Jovin Lampshades and Lighting Blog

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Lighting: An Affordable and Easy Way to Update your Home
When people are concerned about the look of their homes, they're quick to spend money on paint, new furniture, and other décor items. You may think that you need an extensive renovation project to make your home look good, but sometimes a simple change in lighting can drastically improve the look of your home. Lighting doesn't just help you see when it's dark out – it also helps set the mood of a room. A lot of interior designers know how important a room's lighting can be, and try to reinforce it with their clients. If you're working on improving your house's style, make sure you follow these simple lighting tips. 

Provide extra lighting outside for safety

When it comes to lighting, a lot of people neglect the outside of their homes. They shouldn't. The outside of your house is just as important as the inside, and lighting it can help make your home safer. Your walkways, sidewalks, the perimeter of your house, and the front entry should be fitted with ambient lighting. Make sure you find the right balance of light when you're working on the outside of your house. Lights that are too bright will distract your neighbors, and lights that are too dark could be welcoming to intruders. 

Use recessed lighting for high ceilings

When most people think about the best way to light rooms with very high ceilings, they think of floor lamps, wall lamps, and hanging chandeliers. If you really want to make a bold statement with lighting in high ceilinged rooms, install some recessed lighting.  Recessed lighting can go right into your ceiling, and can be connected to dimmer switches to help set the mood.

Think about nightlights in bedrooms

When most people think about nightlights they imagine nurseries and kids that are afraid of the dark, but they don't lose their usefulness when you become an adult. Nightlights can help older children and parents find their way around during the nighttime without any trips or other accidents. Touch lamps on walls can add just the right amount of light you need during the night, and can be turned off when they aren't needed.

Think about lampshades

If you want a quick lighting fix in one your rooms, you may be thinking about getting a new lamp; instead, consider getting a new lampshade. A new lampshade can add a playful décor element to your room, and could even help alter the way the light shines from your lamp. Look for a lampshade manufacturer you like and get a piece that fits your style.


Friday, April 11, 2014

3 Tips for Saving Money on a Business Renovation Project
Renovation projects can be difficult for homeowners, but renovation takes on a whole new meaning when you're doing work on your business. Along with trying to plan construction work while keeping your business open, you also have to worry about décor schemes and picking out something that will really improve the look and atmosphere of your business. All of these things are important, but the one thing that every business owner is concerned about is the cost.

Any kind of renovation work takes time and money to complete, and large businesses can expect to spend thousands of dollars on the work they have to do. Renovation projects can be costly, but they don't have to mess up your business's finances. If you're about to do work on your business and want to save money, then follow these money-stretching tips.

Always buy wholesale

If you're a business owner, it's safe to assume that you already know how cost effective buying wholesale goods can be. Wholesale items are often high quality, and they usually cost less than traditional retail goods. Wholesale lighting pendants, wholesale sofas for waiting areas, and other wholesale lighting, furniture, and décor can save your business hundreds in renovation costs. 

Prepare for surprise costs

It may seem strange to see a tip on preparing to spend more money in the future in a blog post about saving money, but being financially prepared can help you make this renovation project a lot more cost effective. You could spend days crafting your perfect budget for the project, and it could still be off in the end. Unexpected events can lead to unexpected costs, so when you make your budget, try to set aside an extra 10%-20% of your initial costs for extra expenditures.

Spend when it makes sense

If you're trying to save money on your renovation job, it can be tempting to find the cheapest products and help you can, but sometimes it's worth it to spend a little more. If you spend money on quality products, you'll have a renovation project that will last for years. Never go with the cheapest contractor you can find. Instead of finding someone to do work based on their price, do some research online and see what their past customers have to say about them. It's worth it to spend more on a trusted contractor with good workers because you'll know that you'll be getting the best results. 


Monday, April 7, 2014

4 Tips for Keeping Your Business Running During Renovation Work
If you're going through a business renovation, you're going to be concerned about saving money whenever possible. Using the least expensive contractors and buying wholesale lampshades can be helpful, but these savings are not quite enough to counter the crippling deficits that some businesses experience during major renovation projects because of lost hours. If your business is in the process of remodeling, you may not be able to open up every day, costing your business customers and revenue. If you want to try to have your business open as much as possible during your renovation project, follow these tips.

Let your employees (and customers) prepare

When most business owners prepare for renovations, they spend more time readying their physical location than their employees. Making sure that the contractors have a clean and uncluttered place to work in is important, but making sure that your employees are ready is equally vital. If you give them advanced notice, they may be able to prepare alternate ways to get their work done during construction. Also, let your customers know about the upcoming work, in case you may have to close. As long as everybody has time to prepare, customers will be less resentful and employees will be more effective.

Set good construction hours

Most contractors will only work on the traditional 9-5 schedule, but if you want to maximize your business's operation hours during the renovation, find a contractor that can work at odd times. Many contractors will charge a little more to work nights, early mornings, and weekends, but that extra cost will be more than worth it when your business is able to stay open.

Plan the construction in stages

The easiest way to stay open during construction work is to plan the work in stages. If this is done, you won't have to worry about your entire building being out of commission. See if you can spend a few weeks on the most essential areas that need to be worked on, and then set aside time for the less crucial ones.

Make work and construction zones

When you're at work, there's nothing more troublesome than having to maneuver around someone else, so you should make sure that both your employees and the construction workers are able to do their jobs with little interference. 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Differences between Hard Back and Silk Lampshades

When you are running a business, it's important to furnish it with lampshades that will be both functional and appealing to the eye. There are a lot of factors that will determine which types of lampshades you choose, but before you even get started, it's necessary to understand some of the basics. For instance, do you know the difference between hard back and silk lampshades? If not, here is a short guide on the subject.

Basic Construction
The main difference between these two types of shades is how each is constructed. A hard back lampshade is made by laminating a fabric onto a plastic inner liner, fitting it around two circular metal wires (for support), and then gluing the ends together. Silk shades are made using a separate fabric inner liner and outer fabric covering, both of which are stretched over a metal frame (comprised of two wire rings on opposing ends and wires that connect them). These are then sewn or glued to the fabric that will be visible on the outside of the shade.
Price Matters
The differences between these two shade types extend into their pricing. Silk shades are generally more expensive, not because they are made of silk (most aren't -- the term merely designates them as fabric shades as opposed to plastic ones), but because the process of making them takes longer and requires more expensive materials (metal wire, several types of fabric), and the resulting product often has a longer lifespan. However, because Jovin uses a heavier-duty plastic than the industry standard and goes out of its way to provide quality fabric options for its hard back lampshades, the difference between the two types is much more negligible.
Variety of Styles
Because of the method of construction, you'll have more shape options with a silk lampshade than a hard back. After all, the hard back uses stiff plastic; this makes having a curved, bell-shaped shade impossible. Hard back lampshades still offer a variety of options, though, including ovals, rectangles, and squares -- basically, anything without a slope. For companies who are furnishing an office with practical lighting, for instance, this would probably be the most cost-effective option.

Hard Back Lampshade
Silk Lampshade

Ease of Cleaning
Knowing which shades are easier to clean will help you choose the more practical option. Both types of shades can be cleaned by simply dusting and vacuuming, and usually that's all they need. However, for more extensive dirt and grime, silk shades are a lot easier to clean because they can be soaked. Hard backs have to be spot cleaned very carefully to avoid getting the glued areas wet. Neither of these options is easy, but the good news is that you can easily choose shades based on the likelihood of staining. For example, one might choose a silk shade for a single lamp on a low table in a high-traffic area. Lamps set above everyone's heads, on the other hand, are unlikely to have anything spilled on them, so hard back lampshades make perfect sense.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Casino Lighting -- Just as Important on the Inside

When most people think of casinos, they may imagine the bright neon lights outside, the fountains, the statues, and the other dazzling displays that tempt them to enter. They don't necessarily consider the indoor lighting, but it's every bit as important (if not more so) as the outdoor features. If you are trying to either create or expand a chain of casinos, you'll be much more aware of all of the different elements that are necessary to generate the right vibe for your establishment. And indoor lighting is of the utmost importance. Here are some of the main reasons that you should consider customizable wholesale lighting for your casino. 
Playing your Cards Right
Why does lighting matter? Well, to the guy sitting at the card table throwing down a few thousand dollars on a hand, it's going to be important that he can see his cards. Casino lighting has to strike just the right balance between atmospheric and practical. While it's alright to leave certain areas a bit darker (low-stakes slot machines won't need as much illumination -- they give off quite enough light on their own), you'll need good lighting for the card tables without all the glitz. Pendant lighting is a great option for these areas, as you can place a small light over each and every table, if you so choose, or use larger ones and spread them out. 
Giving your Casino Character
You'll want your casino to stand out. After all, if you're going to the trouble of setting up in a place like Las Vegas or A.C., there will be a lot of other businesses competing for people's attention. And while part of what draws people in may be the outdoor signage and architecture, what makes them stay is the ambience of the establishment. If they walk in and decide that the lighting is spotty and poorly designed, they may walk out before you've had a chance to wow them with your offerings. Getting customized lighting will allow you not only to illuminate your space properly, but also to give it a one-of-a-kind look that will immediately let visitors know where they are. 
Getting the All-in-One Package
In all likelihood, your casino isn't just a casino; it might also be a hotel and conference center. If that's the case, you're not just going to need casino lighting -- you'll also need lighting that is appropriate for tamer functions. After all, if a large and successful company decides to hold a business conference in your space, you'll need the lighting to be much more conservative than your average casino variety. If the lighting isn't adequate and the attendants feel uncomfortable, you may never see them again. If you get the lighting and other furnishings right, they may decide to hold their event in your hotel every year, providing you with a lot of business.
By opting for customizable wholesale lighting, in pendant, lampshade, or any other form you choose, you can furnish and illuminate your casino, hotel rooms, and conference areas in a way that will attract customers and set you apart from the rest.


Monday, February 3, 2014

3 Easy Updates that will improve the Look of Your Restaurant

When you run a business, especially one where customers actually visit your establishment and spend time in it, appearance matters. This is doubly true of a restaurant. Customers will spend the time that they are waiting for their food examining their surroundings, taking note of the décor, the state of the china, the amount of space between the tables, etc. You'll want to make sure that the experience is a pleasant one so that they come back and hopefully bring their friends.

If you notice that the space is starting to look a little weather beaten, you'll need to update some things to keep the good atmosphere that you had. But what if you don't have a ton of money for renovations? Not to worry! Here are three simple things that you can do to make a big impact on the look of your restaurant for a relatively small amount of money.  

Buy Wholesale Lampshades
There are very few things that make as drastic a difference to the appearance of a room as the lighting. Perhaps your current lamps look old or too outdated in style and you want to modernize. Maybe you'd like to change the ambiance of your space from bright and energetic to dusky and romantic or vice versa. All of this is easy to achieve with new lampshades. Depending on the type of lighting you already have, you might not even have to replace the lamps themselves, which will save you some money. And by buying wholesale lampshades to get that bulk discount, you can save even more.  

Invest in Some New Tablecloths
Are your wooden tables looking old and scratched? Or maybe you want to be able to switch from casual lunches to more formal dinners. The easiest way to use your rather aged-looking tables for fine dining is to invest in some new tablecloths. Not only will getting new linens be extraordinarily cheaper than replacing all of your furniture, but with the money you save, you can buy the tablecloths in several different styles and colors. This will allow you to have some variety in terms of how you present yourself to the public. For instance, special brunches might occasion some cheery yellow and orange tablecloths with daisies on the table in pitchers. On the other hand, classic white looks good at any time or event.

Brighten the Room with a New Coat of Paint
Rather than spending a fortune on new flooring or expensive furniture to enhance your look, a new coat of paint can work wonders. Decide what kind of aesthetic that your establishment will be looking for in the future and choose a color that will enhance it. Even if you choose a hue that is very similar to the one you already had, a new coat will look cleaner and brighter, and not go unnoticed by the customers who see it. For an added touch of style, throw some decorative pictures and mirrors on your new walls to give customers something to look at and (in the case of mirrors) create the illusion of more space.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Why Custom Lampshades are a Must for your Business
When you are running a business, you have to pay attention to the aesthetic elements of your location. How your business looks will determine how customers perceive you and whether or not they walk back in. In order to impress them, your interiors will generally need to strike the right balance between arresting and tasteful, and one of the best ways to do that is to have custom designed lampshades.
Custom lampshades may not seem like a real necessity, and technically, they aren't. But there are many ways in which they can benefit your business and here are some of them:
They Allow You to Get the Exact Feel You Want
Sometimes it's hard to create the specific vibe that you want using lackluster options. Imagine walking through a warehouse of drab buff, slate and eggshell tones and trying to choose the most interesting piece. A lot of the unique lampshades out there just don't come wholesale for the very reason that it makes more sense to try and sell bland colors and simple shapes that anyone could conceivably use. After all, how many clients will need that brown and white swirl pattern? 
But maybe that's just what you need, which is where customization can be a life (or business) saver. By sharing your vision with a company that can create the specific item that you want, you can design your interiors to your exact specifications in terms of color, lighting, size and shape. 
They Allow You to Avoid Boring the Customers
When you run a business, you want to keep your customers engaged as much as possible. But how are you supposed to do that when the insides of your establishment will lull them to sleep? It's a fact -- color and design elements that attract the eye will keep customers looking around them and give them a higher opinion of your worth as a business. After all, anyone who can manage good interior design is probably even better at their core industry. 
They Provide Unique Branding
Sometimes, a well-designed interior that is completely unique to your company can do as much for your business as a clever logo or a bright sign. If you invest in custom wholesale lampshades, you can create a look that is completely your own -- one that will let everyone know where they are as soon as they walk in. You'll never be mistaken for another business with a set of creative lampshades that no one else in the world has and that means customers will remember you.
Why try to compete with uninspired interiors? Put yourself ahead of the game with lampshades that will really get people talking!