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ProBuilder Product Report: Lighting
New products from Maine Ornamental, Lutron and more to light up your life.
We've seen a lot of attention paid on the consumer side to compact fluorescent light bulbs but not a whole lot on the options available to builders who want to put them in their homes. Progress Lighting's Energy Star-qualified P83-26ICATDM is, according to the company, the industry's first dimmable CFL fixture. It uses a standard 26-watt CFL triple-tube lamp and works with a standard incandescent dimmer. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5340-136
A great way to incorporate lighting into your decking is through the post cap, and Maine Ornamental's Convertible Post Cap Lights fit the bill. Made in etched copper or in a New England lantern style, the caps provide the ambiance homeowners crave thanks to the included solar-powered LED light or candles for a Parisian café glow. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5340-129
Five colors debut in Lutron's snazzy Satin Colors line of colored dimmers, switches and accessories in what the company calls an "earthier" trend in furnishings. Some items you wouldn't expect to see in the line are phone/cable jacks, ceiling fan controls and wall plates for the Maestro, Diva, and Lyeno Lx product families. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5340-135
Bringing some ski resort sensibilities to your lighting décor is the Tahoe Candle Drop Chandelier from Meyda Lighting's Old Forge Collection. The rustic-style chandelier hangs 37½ to 67½ inches from the ceiling and offers simulated dripping wax lights in three options: incandescent, compact fluorescent or small reflector spotlights. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5340-130
Lighting can be easier to incorporate into a smart home with Harmony Dimmers from Pass & Seymour, which are part of the company's Decorator line. The dimmers come in incandescent and magnetic low-voltage versions, and a constant memory setting restores the previous light levels after a power outage. A green LED glows when the dimmer is off.
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Out to "change the way the lighting industry thinks about LEDs" is LED Lighting Fixtures' 6-inch downlights. Using Cree's XLamp XR-E LED, the lights produce 650 lumens at 10–12 watts. At 60 lumens per watt for the entire fixture, the LLF lights, according to Cree, are the industry's most efficient general lighting fixtures for the home. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5340-131
Making a splash in your lighting décor are Besa's Mondo Glass Pendants. Always an eye-pleaser, Besa's newest cable pendants feature a distressed metallic foil construction in 20- or 24-inch dome profiles in gold, silver or copper. You'll find matching hardware in the company's KG Series. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5340-132
Sometimes some family members forget to turn off the lights when they leave the room. The RS vacancy sensors from Watt Stopper/Legrand solve that problem. The RS replaces standard light switches and has an LED built in so Dad won't step on junior's Legos at night. Dual relay models are available for switching two separate loads, such as a light and a fan. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5340-133