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(pronounced LAK-kerd)

This adjective describes the application of a lacquer, which means applying any one of a variety of clear or colored synthetic organic coatings to furniture or accessories. The coatings dry, forming a hard,

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(pronounced lam-BAST or lam-BAYST)

Though our minds conjure up images of preparing mutton when we see this word – which can also appear in print as “lambaste” – the term has nothing to do with

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(pronounced LAM-behnt)

This word seems so soft and calming (like a little lamb), which is somewhat of an indication of its meaning. To remember this word, think of the first three letters, then

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(pronounced LAM-ih-nayt)

We’re killing two birds with one stone here. See delaminate.


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AKA “bulb”. In the design industry, what was commonly referred to as a “bulb” is now known as a lamp. Basically, it’s the light source: the component of a luminaire that produces light. It gets a

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This is the term for that annoying sound so commonly heard when one dims the lamps in a light fixture. It’s not necessarily that the lamps or the light fixture is cheap. Blame it on the

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This term is used in various industries, but you will hear it a lot in the interior A&D community. Designers, architects, sales reps, purchasing agents and contractors will use it most often to describe the amount of time

LED
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(pronounced like the initials: el-ee-DEE)

LED is short for light emitting diodes. These little guys are the lighting industry’s destiny. Researchers have made exponential leaps and bounds in lumens per watt (lm/W) output in

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(pronounced LIF SI-kehl eh-SES-mehnt) Also known as cradle-to-grave analysis, ecobalance, or life cycle analysis, the idea is to research, evaluate and quantify the full environmental impact associated with a product, service or structure. Only by considering and combining the

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(pronounced LIT HAHR-vehst-ing)

Biologists use this term to describe a method of deriving energy from proteins, bacteria, and molecules, but we want to address macro systems that we can see with the naked eye. Light harvesting is