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Ambient Lighting Techniques

Justice Design FAL-5120 UL Damp ADA Square Faux Alabaster Wall Sconce from the Lumenaria Collection

Justice Design FAL-5120 UL Damp ADA Square Faux Alabaster Wall Sconce from the Lumenaria Collection

Bright Ideas: Professional Lighting Solutions for Your Home by Sharon McFarlane stresses the importance of Ambient Lighting.

Commercial lighting designers use ambient lighting to create the right atmosphere. This books shows how these same techniques can be applied to your home.
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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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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.

Use just one by itself to create an accent.

WAC Lighting's Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting shown with MT-236-WT/BK Low Voltage Multiple Recessed Spots

WAC Lighting’s Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting shown with MT-236-WT/BK Low Voltage Multiple Recessed Spots

Use more scattered randomly. Or group them together to create an artistic “light sculpture” effect. Align them to draw the eye and create a visual flow.

WAC Lighting's optical crystal lights will add sparkle to any residential, retail or hospitality installation.

WAC Lighting’s optical crystal lights will add sparkle to any residential, retail or hospitality installation.

Along with general lighting, they add interest to the ceiling.

Without other lighting, they create a brilliant romantic star-like feeling.

Use one or more strategically placed to draw attention to an architectural feature.

Solid Colored Crystal or Faceted Clear Lead Crystal Diffusers

WAC Lighting’s Beauty Spots are hand-made of optical crystal.

WAC Lighting's Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting DR-G362-CL

WAC Lighting’s Beauty Spots Skirted Ball Recessed Lighting DR-G362-CL

Multi-facetted lead crystal diffusers break light into beautiful patterns. These cut crystal diffusers spill beautiful eye-catching light patterns to create a beautiful effect.

WAC Lighting's Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting Cylinder DR-G356-CL

WAC Lighting’s Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting Cylinder DR-G356-CL

Geometric crystals refract light to create beautiful striations on a surface. Cylindrical and cubical crystal accents create a softer striation of light on the ceiling.

Solid Crystal in Pewter finish DR-301-PT with Cobalt trim DR-G352-BL

Solid Crystal in Pewter finish DR-301-PT with Cobalt trim DR-G352-BL

Colored crystal diffusers splash colored light to enhance or contrast with the elements of color within an environment.

All of them are dimmable to set to set the mood by controlling the amount of light.

WAC Beauty Spots Recessed Lighting

Canopies are available in Chrome or White. They include a miniature recessed can.

The basic fixture consists of miniature can for a 2 3/4″ canopy  with a socket for a 12 or 24volt, 20 watt xenon (not halogen) lamp.

Canopies require a 2 3/8″ cutout and remote transformer. Several can be wired from a single transformer.

The crystal shades fit over the lamp and are held in place by a spring band on the socket.

Overview from WAC
Intended for use in ceilings, cabinets and displays. Fixtures use a Xenon (not tungsten halogen) 12V bi-pin lamp 20 watts maximum (24V lamp may be used with 24 volt power supply). Recessed wiring compartment contains a standard size knock out hole that will accept BX or Romex clamps. Fixture is held in place by spring tension against the cut out hole.
Installing fixture:
  1. Run a wire from a remote transformer to the fixture site (use 12 or 24 volt listed transformer, not supplied).
  2. Cut a 2 3/8” diameter opening on the mounting surface.
  3. Bring the wire through the hole.
  4. Loosen the two screws on either side of can to remove and access the socket wires.
  5. Remove the knock out in the can and install the appropriate wire clamp.
  6. Connect “output” wires from the transformer to the socket wires with wire nuts provided.
  7. Tuck wires under the can and re install with the two screws removed earlier.
  8. Compress the leaf springs on either side of the housing and insert into the cut out hole.
Installing Lamp & Shade:
  1. Use a Xenon (not tungsten halogen) lamp 12 or 24 V (depending on power supply) 20 watts maximum (included).
  2. Align lamp pins with holes in the socket and gently push in.
  3. Shades will fit over the lamp and are held in space by a spring band at the base of the socket, simply push on or pull off.
  4. Shades sold separately. Use shades from the “DR” series.

Bruck Lighting’s New GalaxZ Simplifies Daylight Harvesting

Bruck Lighting’s New GalaxZ Simplifies Daylight Harvesting

Daylight Harvesting means using as much natural sunlight as possible instead of electric lighting. Of course this uses less energy and costs less money. Win-Win!

Daylight Harvesting lighting control systems dim or switch off electric lighting when there is more natural sunlight.

Bruck Lighting’s New GalaxZ

Control in commercial applications is crucial to sustainable lighting design. GalaxZ fulfills the LEED® requirements for efficiency with the use of individual integrated Daylight harvesting sensor and drivers without the need for extensive wiring installation or expensive commissioning.

GalaxZ is ideal for general lighting applications where 54w T5HO would be used. A raceway design along a linear line voltage track or canopy mount can illuminate retail, hospital, school cafeteria and classrooms, hallways, grocery store isles, conference tables, office or warehouse low bay applications.

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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.

WAC Lighting’s new decorative low profile sconces with glass shades boast a truly exclusive look with exceptional quality. Each sconce canopy is designed with timeless style and plated in Chrome and Brushed Nickel finishes.

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.

Have one switch for ceiling lighting, whether it is recessed lighting or a ceiling fixture. Have the mirror lighting on a separate switch with a dimmer. I use it at the lowest setting to enjoy a relaxing bath or when I get up at night or first get up until I am ready for the morning.

Wall sconces on either side of a mirror or medicine cabinet provide both decorative and task lighting.

“Stick to a style and finish that is compatible with the other elements in the room. Coodinate the style of the sconces near the vanity with that of the cabinet, for example.”

Bathrooms: The Smart Approach to Design by the Editors of Creative Homeowner, Home Decorating

The best light for applying makeup is shed from the sides of a mirror. The best for shaving is from above. In both cases, there are many ways to do this effectively. Plan your bath lighting for how you will be using the bathroom. And don’t forget that the right switches and dimmers make all the difference!

“Wall-mounted light sconces are a good way to provide adequate lighting without overwhelming a small space, so they’re a good choice in a powder room.”

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies (Paperback)
by Gene Hamilton, Katie Hamilton

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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.

LED lamps have a much longer life than incandescent lamps. They do not emit UV rays. They put out very little infrared or heat. They are ideal to light artwork or photography that is sensitive to UV or temperature. LEDs are highly energy efficient offering significant savings on electricity bills. Their longer lifespan reduces maintenance time and costs, making them ideal for hard-to-reach places.

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Eurofase 25081 6" LED Conversion Kit

Eurofase 25081 6″ LED Conversion Kit 6″ 14 watt LED Conversion Kit converts a typical existing recessed fixture into a new 14 watt LED downlight.

Well Planned Lighting

Square Walnut QisDesign SWPA01-F Piano Floor

Square Walnut QisDesign SWPA01-F Piano Floor

Don’t think of lighting as an afterthought. The right lighting is one of the most fundamental elements in interior design.

The wrong lighting can completely destroy the impact of even the most well thought out design.

Good lighting makes your room more functional and more beautiful. Providing the right lighting allows you to enjoy using your room without eye strain or glare. Effective lighting can emphasize attractive architecture and camouflage less appealing elements.

Well planned lighting is the most effective way to bring out the best in your room.

Lighting should be as much a part of your planning in the early stage as color and furniture.

Providing the right combination of lighting to provide a good overall light level, task lighting and accent lighting.

There are two basic aspects to think about:

  • The effect of the light on the room
  • The appearance of the fixture itself, even when it is not lit

Lighting can be a feature of your room as much as a painting or other artwork.