Light Pollution

Light pollution from improper outdoor lighting wastes billions of dollars and vast quantities of natural resources annually. Starry Night Lights is committed to fighting light pollution and restoring our heritage of star-filled skies. We offer the widest selection of night sky friendly outdoor lighting for your home or business.

Quoizel Lighting And The Birth of Tiffany Lamps

Posted on March 6, 2009 by Noel


Angel of the Resurrection

Near the turn of the century, an American artist by the name Louis Comfort Tiffany began his career decorating stained glass. Much of Tiffany’s influence came from the emerging art movement known as Art Nouveau “New Art.” Art Nouveau strove to create “organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly-stylized, flowing curvilinear forms”;  “an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life.” Thus the Tiffany Lamp was born.

Tiffany Studios Dragonfly Table Lamp Circa 1902

Whilst Art Nouveau eventually fell out of favour during the 20th century, it served as an important bridge from Neoclassicism to Modernism. Yet Tiffany’s work with stained glass to this day remains highly sought after . Enter Quoizel Lighting, a company founded in 1930 with intentions of bringing a balance of both form and function whilst never sacrificing dedication, integrity or quality. Founded on small business principles, Quoizel Lighting has significantly grown to one of the largest and most respected lighting companies in the world; without sacrificing their values. Without further introduction, Starry Night Lights proudly offers Quoizel Lighting products, such as Tiffany Lamps, to our expanding catalogue.



Sea Gull Interior Lighting Part Deux

Posted on February 13, 2009 by Noel

Today Starry Night Lights presents Sea Gull’s Ambiance Transition and Ambiance RX product lines.

Ambiance Transition boasts splashes of color, style and decorative pendant choices to fully accent your living space. Supporting light fixtures up to a combined 120v, the Ambiance Transition line caters to your specific lighting needs. Whether you aim to light large office or a family sized living room, the Ambiance Transition line allows up to three forty watt bulbs, all fully customizable. Fear not. Traditional 40 watt incandescent bulbs output a minimum of 450 Lumen. An equivalent 40 watt ENERGY STAR product utilizes 9-13 watts. Referring to the table below from the Energy Star website, one could safely use three 100 watt incandescent light bulbs rated at 23-30 watts; use varying 150 watt light bulbs.

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Looking for a solution even more customizable yet still retaining the full feature set the aforementioned exhibited with reduced voltage? Then look no further than the Ambiance RX line. Designed to furnish any home in any set of conditions, the Ambiance RX line allows you to create an aesthetically pleasing effect by configuring lights into three options: rails, surface mounting or recessed.

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Both systems offer either fully DIY customizable kits or preconfigured kits. We carry the materials, you have the creative control to select which style suits you.

Sea Gull Interior Lighting

Posted on February 7, 2009 by Noel

This post will specifically delve into Starry Night Lights’ Sea Gull Interior Lighting offerings.

sea gull lighting

Sea Gull Lighting, providing consumers innovative lighting fixtures for over Eighty-Seven years, won both the 2008 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence award and ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award. Having won the Sustained Excellence award for a fourth time (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008) , Sea Gull Lighting will most likely secure their excellent track record during the upcoming 2009 ENERGY STAR award ceremony at the end of March.

energy star lighting

With no further introduction necessary, Starry Night Lights proudly offers Sea Gull’s offerings. Whether browsing for Ambiance lighting to set that perfect mood or a matching metallic collection, Starry Night Lights can help. We offer many transitions, chandeliers, pendents, and wall/bath deriatives, each with their own unique style.

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Energy Star And Residential Lighting

Posted on January 14, 2009 by Anthony

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Results of this effort are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills.

Energy efficient products in the home can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice that protect our environment.

At Starry Night Lights, we offer a wide range of environmentally friendly lighting products. Our goal is to help you light your world in such a way as to allow folks to move about our 7×24 society while treading lightly on the planet we all call home. Energy Star certified lighting and night sky friendly lighting are two such product groups.

Energy Star lights consume only about 20-20% of the energy consumed by traditional lighting products. This is a substantial savings in both money spent, energy consumed and greenhouse gas emissions. They do this, while providing exactly the same level of illumination that was provided by older ‘incandescent’ based fixtures. As the accompany chart clearly shows, energy star  lights offer the same performance options with only a small fraction of the resource consumption.

Night sky friendly lights come at the problem from a slightly different perspective. A night sky friendly outdoor light is one that illuminates the indended area only, restricting light emitted within this zone. By controlling the distribution of light, dark sky friendly lights have a much higher effective efficiency than traditional designs. It makes sense that it takes less light to illuminate a smaller area, so night sky friendly outdoor lighting enables the use of smaller wattage lamps to achieve similar levels of ground illumination. Additionally, night sky friendly also encourages the use of light only when necessary. This is typically its largest savings component. Any fixture that is used less will consume less energy. This is another no-brainer. By incorporating such technologies as motion sensors and occupancy sensors, homes and businesses can drastically reduce their energy consumption, and their impact on our planet. Finally, night sky friendly outdoor lighting reduces the effects of light pollution in our communities, helping humans and the other inhabitants of this planet to live in a less altered night time environment.

Night sky friendly and energy star are not mutually exclusive. There are a number of fixtures that have achieved both goals. Fixtures such as the GB-2000 from Glare Buster and the 8938DBL-15 from Sea Gull Lighting are both night sky friendly and energy star certified. These fixtures offer the highest levels of lighting control along with the miserly energy consumption expected from energy star certified fixtures. With products like these to choose from, and new products being developed, we are making great strides to reducing our energy consumption  to more sustainable levels. If each of us periodically re-evaluates our own behavior, we can be sure to leave this planet in much better shape for future generations.

Let the Light In!

Posted on September 14, 2008 by Marielle

Almost nothing is as dreary as dark or poorly lit room. There’s just something about a bright well lit room, which makes it inviting and comforting. Home lighting is a great way to make ones home more inviting. In fact, it is one of the cheaper ways to update your home and bring more character into your home, as well. There are various choices of home lighting, both indoor and outdoor. Luckily for you, Starry Night Lights, has many kinds of suitable home lighting, both indoor and outdoor. This is because Starry Night Lights, realizes how important it is to have a large selection of lighting, so that each individual can choose the lighting that best fits ones
individual taste. Lets go through some options, and find the best way to let the light in!

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Indoor Lighting:

Wall Scones: Wall scones are an excellent way to light an area of ones home. They are decorative, practical and allow an individual to only light specific and desired areas. They come in various designs and in various finishes including; copper, aluminum, brass, ceramic and stainless steel.

Ceiling Mounted Lighting: Another excellent source of indoor lighting is ceiling mounted lighting. This form of lighting allows one to light an entire room with only one light fixture. Ceiling mounted lighting is also a nice way to tastefully light an area without over doing the amount light in a room. Also, one does not have to worry about this form of lighting ‘getting in the way’, as it is mounted on ones ceiling.

Pendant Lighting: An artistic and interesting way to light ones home, is through pendant lighting. Pendant lights come in many forms and colors, making them one of the most interesting forms of lighting. This form of lighting is also an excellent way to draw attention to a particular part of a room, or home. Don’t be shy to check into this form of dangling art.

Besa Pendant Lights


Outdoor Lighting
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Starry Night Lights also has a large collection of energy efficient and night friendly, outdoor lighting fixtures.

Landscape Lighting: Outdoor lighting can sometimes be tough to decide on, but what is easy to decide on is the fact that you need lights which are night friendly and do not shine up into the night sky. It is best to choose lights that only light the areas which you feel need to be lit. Landscape lighting is one of the best choices, it allows you to light specific areas, while also having attractive fixtures. Starry Night Lights, also carries LED landscape lights, this way one can enjoy night friendly and energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures.

Solar Powered Outdoor Lighting: Interested in being as environmentally friendly as possible try solar powered outdoor lighting. You will be guaranteed both energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly lighting.

Solar Powered LED

Wall Mounted Exterior Lighting Fixtures: For those individuals who only care to light small portions of outdoor areas, wall mounted exterior lighting, is a great choice. These fixtures are guaranteed to produce no light pollution, they are attractive and still give a generous amount of light to the needed area.

Allow Starry Night Lights to serve you and be guaranteed both environmentally and night friendly lighting fixtures, designed to save energy and protect the environment.

Why Starry Night Lights?

Posted on August 4, 2008 by Marielle

The search for the perfect lighting for your home can be very difficult, how does one know which company will best suit them? When looking for the ideal lighting, one must take many things into consideration. These things include; design, finish, color, size, amount of light needed and price, of course. However there is one other important factor that should be considered when choosing lighting and that is the environmental impact, positive or negative, that your lighting can have the environment. Poor lighting, is not only bad for your eyes… it is bad for our environment.

First of all, both lighting fixtures and light bulbs can be either energy efficient or energy inefficient, it is important to know which category the lighting of your home falls in. This is because one will waste a great deal of energy and money, by choosing lighting that is not energy efficient. Thus, it is wise to be guaranteed energy efficient appliances, in order make sure that your lighting choice is your best choice.

Energy Star- Energy Efficient Products Guaranteed!

Also, with regard to outdoor lighting, energy efficient and environmentally friendly lighting choices are particularly important. This is because when you light outside your home, your lighting choice is no longer only affecting you and the individuals living in your home. By choosing the wrong kind of outdoor lighting, one can become the least favored person of the neighborhood. Thus, when picking the lighting around your home, you must pick lighting that is ‘neighbor friendly’. In order to ensure that you are only lighting your areas, and to guarantee that no light is shining uninvited into the homes of your neighbors.

In addition, when choosing outdoor lighting one should choose lighting that is night sky friendly. This means that your lighting will not shine aimlessly into the night sky. One may wonder why this is important, without realizing that light which shines aimlessly into the night sky is known as light pollution. Light pollution causes the night sky to look very hazy, an effect which is known as sky glow. Light pollution, makes viewing the stars impossible and it clouds the sky in an unpleasant fog.

Home with and without Light Pollution

When taking all of these factors into consideration, it is important to choose a company that will provide you with all these benefits while remaining an appropriate financial option… this is why you should choose Starry Night Lights! Starry Night Lights is able to provide environmentally night sky friendly lighting, guaranteed to be energy efficient. In addition, color, design and finishing options are plentiful, allowing one to be guaranteed environmental benefits without having to compromise on specific tastes and desires. Allow Starry Night Lights to serve you, after all you’ll be in ‘good hands’ guaranteed!

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Don’t be Afraid to ‘Lighten Up’!(2)

Posted on June 29, 2008 by Marielle

Allow Starry Night Lights to help you ‘lighten up’! It is important to have lighting options, which allow you to both protect the environment and have the lighting you desire. Lighting is a nice, inexpensive way to update your home. By simply adding lights, or updating the fixtures you already own, you can make an entire room look different. Also, lighting can add a nice touch to a room or desired area. It can be a daunting task to pick the lighting of your home, but by buying from Starry Night Lights you can do more than just add a little light to your home, you are ensuring that the lighting of your home is night and environmentally friendly.

Find ways to ‘lighten up’:

Outdoor Lighting:

Wall Mounted Exterior Light Fixtures: These sorts of fixtures have the ability to greatly emphasize the outdoor beauty of ones home. Also, wall mounted exterior light fixtures come in various styles and forms, allowing a lot of diversity when choosing lighting. Another positive factor of wall mounted exterior light fixtures is the fact that they allow light to be directed to chosen areas.

Architectural Lighting: By choosing architectural lighting one has the advantage of having lighting fixtures which allow individuals to move about freely and safely. Also some advantages to having architectural lighting is that- it keeps light on the ground where it belongs, reduces light pollution and glare and so on and so forth.

Indoor Lighting:

Wall Scones: Are an excellent form of lighting designed to draw attention to a wall or highlite an area. They shine light downwards or on the area which needs to be lit and not into neighbors homes. They come in various styles such as; copper, aluminum, brass, ceramic and stainless steel and also in many different finishes.

Pendant Lighting: These lighting fixtures are an excellent way to draw attention to a room, while also giving you the ability to only light the areas you feel to be need to lit. Pendant lighting comes in many different forms, colors and shapes… do not be afraid to get creative.

Lighten up with Starry Night Lights, and be guaranteed variety and environmentally efficient lighting!

Don’t be Afraid to ‘Lighten’ Up!

Posted on June 27, 2008 by Marielle

‘Lighten Up’! In the same way that a positive attitude brightens a situation, adding lights to your home will great increase the brillance and beauty of your home. We at Starry Night Lights, realize what a difficult decision it can be to choose the lighting fixtures and designs of your home. Not only does one need to consider their own desires and tastes when choosing appropriate lighting, it is best if one also considers the energy efficiency level of the fixtures they buy. It is important, to understand that lighting greatly affects the environment and by making the right choices you can save yourself some money and the environment!

By buying your products at Starry Night Lights, you can be guaranteed both unique and energy efficient lighting structures. It is the goal of Starry Night Lights and its founder, Anthony Arrigo, to make night-friendly/environmentally friendly lighting available. It stems from Mr. Arrigo’s passion for the night sky and the protection of our environment.

Find ways to ‘lighten up’:

Light Bulbs:

LED: Individuals who use LEDs have the ability to have up to 90% in savings, compared to incandescent bulbs. LEDs are unique when compared to incandescent bulbs, in the way that almost all of their energy goes solely to lighting, while other incandescent bulbs lose a lot of energy in heat. Also, LEDs do not disperse their light in the same way that incandescent bulbs do, their light is far more directed. Thus, by using LEDs one has a greater ability to light more specific and direct areas.
LED Bulb

Compact Fluorescent:
Or CFT, is a certain kind of fluorescent lamp, which is designed to give the same amount of light as an incandescent light, but will use less power and have a longer ‘life’. CFLs are typically more expensive than incandescent, but in the end the benefits out weigh the intial cost. According to the US standards, a CFL will save an individual up to $30, when compared to an incandescent bulb. In addition it can reduce greenhouse gases significantly, even saving up to 2000 times its own weight in emissions.

Compact Fluorescent Bulb

Let Starry Night Lights ‘light’ the way for you, as you choose your next lighting options for your home. We offer both indoor and outdoor lighting options, all of which are guaranteed to be environmentally/night friendly. Starry Night Lights products “use 1/2 the energy of non-sky friendly outdoor lighting” through “preventing light from shining up into the night sky”. This fact makes Starry Night Lights an excellent choice for all your lighting desires!

Starry Night Lights in the Fight Against Light Pollution

Posted on June 14, 2008 by Marielle

Starry Night Lights is a company dedicated to fighting light pollution, by providing individuals with night friendly lighting fixtures. One may wonder why this is important or even why a company like Starry Night Lights, would dedicate itself to such a cause. The answer to this question comes from the heart and goals of its president and founder, Anthony Arrigo. Mr. Arrigo has stated that he is “committed to fighting light pollution” and that his desire to fight light pollution comes from his love for the night sky. According to Mr. Arrigo “I have spent countless hours taking in its majesty from more locations than I can count. Each and every night is different and special in its own way”. As a result, both Mr. Arrigo and Starry Night Lights are dedicated to the fight against light pollution and for the restoration of the night sky.

For individuals who are also into star gazing and viewing the other majestic things of the night sky, buy Starry Night Light products and you will be guaranteed night sky friendly, light pollution fighting, lighting fixtures. There are so many reasons to take the appropriate steps to lessen light pollution and one of the greatest gifts you will receive is an evening filled with stars.

Starry Night Lights offers a great deal of selection, in choosing the best lighting fixtures for ones own individual taste.

With regard to indoor lighting, one may enjoy wall scones- which are an excellent way to only light the areas of your home you want lit, they also come in many varieties and in many finishes. Or one may prefer pendant lighting which can give an artistic grace to a room or home, but also allows area specific lighting. Perhaps ceiling mounted lights, are more to ones liking, they are less dramatic then pendant lighting, but can offer a more dispersed form of lighting.

Outdoor lighting is especially important in the fight against light pollution. Thus, this form of lighting is particularly important and needs to be thought through well before the process of lighting outdoor areas actually takes place. Once again there are various options, such as glare-free lighting, which is very affective in giving clarity and visibility. Also, motion sensor lighting is an excellent way to light your outdoor areas because the area is only lit when its needed, and when the detector senses activity. Energy efficient lamps are of course excellent lighting fixtures because they conserve energy, by replacing lamps with energy efficient lamps one can protect the environment and save money.

Use Starry Night Lights products to protect the night sky and conserve the environment.

The ‘Life Savers’ of the Night Sky

Posted on May 14, 2008 by Marielle

There are certain products that can be considered to be ‘life savers’ of the night sky. These products serve as excellent ways to light your home, while also protecting the night sky and in turn your wallet as well. It is important to understand how the products you buy to light your home effect the environment and your energy bill. By choosing the best form of lighting to light your home you will be doing the environment and your wallet, a favor. Here are some products which are effective and environmentally friendly:

- Full Cut Off Fixtures: These fixtures serve as excellent light sources, they are designed to contain and direct all light downwards. They are made with a reflector inside the fixture, in order to best control the light output. This design helps ensure that no light shines upward this will in turn lessen glare. In commercial applications, these fixtures are typically seen as high-pressure sodium lights or as metal halide lamps. In residential use, these would typically have incandescent or compact fluorescent lamps… though LED‘s are also starting to enter the picture. All but the incandescents would be considered energy efficient.

- Motion Sensor Lights: The beauty of these kinds of lighting fixtures is that they only come on when they are detected and needed, for the remainer of the time they remain off. It is only when the infrared sensor senses the motion of people or other large objects, when it will come on. They will come on for a few minutes and when motion is no longer detected, they will go turn off. They are benefical because they do not waste light or energy, and they also warn of potential danger when it is approaching your home.

- Timer Controlled Lighting: These kinds of fixtures are similar to Motion Sensor Lights, they are another way to conserve energy and light. In many cases outdoor lighting is only needed for certain periods of time, in these cases Timer Controlled Lighting can truly save a great deal of money. This form of lighting would be ideal for parking lots, certain advertising lighting, decorative lighting and so forth, after all these lighting needs are typically for only designated periods of time.

- Glare Free Lighting: Choosing lighting without glare is very important. Glare will never help in clarity and visibility.

- Energy Efficient Lamps: These fixtures are of course most useful because they help save energy, by replacing inefficient energy lamps with better energy efficient lamps one is both, saving money and helping the environment. It would be a wise decision to only use energy efficient lamps when lighting ones home.

Choosing the lighting systems and products of your home, is a tough decision. However by picking energy efficient environmentally friendly lighting you can flip on the lights with a clear conscience. There are a lot of different options to choose from, in addition there are many styles and patterns to pick from as well. Thus, one can choose environmentally safe lighting while not having to sacrifice on style or design.

For more energy efficient environmentally friendly lighting check out the lighting produces found on Starry Night Light’s online store.

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