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Flex into Fixtures: Taking LEDs to the Next Level

Flexible LED strips first came onto the market as energy efficient solution for accent lighting, particularly in kitchens. A low-profile design made them easy to hide away under cabinets, counter tops, or shelves, while the robust nature of the flex made the use of traditional lenses unnecessary in most applications. This meant reduced material costs which helped LED flex strips to become one of the most affordable lighting options available. For the past several years these so-called “bare flex” installations have grown in popularity, allowing the average consumer to achieve the look of high-end lighting for less. But as increased competition…

Inspired LED Sets the Stage: ASU Gammage

A Brief History- Home to performances great and small, from local concerts to touring Broadway shows, the iconic ASU Gammage theater has been a cornerstone of Phoenician culture for more than half a century. It began back in 1957 as the dream of then Arizona State University President, Grady Gammage, who commissioned his close friend and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright to assist with the design. Together they envisioned a grand coliseum-like structure with two pedestrian bridges extending on either side to welcome visitors. It took years of planning and construction, but in 1964 the 3,000-seat theater opened its doors to a performance…

Spring Cleaning Challenge: Welcoming Warmer Weather with LEDs

While friends, relatives, and readers in the Midwest or East Coast may be quick to laugh at the idea, even those of us here in Arizona have anxiously been awaiting the return of spring. Emerging from the long weeks of a (somewhat) frozen winter makes us want to shake of the dust, throw open the windows and welcome the warm weather back into our homes. For many people, including myself, there is little better way to kick off the season than with a thorough bout of spring cleaning. But despite the gratification of having a squeaky clean home, I’d be willing…

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!…

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…

A Year in Review: 2016 for Inspired LED

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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…

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…

LED Technology in Bloom

There was once a time when we relied almost exclusively upon the sun for light, when people lived and died on the same fairly farm where they’d been born, and news traveled at the speed of horseback. Over the past century, advancements in technology have completely reformed what it means to be human, allowing us to live increasingly urbanized environments, providing us with access to many of the luxuries which we have come to take for granted. But this modern lifestyle has come with some costs, most notably when it comes to our health. Research has now explicitly linked the consumption of…

Five Fabulous Fall Lighting Tips

Autumn is our favorite season here at Inspired LED. Beyond the cooler weather, the turn of the leaves, and of course pumpkin flavored everything, this is the time of year when we get to start thinking about the holidays. Parties, visitors, and fantastic feasts are just around the corner! Of course, the approach of winter holidays can add quite a lot to the fall to-do list. In all the hustle and bustle of cleaning, decorating, and cold weather preparation, details like lighting can have a tendency to be overlooked. But as the days continue to grow shorter and darker, lighting becomes more…

Spexarth Design Project : White Kitchen

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Our friends over at Spexarth Design have been hard at work once again, this time remodeling a simple, outdated kitchen to a dazzling white masterpiece! Before the remodel, this country kitchen featured plain wood cabinets,  a basic tile back-splash, laminate counter tops, floral wall paper, and a small island. The transformation in this space is absolutely stunning, and the new kitchen layout boasts some fun and functional new features. Let’s explore the changes made throughout the kitchen, and gain some inspiration for your next kitchen remodel project! Custom Woodwork Almost every single piece of wood in this room was handcrafted for the space.  The new…