Clear Lighting and Electrical Design

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Services Provided
We provide design and consulting for residential lighting, electrical power, smart home automation, alarms, security, audio, video, and HVAC control systems for projects of all sizes and types.

Areas Served
Our e-design consulting is performed nationwide using on-line CAD presentations. We have assistant design affiliates in most major metro areas for real-time project visits. Our primary office is in Austin and we travel to Vail and Scottsdale often.

Typical Job Cost
$300 - $10,000
We provide consulting by the hour or by the project.
The typical job cost listed above is for our design consulting only.
Project sizes range up to 30,000 sq. ft with $30m budgets.


Business Description
Clear Lighting & Electrical Design is one of only a few firms in the United States that has the capability of offering such comprehensive and superior design consulting services. We offer over 30 years of experience in interior/exterior lighting and electrical design including Smart Home technology, security and surveillance system design, audio/video design and voice/data system design. Please contact us for more information on the scope of our services.

Additionally, we have been implementing “Green” and energy-saving practices since way before LEED was established. We pride ourselves in our ability to maximize and streamline all systems so that both our client and our environment benefit. Just a few aspects that set Clear LED apart include our energy-saving know-how, our ability to minimize initial building costs, our unparalleled creative perspective and our attention to detail which results in the dramatic reduction of change orders, just for starters.

Our design efforts are tailored to our clients’ specific needs and desires, and because of this, we have a commitment to be contractor neutral, in terms of both products and installations. Simply stated, the choices we make ALWAYS put you first!

Please take a moment to visit our website of consulting services to discover the amazing benefits of utilizing Clear LED. Whether you’re an architect, interior designer, general contractor, home owner or developer, Clear LED is ready to assist you in bringing to life, and light, your next extraordinary project!

Please note that Clear LED does not sell or install products.

Certification and Awards
Our focus is not on winning awards. Our only focus is our clients projects and their satisfaction. We do admire those persons who have received acclamations from their peers.
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Sconces on either side prevent shades.

One of the Pros posted about his a month or so ago in the 'other' forum, and after reading it, I realized why I look so much older in the bathroom mirror than in the side mirror on the truck in natural light--the shadows drag my face down. See if you can find that thread--it's very interesting.
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Was this it? Let’s start with the shape of a human head itself. Our heads are tapered downward from our cheekbones. Fixtures that just deliver light from the top of a mirror; only illuminate the top of your head. They produce a distinct shadow below your cheekbones and nose. This creates a less-than ideal reflection of the lower cheek, jaw line and mouth. The image below shows optimal light fixture selection and placement. Compare it to your makeup area. Is there a difference? Talk about “seeing the light”.

Hope this information helps! ClearLED.biz
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Elk is great, we've worked with it a bunch. It's foundation is in security, similar to HAI or the popular 2gig system. It expands easily to control everything from lighting & climate control to audio and media. Other systems on the market like Control4, will have more of a audio & media foundation, and can be expanded to include Security. Anymore, you can get most the platforms on the market to run your whole home reliably. I think it comes down to how you personally like interacting with the platform, and understanding what features are most important to you to control? The link explains the automation spectrum, think it's helpful to understand when you're shopping http://mattssmarthometips.com/2014/07/22/understanding-the-automation-spectrum/
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Kevin Strader: What a great idea for reducing the heat and making the island more usable! Plus, you won't have to replace those LED bulbs for quite some time.
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Plus - the air conditioner will not be on as much with the cooler LED light sources!
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Form Follows Function, or is that dead? The bathroom looks GREAT !!!!!!
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Sometimes over the mirror lighting is the only choice. The easiest way to properly light a face is to place sconces on each side of the mirror, but even that required the right light with good output, so as not be too dark. We often introduce plenty of general room lighting in bathrooms from the ceiling and then supplement with additional task lighting at the mirrors.
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I would have mounted this differently, and done the electrical different as well.

Using a board wider than the bowl mounted up where the slats are. The electric would have been run on top where it would be less visible.
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Ann Johnson
I am a graphic artist, creative type. I tell you this because I'm sensitive to design, color, tone and mood. We just did a whole kitchen remodel that I designed and I was insistent LED, dimmable, for our under cabinet lighting. We had our electrician hard wire and install them and to my dismay, the "warm white" was not warm enough. It felt like a store. Dimming them actually made them buzz slightly which I found unacceptable. And the dim light wasn't like candle-light dim. It was still an odd color. I hated it and we took it all out and replaced with xenon. It's beautiful. Yes, they do get warm. But not to the point where it would be a hazard. LEDs are just not quite there yet in my opinion. I've tried and tried because I love the idea of them. But I can't sacrifice having a weird color light in my home.
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Good comment Ann! There are LED light sources that are adjustable between a warm 2000K colour up to a 4000K temperature. The adjustment is performed with an app on your personal device. You may consider no placing an food items on the bottom shelf above the halogen lamps. Hope this is helpful to others! ClearLED.biz
August 8, 2014 at 4:51AM   
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As a designer and contractor the outlet strip is a great solution - they also make shallow depth out-lets which could also work. Now here's the crux, according to CODE you're supposed to have an electrical outlet for every 4 feet of counter space. So depending on the length of your island you may have to have a strip on either end. You can't have it under an over hang, so if you have your counter extended for a bar stool on the ends you won't meet code.

If you are the person who has caught this 'error' then that tells me you have not pulled permits for this renovation. That could be a problem when you go to sell your home as it has not been properly inspected. If you have pulled permits, then I would have thought the electrical inspector would have had this conversation with your Contractor. If that had happened then I would argue that it's a mistake on the Contractor's part - you certainly didn't tell him to install outlets where he did. If that were the case you could argue the point that he needs to fix the problem at his expense.

If you find yourself in the middle with the Contractor expecting you to pay for the electrical change as well as for the new (relatively expensive) outlet strips, my suggestion is to take a deep breath, don't lose your cool and very nicely call a meeting with your designer, contractor, electrician, and see who's willing to step up to the plate and fix the problem.

Remember, we are all human and mistakes/over-looks are part of the process - you'd be doing the designer a favor for future projects by making him acutely aware of the problem. The best designers learn from their own mistakes and strive to not repeat them in the future. Good luck and don't let this spoil the over all experience...
August 1, 2014 at 8:40AM        Thanked by marbleorgranite
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7 feet from the floor.
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Let’s start with the shape of a human head itself. Our heads are tapered downward from our cheekbones. Fixtures that just deliver light from the top of a mirror; only illuminate the top of your head. They produce a distinct shadow below your cheekbones and nose. This creates a less-than ideal reflection of the lower cheek, jaw line and mouth. The image below shows optimal light fixture selection and placement. Compare it to your makeup area. Is there a difference? Talk about “seeing the light”.

Hope this information helps! ClearLED.biz
August 1, 2014 at 7:57AM   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Houses without floor outlets in living/family rooms! Come on, builders, we've been placing furniture away from the wall for decades now and some of us still read instead of watching TV.
July 31, 2014 at 7:25AM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kinci: Yes! Floor outlets for reading are a necessity. I finally solved the lack by replacing a ceiling can with a spotlight above my favorite reading chair, but that really isn't a great solution.
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Linda
Rooms where the door is an awkward distance from the corner...either put the door in a corner or leave enough room between the door and corner to actually be useful. Don't put the it a foot away from the corner leaving a totally useless dead space behind the door

Outlets placed without consideration for the expected furniture and use of the room. Don't put one outlet in the middle of the dining room wall where access will probably be blocked by a china cabinet or buffet.
July 31, 2014 at 9:01PM     
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Continue with your plan to install sconces on the sides of the mirror even if the mirror needs to be small. Light from above your head will create a shadow on you face starting at your cheekbones on down.

Hope this helps! ClearLED.biz
July 31, 2014 at 7:13AM   
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Brian Hartlaub
You can put the equipment almost anywhere. I have installed them in closets, kitchen cabinets, a rack in the basement, etc. You have 2 options to control the equipment. If the equipment is within 30 - 40 feet of the living room you can use an RF remote control like the Harmony Ultimate. It just has a small unit that goes in the cabinet that communicates with the remote. The other option, if you are keeping the equipment further away or on another floor is an IR kit. This has a small sensor that sticks to the front of the tv. Run a cat5 line from the sensor to your equipment cabinet. That will carry the remote's signal to a connecting block in the cabinet. Then a small IR emitter sticks to the front of your equipment. You can get ir kits on amazon. The only other thing to think about is heat. Your AV receiver and cable box get very hot inside a cabinet. You can buy a small vent system to suck cool air in from the basement or crawl space and back out to the attic.
July 30, 2014 at 10:10PM     
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When we put cans in our house to add lighting, there are these conversion LED closed bulbs that look like hockey pucks. That's what we used, and they have been great. You may have to try a few dimmer switches to get the right one.
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The Halo housing you have will accept a LED since the heat generated is way less than a incandescent light source. The dimmer maybe an issue so check the label on the LED light.

Here is what we would specify -
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cree-65W-Equivalent-Soft-White-2700K-BR30-Dimmable-LED-Flood-Light-Bulb-BBR30-06527FLF-12DE26-1U100/204366182?N=5yc1vZbm79Z1z0u1gt

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July 31, 2014 at 7:04AM   
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Glad you asked! What's important here is to layer your lighting. Provide a few different options. Something overhead for ambient lighting is important--maybe a ceiling fan with a light kit? Or a ceiling flush or semi-flush mount (I assume the ceiling might be kind of low, so something that hangs close to it would be best)?

Also some fixtures for task lighting. Desk/table lamps, maybe a floor lamp, etc.

Maybe a more decorative looking fixture just for fun, too!

Our guide to the layers of lighting, and some issues to avoid, may also provide some help: http://bit.ly/1ernubo Let me know if you need more advice!
July 30, 2014 at 10:58AM     
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Install more than you think you may need and use dimmer switches to set the level.
July 30, 2014 at 12:44PM     
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July 30, 2014 at 11:23AM   
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Our outlets on the island are on either end on the sides.
July 30, 2014 at 11:43AM   
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Fred S
Ah, yes. That is a nice neat unit. I have done enough work with low voltage relays to be able to make that 'end' up in several ways....out of the way where nobody cares what they look like. My problem is finding a nice small switch and box to put the switch in like the one pictured.....or a nice bracket. You know, the part that is supposed to be the easy part. Something that doesn't have sharp edges or looks like recycled junk from the kid's toy box :) I have the same problem with air switches that I don't want to install face up on the counter.
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The "look" of a light fixture will be long forgotten if the light generated is not effective in illuminating your space properly. You may wish to consider the light source and how the light produced is directed to "see the light" in your room.
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Maureen, I do like that first one, but I really would like a white chandelier. Because of the traditional rug, we have picked out, I would like a more traditional/transitional style.
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Also, my walls will be a light gray (SW Nebulous White)
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Love, love, love it! We had one in a previous home - the architect spec'd it or I wouldn't have known anything about it. When we redid the kitchen in our current home, that was on the list of must-haves.
Pros: It's right there. No reaching, no opening cabinets with wet hands. We got it in the same finish as the faucet and soap dispenser, so it all blends.
Cons: only one I can think of - ours is on the island, and my son occasionally thinks it's fun to play with it. I co-opted him, and now he's mommy's garbage helper!
July 30, 2014 at 8:19AM   
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Here is a photo of another option in a cabinet panel tip-out. This is a low voltage micro switch with a power relay for the disposal. The other switch is for the sink light.

The air switches are also very dependable! I have used them for over twenty years.

Hope this helps! ClearLED.biz
July 30, 2014 at 8:45AM   
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Do you like ceiling fans? Proper lighting will enhance your home for daily living and may effect the resale value. Consider waiting to have the recessed lighting installed to determine your needs. Dimmers? Art lighting? What is going over the fireplace?
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Hi! I'm keeping the mirror over the fireplace for now
July 31, 2014 at 3:36AM   
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Several sources for artificial illumination should be used. Recessed and surface mounted for task and ambient lighting is important. Plan ahead for dimmers, outlets and low voltage systems. Having good lighting will effect this home for many years and maybe even the re-sale value or time on the market.

Of course, we have much more information and could provide detailed drawings and fixture cutsheets for a small fee.

Hope this helps spur your imagination! ClearLED.biz
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