a room. Be bold! Find shades that make you happy and liven up your room. It's especially fun to explore your creativity in smaller rooms that you don't use as often, such as a guest bathroom.

6. Keeping up with the Jones' - not necessary.
Decorate for you, not your friends or guests. Your style should be uniquely yours. Looking at trends to give you ideas is fine, but make your space your own. You will be the one living with your choices every day.

7. Lighting can change a room.
Of course you need lighting to see, but think beyond the functional. Lighting can set the mood of the room and with so many unique styles and finishes to choose from, consider selecting lighting as you would furniture. Maybe instead of a traditional lamp, try a sconce or chandelier as part of your design theme.

8. Art comes in many forms.
Art doesn't have to come from a pricey gallery. It just has to have value to you. Framing your child's drawings makes lovely art for a kid's room. Think outside the box. Even a unique light or fan can be the focal art of the room!

9. Use all six room surfaces: four walls, a floor and ceiling.
Look up! There's more than just four walls to decorate in a room. Don't forget the ceiling. Extend the color on the walls into the ceiling to create a cohesive look to the room. Just be sure to choose a ¼ lighter shade of paint on the ceiling since horizontal planes tend to look darker than vertical planes. Or try ceiling tiles or different textures. Also, make sure you choose quality surfaces for your flooring. Your floor get's a lot of use, make sure it cleans and wears nicely.

10. Room design should blend.
With so many open floor plans, you need to consider how your new design will fit or flow into the other rooms of your home. Do the color schemes and design styles work together? Coordinate the metal finish from your kitchen into the metal surfaces of the lamps and coffee tables of the living room.

Golden Lighting

The LightingGuruTM recommends Golden Lighting as a designer lighting brand and one of the most popular cutting edge brands sold on Lighting Catalog.  Great value for the price with Free Shipping. is the leading online retailer of Home Lighting and Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Tags: Golden Lighting, Design tips

Outdoor Lighting Tips to Brighten Your Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, May 14, 2010

Elk Outdoor LightingOutdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your home safer and more secure, and increases the number of pleasurable hours you spend outdoors

You can add wall lanterns on both sides of your front door 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.

Use a single wall lantern on other entrances to the house mounted on the keyhole side of the door.

You may use a chain hung lantern mounted over the front door beneath an overhang for added light.

Keep you pathways well lit with lanterns mounted every 8 - 10 feet for safety.

You can add a post light near driveways and walkways for added illumination and security.  

The LightingGuru recommends ELK Wall lanterns and ELK Outdoor Lighting. ELK Lighting provides Lighting for Distinctive Homes. 

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Lantern, Outdoor Lanterns, Design tips, Path Lighting

Energy Saving Indoor Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Thu, May 13, 2010

Making improvements to your lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. Using new lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50% to 75%. Use energy efficient compact flourescent lights (CFLs) in fixtures throughout your home to provide high-efficiency lighting. Fluorescent lamps are much more efficient than incandescent (standard) bulbs and last about 4 to 10 times longer. Today's CFLs offer brightness and color rendition that is comparable to incandescent lights. Although compact fluorescent bulbs cost a bit more than incandescent bulbs, they pay for themselves by saving energy over their lifetime.

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label when purchasing products.
  • Turn off the lights in any room you're not using, or consider installing timers, photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.
  • Use task lighting, instead of brightly lighting an entire room.
  • Consider three-way lamps; the make it easier to keep lighting levels low.
  • Use CFLs in all the portable lamps and torchiere fixtures in your home.
Elk Lighting Tips

Tags: Energy Savings, Energy Star

Crystorama Children's Lighting Befits a Princess

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, April 27, 2010

Childrens LightingChildrens' Lighting has gained impressive popularity over the last few years. Especially for little girl's rooms with what they call Princess Chandeliers or mini-chandeliers. Families are spending more on home decor and their children. Grandparents are also spending more on their Granddaughters to ensure they are princesses.  

Crystorama Lighting's children's category (Designed with Love Collection) meets your demand for a wide-ranging assortment of classic children's lighting with trend forward embellishments. Plus, it fulfills our granddaughters' visions of lighting befitting a princess!  Full of fun and whimsy, with dreamy styles that combine classic, contemporary and casual, our "Designed With Love" series has a complete collection of fairytale lighting options. These delightfully childish pieces appeal to girls of all ages, from infants and toddlers, to tweens and teens.  Each item is crafted of elegant wrought iron frames and come in a variety of finishes options. 

Crystorama's new versatile "blush" finish is a soft-pale pink that can not only work with little girl's bedrooms, but also coordinate well with master baths, closets, sunrooms, and hallways.  Pieces include chandeliers, wall sconces, ceiling mounts, table lamps and lampshades. Items are decorated with clear and pink Murano crystals and multicolored rosettes.

Crystorama Lighting is the premier lighting manufacturer or high end children's lighting and princess chandeliers. has all your Crystorama needs and is the leading online distributor of Crystorama Chandeliers.

Tags: Crystorama, Princess Lighting, Mini Chandelier

Camilles Cafe Uses Perrier Bottles For Pendant Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, March 28, 2010
Pendant-LightingI was travelling down to Indianapolis and stopped along the way at a restaurant on an outlot in front of a trendy shopping center in West Lafayette, IN. We were looking for something fast casual or a market fresh alternative to fast food. The decor was inviting with patio tables outside. I am a big tea and coffee drinker so this also hit the spot because I need a little tasty caffeine to go with my sandwich or salad.  

Upon walking into the cafe the lighting obviously caught my attention. This chain gets my thumbs up for cool out of the box designer lighting.  In addition to the drum shade fabric pendant lights, I caught them using an innovative and clever idea. As a marketing and lighting expert I thought this killed two birds with one stone.  The cafe sells Perrier water which is a high end or trendy brand of water. The pendant lighting which is very popular in cafes these days for ambiance was made from used Perrier Glass Bottles.  Not only does this intrigue a customer, but it also provides an innovative way to advertise the Perrier line.  Just look what it did to me.  I am blogging about it and spreading the Camille brand and promoting Perrier Water

Camille's was founded by Camille and David Rutkauskas which have expanded Camille's Sidewalk Cafe with locations in 27 states and around the world. With hundreds of territories in development worldwide Camille's Sidewalk Cafe continues to grow and provide their market with a fresh alternative to fast food, in an atmosphere where you can... Eat, Relax and Enjoy!  I am glad I made the stop and we loved the Cafe Chicken Salad Sandwich and the Apple-Walnut Tuna Sandwich.

Camille's Sidewalk Cafe 

Tags: Restaurant Lighting

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