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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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Helping the Environment with Hinkley Outdoor Lanterns

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009


Hinkley LightingENERGY STAR qualified lighting provides bright, warm light but uses about 75 percent less energy than standard lighting, produce 75 percent less heat, and bulbs lasts up to 10 times longer.

Hinkley Energy Star® qualified lighting fixtures are equipped with GU24 sockets and include self-ballasted, compact fluorescent bulbs. CFL bulbs use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Each fixture also features a daylight sensing photocell, which prevents the fixture from being illuminated during daylight hours, maximizing the fixture's energy-saving potential.

By choosing Energy Star qualified lighting fixtures from Hinkley Lighting, you will save money on energy bills and bulb replacements. With these fixtures, bulbs last 10,000 hours (about seven years of regular use). Hinkley's EST fixtures carry a 2-year warranty.


Upon specification, Hinkley outdoor lanterns can be engineered with the following eco-friendly options. To identify a fixture's potential to be engineered with one of the following environmentally friendly configurations, look for the corresponding icons on the product description page.


Hinkley's Energy Saving (ES) fixtures are equipped with GU24 sockets and include self-ballasted, compact fluorescent bulbs. ES fixtures support California's "Title-24", a government-backed program that helps businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.


Fixtures come equipped with a captive reflector or other design feature that minimizes or eliminates light glare upward into the night sky.


Hinkley's Energy Saving, Dark Sky fixtures combine Hinkley's energy saving advantages of fluorescent technology together with minimizing the amount of light glare produced in an upward direction towards the night sky. ESDS fixtures adhere to California's "Title-24" requirements.


Hinkley's Energy Star qualified lighting fixtures meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). Each fixture combines a GU24 socket together with a self-ballasted CFL bulb and a photocell that prevents the fixture from staying illuminated during daylight hours, maximizing its energy-saving potential.


Many Hinkley outdoor lanterns can be equipped with a photocell that will prevent the fixture from staying illuminated during daylight hours, maximizing its energy-saving potential.

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Coordinate Lighting In All Spaces Of Your Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

Designing with Light

Lighting should not be an afterthought when decorating a room. In fact, light is one of the strongest design elements, one that can greatly influence emotions, making it the most versatile component when decorating a home. With lighting, bold statements can be made, and small touches can add up to make a large impression. Below are suggestions for some areas in the home where "carrying over your lighting plan" can make all the difference in enhancing your décor.

Hinkley LightingThe lighting fixture shown to the left is from the Hinkley Lighting collection of Lighting Fixtures from their Bolla Family (4667 BN).

BEDSIDES can benefit from hanging mini-chandeliers over, or Hinkley sconce lights above, each bedside table. The lights will provide adequate light for reading, while leaving night tables free for other items.

IN THE OFFICE try installing two large ceiling fixtures to provide plenty of well-diffused general lighting, while eliminating shadows on the desk. You can also place wall sconces behind you, to the right and left of your desk, so the light comes over the shoulders.

FIREPLACES can be enhanced by placing wall sconces on each side of the mantle. This will draw attention to the fireplace area while providing general lighting for the living room.

Hinkley Wall SconcesHALLWAYS should be illuminated every 8 to 10 feet for safety. You can accomplish this with decorative ceiling fixtures or Hinkley Lighting flush mount lights, and complimentary wall sconces.

STAIRS should be lighted from top to bottom to prevent accidents, with switches at both ends for convenience. If hall and foyer fixtures do not illuminate the entire stairway, you can install a chain-hung or flush mount fixture above the top step.

GAME TABLES require bright, even overhead lighting. Chandelier island lights can offer a decorative, yet functional solution.

BARS can be lighted from above with pendants that hover intimately over the bar.

A BUFFET or SIDEBOARD can be flanked with wall sconces on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier.

THE KITCHEN TABLE is multi-purpose - used for dining, homework, hobbies or family business. A decorative pendant, operating with a dimmer control, provides sufficient task lighting. Use the dimmer to adjust the brightness for dining or entertaining.

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Design tips, Home Lighting, Lighting Fixtures

More Control with Multiple Home Lighting Sources

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

Hinkley LightingIncreasing the number of light sources in your room doesn't necessarily mean your room will be "too bright". In fact, it gives you more control of the amount of light, and the option to brighten or dim a room or specific areas of a room, for the use at hand. If a room is overly bright, paradoxically, it typically possesses too few sources of light. The result is either a harsh and uncomfortable glare or a bright diffused level of illumination that cancels out any possibility of drama. Using multiple light sources minimizes glare, which is the unpleasing result of extreme "lights" and "darks", while creating a more balanced lighting scheme.

The lighting fixture shown to the right is a Mini-Pendant 3100 BN from Hinkley Lighting which is a premier manufacturer of Lighting Fixtures.

TIP: Increasing the number of lighting sources also offers the flexibility to deliver light to specific spots where it is needed, such as to desks, counters, tabletops and bedsides - wherever you need it to illuminate distinct areas for certain tasks or activities.

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Lighting Design by Creating Pools of Light & Shade

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

Hallway LightingArranging light so that a series of overlapping pools of light and shade are created adds atmosphere to a room and draws the eye to focal points. Conversely, shadows created between light pools reveal form and texture of objects that cannot be achieved if light is flooded onto a surface.

Light and shadow actually go hand in hand. In fact, it is shadow, rather than light, that reveals the form and texture of objects.

When an object is lit from the front, it is subject to a "flattening" effect; if the same object is lit from the side, areas of shadow will help to define its basic form. The eye is naturally drawn to light, a tendency that can be used in interior design to direct the focus and traffic patterns in a room. By creating different focal points with light, a feeling of progression or movement can be created in some areas of the space, while circles of light can draw people toward those areas. The fixture shown in the image to the right is part of the Firenze Collection from Hinkley Lighting.

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Wall Sconce Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

Wall Sconce LightingSimply Sconces.

Wall Sconces can easily provide general, task, or accent lighting. Many wall sconces are designed to match and compliment a chandelier and foyer collection. Sconce lighting can be used in all areas of the home, and are often used as accent lighting above a mantle or fireplace, above a buffet in the dining area, surrounding a mirror in the foyer or lining a stairway or hallway.  The Featured brand in this article is from Hinkley Lighting and the fixture shown in the photo to the top right is part of the Casa Collection.  Hinkley Wall Sconces are some of the best in the industry.

Sconce SpacingTIP: When hanging a sconce, remember in most cases it should be hung at least 60" from the floor. When hanging two sconces on either side of a mirror or other focal point, space the sconces appropriately according to other decorative elements.

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Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, September 22, 2009

LIGHT the night...
There are many lighting techniques to consider when designing your outdoor lighting plan. Layering different types of lighting adds visual interest to your design. Keep in mind that several fixtures focused on an area from multiple angles can highlight an object with a softer light than a single very bright fixture that casts deep shadows. Here, Hinkley offers some basic techniques that will help add visual interest to your home's exterior and surrounding landscape after the sun goes down.


Uplighting refers to illuminating an object, area, or surface from below.          

For the effect shown here, a spotlight is aimed at the tree in the foreground while the front of the home remains relatively dark. This method creates a focal point in the landscape.



Downlighting describes the illumination of an object, area or surface from above. Moonlighting creates a natural effect. The light, usually mounted high inside the canopy of a tree, bathes the ground with a soft glow.

For the effect shown here, spotlights are placed in hidden overhead locations and are pointed down to illuminate the sculpture in the center of the courtyard. Subtle areas of light and shadow are created on the ground.

Grazing emphasizes a textured surface (such as a tree trunk, a stone wall, climbing ivy, etc.) by placing a light source within one foot of that surface and aiming the light beam parallel to that surface.

For the effect shown here, spotlights are placed beneath each stone pillar to create shadows and dimension, complimenting the home's entryway.



Path Lighting




Path and area lighting is used to enhance landscaping such as flower beds, shrubbery and borders while safely illuminating pathways.

For the effect shown here, path lights are staggered around the walkway to illuminate a safe passageway to the home's entrance and to emphasize the dynamic design of the landscape.    


 Step Lighting  
Wall Washing


Step and brick lights can be used in masonry and wood constructions. These fixtures are designed to safely illuminate stairways and walkways.                    






Wall washing is a technique that refers to the general illumination of a wall or surface.

For the effect shown here, spotlights are placed along the front of the home to create a soft wash of light.





Also called backlighting, silhouetting is used to dramatize an interesting-shaped object.

For the effect shown here, a spotlight is placed between the tree and the front of the home. The spotlight is aimed at the front of the home creating a dramatic silhouette of the tree. 

Deck Lighting


Shadowing is an effect created by placing a light source in front of an object and projecting a shadow onto a surface behind the object.

For the effect shown here, spotlights are placed directly in front of the cacti, developing shadows which are projected on the home's face creating an interesting and inviting facade. 




Step and brick lights can be used in masonry and wood constructions. These fixtures are specifically designed to provide safety and accent lighting.

For the effect shown here, a surface mounted deck sconce is placed on the wall above each step to illuminate a safe entryway to the deck. Using an under bench light, a soft glow creates a warm atmosphere for seating in this outdoor area.


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Hinkley Lighting is our featured brand of landscape lighting and Lighting Catalog has all of your Hinkley Lighting needs whether it is Hinkley Outdoor Lighting, Hinkley Path Lighting or Hinkley Landscape Lighting.  

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Design tips, Landscape Lighting

Landscape Lighting Tips and Trends

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 21, 2009

Hinkley LightingNIGHT Aglow

Landscape lighting reveals your home and the surrounding grounds with a beautiful glow as the sun goes down.

The purpose of landscape lighting is to unify the relationship between your house and the landscaping that surrounds it.

Fixtures shown to the right are Ivy (foreground) and Essence in the (background) from Hinkley Lighting.

Landscape lighting should enhance the outdoor living environment, extend the hours of enjoyment you and your family spend outdoors and provide safety and security. Well designed landscape lighting will reinforce aesthetic appeal and add value to your home.

TIP: The ideal landscape lighting system is one that meets the practical and aesthetic needs of the homeowner without adding yet another maintenance requirement. To achieve these goals it is necessary to plan, design and execute the lighting carefully and methodically.

Low voltage lighting is an outdoor amenity usually added to a property after construction is completed and the landscaping has matured. Some homeowners, particularly those, who have done their own landscaping, may wish to attempt to do the lighting as well; others can enlist the aid of an outdoor lighting professional.

TIP: Exterior lighting draws your eye outward, creating visual expansion and continuity between the indoors and outdoors. In terms of aesthetics, the key to success is being subtle. Less is always more.

Landscape lighting provides functional lighting for your home's outdoor social spaces, such as decks and patios, so you can use them safely and effectively for entertaining after dark.

TIP: Low-level path lights (sometimes called area lights) spread circular light patterns, brightening walkways and highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover.

TIP: Deck lights typically mount to the outside of the home or to the railing around a deck. Like path lights, they distribute light in a horizontal direction and offer subtle lighting with reduced glare.

TIP: Sometimes called spotlights, accent lights use directional beams of light and can be used to highlight trees, statues and other architectural features.

TIP: Step lights and brick lights can be used in masonry or wood constructions to add safety and security on decks and steps surrounding your home.

TIP: Hinkley Lighting offers many outdoor lanterns that coordinate with the styles of our landscape lighting. Complimentary lanterns are indicated throughout this catalog. To view Hinkley's complete outdoor lantern collection, including eco-friendly options, visit Hinkley Lighting online:

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Hinkley Lighting is the leading brand of Outdoor Lighting and carries all of your Hinkley Outdoor Lighting, Hinkley Path Lighting and Hinkley Landscape Lighting needs to make the outside of your home spectacular.  

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Perfect Landscape Lighting Requires Planning

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 21, 2009
Landscape LightingDesign Center - Planning...

Our featured brand Hinkley recommends following these simple guidelines to ensure a successful lighting plan:    

  • Conceal the light source behind shrubs, etc., where possible - except where the fixture itself is a decorative element.
  • Don't "over-light" (a little light goes a long way).
  • Be creative in using a mixture of lighting techniques for drama and excitement.
  • Arrange for an automatic device to turn lights on and off, such as a timer or photocell.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors - position lights strategically so they do not shine into their windows.

The basic steps are simple:

  • Decide what you want to illuminate.
  • Select the appropriate lighting techniques.
  • Select the appropriate lighting fixtures and accessories.

•    Choose the power supply (transformer).

The featured path lighting in the picture above is part of the Balloon Collection from Hinkley Lighting.

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Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Design tips, Landscape Lighting, Path Lighting

Planning Bathroom Lighting For Your Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 21, 2009


Bathroom LightingWhen considering the lighting plan for your bathroom, consider complimenting your choices with mirrors. Mirrors can make a space look larger and lighter; they can increase the impact of anything they reflect; they can change the contours of a room; and multiply and divide the effects of light.

The lighting fixture to the right is part of the Stowe Collection from Hinkley Lighting.

Another way to add sparkle is with a chandelier. The chandelier originated as a device to hold multiple candles, basically introducing more light when each individual source was of limited power. Over time, refinements were added to chandeliers, such as tiers of cut glass and crystal, primarily for the practical purpose of fracturing and multiplying the light further. Chandeliers can add these reflective properties to the bathroom creating depth and drama.

Bathroom Lighting


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