…and it is beautiful!
Your home is unique and deserves individual attention to showcase your personality and taste. Even in a row of identical houses, once you enter, each space is different.
One home might possess a Spartan look to minimize distractions; another could be chock-full of overstuffed furniture and wing-backed armchairs. It may have dark burgundy walls with expensive oil paintings hung in gilded frames, and heavy oriental carpets, or it might be stark white with chrome and black leather furniture and very little else.
Something cannot be slightly unique, or very unique. The word unique literally means one-of-a-kind or like-no-other, and that describes both you and your home.
When first sold, a bare incandescent Edison light bulb, hanging from a socket and attached to an electrical cord which ran across the ceiling, was considered the very height of modernity. These early light bulbs were the equivalent of our 25-40 watt lightbulbs and people were afraid to look directly at them because they were “so bright and could damage your eyes”.
By comparison, their homes were downright gloomy because the wealthy had previously only been using gaslight in the main rooms and candles elsewhere. The less-wealthy only ever had candles or oil lamps. In 1890 electricity and electrical lighting was considered a technological miracle.
We have become more blasé about the actual technology because almost everyone understands it, but that has led us to use light much more creatively. Now “resistance” lighting (bulbs with filaments) is known to be so incredibly wasteful that people are scrambling to replace them with something better. CFLs (Compact Florescent Light) were more durable, and efficient, but they took time to “warm up” to reach full brightness, still had short life spans, and relied on toxic mercury in order to function.
LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) solved all the practical problems, and increased life spans by orders of magnitudes. They achieved new levels of efficiency that just sipped electricity rather than the lusty gulps of older lighting.
Art Takes Over
LED lights were so versatile that something smaller than a pinhead could be painfully bright and panels of any size could vary from near-darkness to daylight intensity. The rush was on for artists to use the new tool to make their mark on the world.
The new technology meant that you could have recessed pot-lights in the ceiling that didn’t pump out hundreds of watts of heat. It meant that concealed lighting could be on thin continuous strips, not much thicker that a credit card, which could follow the contours of a ceiling cove. It meant that colors could be chosen to match the room and décor, as well as completely variable lights, which you could adjust at will from pure whites, reds, greens, or blues, or any variation in between.
Our name is Illuminations Lighting Design. That is because we don’t simply replace antiques with modern technology; we consult with you to find out what you want to achieve; we work to eliminate anomalies and integrate one part with the next. You don’t want to end up with an ugly mish-mash—you want it to express your personality, style, and flair.
We’re here for you
As lighting consultants we are familiar with all the various LED lamp types; bulbs are different shapes for a reason; different socket configurations have very specific applications; and kelvin color is the most important element of all when it comes to perfectly lighting an area. Need proof? Have a look at our gallery, and some of our award winning designs. We’ve been serving our clients for decades in this area—and they’ll be happy to tell you about it on our testimonials page.
As we always say, it is better, faster, and less expensive to do the job right the first time. We are experienced, licensed electricians, not some fly-by-night outfit that wants to turn a quick buck at your expense. There are so many ways do a job incorrectly, so we urge you to call us, because… We’ll do it right!
While we are located in Houston Texas, and love to hear from all our business friends and clients from River Oaks, Memorial, West University, Bellaire, Southside, Heights, and Royal Oaks, or whichever part of town from you call home… please remember that we also provide service in Austin, Beaumont, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Midland, San Antonio, and points beyond.
Don’t be a stranger—give us a call at 713-863-1133 and say “Howdy!” We would love to hear from you and get you started on the path to more economical lighting, and a reduced environmental impact!