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Kitchen Lighting – Is your kitchen bright enough?

Is your kitchen bright enough?

“Many older kitchens aren’t bright enough after the sun goes down. The most pleasant kitchen lighting comes from several sources. Lighting designers classify kitchen lighting as either task lighting, general – or ambient lighting – lighting, or accent lighting. That doesn’t mean you need three different types of fixtures; many light fixtures can handle more than one lighting job at a time.”

The Kitchen Idea Book, Joanne Kellar Bouknight

This is my kitchen. It’s a tiny little kitchen, but I still have a ceiling light over the sink, light and vent from microwave over stove, undercabinet lighting in the corner, so I can measure coffee in the morning, a lighted ceiling fan, light from the window and the sky light and the three pendants over the bar.

My Kitchen

My Kitchen

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More Uses for Picture Lights

“For the San Francisco designer, a multipurpose room doesn’t always have to be TV-centric. It can be a tranquil retreat or a great place to entertain.
“Picture Light: It creates ambiance and casts a warm glow on the artwork, shelves and barware.”

Instant Room by Palmer Weiss in the March 2014 House Beautiful Magazine

"Picture Light: It creates ambiance and casts a warm glow on the artwork, shelves and barware." Instant Room by Palmer Weiss in the March 2014 House Beautiful Magazine

Picture Light: It creates ambiance and casts a warm glow on the artwork, shelves and barware.”
Instant Room by Palmer Weiss in the March 2014 House Beautiful Magazine

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WAC Lighting’s Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting

WAC Lighting’s Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting

I just love these small recessed lighting fixtures! They work in so many areas and they are easy to install on suspended or finished ceilings.

WAC Lighting's Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting Crystal Pyramid DR-G361-CL

WAC Lighting’s Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting Crystal Pyramid DR-G361-CL used alone creates beautiful patterns.

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Wall Sconces for a Small Bath Room

The Rosetta Wall Sconce from WAC Lighting’s European Collection on either side of a mirrored medicine cabinet. Bella figura, Rosetta offers fine Italian styles that combines a classic profile with multiple murine glass patterns that will enhance any setting with a perfect mix of form and function.

The Rosetta Wall Sconce from WAC Lighting’s European Collection on either side of a mirrored medicine cabinet.
Bella figura, Rosetta offers fine Italian styles that combines a classic profile with multiple murine glass patterns that will enhance any setting with a perfect mix of form and function.

Even in the smallest bathroom or powder room, good lighting and good switches and dimmers make all the difference! Once you have light control in your bathroom, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Continue reading

Recessed Lighting Shower Trims

Eurofase 4" line voltage recessed shower light

There is a wide variety of shower trims available for recessed lighting. Shower trims include a lens and are rated for wet locations.

Shower Recessed lighting is available in a variety of sizes, from 2″ to 6″. It is available for standard base bulbs, fluorescent, GU10, MR16, Xenon and LED.

Your shower needs enough lighting for safety and grooming. Recessed lighting can add additional lighting to the shower area of your bath safely, without adding a bulky fixture.

Some bath tub shower areas are really dark. Once you add a shower curtain and even a lowered ceiling, you are showering in a cave. Continue reading

Simple Kit to Convert Recessed Lighting to LED

Hallway with Eurofase 25081 6" LED Conversion Kit

Hallway with Eurofase 25081 6″ LED Conversion Kit

Convert your existing recessed lighting to super energy efficient LED with a new easy-to-use kit from Eurofase.

The kit includes everything you need to convert a typical 6 inch recessed can that uses a 150W Incandescent R40 to PAR 38 bulb. The LED driver is powered by screwing into the bulb socket. The 14W LED SHARP 120V/277V LED is provided.

The LED Kelvin 3500K emits a warm white light.

The beam angle is adjustable up to 120 degrees to highlight artwork or graze walls. Continue reading

Where to Position Recessed Lighting

WAC HR-LED421-WT/WT LEDme Downlights

WAC HR-LED421-WT/WT LEDme Downlights 4 inch LED Recessed Downlights light a contemporary bathroom.

Recessed lighting is an excellent choice for lighting that can work with any interior. Because you see the effects of the lighting, without seeing the fixtures, recessed lighting is an investment that continues to work as your taste and style evolve.

Some people think of them as boring, but used effectively these lights can create a sense of drama by leaving the ceiling and upper walls dark while providing direct light.

If you include recessed lighting in your lighting plan, you have fewer limitations on other lighting. You can create a mood with a lower light chandelier or pendant, but still have enough light when you need it. Continue reading