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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…

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…

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…

A Year in Review: 2016 for Inspired LED

2016 for Inspired LED

We have endured another orbit around the sun! 2016 had it highs and its lows : from moving locations, adding hardworking new team members, developing innovative products, creating new partnerships, tackling crazy projects, all while maintaining our award winning customer service. 2017 is fast approaching but before we can welcome this exciting New Year, we want to take a moment to reflect on some of our favorite memories from 2016! Best of Houzz Inspired LED has been a long time PRO on the Houzz website, and we have enjoyed every minute being on such an innovative platform! Houzz allows professionals…

Ask an Engineer Part 2: All About Power

One of the trickiest parts of working with LEDs is understanding how to best manage and supply power to your lighting system. Our customer service team spends time each day helping clients to calculate power requirements, answering questions about the difference between power supplies and transformers, and providing advice on how to avoid voltage drop. We pride ourselves on being able to explain things in an educated and efficient manner which is simple enough for anyone to comprehend. Of course, LEDs remain part of a rapidly evolving industry and there are always new things to be learned and discovered. So when it comes to…

CRI and LED Lighting

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CR-WHAT? Sure, maybe you have heard of CRI, but if you’re like most people, you’ve never paid much attention to those three little letters. But if you’re in the market for an LED system, this bit of knowledge can mean the difference between lighting that you love, or lights that you simply tolerate. And let’s face it, if you’re wrapping up a remodel, the last thing you need is for finishing touches like lighting to spoil all your hard work! So what exactly is CRI? According to the Lighting Research Center, “CRI (color rendering index), is the measurement of a light source’s ability to show…

Inspired LED 101: How to Troubleshoot LED Systems

At Inspired LED, we do our very best to ensure that our products are simple, easy to use, and up to the highest quality standards in order to guarantee our customers’ satisfaction. It is this pride in our work which has helped to earn ‘Best of Houzz Customer Service’ every year since 2013! Of course, even under the best circumstances, we understand things can go wrong. A product may be damaged during shipping or installation, a customer or electrician may misread product specifications. Fortunately, we stand behind our products 100%, and will work with you to not only identify the problem with…

Inspired LED 101: How to Install a Plug & Play Kit

Inspired LED’s Plug & Play Pro Series and Designer Series kits are the perfect solution for anyone looking to give their kitchen a quick, yet dramatic lighting upgrade. Available on the Inspired LED website and through our Amazon store, these handy kits come with everything you will need to create a complete low voltage LED system, including, lights, cables, power sources, and controllers. Basic installation is fairly simple, and can be completed within an hour by following just a few basic steps. Read through our installation guide below to see how it’s done. If at any point during your LED…

Product Match-up: Designer Series vs. Radiant Edge

When choosing the right products for you LED lighting system there are many important factors to consider, from color temperature to brightness level,  power consumption, and of course, style. While flexible strips are perhaps our most popular product thanks to both cost effectiveness and versatility, there are certain applications where circumstance or customer preference may dictate the need for a more “finished” looking light panel. For this reason, Inspired LED offers several different rigid panel products. Among them are our Designer Series and Radiant Edge Series lights. At first glance there are a number of similarities between these two panels, both are available in…