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Don’t Let Your Lighting Age You!

House Beautiful’s regular feature The Essentials; Solutions for the Busiest Rooms in the House tackles bathrooms in the February 2017 issue.

The article Renovating: Just Add Water states “Our primer on master-bath renovations has real talk on budgeting, who-knew insights, and a roundup of necessary luxuries.”  It ranges from quick tips for a minor face-lift to sound advice for a total revamp. Continue reading

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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A Swing Arm Lamp Creates a Comfortable Reading Nook in a Bedroom

June 2014 Traditional Home shows a beautiful home in the article Comfort on the Cape. The colors are so comfortable; described as “a serene palette.”

I love the whole home. My favorite is the bedroom. Couldn’t you relax here?

The creamy monotone palette of the master bedroom is gently interrupted by a window seat that features a botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa. Architectural and interior designer Daniel Reynolds

The creamy monotone palette of the master bedroom is gently interrupted by a window seat that features a botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa.
Architectural and interior designer Daniel Reynolds

“In the bedroom, Reynolds departed from the cohesive design of the public spaces. The master suite glows with tranquility. Elegant alpaca-and-silk drapery panels offer a cocoon-like effect as they cascade over the windows…”

Window Seat in botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa. The swing arm lamp is A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz.

Window Seat in botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa. The swing arm lamp is A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz.

Here is another bedroom with this swing arm lamp as a bed side reading lamp.

Swing Arm Lamp A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz

Swing Arm Lamp A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz

Swing Arm Lamp A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz

A-1136 / A-1136L

The A-1136 product is part of a select group of Estiluz “classics”, alien to fashion and trends. It is the collection that boosted the company internationally in the ’90s thanks to the sensuality of its design, and the unmistakable Estiluz stamp. The metallic wall sconce, simple and functional, stands out for its versatility and diversity of movements. It has a extendable and adjustable, articulated reading arm with either a halogen or LED light source. Its timeless design, slim and elegant, makes this luminaire the ideal companion for life.

Metallic wall sconce providing direct light. Both the arm and head articulate. Integrated transformer with double intensity switch (35 and 50W) for halogen source or 4W LED source warm white.

Lamps: A-1136: Hal. GY 6.35 50W 12V
A-1136L: LED 4W ( 2700ºK , Ang. 120º, 350mA ) Typ* 370 lumens

Finishes:
21 Gold
22 Chrome
36 Bronze
37 Nickel
61 Satin gold

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Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

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Fiber Optic Star Ceiling Kit through Gloss Black Acrylic Panels create a star ceiling for this restaurant.
www.brandlighting.com/nsl_galaxy_fiber_optic_system.htm

Have you ever been to the Rainforest Café restaurants? They have these amazing star ceilings. I’ve seen beautiful star ceilings in other restaurants, too. They are in quite a few design books.

When my son was little, I put little glow-in-the-dark stickers on his ceiling. They are in a lot of kid’s books, too.

“’The stars on the ceiling are cool,’ Dexter said. ‘I wonder how many there are.’”
Horrible Harry Bugs the Three Bears by Suzy Kline, Frank Remkiewicz

Now there are easy-to-install fiber optic star ceiling kits that use LED. The light source just plugs in. The fibers run up to 12′ and push through the ceiling.

 Fiber Optic Star Ceiling Fibers through drywall ceiling.

Fiber Optic Star Ceiling Fibers through drywall ceiling.
www.brandlighting.com/nsl_galaxy_fiber_optic_system.htm

They are easy to install through the existing ceiling or wall. Special panels are available that can be fitted in or just replace drop ceiling panels. The stars can twinkle or change color. The more fiber you pull through the hole, the brighter the star is. You can even paint the ceiling to create cloud or galaxy effects.

Beautiful ceiling in a home bath.

Beautiful ceiling in a home bath.

These pictures are in books I would highly recommend. You may be able to check them out of the library. They are on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can spend hours poring over the beautiful photos.

 “The dome detail above the whirlpool sparkles with fiber-optic stars, while recessed downlights along the perimeter give off light reminiscent of comets hurtling toward the heavens.”

“The dome detail above the whirlpool sparkles with fiber-optic stars, while recessed downlights along the perimeter give off light reminiscent of comets hurtling toward the heavens.”
Lighting Design Sourcebook: 600 Solutions for Residential and Commercial Spaces Paperback by Randall Whitehead

At the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital - Memphis, TN “Stars, courtesy of fiber optics, change colors as they twinkle.” Lighting Design Sourcebook: 600 Solutions for Residential and Commercial Spaces Paperback by Randall WhiteheadAt the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital – Memphis, TN  “Stars, courtesy of fiber optics, change colors as they twinkle.”
Lighting Design Sourcebook: 600 Solutions for Residential and Commercial Spaces Paperback by Randall Whitehead

In a home built by John Kraemer and Sons Inc.; “fiber optic star patterns and the exact layout of the northern sky… the illusions of twinkling and shooting stars”
Perspectives on Design Minnesota: Design Philosophies Expressed by Minnesota’s Leading Professionals by Brian Carabet, John Shand

“The room’s low ceiling features a fiber-optic star [ceiling] framed by false beams to give an illusion of height.”
Perspectives on Design Southwest: Design Philosophies Expressed by the Southwest’s Leading Professionals  by LLC Panache Partners

Celtic Manor - Resort Hotel South Forum Spa

Celtic Manor – Resort Hotel South Forum Spa

Celtic Manor - Resort Hotel South Forum Spa

Celtic Manor – Resort Hotel South Forum Spa

The Forum spa at the Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Wales
“Underwater sound and light beneath a constellation of fiber-optic stars.”

Celtic Manor – Resort Hotel South Forum Spa
www.celtic-manor.com/spa-fitness

The Basics of Track Lighting

The Basics of Track Lighting

Track Lighting Heads

Track Lighting Heads

Track Lighting consists of a continuous track that conducts electricity from a single source. Fixtures may be attached anywhere along this track.

Track can be mounted to

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Wood
  • Suspended Ceilings
  • Along architectural elements
  • Suspended from rods or cables
  • Sloped ceilings

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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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Landscape Lighting for Winter

Isn't this a welcoming site to come home to? Landscape lighting is easy to install and makes your home safer and more welcoming.

Isn’t this a welcoming site to come home to? Landscape lighting is easy to install and makes your home safer and more welcoming.

Landscape lighting isn’t just a Spring project. The longest night of the year is December 21/22. It is dark already when you come home and often still dark when you leave in the morning. Here are some ideas for outdoor lighting for safety and security that are easy to install and don’t use a lot of electricity to operate.

Create a landscape lighting plan. Draw a sketch or map of your yard.

Be sure to position fixtures so lights won’t shine into people’s eyes, into windows or into other people’s yards.

  • Pathways
  • Steps & Stairs
  • Entrances
  • Lawn Ornaments
  • Fountains or Water Feature
  • Natural Features
  • Areas an intruder might hide

Mark on your plan any areas you don’t want to feature.

  • Garbage Cans
  • Heating or Air Conditioning Units
  • Fuel Tank
  • Dog Run
  • Wood Pile

Draw in the areas you want light. Then decide how to light them. There are a lot of options.

  • Path Lighting
  • Step Lighting
  • Accent Lighting: Direct light at an object or area.
  • Downlighting
  • Uplighting
  • Silhouetting: If you wash the area behind something, you make it stand out.
  • Spot Lighting: Direct the light directly at something.
  • Reflecting: If you have a body of water, light something near it. It will be reflected. This is a really beautiful effect.
  • Underwater lights

The higher the fixture is mounted, the wider the area that can be lighted with a single fixture. You can control the light using a shroud or a lens. A shroud cuts off the light so that it doesn’t intrude where it is not wanted. A spread lens spreads the light to a wider area. A linear spread lens elongates the beam.

Many lights can accept light bulbs with varying beam spread. A flood will light a larger area. A spot will narrow the beam and the light will appear brighter.

So, now draw onto your landscape plan the location of the fixtures. Decide where you can locate your transformer. Draw a line from the transformer to each fixture.

This is a landscape plan from Hadco. The dotted line is the cable.

Landscape Lighting Plan from Hadco

Landscape Lighting Plan from Hadco

“Draw a dotted line from the power console to each fixture to denote the cable, remembering to center feed each group of fixtures. Try to avoid running the cable under walks and drives more than once to help eliminate the need for extra work when installing.”  Hadco’s Landscape Installation Guide (PDF will open in new window)

Design your cable layout. Avoid straight runs or the lights closest to the transformer will be brighter than the ones further down the line.  If your runs are going to be very long, use higher gauge cable for the main leg.

Measure your cable. Be sure to get extra so it isn’t tight. It’s not that expensive.

Add up the wattage of the fixtures. Your transformer should handle this much wattage. If you might add more lighting later, get a bigger transformer.

Decide how much you want to spend and the quality of product you can afford.

You don’t have to do everything at once. Purchase the transformer for your ultimate plan, then add the fixtures little by little. Or buy low cost fixtures now and upgrade to higher quality longer lasting fixtures later.

Consider adding:

  • A timer to turn the lights on and off at predetermined hours.
  • A Photocell switch to turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn
  • Remote Control
  • Motion Detector to turn the lights on when someone approaches, then turn the lights back off.

Installation is easy and fast

Follow any instructions that come with your lighting.

1-      Screw the transformer to the wall near the outlet one foot above the ground.
If you have a photo cell, mount it away from any artificial light sources, such as street lights or light from your windows.

2-      Lay fixtures as close as possible to where they will be installed.

3-      Lay out the cable along your plan. Be sure to keep it loose.

4-      Connect the cable to each fixture and to the main cable using cable connectors.

5-      Connect the low voltage cable to the transformer.
Plug in the transformer.

6-      Test the system. Make sure everything is lighting up before you bury the cable. You might want to wait until the sun goes down to make sure that everything is right.

7-      Cover the cable with mulch or gravel where it runs through beds.
Cut a slit in the grass and push it in where it crosses the lawn.

What Size Should My Chandelier Be?

When choosing your chandelier, scale matters a lot. There are a lot of factors to think about, but here is an easy way to calculate the best size for your dining room.

The first guideline is:

  1. Measure your table.
  2. Divide that number in half.
  3. That’s your smallest chandelier width.
    So, a 48″ table gets a 24″ or more chandelier.

If your table is heavier or darker, either choose a heavier, darker or larger chandelier.

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

If your table is lighter in scale, plexiglass or glass or low contrast (the same color as the rest of the room); choose a chandelier that matches the scale and feel of the table or go with a smaller chandelier or pendant.

Van Teal 800650 Fast Moving Wheels Pendant from the Free Wheeling Collection

Van Teal 800650 Fast Moving Wheels Pendant from the Free Wheeling Collection

If your table is rectangular, what is your perspective as you walk into the room? If you are looking at your table from the narrow end, that is your measurement. If you are looking at your table from the wide side, that is your measurement.
You might want to us an oval chandelier or two chandeliers or pendants.

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier
This beautiful eclectic crystal chandelier is available in a variety of sizes, including ovals.
It can be hand twisted to fit your home.

Kalco 3-Light Foyer Chandelier 6108 from the Durango Collection

Kalco 3-Light Chandelier 6108 from the Durango Collection

Here is the second guideline:

  1. Measure your room.
  2. Add the length and width together.
  3. The total in feet is your chandelier width in inches.
    So a 14′ x 18′ room gets a 32″ or so chandelier.

Since your dining table usually fits the dimensions of your room, you should get a similar number using both methods. If your chandelier is not in the center of the room, or if it is in an area of a larger open floor plan, you might want to measure from the outlet box to the closest wall, then double that to get your measurements. So if your chandelier will hang 5 feet from the closest wall on one side and 6 feet from the closest wall on the other side, (5+6) x 2 = 22. A 22″ chandelier should fit the scale of the area. The table will likely be smaller, too.

“A chandelier that’s not big enough can make a room feel smaller. A good guideline: Measure the room’s length and width, and add those together. Then use that number for the diameter, substituting ‘inches’ for ‘feet.’ So if your room is 10 feet by 18 feet, you should look for a chandelier with a diameter of at least 28 inches.”
HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip, HGTV Magazine

“Determine the right scale. A too-big chandelier will make a small room look even smaller, while a tiny fixture will disappear in a big room. Add your room’s length and width in feet and get a fixture whose width is the same number of inches (a 12′ x 16′ room gets a 28″ light), advises Jeff Dross of Kichler Lighting. Another useful guideline: A chandelier should be at least half the table width (so it won’t look puny). If your ceilings are higher than the standard 8 feet, go for a taller fixture; if your dining area is part of a great room, go even larger.”
Decorating Dos Womans Day February 2012

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.