Get Inspired: Pumpkin Carving with LEDs!

By now, most people know that there are many great things about LEDs! Their low-voltage energy efficiency and cooler operating temperatures not only help to save money on monthly electric bills, but it also allow them to serve an ideal light source for some less than conventional applications. For the past few years around the holidays we at Inspired LED have experimented with a variety of creative ways to use our lights in adding to the celebration. From colored backlight displays to costumes and trunk-or-treat ideas, we’ve discovered there is almost no place where LED strip lights do not look at…

How-To: Installing Glass Cabinet Lighting

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How to Install Flexible LED Strips on the Interior of a Glass Faced Cabinet Under cabinet lighting is not your only option when it comes to adding LEDs to your kitchen. Glass cabinet lighting serves as a great source of accent lighting, helping to make your cabinets pop and your glassware glow. After years of design consultations, our expert Lighting Designers have found the easiest way install glass cabinet lighting is an an upside down “U” position along the front of your cabinet. This ensures an even distribution of light throughout the cabinet, while ensuring the LED light strips stay hidden…

Get This Look Part 4: Ceiling Accent Lighting

LED flexible strips have transformed the lighting world, making it possible to create stunning visual effects which would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to achieve using standard bulbs. Among the many lighting trends to emerge as a result of LED advancements is the ceiling accent light. Whether you’re working with a cove, soffit, tray, or coffered ceiling, you’ll find there are many high end, expensive fixtures designed specifically for these types of applications, or cheap rope lights that do not last. But one of the great things about ceiling accents is their natural ability to hide LED light strips out of sight while…

Take the Fall LED Lighting Challenge: Make the Switch!

Whether you’re trying to save money, conserve energy, or just keeping up with the latest technology trends—there are many reasons to make the switch to LED lighting. If you’re renting your space, it’s a great way to cut back on electrical bills while adding a little personal touch. If you’ve just purchased a property, it’s a great long-term investment and the perfect way to highlight the decorative features of your home. Of course, LEDs do more than just add to the aesthetics of a home or business—the efficiency and adaptability of low-voltage lighting systems allows them to outperform and outlast…

DIY Mirror Lighting

Mirror, mirror, on the wall… who’s the brightest of them all? Mirrors, depending on their size and style, can benefit from a variety of lighting options. Let’s take a look as some different ways in which LED lighting can be used to enhance both the aesthetics and functionality of mirrors around the home! Backlighting Adding a back-light to a mirror creates a soft diffused glow that helps to draw the eye, and acts as the perfect source of indirect illumination when the mirror is in use. Because the light remains ambient, this type of installation method is best for decorative applications. Often, depending…

Inspired LED’s NFL Giveaway Returns

It’s our favorite time of year at Inspired LED. September marks not only the start of cooler more tolerable weather here in the Valley of the Sun, but also the return of football season! And as the NFL kicks off this evening with the first game of 2017, we’re gearing up for the return of our NFL giveaway on Facebook. Back in 2014 the contest started as a fun way for us to connect with our customers. The response from our followers was so enthusiastic, we’ve continued the tradition ever since. So get ready for another fun-filled season of questions, statistics,…

Sew Inspired for National Sewing Month

Once a year, as summer simmers back into the cool of autumn, sewers and seamstresses across the country take time to celebrate their skills with National Sewing Month. Beginning in 1982, the month of September was set aside as a time to recognize the beauty and the value of home sewing as a skill. Whether you’re a dedicated crafter, a part time seamstress, or a needlework newbie, National Sewing Month is the perfect time to indulge in your passion. There are all sorts of fun and clever ways to celebrate sewing throughout the month of September. Many craft stores offer classes at a…

Inspired LED Lighting Controlled by Apple Home

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Last week we released a blog post detailing how to pair Inspired LED products with smart-home and voice-control devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, using the new DW1KD-1BZ Wi-Fi Smart Switch from Leviton. This week, after some additional testing, we are excited to announce that Inspired LED lights and Magnitude brand dimmable transformers are also compatible with Apple iOS software, using a similar Leviton dimmer model with Apple HomeKit™ techonolgy! Unlike the Google Home and Amazon Echo systems, the Leviton Dimmer with Apple HomeKit pairs directly with your iPhone or iPad using the Home App, and does not require a separate control “hub” (although we are anxiously awaiting…

The NEW 2-Zone Independence Dimmer

When it comes to designing the perfect dimmable LED system for your home or business, the first question is always one of power and control: how are your lights going to be powered, and how would you prefer to control them? Typically a low-voltage LED system can be laid out in one of two ways. The simplest set-ups utilize a low voltage plug-in power supply combined with a compatible “in-line” switch, dimmer, or remote. The primary benefit to these types of systems is their ease of install, which rarely requires the services of an electrician, and can often be completed…

Get a Smarter Home With Inspired LED

Recent advances in technology have brought us closer than ever to living in the homes of the future. Already the market for home automation devices has expanded greatly, from Wi-Fi enabled security systems and thermostats, to voice controlled appliances and robotic vacuum cleaners. The introduction of universal devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home have allowed the average consumer to build their own integrated systems with a variety of different smart products and components. More and more often, we at Inspired LED are asked about how to integrate our lights with these and other “smart home” devices. The good news…