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

smart home with Apple Home

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…

Tips for Accent Lighting with LEDs

A beautiful home, like a great work of art, is more than just the sum of its parts. It is the careful attention to detail, the balance of grandeur and subtlety, which evokes a sense of awe or inspiration from onlookers. LED accent lighting is one of those elements of home décor with the ability to elevate the everyday into something truly memorable. While it may not be the first thing you notice when you walk in, a few carefully selected ambient lights can have a significant impact on the overall feel of a room, accentuating certain design or architectural…

Is It Up To Code? Dimmable LED Systems

At Inspired LED, we’ve been in the business long enough to have learned a thing or two about building and electrical codes. And over the years, we’ve seen some of the many creative ways that people have attempted to cut corners, or “hack” their lighting systems, using everything from soldering irons to spare lamp cords… But before we get on to the big infractions, let’s start by reviewing the correct way to lay out a dimmable LED system. Conventional Installs: Up to Code Generally speaking, low voltage LEDs can be powered in one of two ways. The simplest set-ups utilize a low voltage plug-in power supply combined…

Stop by the Inspired LED Showroom

a visit to Inspired LED

It’s almost been a whole year since Inspired LED relocated to our new facility in Tempe, AZ, and we are pleased to say business is on the rise. Since the big move, we’ve had the ability to increase our work flow, expand our available inventory of LED lighting products, and begin building larger specialty fixtures for custom jobs. And, perhaps most importantly, we now we have a much more comprehensive showroom, featuring sample LED installations and interactive demo boards of our products. Beyond taking the chance to check out the fancy new floor plan, here are a few reasons to stop by for…

Inspired LED Named Largest Magnitude Distributor in AZ

Since 2009, Inspired LED has proudly carried Magnitude drivers as a reliable source of power for our low-voltage lighting systems. But as of this week, we are excited to announce we have been named the largest official distributor of Magnitude Lighting Converters in the state of Arizona! Based in Orange County, CA, Magnitude was founded back in 2008 with the mission of applying breakthrough technologies to manufacture high efficiency transformers for the emerging low-voltage industry. With their combination of quality and performance, they quickly earned the reputation as a leading manufacturer of LED drivers in the nation. Meanwhile, in Silicon Valley, Inspired…