New CRI 95 LED Bulbs!

Not all light is created equal. A good way to measure a bulb’s ability to illuminate an art piece is referring to the CRI — Color Rendering Index. The scale runs up to 100, meaning colors illuminated from the light source are 100% realistic and natural. To give you some points of reference, cool white fluorescent bulbs have a CRI of around 62 (top picture), while the highest quality bulbs are typically 90+ (bottom picture).


Now you can go au naturale with a CRI LED bulb option for our Overhead Lighting product! Our LED bulbs have a CRI rating of 95, meaning your art piece (even more important than your strawberries) will be represented in all of its original artistic intent.

You can continue reading about CRI, temperature and wattage in our lighting guide. We know once you’ve tried this bulb, you’ll never go back. To prove it, our overhead lighting integration with CRI 95 LED bulbs are on sale now! 

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Meet the Xylem Team: Hi LJ!

Born Loren Jones, LJ is the shop’s Chief of Kaizen Operations and second in command (Yeah — it’s a big deal. He’s a big deal.) He started with Xylem Design as an entry level custom woodworker in 2011 — and the rest is history. He was at our founder’s side as they championed a Lean movement in the business beginning in January 2013, assisting in the implementation of the first two Lean practices EVER at Xylem: daily meetings and cleaning the bathroom (the ultimate sign of respect and something each team member takes turns doing).


LJ has since Leaned out his life by enacting strict regulations regarding his possessions: for every item he brings home, two must leave! (We hope this doesn’t apply this to his underpants, but you can’t stop the Lean machine, ya know…)

You can find LJ sipping on New Belgium’s La Folie — which may be more indicative of LJ’s personality than nearly any other words we could try to describe him by. I mean, just look into those eyes…

Hi LJ 👋🏻!

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Meet the Xylem Team: Hi Wendy!

If you’ve ever called in to Xylem Design, there’s a good chance you’ve had the pleasure of talking to the luminous Wendy.


One of our spunkiest customer care specialists, Wendy will celebrate her first year with Xylem in December.

Her favorite Lean improvement since joining the team has been “Fix what bugs you,” which she’s manifested in her own personal kitchen. She thinks beginning each day — at work and at home — by sorting your space is the quickest way to Lean out your life and conquer.

If you ever get the opportunity to grab a beer with Wendy, she’ll most likely be sipping on her fave Fort Collins brew, 90 Shilling. 

Hi Wendy 👋🏻!

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Custom Capabilities Part II: Lighting

We think your piece deserves to be seen at any time of day. Every intentioned detail of it. How do we make that happen? Let us shed some light on the situation.



Ambient light

Our ambient-lit displays work by diffusing a light projected within the pedestal up through a frosted acrylic top, creating a soft glow that plays well with opaque and translucent pieces.




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Our spotlight concentrates a beam of light coming up and out of a variable-diameter hole in the middle of the pedestal’s top surface, covered by a frosted acrylic disk. This feature fills and illuminates your glass or semi-opaque piece, ideal especially for pieces with color and nuance.
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Corner Lights


Corner swivel lights, sometimes referred to as eyeball lights, are small, round, and movable spotlights that create spectacular drama by highlighting the piece’s natural contours.

Depending on the height of your piece, you’ll want to make sure you provide enough top surface display space to achieve the proper angle. Check out the graphics and descriptions on this page to better understand what angles you might need. Again, we can help design and discover the custom option to best display your piece so don’t hesitate to call.



Overhead Lights


What could endow your piece with more reverence than a halo? These telescoping, stainless steel rods integrate seamless out of the pedestal top and cradle a rotating, 7.5 watts LED bulb that illuminates your piece from above for a heavenly glow.  While the rods come in 36” or 60” lengths, they can be adjusted down to any height using the retractable, telescoping feature.

For customers who already have their pedestal at home, an overhead light kit can be ordered and easily retrofit into your existing display. Check out the instructional video for further installation instruction.

Showcase Light


This is the ultimate light package to gift your piece — our showcase comes fully integrated with an acrylic dust cover and down-lighting installed in the overhead hood. For even more ambiance, we can customize your case with bottom lighting, including an ambient-lit base, corner lights and spotlights. This combination of top and bottom lighting creates an attractive balance and plays well with the translucent dust cover.

Sign White Lights


Capture anyone’s attention with the magnetizing glow of our Sign White Acrylic Lighted Pedestals. A vertical, low voltage LED system distributes light evenly across the surface of the pedestal. Controlled by a remote control, you can fine tune the coloring and brightness to whatever best fits the situation. 


Sleeve with Ambient Light


For a particularly unique way to bring your piece to light, our translucent, acrylic sleeves with ambient light is an excellent choice. Think our ambient top pedestals sheathed in a translucent sleeve for an intriguing glow effect.


There’s more to this lighting thing than you probably want to know — but of particular importance is the bulb.  It’s the heart of your lighted pedestal and can give off all the right feels — or all the wrong ones. There are three major decisions to keep in mind when choosing your bulb: type, power and warmth.


The default bulb that will come with your lighting system is a 4,100K neutral white CFL bulb.  For safety purposes, DO NOT use incandescent bulbs. This could burn your house down! And it won’t be nearly as cool as David Byrne makes it sound.

Our standard ambient and spotlight pedestals come standard with CFL bulbs. Our corner, overhead and display case lights come standard with LED bulbs. This can be changed if you have a preference of one or the other non-standard options — just give us a call!

We recommend using LED bulbs in our lighted products. LEDs have an average lifespan of about 25,000 hours, 15,000 more hours than a typical CFL! If you are using CFL bulbs, we recommend 14-25 watts. DO NOT use bulbs more than 25 watts in strength! Again, this could burn your house down.


Bulbs can produce a range of temperatures and dramatically change the “feel” of your piece in the room. Many of our products come standard with either warm, cool, or neutral temperatures — if you have a preference of which, please give us a call and let us know!

Remotes, Foot Switches and Cords

We have three standard options for turning up the lights on your pedestal: remote, foot switch, or side switch.

Foot Switch

Our non-adjustable CFL bulbs that come standard in ambient and spotlight pedestals are typically turned on and off using a footswitch, connected by a chord to your pedestal. Chords come standard in black, but we also offer clear, brown and white chords. Just let us know you’d like a different color when you order, each pedestal is built-to-order.

Side Switch

For something a bit more discrete and convenient, we can install a switch on the backside of your pedestal for $25. These come in white or black.



Some lighting options include a remote control — you can adjust the color, temperature, or brightness of your lighting within a 20-meter radius using the AAA battery-powered remote. Not all of our pedestals can be outfitted with adjustable bulbs, so if you have any doubts or need clarification, please call us!

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Xylem Hosts Global Lean Leadership Summit


We know it’s been a minute since you’ve heard from us, but we have an excellent excuse. In mid-August we were honored to host the second annual Global Lean Leadership Summit!




Our factory just about busted at the seams with the influx of new ideas, shared knowledge and more than 70 Lean business leaders from 6 countries.

We wouldn’t be doing our part of “yokoten” (“best practice sharing”) if we didn’t share with you what we learned. So for your learning pleasure, please find the summit presentations on our YouTube channel.

For a quick recap, hear from Paul Akers — of FastCap and 2 Second Lean — about how the weekend went below.



Thank you for journeying with us on the path of continuous improvement. We hope it’s added value to your lives. It’s transformed Xylem’s.


“The entire team at Xylem was so engaged…Everyone was so passionate and positive about their respective roles within the organization.  Their happiness was genuine and infectious.  What an amazing group that gets to work together, every day.  Everyone was excited to speak about their work experience and share their story of Lean, all while keeping  a genuine smile on their face as if I was doing them a favor by asking about their day.  Just wonderful!”

-Robert Smith, Scott Safety

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Custom Capabilities Pt. 1: Branding and Signage

We pride ourselves on the superior craftsmanship that makes our pedestals less of a display piece and more a work of art. But our ultimate goal isn’t to push our own brand. Our ultimate goal is that your piece, whether it is a product you are selling or your favorite sculpture, would attract the attention it deserves. That’s why we are willing to go the furthest distance to offer personalized branding with our pedestal products.

Want your company’s name and logo permanently engraved on your pedestal? No problem. We have several options for applying your branding to our products. Does it get much more custom than that? Read about your options below.

Direct-to-Surface Printing

Have your personalized logo or design printed directly onto the surface of your Pedestal Source product, using top-of-the-line, durable ink to create a vibrant image that lasts.


Vinyl Die-Cut Stickers

A vinyl die-cut personalized logo or design applied directly to the surface of your Pedestal Source Product. The thick, scratch-resistant sticker will seamlessly adhere to any of our available surface materials.


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Laser Engraving

Have your personalized logo or design laser engraved onto your Pedestal Source product for ultimate durability and sophistication.


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Full Color Wraps

Don’t confine your printed pattern or image to just one side of your pedestal — with a full color wrap, we can apply any color of design to two, three, or all sides of your product for 360 degrees of personalized ambience.



Backlit Acrylic Lettering and Designs

Add depth to your product’s logo with backlit acrylic lettering that uses aluminum-routing and provides a halo-effect for the lighted focal point.



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After Hours at the Woodshop: Elliot’s “Shinto” Table


At the center of any piece of art is its inspiration and for decades, traditional Japanese architecture has been at the center of much Western design. The unornamented, simple structures that concentrate on the importance of creating space, rather than filling it, is irresistibly intriguing to many Western craftsman, architects and designers, including the team here at Xylem Design.

So, it’s no surprise that one of our beloved dudes working on the floor, Elliot Martin, envisioned this solid cherry/walnut wood coffee table with a soaring tabletop and minimal supporting legs. The horizontal shelf located below the tabletop carves out a generous space within the structure, ushering a feeling of security and sacredness into the display of whatever treasure it might one day guard. The elements of balance, harmony and long, interplaying lines apparent in this exquisite piece evoke an image of a traditional Shinto shrine or a hand-penned Japanese character.




While you might be hung up on these powerful Japanese nuances in the design, Elliot said the focal piece, as he’d have it, is the wood.

“The first thing I did was just go to the lumber yard and pick out some cherry and walnut from the lumber yard. I wanted to build around the wood — I wanted the tabletop to be the centerpiece, not the design,” he said.




“I didn’t do much design beforehand. I just started building, playing around with the wood. I milled all the wood myself and once you mill it, you lose lots of wood and you just see what you are left with and go from there.”




Elliot worked on the table here at the Xylem shop for about two weeks — squeezing in an hour or two here and there after his shift. Our employees often pursue personal projects after hours at the shop, when inspired.

“That’s one major perk of working here,” Elliot said. “It’s really nice to have the shop and all this nice machinery at our disposal.”

All the wood cost him a total of $120 and was sourced at a local lumber yard in Fort Collins. Unfortunately, for all of us reaching for our wallets to name our price, the table isn’t for sale and will be accompanying him on his move to Bozeman, MT later this summer.

However, this is a perfect example of the ingenuitive design and quality craftsmanship that distinguish all Xylem Design’s products. Do you have an original idea like Elliot? While the majority of our work is with laminate sheet goods, we love working alongside our customers to provide unique solutions to their needs. Call us today and we’ll set up a live design session using our Gemba Cam!



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Giovanna Wheels x Pedestal Source

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For their 2015 SEMA exhibit, WTW needed some simple cylindrical displays to spin their world famous wheels and round out their exhibit. Pictured above are 16 of our white cylinders with motorized turn tables, rotating their Giovanna & Gianelle wheels. At 1 RPM, these weren’t your average spinners, equipped with a reverse-spin safety system for the handsy passersby, inverted caster support, and custom vinyl signage.

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Tour our Facility!


As a lean manufacturing company, we’re all about Continuous Improvement, also known as Kaizen. Part of our continuous improvement involves opening up our doors to others. This opens opportunity for engaging dialogue (the best way to learn is to teach) with great questions and fresh eyes like yours!

If you’re interested in touring our facility and learning more about lean manufacturing, we would love to have you visit.

Contact us at (800) 333-9953 or to schedule a tour. Just ask for Seth or Loren.

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Bring Plant Life into Your Home with Pedestal Displays


If you are interested in bringing plant life into your home, there are several ways you accomplish this goal. One way to do this while avoiding potential problems is with pedestal displays, which also gives you plenty of customization options to make sure you get to bring plant life inside and have exceptional results.

Keep Up High to Avoid Pet Problems
Pedestal displays are great because they keep the plants off of the ground or on desks or tables where pets are likely to jump on in an attempt to reach the plants. It is ideal to opt for a solution that does not allow your pets to jump on because there is just enough space for the plants to fit perfectly.

Requires Minimal Space
If you have a fairly small home, you may want to bring plants inside, but you are having trouble with finding enough room to make it happen without creating clutter. Fortunately, pedestal displays are customizable to match exactly what you want and need, so you do not have to worry about size.

Coordinate with Style
It is best when you have various materials and design options to choose from for displays because the plants and display will look great when they mesh with the rest of the home or room in terms of style.

Position for Maximum Sunlight
An additional benefit of using a display pedestal is that since it is raised off the ground, you will have an easier time getting your plants the sunlight they need to thrive indoors.

With so many size, color, and material options for a pedestal, there is no reason you cannot get a custom-made pedestal that not only looks good on its own, but helps you bring plants into your home.

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