Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Home Lighting Ideas

Check this out!
After the wonderful tool introduced a few articles below, aka the Energy Savings Calculator, I am pleased to announce….

Our very own reproduction of a dollhouse!
I am exaggerating but it made me think of that when I first saw it.

So, what is IT?

The Home Lighting Ideas - Interactive Diagram

You can find it HERE

So, what is the use of this diagram ?

Well, here at OttLite we noticed that it could be difficult for some of you to know exactly where each lamp was supposed to go. Clearly no one wants to find a Craft Lamp on the night stand. With our new Interactive Diagram, you can go from this:

to THIS!

Now, isn't that better ?
So you just have to click on the room(s) where you want to put the lamp and the Interactive Diagram helps you choose the lamp that will fit the best and provide you with an optimal living environment.

Now that's easy !

Don’t ever let ANYTHING stop you

Aaron Rose, a film director I admire once wrote:
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary”.

When speaking of OttLite's January Rock Star Terri Kacie, that sentence would go a little more like this:

“In the right light, at the right time, everyone is extraordinary”.

Some people go beyong the ordinary, deleting the word impossible of their vocabulary and taking a huge bite out of life.

This is the case for OttLite's Rock Star of the month, Terri Kacie.

When Terri discovered a disease would confine her to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, she chose not to give up and to resume her life long aspirations of a healthy lifestyle.

Basketball? Not a problem. Hiking? She loves it!
Tennis? Terri is Nationally ranked.
Most able-bodied people (myself included) don't come close to the amount of physical activity Terri participates in.

As if it weren't enough to prove the world that she is one of a kind, Terri decided to literally reach new heights by becoming the first wheelchair-bound woman to rappel in the world.

You can check out her story here:http://www.ottlite.com/rockstar.aspx

So, the next time you’re complaining and saying something is too difficult, think of Terri: If she can do it, You can too!

If you would like to be OttLite's next Rock Star and show us how you "seize the day", follow the link above and send your story to our President ! Our future Rock Star may be you!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Savings Calculator Shows Big Savings!

Take a look around your house. How many bulbs do you have plugged into lamps, overhead lights, fans, vanities and more?

The national average is a whopping 37.5 bulbs!

Now, guess how much money PER YEAR you can save by switching these lights from incandescent bulbs to OttLite lighting? Based on the national average, the answer is … $356.53 per year. That’s quite a chunk of change! Plus, OttLite screw in bulbs (aka Edison based bulbs) are rated to last up to 8,000 hours.

Want to see how much you can save? Just click here and put in the number of bulbs in your home with the wattages and the average number of hours you have them on a day. The results might surprise you! By switching my bulbs out, the calculator totaled my savings at over $330 a year. Share your savings amount with us by posting a comment below.

Monday, January 4, 2010

4 Tips for Finding Harmony with Your Space

Happy New Year! All this talk of organization and improving your space inspired me to go project crazy over the long holiday weekend. Here are 4 fun and fast projects that are making my life easier and my space more enjoyable!

1) TV Cabinet Transformation – After years of squinting to see a widescreen movie on our old TV, we bought a flat screen (what a difference!!). The big question is: What to do with the TV cabinet/armoire? I took a tip from Redbook, and transformed it into a bar. By simply adding a new piece of stained plywood to the back, a mirror and some stemware holders, we now have a sophisticated bar for entertaining.

2) Vanity Bulb Beautification! – This organization update will save me over $100 in energy costs. PLUS – I can now see everything in its true color! I replaced my old bulbs with OttLite Vanity Bulbs. This quick fix has brightened up my space and is great for putting on make up and matching clothes (think black vs. blue socks!).

3) Hall Closet Cubbies – My kids' school has it right – everything has a home, and every little person has a cubbie! I got this tip from the Today Show. I used a hanging closet sweater organizer and gave everyone their own slot. Now my purse finally has a home. The lower shelves are perfect for little kids to reach and put away their jackets.

4) Gallery Wall on the Level – I love my family photo gallery wall … but what I don’t love is how they get askew and look messy. This weekend, I bought some 3M double stick foam tape, applied a little to the bottom of each picture, broke out the level and shored everything up. What a difference!