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Valuable information from Recessed Lighting experts.

  • How Coronavirus COVID-19 is disrupting the Lighting Product Supply Chain

    VirusMany of our customers have asked how the Coronavirus / COVID-19 virus is affecting our lighting supply chain.

    They are concerned about stock running out on many of our lighting products such as track lighting, recessed lighting, LED T8 retrofit conversion lighting, LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting and lighting parts, accessories and LED light bulbs that are almost all manufactured in China. They have large projects underway and the lighting must be installed at a specific point in time or the project is put on hold as the finish work can not be completed without it in place.

    In November, our primary factory told us to order for the annual Chinese New Year closure and  include one more month after, to ensure that the factory can have time to gear up after the holiday season. We did so and increased our order 30% just to be safe. This all took place before the Coronavirus took center stage in China and world. Then the virus hit and the factory remained closed and did not restart production.

    Container Ship SunsetWe purchased enough product to cover us until the end of March. 

    We expected that the factory would be back to work on a limited basis by the first week of February and we would have new product on the water (i.e. in a container ship heading our way to the United States) by the middle of the month. Unfortunately, this did not happen. We are now at the second week of March and there is very limited product in production and the shipping and delivery dates are still not guaranteed. We have some products expected by the end of March and the rest will arrive sometime later. You will see on our website that some items that are out of stock do not have an expected delivery date as they are not in production yet.

    We have had large delays before, the last big delay was back during the last dock worker union port strike in Los Angeles. It was very disruptive and it went on much longer than expected.

    Warehouse Full ShelvesIf you have a project that has a construction time-line, please contact us so we can ensure you have product in hand or on the move to avoid costly delays and pricey air shipping expenses.

    We do our best to help you from going over budget and get your project delivered on or before it is needed.  All of our orders ship complete unless you tell us to do otherwise. Incomplete shipping can create greater confusion, frustration and disruption that you simply don’t need added to your project. We want to avoid this at all costs.

    Communication is the most important factor in guaranteeing success.  Feel free to contact us. We are here to help.

    Shipping ContainersFor now, check your project schedule, wash your hands with soap and shut off CNN. We like websites like John Hopkins University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) website for real facts on the virus, not “news” reporters running around like chicken little.

    Thank you for reading our update and feel free to contact us with questions and project schedules. Again, we are here to help :)

     

     

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  • Finding the Perfect Lighting for Your Home

    Finding the Perfect Lighting for Your Home

    Lighting is a very important element of a home that can often be overlooked when designing and decorating your space. Even if you live in Florida, with an abundance of sun, having the right lights can still be critical to the look and convenience of your home. There are many different styles, designs, and types of lighting that finding the best lighting for your home can sometimes be overwhelming. That is why we asked experts in the field to share their tips about lighting your home the right way.

    Create layers of light

    The best way to illuminate your home the right way is to create Layers of Light. This includes General Lighting, Task Lighting, and Ambient Lighting. Although general lighting is your powerhouse for illuminating your home, task lighting, like pendants & sconces will give you direct lighting for applications such as chopping vegetables or applying makeup. Ambient lighting can be achieved with lamps or simply by adding dimmers to your general lighting, creating a softer glow for winding down and relaxing. –Celeste Jackson, Celeste Jackson Interiors

    Analyze your space

    Observe the surroundings of your home to understand which areas should be enhanced through focal brightness, where ambient lighting is required, and where the play of brilliance may occur. Your space should be analyzed in all directions before you begin planning your lighting. –Magda Colodetti, EOS Lighting 

    Don’t ignore under-lighting

    Under-lighting is just as vital as chandeliers or pendants in your home. Powder rooms are a great place for underlighting, whether beneath a floating vanity or under a quartzite countertop. The lighting creates a special effect in the evening that will have your guests raving. –Michelle Rohrer-Lauer, Michelle’s Interiors

    Understand lighting trends

    If you understand the latest lighting trends, your knowledge can help you narrow your choices to select a light that is on-trend and under budget. In today’s interior design, matte black, nickel and mixed metal options are the three most popular finish trends. –Lighting Connection

    Plan ahead

    Always start with a plan – a furniture plan! This will help you to determine where to position your task lighting, such as reading lamps or kitchen spotlights, and where you’ll need more general, ambient lighting. Don’t be afraid to play with the shadows either. Highlighting interesting architecture or artwork draws the eye and contrasts against the darker areas of your room. –Darklight Design

    Layering and aesthetic are key

    It is important to not only find a fixture that suits your space but also ensure you are providing the space with proper illumination for every function. As much as lighting trends and technology have changed, there is not just one fixture that can provide enough light for a multi-function space. That is why it is invaluable to consult a lighting designer when replacing your fixtures; they can help you find the perfect aesthetic, and make sure you have the right fixtures to suit the purpose and look of your home. –Charleston Lighting and Interiors 

    Be careful with recessed lighting

    Never use recessed lighting in a manner that makes your space look like an office. Recessed lighting fixtures should be placed in a manner so each one has a specific function. –Total Lighting Supply 

    Don’t Skimp on Lighting

    Lighting is the jewelry of your home. Many people forget to include it in their budget and often end up regretting it later. Lighting can either make or break the overall design of your space. Proper lighting can enhance many aspects of your home. –Lighting Design

    Light your home with LEDs

    The smartest way to light your home is with LEDs and intuitive controls. LEDs are better than ever, and when combined with lighting controls that account for daylight or times of vacancy, the combination generates huge energy savings. Gone are the days of flicking a switch, the future of lighting lies in highly-efficient LEDs that can be controlled through an app, allowing individual control over light levels, color temperature, and scheduling. –Michael Hennessy,  Wavelength LED

    Light your walls

    Whenever adding lighting to a home, it’s important to try lighting up the walls of the space your in. Instead of having dark lit walls which can make a room look small, having lamps near walls or lighting directed towards walls will make your space look much bigger and more pleasant. –Brightech 

    Don’t forget outdoor Lighting

    Outdoor lights should do more than simply illuminate the path to your door, String lights are a great way to highlight a focal point and transform an otherwise unused area into an outdoor living space.  –Hometown Evolution Inc

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  • Goof Trims & Oversize Recessed Trims for Your Recessed Lighting Cans & Pot Lights

    With and without Goof RingIs your trim too small to cover the hole they cut in your ceiling? Don't worry! These products are perfect to use when your drywall is cut incorrectly, and your trim will not completely cover the area.

    Unfortunately, some inexperienced drywall contractors will make the hole in the drywall way too big and a standard recessed trim will not cover it. For this reason we offer a full assortment of trims for both the 4” and 6” recessed lighting can.

    Carefully check the measurements before choosing what you need, as we offer a variety of trims with diameters all the way up to 8”. And we have them in designer colors, and even black. We even have shower trims at 8” check our shower section to see the full list.

     

    With and without Goof RingNot sure if your recessed trim will work?  Please review this video so we can ensure you do not get something wrong. We have recessed goof rings available in White, Black, Satin Nickel, Chrome, Bronze, Gold and more! We have the largest selection of recessed lighting trims on the internet and our team has expert knowledge in recessed lighting. Let us help you find what you need.

    See our goof rings and oversize recessed lighting trims up to 8” at this link.

    Let us know if you need help!

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  • We Answer the Top Recessed Lighting Questions

    We Answer the Top Recessed Lighting QuestionsRecessed lighting outdatedHere at Total Lighting Supply, we are excited about recessed lighting! With over 3,000 trim and LED recessed lighting options, we can get you what you need. We consistently receive questions about recessed lighting projects and how to upgrade trims in existing housings. Here are some of the common questions, and simple answers, that will help you with each phase of your project. We can not wait to work with you :)

    1) Is Recessed Lighting Outdated?

    Recessed lighting is anything but outdated. With all kinds of new LED technology, increased color rendering, increased energy efficiencies, better light distribution, and designer trim colors to add to the overall ambiance of the space, you cannot go wrong. Your project needs fixtures that will offer you trouble-free, maintenance-free performance even if technology changes. Many of our product types have been in operation for over 50 years and all they took was a little upgrading. We have a wide range of products and we would be happy to help you find exactly what you need for your project.

     

    what are recessed lighting housings2) Do You Need Cans for LED Recessed Lights?

    In most cases you do. The recess light is generally comprised of the housing (or can), which is the primary structure that holds the recessed lighting parts, and is hidden in the ceiling, as well as an LED module or trim. Keep in mind that recessed lights, downlights, or can lights, need to meet the National Electric Code (NEC).

     

     

     

    3) What Size of Recessed Lighting Should I Use?

    4" vs 6" Recessed Lighting4” and 6” are the most common. We have a blog that explains when and where to use these. However, we offer a wide range of sizes, from 2",3”, 4", 5” and 6”, with an abundance of options depending on the project design needs. We even offer fire rated housings for projects that require it, like multi-family projects (see #7 below).

    4) What Are My Canned Lighting Trim Options?

    There are so many to chose from! From the antique look, halogen and fluorescent, to the new LED recessed lighting modules. With thousands of options, we can get your project going right away. For a small fee, you can also spend time with our recessed lighting adviser - our in-house expert that will help you save time and money by finding you exactly what you need to start your project off right, and avoid shipping something that won't work. Money well spent.Recessed lighting options

    5) What is the Best Type of Recessed Lighting?

    The best type of recessed lighting is the one that will do the job for you. What do you expect from your lighting? Is it just decorative? It is a work area like a kitchen? Is it a design element that compliments the ceiling and architecture? How bright do you want it? What about color rendering? Is it for a restaurant, fast food, or retail store?  When you visit stores, homes or other places similar to your space, take note of how they look. What did they do right and what did they do wrong? The more information you can gather, the better the results.

    6) What is the Difference Between Can Lights, Pot Lights and Recessed Lights?

    There are many different terms for these lights, but there is no difference at all. Sometimes these lights will be referred to differently by region. For example, in Canada, the are commonly referred to as "pot lights." In other places you might hear "recessed ceiling lights" or "downlights."

    7) What are Fire Rated Recessed Lights?

    Fire rated recessed lightingThese are special housings that have certifications for garages, multi-family dwellings, and more. Your electrician and building inspector will know if you need fire righted lights and you should contact us before you order them. It has to be done right the first time, or you will have to pay to tear them all out.

    Good planning makes great results. We can help you find the correct product to meet your needs, and our products meet, or greatly exceed, standards anywhere in the USA. From California to Washington, and all the way to New York, we have all of the certifications and meet all state, city, designer and architects' requirements.

    8) Who are We?

    We just do lighting, and offer a unique, small website, run by a family that is dedicated to recessed lighting. Let us work with you to get your project shipped on time and in budget. Lets do the best we can to get it right the first time.

    We always recommend starting at this page to get things on the right track right away.!

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  • Fire Rated Recessed Lighting Fixtures and Covers

    House on FireTotal Recessed Lighting is pleased to offer a full line of both fire rated covers to insure your project meets code as well as fire rated recessed housings. Either way work with real lighting people that are here when you need them. Like we asked a customer the other day. Does that big web site owned by the richest person in the world offer you project help when you need it most?

    WARNING: Do your due diligence before you rush into a project using these products! Make sure you have considered all of your needs including the type of installation, cover (if used) and location, and have your building inspector sign off before you place your order.

    We receive calls every week on projects that have gone wrong because the designer, engineer or contract made incorrect assumptions about the project.

    Our company has experience and expert knowledge about all of our products and we work directly with the factory to insure they are correct. Before you lose thousands of dollars, order a rush delivery of product by air shipment only to find out you still have a problem, let us work with you on your project.

    Fire rated recessed products are important for your safety. Don't cut corners and buy low-quality products on some big website that also sells underwear and books. We only sell lighting products. Work with knowledgeable people that care about the success of your project!

    We are here to help you do it right.

    Fire Rated Covers

    TENMAT FF109-350 15 inch 1 hour UL fire rated recessed cover FF109-350
    TENMAT FF109-300 13 inch 1 hour UL fire rated recessed cover FF109-300
    TENMAT FF109X 15 inch 2 hour UL fire rated recessed cover FF109X

    Fire Rated Recessed Lighting Cans / Housings

    Fire Rated 4 inch recessed lighting air tight IC housing 1-Hour L500 P500 2-Hour L505 FS4IC-AT-W
    Fire Rated 4 inch LED recessed lighting air tight IC housing 1-Hour L500 P500 2-Hour L505 FS-LD4IC-AT-DIMTR-120
    Fire Rated 6 inch recessed lighting air tight IC housing 1-Hour L500 P500 2-Hour L505 FS6IC-AT-W
    Fire Rated 6 inch LED recessed lighting air tight IC housing 1-Hour L500 P500 2-Hour L505 FS-LD6IC-AT-DIMTR-120

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  • Our Recessed Lighting Parts Save the Day!

    6-IN-SOCKET-PLATE-BOLT-NUTYou read that right. Our recessed lighting parts saved the day! We were recently contacted through our Contact Us page by a contractor in distress. He asked if our 6" recessed housing socket plate would fit the existing cans in his customer's ceiling. Our team of experts quickly responded with additional questions to make sure our product would fit.

    ThFloating socket recessed housinge problem was that the recessed can had a floating / suspended socket that dangled from the housing requiring it be attach to the trim. The recessed trim his customer purchased  was not designed to have the socket attach to it. Thankfully he found us online and contacted us right away. Turns out our 6" recessed lighting socket plate with attachment screw would work perfectly. Our recessed can parts saved the day saving him time and money over alternative solutions.

    If you ever have a question about any of our products on our website contact us through our Contact Us page and our professional and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help.

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  • Meet our 4" LED recessed lighting family + insights and features, Video

    LED 4" recessed lighting has become the standard size in most down lighting and can lighting applications. In this video, we go over the many features of our LED 4" trims and housings comparing them against our competitors and showing you the difference between the old standard styles of the past. If you're unfamiliar with 4" recessed lights or pot lights you don't want to miss this informative video.

    See the 4" LED Recessed Lighting family HERE!

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  • Meet our 2" LED Recessed Lighting Family - Plus design tips!

    The 2" LED recessed lighting you see here is the smallest member of our LED recessed lighting family. Don't let its small size fool you. It packs a large amount of LED light for such a small trim. Watch as we unveil the different styles and types while providing design tips along the way!

    See the 2" LED Recessed Lighting family HERE!

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  • Meet the Family, 2", 3", 4", 5" & 6" LED Recessed Lighting - Plus Energy Star documentation explained

    We now have a complete family of LED recessed lighting in 2-inch, 3-inch, 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch with a square trim option, vertical and horizontal adjustable positions and flexible sizing adjustments all with Edison adapters to fit your existing recessed can.
    Watch as we provide lighting design insights and valuable information regarding Energy Star approvals and documentation.

    See the Family of LED Recessed Lighting HERE!

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    Tags: LED recessed lighting, Energy Star, LED retrofit, square trims

  • Will your Recessed Trim fit my Recessed Can?

    We get this question all the time so we decided to make a video explaining the basics on how to know if our recessed trim will fit your recessed housing. Our goal is to help eliminate the guess work when dealing with your existing recessed lighting and our recessed trims and cans. Watch our video below we hope you learn something new and help save yourself some time and frustration with your recessed light project.

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