Where to Add Toe-Kick Lighting Around Your Home

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LED lighting can be used in a variety of locations around the home, although it is perhaps most commonly used under kitchen cabinets. This application provides a functional light for cooking, while also adding stylistic appeal. But in addition to bright task lighting, LED’s also provide a convenient solution for more subtle (yet equally important) accent lighting. Installing LED lighting above cabinets and along shelves, behind televisions or pieces of art, even in ceiling coves, can do wonders to improve the styling of a room! One of our very favorite accent lighting applications is also one which is commonly overlooked despite its advantages- toe-kicks!…

Accessory of the Week: New Micro-Lock Tiger Paw Connectors

Our patented Tiger Paw® connectors have become well known in the low voltage lighting industry for allowing contractors and electricians to build custom LED systems without the need for a soldering iron. Perhaps most familiar are our plug-in Tiger Paw® connectors, as featured in our popular Cut & Connect Series kits. These handy accessories combine with standard interconnect cables to allow anyone to quickly and easily create an LED layout using just a pair of scissors! However there are times where a customer or installer may prefer to use a direct wire option- being able to purchase cable in bulk…

Get Inspired: Women at Work

As of 2010 the International Labour Organization reported that 53% of women were employed in the public service realm. This predominantly included positions in education and healthcare, as well as some in trade, transportation, and local government. However according to the same study, women accounted for only 43% of the workforce in technical and scientific services, and less than 10% of the workforce in the construction sector. In an industry where women are so largely under represented, Inspired LED is proud to have an equal number of men and women on our staff. From sales and marketing, to shipping and…

PoE LED Lighting Systems

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The Internet of Things, or IoT, has been a massive catalyst within the last decade, allowing hardware, software, and  simple daily functions to be integrated into one seamless control system. Using simple cell phone apps, home automation devices, or commercial building s, IoT allows a variety of devices to communicate, running preset programs or responding instantaneously to external commands. This means that home appliances, air conditioners, door locks, water heaters, even lights can now be controlled remotely! As we touched on in our last blog, LED Lighting For The Future, Inspired LED partner Igor Inc. has recently developed a way to harness the power and…

LED Lighting now, and the Future

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LEDs have become a staple in new construction, commercial buildings, retail spaces, residential homes, and so much more. This quick paced shift to LEDs in recent years has sent the entire industry ablaze. According to Strategies Unlimited, Packaged LEDs should see a 7% increase in compounded annual growth rates over the next few years, with majority of that directly from lighting revenues. This transfer away from traditional lighting like fluorescent and halogen lighting solutions is only expected to continue as new technology makes LED lighting increasingly more valuable. Safety LEDs are incredibly safe when sourced from reliable manufacturers, be sure…

Accessory of the Week: NEW Right Angle Tiger Paws

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line. But in many instances, an LED installation requires more than just straight lines! Think of all the architectural features in your home or office space which are made up of angles and curves.  Flexible LED strips make quick work of rounded edges, but when it comes to turning sharp corners, issues can arise. One of the most common solutions up to this point has been to use a 4” jumper cable to round corners. For under cabinet applications, this typically works just fine; the cables are easy to install…

Inspired LED Awarded ‘Best of Houzz 2017’

Over the past decade, Houzz.com has become well-known as the largest residential design database in the world, helping to connect home owners with a wide variety of building and remodeling services. Each year, the online community evaluates and selects the highest ranking industry professionals to be awarded the title “Best of Houzz” in the categories of Design, Customer Service, and Photography. And for the fifth consecutive year, Inspired LED is proud to announce we have been named Best of Houzz in customer satisfaction! Following an annual survey of over 40 million Houzz® users, our employees have once again been recognized for…

A look at LED Lighting Systems Around the World

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From interior home lighting, to office retrofits, LEDs have become a staple lighting solution within the last 10 years, even becoming the top lighting choice for new builds. As the industry here in the U.S. has transitioned to brighter, more efficient, and economical lighting solutions, so has the rest of the world!  Let’s explore some major LED projects and programs across the globe!! Outdoor Guiyang, China– The Solar LED “Lighting 1,000 Villages Program” harnesses the power of solar for LED street lights to extend day light hours and keep cities safe. South Africa– The Nelson Mandela Bridge played host to…

Level VI Efficiency Requirements: What You Need to Know…

As early as the 1990’s, it was estimated that more than one billion external power supplies were in use across the United States. Since then, the technology boom has led to an influx of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, increasing this number dramatically. Most of us never think about these little power hogs plugged in throughout our homes. But due to lack of initial market regulation, early power supplies made extremely inefficient use of the grid (as low as 50% efficiency). Many even continue to draw power even after the connected device had been turned off. The result is higher…

Accessory of the Week: New Multi-Zone Remotes & Dimmable Receivers

Arguably the most important, and certainly the most active element in an LED system is the control device. Whether it’s an in-line dimmer, a wall switch, or a motion sensor, the controller is the interface that allows you to bring your LEDs to life! When it comes to plug & play set-ups, one of our most popular control options has always been the Single-Zone Dimmer with Wireless Remote, which provides customers with versatile dimming options and the ability to adjust their lighting system from almost anywhere in their home. However, this Single-Zone remote and receiver set requires all elements of an…