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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

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.

LIGHTING PLACEMENT

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.

LIGHTING TYPES

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

ENERGY SAVING

  • 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. 

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Outdoor Lighting Dresses Up Home For Outdoor Parties

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, June 20, 2010

PLANNING AN OUTDOOR PARTY?

MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS DRESSED UP FOR THE OCCASION

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

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

Vail Lights and Mountain Lodge Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, March 19, 2010

Vail Lights BeaverCreekI recently had the opportunity to travel to Vail, Colorado and the luxurious Beaver Creek ski resort in Avon, Colorado. As a ski buff this is not only the ski mecca of America, but as a LightingGuru this is also a mecca for fine lighting, especially that of European influence and Mountain Lodge Lighting.  Some of America's most architectural and luxurious homes are mountainside here with some of America's best architects and designers.  They know how to pick the right lighting and decor. 

Gooseneck LightsA good portion of the Village at both Vail and Beaver Creek are designed with European ski villages in mind. Other portions are more craftsman style or what we like to call Mountain style.   

The photo above has craftsman style lighting and the photo to the right has the more European Gooseneck Lights.

Whether you live in Vail or Beaver Creek or you want to bring home these lighting styles you love, then you have come to the right place.  We have every light imaginable with Free shipping and NO Sales Tax right into Vail, Beaver Creek or where ever you live nationwide. We will ship your Vail Lights right to your door.

The LightingGuru recommends the following outdoor lighting brands sure to meet your architectural standards. 

 Troy Lighting  Hinkley Lighting  Kalco Lighting  Kichler Lighting

Troy Lighting 

 Hinkley Lighting

 Kalco Lighting

 Kichler Lighting

Check out our other articles on outdoor lanterns, outdoor lighting and Hinkley Lighting.

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, Vail Lights

Vivex Develops Non Corrosive Outdoor Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, January 12, 2010

Livex LightingVivex, the new standard in outdoor lighting is brought to you exclusively by Maxim Lighting. Vivex boasts a winning combination of innovation, intricate design capabilities, quality construction and astonishing finishes. Combined these elements create outdoor fixtures which are non-corrosive, UV resistant and are backed by a 3 Year Limited Warranty.

Vivex and Innovation

Vivex is far superior to the polyurethane resin material used in outdoor lighting. Vivex is not a resin, but an unique synthetic composition made up of ground marble powder for strength, latex composite for durability, bonded together with an Adenosine Triphosphate adhesive (ATP) used primarily in outdoor applications. ATP is anadhesive that has been tested to temperature that exceeds 130ºF and as low as -20ºF. Vivex is expected to withstand even greater temperatures.

Vivex has over twice the strength of resin. What this means it there are fewer problems with shipping this material and a lot fewer problems with electricians misshandling the product and creating chips that can't be repaired. Also the additional strength allows us to use the material 100% including large back plates which used to warp with the former resin material.

Vivex and Design

Unlike resin which is cast into inexpensive plaster molds, Vivex is injected under pressure into quality steel molds which produces a very hard and dense component. This process also allows implementation of our designers imagination without restraint that occurs in the traditional resin process. The parts come out of the mold with detailed definition and intricacies not formerly obtainable from resin casting. This metal tooling was a major investment on behalf of Maxim Lighting. The total costs for research and development and tooling exceeded $2,000,000.

One very un-welcome attribute to polyurethane resin is that in its hardened form it has a very low PH and this acidic nature must be dealt with prior to finishing or paint will not adhere to it. Resin parts must go through a multi step neutralizing process to stabilize the PH or there will be a chemical reaction that occurs between the surface of the part and the paint. Vivex has a neutral PH of 6.5 and requires no neutralizing process prior to finishing.

A special paint finishing process was developed specifically for Vivex. This joint effort between the material manufacturer, the paint manufacturer, and Maxim.

The following Maxim Outdoor Lighting Livex Collections can be found at LightingCatalog.com where all your Maxim Lighting products can be find.  The Nation's Largest Lighting Catalog. The Livex manufacturered versions of a collection are marked with a (vx) symbol after the series to differentiate from the standard material.   

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, Vivex, Maxim Lighting

Helping the Environment with Hinkley Outdoor Lanterns

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

HINKLEY'S ENERGY STAR (EST) PROGRAM

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.

HINKLEY'S ECO-FRIENDLY OPTIONS

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.

ENERGY SAVING (ES)

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.

DARK SKY (DS)

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

ENERGY SAVING AND DARK SKY (ESDS)

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.

ENERGY STAR (EST)

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.

PHOTOCELL

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.

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Energy Savings, Outdoor Lantern, Outdoor Lanterns, Green, eco-friendly, Energy Star

Outdoor Lighting That Helps the Environment

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

choose to be ECO-FRIENDLY 

Hinkley LightingPeople are paying more attention to the planet than they used to; many of us now understand the importance of decreasing our carbon footprints. With this shift in mindset, a natural extension has been the demand for more energy-efficient lighting options. Hinkley offers a variety of options that allow you to design an outdoor lighting plan with the environment in mind. Fixture shown: Plantation 2124 PZ-ES from the Hinkley Lighting Collection.

ENERGY SAVING (ES)
Energy saving lighting fixtures come equipped with GU24 sockets and include self-ballasted, CFL bulbs. Fixtures meet California's Title 24 requirements.

DARK SKY (DS)
Dark Sky light fixtures come equipped with a captive reflector or other design feature that minimizes or eliminates light glare upward into the night sky.

ENERGY SAVING DARK SKY (ESDS)
Fixtures come equipped with the combined technology of Energy Saving (ES) and Dark Sky (DS) configurations. Fixtures meet California's Title 24 requirements.

ENERGY STAR (EST)
Energy Star light fixtures meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the DOE. Fixtures combine a GU24 socket together with a self-ballasted CFL bulb and a photocell.

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, Energy Savings, Outdoor Lantern, Green, eco-friendly, Energy Star

Outdoor Lighting Tips for Safe Entrance

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, October 21, 2009

Elk LightingAmbience for the Exterior

Outdoor lighting enhances the overall beauty of your home. As the days become shorter and darker earlier, outdoor lighting can make your home more safe and secure this time of year.

A well-lighted front entrance enables you to wel-come guests and identify visitors more easily. Wall lanterns around the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of your guests and family.

You can use a single wall lantern on other entrances to the house mounted on the keyhole side of the door. For added illumination and security, you can install post lights near drive-ways and walkways.

ELK Lighting and Landmark Lighting are able to solve all your outdoor lighting needs with various styles, finishes and fixture sizes.

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, ELK Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, October 11, 2009

Outdoor LightingOutdoor lighting accentuates the elegance of your property, making your place of home safer and more secure. An illuminated entrance allows you to identify visitors and properly greet guests. Placing wall lanterns on the exterior of your home gives a warm, inviting look. Hanging a pendant or a flush mount fixture under a porch creates the setting of a comfortable outdoor environment. Single wall lanterns can be mounted near a separate rear door or side entrance to illuminate the keyhole side of the door. Installing a wall fixture on the face of the garage will provide adequate lighting for those using the garage at night.

The Outdoor Fixtures above are part of the Murray Feiss August Moon Collection.

When selecting your outdoor fixtures always keep in mind that less is more. If you prefer a more dramatic effect, you should use lower-wattage lamps. If you should desire additional light to brighten the surrounding area, you may want to consider using low-voltage landscape lighting.

Illuminating driveways, paths and steps is essential to ensure that family members and guests are able to walk easily and safely after dark. Installing path lights, post lanterns, or attaching lights to the side of the house can provide the perfect level of light and will give guidance towards walkways. Path lights that are low-leveled will distribute circular patterns of light and will also illuminate your walkway while highlighting your beautiful landscape.

In the evenings your patios, decks and porches can be transformed into your place of serenity and relaxation by simply concealing low-voltage lights under railings, steps or benches. If you prefer a moonlight effect, you could install a spotlight flooding down from the branches of a nearby tree.

Murray Feiss Lighting

Featured Brand: Murray Feiss is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Murray Feiss Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Murray Feiss Chandeliers, Murray Feiss Outdoor Lighting and Murray Feiss Lamps.  We are a member of the eImprovement.com Network of Online Stores. Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $99. Large selection, low prices and excellent customer service. The Home Lighting and Outdoor Lighting leader. Why shop elsewhere?

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