P.C. store goes toward the light
Lighting is quickly becoming a crucial aspect of modern construction, according to Prospector Lighting Supply.
Homebuilders are offered countless fixtures and options to light up a room, porch or balcony.
"There are 100s of lines available," said Jennifer Brassey, co-owner of Prospector Lighting Supply.
In Brassey’s store in Prospector Square, there are contemporary light fixtures such as motorcycles and planes, mouth-blown Italian glass and orbed shaped fixtures with squiggly lines that resemble lasagna noodles. Classic shapes and mini-chandeliers dress the ceiling and spotlights highlight baseboards and cupboards.
"Sometimes we will show lighting that they didn’t even know was available," said Mark Huber, co-owner of Prospector Lighting Supply.
The two joined forces to add to the options in Park City. Huber, who has a background in building and construction, wanted more lighting choices than what he could find at Home Depot.
"We thought there was so little competition and diversity," Huber said.
The company started with a few high-end residential jobs and commercial lighting for Aah! Sushi and O’ Shucks Bar and Grill. By August 2006, the business was set up with lights in the showroom. Last month, Brassey and Huber attended the Dallas Light Show "where we made further contacts and got inspired by the lighting showroom business," Brassey said.
Brassey said she is constantly learning about the lighting industry, which is frequently changing and developing.
The myriad of options enable customers and homeowners to choose something that fits individual needs.
"We want to get lights that reflect someone’s personality. There’s so much available you can have fun with it," Brassey said."
Green building, the growing trend in construction, has also taken root in the lighting business.
"There are energy-efficient fluorescent fixtures and bulbs that save a lot of money and save the environment," Huber said.
The knock on the energy saving lights is that they don’t produce enough light to fill a room. However, Huber said the lights are improving and it’s becoming less noticeable and they last much longer.
"Energy-star-efficient light lasts 10,000 hours," Huber said.
Dark-sky compliant outdoor light fixtures are also becoming more and more popular. The fixture points the light downward to the ground while preserving a starry night.
"Sometimes, they’re so ugly," Brassey said.
The previous "ugly dark-sky compliant fixtures" are being replaced by more attractive accessories now.
Old-style lantern fixtures that satisfy the dark sky compliance guidliines are the trend. They actually burn a flame from natural gas. It not only helps the environment but saves the dark night as well.
For a little more money, Prospector Lighting Supply also helps those who want a customized fixture.
"A lot of people want a light fixture designed just for them," Brassey said.
The rainbow of colors is also being utilized by recent fixtures.
"Colors have come a long way," Huber said.
Recently, Huber has been involved in providing fixtures to people who are restoring historic buildings in Old Town.
"We can get period fixtures from the ’20s and ’30s. It’s stuff that fits in with the Old Town," Huber said.
With the increase in larger, intricate new homes in Park City, the lighting industry is becoming more complex as well.
"Everyone is doing hi-tech stuff with audio. It’s also getting more complex with the lighting controls. There are lights that change the scene of a room; it’s fun for us."
With the myriad of options, Brassey supplements his showroom with catalogs.
"We couldn’t possibly show it all in one location," Huber said.
Many of the larger homes showcase a mountain theme on the outside but have a contemporary design on the inside. Prospector Square helps fill the contemporary lighting need.
"We give a mixed contemporary look like what’s sold in modern light fixtures back East," Huber said.
Prospector Lighting Supply works mainly with contractors and builders as opposed to individuals.
"We don’t do a lot of retail," Brassey said.
People who need lights should plan ahead if they want something spectacular, Huber said.
"Sometimes people want to install lighting after it’s all sheetrocked," Huber said. "A homeowner added a backdoor and a deck that wasn’t on the plan and wanted to add lighting. It’s nice to have someone look at it before the little things like sheetrock have been completed."
When planning to install lights, home or office builders should give the plans to a lighting consultant so the builders can plan the path of lighting beforehand. People should consider the function as well as the beauty involved with the lights.
"Sometimes it’s for ambiance like light for the powder room or mood lighting," Brassey said. "Sometimes it’s for function like a light over the sink. You should think of where you are and where you might take the garbage at night, you want adequate light."
Prospector Lighting Supply is located at 1796 Prospector Ave. For more information on lighting, call 615-1465.
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