Common Household Lighting Mistakes


Most of us don’t really think too much about the lighting in our homes. Generally speaking, we get a lamp, screw in a bulb and ‘poof’ there’s light; but certain mistakes can cause any space to feel, well, off. Allow us to enlighten you with five common household mistakes you should avoid.

  1. Forgetting the dimmer switch – A lot of people dismiss dimmer switches. “Dimmers are the best kept secret of lighting design,” says Interior Designer Jeff Fiorito. Jeff believes they turn your lighting from day to night, can be the highlight of any event and can impact your mood. I personally love our dimmer switch in our child’s bedroom. We turn it up in the morning to get ready for school and turn it down for gentle and relaxing light before bedtime.
  1. Lighting from top to bottom – Installing overhead lights or table lamps can make a room too cozy, or too bright. Think in layers. Overhead lighting, like recessed lights, are great for ambient lighting when going about your day or hosting a party but won’t provide you the comfy, cozy light you’ll want when you’re curled up on the couch reading or watching a movie.
  1. Creating shadow people – Place a light in the wrong location and you create shadows on your face, make it difficult to cut vegetables in your kitchen or make it hard for your kids to do their homework. Solve these problems by installing sconces on either side of your bathroom mirror instead of a single light above, try a long fixture above to illuminate your entire face, install under-cabinet lighting for your kitchen space and add a desk lamp for detail-oriented tasks.
  1. Forgetting the paint color –Walls that are too dark in a room with not enough light will make a space feel like a dungeon. Repainting with a lighter color can have a dramatic effect on the feeling and lighting of a space; but if painting isn’t an option, refer to mistake 2 and remember to light your space in layers from top to bottom.
  1. Selecting the wrong sized fixtures – When choosing your room lights, especially chandeliers, it’s easy to make the common mistake of buying the wrong size fixture for your space. To find the right sizes chandelier, Wayfair design experts recommend adding the room’s height and width in feet. That number, in inches, should be the approximate diameter of your chandelier. In dining rooms, you should choose a chandelier that’s one foot smaller than the table’s narrowest width.

Do your house a favor and avoid these common mistakes and make your space the perfect place to be. Tell us about your lighting mistakes on our Facebook or Twitter.

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Improve Eating Patterns with TCP’s Big Breakfast

tcp cafeteriaRemember when you were a kid and your teacher advised eating a big breakfast before a test? I sure do. Eating was the only thing I liked doing before an exam. Little did I know that my peanut butter and banana sandwiches improved my focus.

Today, I’m reliving those moments of pure focus. It’s Friday morning and big breakfast day here at TCP. I built my own big breakfast around nutrient-dense foods, like protein rich eggs. TCP’s bright idea helps employees to live healthier lifestyles. Breakfast gets your metabolism going, and it makes you feel less hungry and more satisfied throughout the day. A win, win for everyone!

Food is what energizes our bodies, so it makes sense that our brains would be at peak performance after a satisfying meal in the morning. It helps stabilize blood sugars.

According to health journals, you can actually achieve significant weight loss results by just switching to a large breakfast rather than a big dinner. (Now I don’t feel so guilty for taking that extra scoop.) big breakfast

A professor from the Tel Aviv University and co-author of a study around this very topic says that the time of the day we eat can have a major impact on how we
process foods. In fact, appropriate meal timing is more important than calorie counting. Who knew?!

That’s why it’s all about health and wellness with employees like Jennifer Koudelka, a fellow marketing team member, and me. We enjoy loading our containers with potatoes, bacon, sausage and hot sauce. It improves our mood, because we’re not irritable and are ready to work. Something every colleague can appreciate.tcp employee and healthy living

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TCP – Winning in Worker Wellness!

That’s right. TCP is all about promoting wellness in the workplace. That’s why we were awarded one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America! And I must say that it’s an honor to be part of a company who takes wellness so seriously.Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America

We were recognized for achieving lasting success by having an array of wellness initiatives and programs. Healthiest Employer, LLC measured our value through the propriety Healthiest Employer Index, which is a 1 to 100 metric for wellness programming. That’s pretty cool, huh? We were evaluated across six key categories by the firm –

  • Vision
  • Culture or engagement
  • Learning
  • Expertise
  • Metrics and technology

Rod Reasen, CEO of Healthiest Employer, said that “these organizations are leading the charge in worksite health and demonstrate a remarkable commitment to improve the lives of their workforce and community.”healthy vending machine

So, to be part of an organization that has been recognized for improving worker wellness makes me think twice about grabbing that Friday donut. Instead, I’ll take a long walk to our cafeteria and find a healthier option; perhaps, something from our health-friendly vending machine.

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It’s a very exciting time here at TCP as we gear up for the upcoming holiday season and announce an incredible giveaway! We’ve partnered with ENERGY STAR® to showcase our extensive line of LED lightbulbs and their energy saving qualities in one HUGE sweepstakes. Running now through November, our Facebook page will highlight ways you can save by switching to ENERGY STAR LEDs and offer weekly giveaways of $100 worth of TCP LEDs.Promo Image_Twitter

With thousands of LED products out there it’s important to know that those that have earned the ENERGY STAR badge indicate a product that has been independently certified, undergone extensive testing, delivers on brightness and exceeds traditional lighting.

Find out more about ENERGY STAR LED lighting, click here and be sure to check out TCPs Facebook page weekly to enter to win $100 worth of ‪#‎TCPLED!

Have you upgraded your lighting to ENERGY STAR certified LED? If not, check out the video below to learn why you should choose ENERGY STAR bulbs.

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More Regulations for Electronic Ballast with Industrial Lighting Applications

Now is a good time to switch your facility from fluorescent electronic ballast light to LED lamps. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued even more standards for energy conservation with a fluorescent light ballast. DOE’s recent updates include the following:

  • August 12, 2015 – Issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period
  • June 23, 2015 – Published a Federal Register notice of the framework document – 80 FR 35886, which details the analytical approach of coverage for rule-making
  • June 5, 2015 – Published a Federal Register notice of a final rule – 80 FR 31971, which clarified the test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts

By now, you’ve noticed lighting manufacturers stop producing fluorescent ballasts that don’t meet DOE’s requirement. That’s why it’s important to understand the recent updates, so you know if your facility has non-compliant lamps.

Fluorescent light ballasts manufactured and distributed must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations. Therefore, if you have T12 electronic ballasts, outdoor sign ballasts and T8 and T5 programmed start ballasts without a cathode cutout design, you need to switch your facility’s lighting to meet regulatory standards.

To upgradefinding replacements for fluorescent lamps your industrial lighting to a more energy efficient, compliant system, consider doing the following:

#1 – Change T12 with LED fluorescent tube replacement

You can keep your T12 fixture and replace it with T8 lamps and electronic ballasts. T8 lamps are thinner and produce higher quality light while using less energy. You can even get LED T8 instant start ballasts. TCP’s LED T8 replacement tubes require no rewiring of the fixture and are very simple to use.

#2 – Get rid of fluorescent lamps

Changing out your T12 lamp to an LED T8 replacement will provide more efficiency than fluorescent lamps. Most fluorescent lamps produce around 15 lumens per watt because only 5 percent of the energy consumed is actually turned into light. These lamps also have a shorter lifespan than LED lamps, so they require more maintenance. This can be a big problem for warehouses, which have to consider labor and U-Haul trucks for changing out a lamp.

#3 – Replace exit and exterior signsexit and emergency lights

Exit and emergency signs are the most common uses for LED lighting. LED exit signs require less energy than incandescent exit signs. Also, LEDs can operate without flickering in a wide variety of temperatures and even cold start instantly. Signs are lit better because shadows and hot sports are eliminated on the face of the sign.

#4 – Install lighting controls

California understands how lighting controls reduce the hours of operation of the lighting system. In fact, it can save 25 percent or more in most building areas. California understands this because part six of title 24 limits the amount of watts installed in a facility, and it requires lighting to be controlled for efficient operation. Some are predicting other states adopting the same requirements in the near future.

An energy efficient commercial lighting system has many components. There are new laws, standards and requirements that must be followed during renovations. That’s why it might be better for your application to just go with a LED lighting system to stay compliant.

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How to Approach Commercial Lighting Design

With new and improved technologies, commercial lighting is changing rapidly. Therefore, it’s important to approach commercial lighting design strategically, so you know how to get great, business-effective lighting.

Know that it’s not going to be easy either. You must first establish goals, and then find the best lighting solutions for each application area. You’ll even need to research state legislature to see if your lighting solution is meeting regulatory standards.

Lighting is one of the most cost effective ways to add some finesse to your project’s environment. Excellent commercial lighting design is created by building a lighting scheme for intensifying the emotion and meeting the goal you want each room to accomplish. However, while cost effective compared to other environmental enhancements, the objective remains –

A lighting system must demonstrate cohesive and effective illumination throughout the various types of building spaces. It must meet a purpose and represent the company’s image.

Therefore, before purchasing those light bulbs, define your construction project’s goals by asking the following questions:

  • How am I going to create the feeling of well-being or productivity?
  • How am I going to enable tasks to be performed efficiently and safely?
  • How am I going to create a balance of ambient, task and decorative lighting?
  • How am I going to produce a comfortable transition for each person entering a new space?
  • How am I going to generate ROI with my lighting system?
  • How am I going to help employee moral with my lighting environment?

restaurant lightingBelieve it or not, but lighting can affect how employees and customers view a company. Research studies have shown how light color temperatures can impact a person’s taste buds. That’s right; it can impact how a person thinks his or her food tastes! Therefore, a good lighting designer (if you have one) should help you consider a number of environmental characteristics when laying out your lighting system within your construction plan. That’s why it may be best to have a various lighting zones in one space.

A working example of a good commercial lighting design is the proper placement of luminaires. If done correctly, it can help you create a welcoming and productive environment.  Luminaires with glare control will help eliminate disturbing reflections on surfaces that may prevent work from getting accomplished.

After answering these questions, here are a few goals a contractor may have for his or her commercial lighting design:

  • Illuminate space for productivity and human interaction
  • Choose lighting product based on location’s lighting zone
  • Invest in energy efficient lighting products to create ROI

Now you need to ask yourself how I am going to address efficiency and energy codes. You’ll want to help your customer meet regulatory standards and adjust easily if lighting needs change. For example, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975 and the Energy Independence and Security Actregulatory standards for lighting (EISA) of 2007 were created to make sure light bulbs meet energy performance requirements. They must include higher efficiency, reduce wattages, improved lumen output and longer lamp life. That’s why TCP promotes LED light bulbs, because the most popular bulbs affected by this are standard incandescent lamps utilizing 100, 75, 60 and 40 watts.

As you can see, it’s important to approach your construction project strategically when it comes to commercial lighting design. When you do this, your customers will be thrilled with their energy savings and hospitable environment.

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GU24 Bulbs for Hospitality Lighting Prevent Theft

How can people possibly steal light bulbs?! How stingy can you be, right? It may seem strange, but it does happen in hotels. According to, nine out of 10 said they stole from hotel rooms with light bulbs being second on the most common list of items.

To help stop this fiasco, GU24 bulbs came to market. LED GU24-1They have bi-pin, twist-lock connectors, which are very different than other screw-type light bulb bases. Therefore, anyone who steals one won’t be able to use it in their home. To install GU24 bulbs in a hotel, simply twist and click.

TCP’s recently released LED GU24 bulbs are available as a multi-directional bulb in A-lamp shapes. This ENERGY STAR® rated bulb provides excellent light output for the most demanding applications. The LED bulbs can replace an existing GU24 CFL base fixture, too.  These LED lamps are a better option because they’ll save you as much as 85 percent in energy as halogen alternatives. They have low heat generation and are perfect for hotel applications because fabrics won’t fade.

hospitality lightingThe most respectable of guests have been caught taking light bulbs and packing them in their suitcases. They steal towels, bathrobes, batteries, alarm clocks, hair dryers and you name it. Guests are known to take just about anything not nailed to the floor. By using light bulbs like GU24s, your hotel construction project will be equipped to prevent theft with light bulbs at least.

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