Thursday, July 26th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Basements can be a fun room to decorate with various types of lighting to be used; they are larger spaces with often very little natural light emitted throughout. Because of that, in order to light a basement adequately, you may need an assortment of lights for your space. You should look for the best ceiling lighting with styles that will match your decor. You need overall general lighting while adding that extra accent and task lighting to certain areas throughout the basement.

Basement Lighting

Track Lighting – Track lighting is easy to install and is truly a newly renovated basement’s best answer for lighting. If track lighting isn’t what you are looking for then recessed lighting always can work too. It doesn’t take up space in the room and can be extremely adaptable for your space.

Table Lamps/Floor Lamps – These are wonderful choice for that extra decorative lighting you will need in your basement. Also, if you have lower ceilings in your basement (some basements tend to have lower ceilings than other rooms in the home) then floor lamps will be a great way to make your ceilings seem slightly taller than they actually.

Pendants – You can use pendants in your basement to hang over a specific area for ample illumination – for example over a bar area, pool table, or larger game table. Depending on the style of pendants you choose, these fixtures can also offer a great focal point for the space since pendants usually come in unique shapes and colors. You can use your pendants for accent lighting, task lighting or complete ambient lighting. Dimmers are also recommended in order to set the mood for your space.

Under Cabinet Lights
– Under cabinet lighting is a great way to add lighting in subtle areas of your basement. If you for instance have a type of media/entertainment viewing area in your basement, under cabinet lighting is a great touch to a space when you are trying to create that mood lighting during a movie or show. Almost under the same category as this is LED table lighting, which can be used to line the bottom of your floors for safety when walking through a dark part of the basement.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Maxim Santa Barbara Collection


Maxim’s “Spot-Light of the Month” is shining a light on the quality, outdoor mission style that is the Santa Barbara Collection. Maxim’s Santa Barbara Collection features outdoor wall sconces, flush mounts, post lights and hanging lanterns to display a shining brilliance outside your home.

This month’s highlighted collection is made with an ultra-durable material called Vivex, which has twice the strength of resin, is non-corrosive and UV resistant with a 3 year warranty, perfect for outdoor fixtures braving the elements.

According to Maxim Lighting, this collection has a “distinctive masculine quality.” They say the collection is unquestionably a mission style fixture with bold lines connecting horizontally, creating that signature pattern; the robust column of seedy glass encloses a sturdy platform displays three pillar candles that shine a clear, inviting light through the large and generous windows.

The novel shape and solids brass design truly stands out and the warm finish of the “chocolaty sienna finish makes a statement all of its own with an esthetic range of hues from deep chestnut copper highlights.”

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Eurofase Under Cabinet Light

The 12 volt is commonly used for under cabinet lighting. The 24 volt is only used for 40-foot or longer run of under cabinet lighting. When looking for under cabinet lighting for your home, remember to consider the lifespan, its energy efficiency and the light source of the fixture – cost and style isn’t everything when it comes to under cabinet lights.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

To begin the selection of your ceiling fan you should determine the size of the room that you would like the fan to be installed in. Once you have the dimensions of the room you can select the size of the fan you will need for the space. Here is a little key for you to know what size to choose from:

Minka Aire Ceiling Fan

• Up to 75 square foot room – 29-36” fan

• 76-144 square foot room – 36-42” fan

• 144-225 square foot room – 44” fan

• 225-400 square foot room – 50-54”fan

Once you have calculated the size of the fan, you should find the price range you would like to be in. If the fan will be used in an area like the bedroom or office, the team at Littman Bros Lighting recommends using a better quality fan so you will hear less noise coming from the fan.

After you have determined the size and price range of the fan, it is up to you to pick the style (the fun part). Some other things to consider will be whether you want a light on the fan and what type of control you deem works best in your space.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Corbett Vertigo Pendant

The Vertigo family of lights is a very unique style of lights designed by Corbett Lighting. The interesting shape of the pendants might seem to make it difficult to change the bulb efficiently; but it is a fairly easy process. There is a set screw on the bottom rim to loosen on the fixture and then the glass will slide down, allowing you to change the bulb effortlessly.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Lighting uses about 10 percent of the total energy consumed in a home so it is always questioned how one can reduce that energy consumption. Using less energy greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves the air quality of the environment. Here are some ideas to help you reduce your energy costs and intake:

Energy Efficient Lighting

• Energy efficient bulbs like LEDs, CFLs and fluorescents are the best way to reduce your energy costs. Using them all throughout your home will be beneficial not only to your wallet but also the environment. Energy efficient bulbs like these produce considerably more light and last much longer than the typical incandescent bulbs. Anything that is an ENERGY STAR product or ENERGY STAR qualified lighting will help in your strive for energy efficiency. Fun Fact: According to epa.gov, if every American home swapped their five most used light fixtures or bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR we would save about $8 billion each year in energy costs.

• If you don’t want to go in the LED bulb direction, use more efficient PAR bulbs, especially with task and accent lighting; a 50-watt PAR30 bulb produces about three times more light than 1 65-watt BR30 bulb.

• Keep light bulbs and fixtures clean because it is known that dirt absorbs light, a clean bulb produces more light than a dusty or dirty one.

• Use dimmers with photoelectric lighting controls, such as motion or occupancy sensors or timers to routinely turn off your lights. The dimmers can be used throughout your home and the timers would be a good idea for your outdoor lighting when the sun rises.