Monday, December 27, 2010

Outdoor Lantern Lighting Tips

Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your home safer, more secure, and increases the number of pleasurable hours you spend outdoors. A well-lit front entrance enables you to greet guests and identify visitors. Wall lanterns on each side of the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who enter. Under a porch or overhang, use a pendant or outdoor flush-mount fixture.

  •  A separate rear or side entrance can be lit with a single wall lantern installed on the keyhole side of the door. For the safety and security of family members using the garage at night, you can install a wall fixture on the face of the garage. " When it comes to choosing your outdoor fixtures, less is more. For a dramatic effect, use lower-wattage lamps. If additional light is required to light the surrounding area, consider using low-voltage landscape lighting.
  • Steps, paths, and driveways should be illuminated to make sure family members and guests are able to move about easily and safely after dark. You can install path lights, post lanterns, or attach lights to the side of the house. Low-level path lights which spread circular patterns of light will illuminate your walkway while highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs, and ground cover.
  • Decks, porches, and patios can be converted into evening retreats by concealing low-voltage lights under steps, railings, or benches. Another technique is to install a spotlight flooding down from the branches of a nearby tree creating a moonlight effect.


One of the biggest challenges of outdoor lighting is selecting the right-sized outdoor lantern. " The height of a lantern should be based on the height of the door. If a lantern is only used on one side, it should be approximately one-third the height of the door. When two lanterns are used on either side of the door, they should each be approximately one-fourth the height of the door. In either case, if you choose a fixture with a long tail or top scroll, be cautious of the overall bulk of the fixture as the height should approximate one-half the visual height of the door. " The lanterns should be mounted so the filament of the bulb is approximately 66" above the threshold of the door. Depending on the outlet box location, different mounting arms (on the top or bottom) can be selected to place the filament correctly. " Don't undersize your lanterns - As a rule of thumb, lanterns will appear about half the size from 50 feet away. Visualize the front of your home as guests and neighbors would view it from the street, and when in doubt, always go larger.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at for outdoor lighting fixtures from brand names such as Hinkley and Minka Outdoors.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Decorative Wall Sconces

Wall-mounted fixtures, or "sconces", can easily provide general, task, or accent lighting. Many sconces are designed to match and complement chandelier or foyer families. Sconces can be used in all areas of the home and are often used as accent lighting above the mantle and fireplace, above the buffet in the dining room, or lining the stairway or hallway.

There are many light fixture collections to choose from to match the decor of your home. Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at for a wide selection of wall sconces.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oriental Lamps

Oriental Lamps seems to be a popular Holiday gift on our website at this season. I can certainly tell you that blue & white is the most popular theme for Oriental porcelain table lamps. One that made to the top of the list is East Enterprises LPDBWK1014F Oriental Hand Painted Blue & White English Porcelain Oval Vase Lamp. Table lamps are great decor and for lighting that dark area.

Here at Savio Lighting in Boston, we carry over 400 Oriental lamps, ranging from porcelain, jade to caledon. There's definitely one that would suit your decor. Whether you are searching for a pencil lamp or a temple jar lamp, we got it!

OK, so maybe this isn't your style. That's OK! We have contemporary table lamps as well. How about a Holtkotter table lamp or a George Kovacs? Come to Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom to find the perfect table lamp!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Osram Sylvania's Socket Survey

Osram Sylvania's third annual Sylvania Socket Survey reported that 36% of Americans are aware of the 100 watt light bulb will be phased out beginning 2012. 60% of Americans plan to switch to LED (Light Emitting Diode), CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) or halogen verieties beginning 2012. Of course, with any switch, there are concerns such as the demise of the traditional incandescent light bulbs.

This is the only measurement so far for the lighting industry to determine the changing consumer landscape. More than half the Americans are eager to use more energy efficient light bulbs. This is especially more feasible now that the LED light bulbs has dropped in price.

Even on the commericial side, T5 is now available in LED. It is much more maintenance free switching to T5 LED. Why? Because LED T5 lasts for up to 50,000 hours! A 5 watt LED T5 is comparable to an 8 watt T5 Microfluorescent. It only makes sense to switch out the T5 slim fluorescents.

Visit Savio Lighting's Boston lighting showroom or online at on transitioning to more energy efficient living.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lighting up the Bedroom with Holtkotter Bedside Swing Arm Wall Sconce

Whether creating an atmosphere of coziness and warmth or an air of magic and mystery, bedside lamps provide one of the most effective tools to create the perfect ambiance in the bedroom. Lighting is one of the most adaptable of all design features. Bedside table lamps require minimal area, but have an incredible effect on the appearance and mood of the overall space. Of course, if you don't have a night stand, swing-arm wall sconces are the best way to go! A savvy mix of bedside table lamps or wall sconces and lighting can make the difference between a bedroom that appears the same every evening and a room that adjusts to suit the occasion. Time invested finding the most suitable beside lamp will be well worth the effort.

In this video, you will see the Holtkotter 523.523 is Holtkotter's most popular halogen swing-arm wall sconce which has an incomparable 29 inch reach. The 523 wall sconce is lit by a 100 watt halogen light bulb and has a full range, turn know dimmer. You can also install an optional pin up kit if you can't extend the electrical wires.

Also in the video is one of Holtkoetter's specialty line - Lighting for the Aging Eye 9426. This modern sing-arm wall sconce adds style and versatility to virutally any decor. Holtkotter 9426 is equipped with a full-rang, turn-know dimmer and a 100 watt halogen light bulb by Osram. This Lighting for the Aging Eye also has an optional pin-up kit.
Visit Savio Lighting's Boston Lighting Showroom for Holtkoetter's lighting fixtures. All of our floor models are on sale for 15% off and sold "as is".

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Facebook Check In Deal

As you may know, Facebook just implements Places recently. Just like Yelp and FourSquare, Facebook is now offering check in deals. Doesn't who you are, we all love deals!

Here at Savio Lighting, we heard the buzz. Next time, you're in the neighborhood and check-in. We may have a check-in deal for you! Here's a little secret - we do have a Holiday check-in deal this month. Shhhh!!