Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

George Kovacs Track Light Kits


There are 4 basic components to a Low Voltage Track System: track, standoffs, transformer and light fixtures.
• Track – this is what the light fixtures attach to, it brings power from the source to the very last fixture.

• Standoffs – standoffs hold the track steady so that it does not dip with the weight of the fixtures. Standoff sizes will be determined by your transformer size.

• Transformer – this cuts the 120v power running through your house down to 12v, which can run along the monorail track and through the thin pendant wires.

• Light Fixtures – monorails can hold both low-voltage track heads and pendants.

All Low-Voltage Track Systems use different forms of the components above. Once you decide which type of system you like, follow the rest of the guide to help you select your individual parts and pieces.

• Basic Track Kit – a great example of some functional and contemporary basic track light kits is the George Kovacs LED track light kit; this style track kit comes in bronze and silver finishes and offers a simplistic yet sleek design in track lights. They are simple to install and a wonderful choice to blend into your home’s current décor.
o Includes all parts and pieces need for installation

o Light fixtures are fixed and can not be mixed and matched

o Lower in price because they are pre-packaged and not a la carte

o Hand bendable and can be cut

• Monopoint vs. monorail with Tech Lighting low-voltage pendants
o Customize to your length and wattage needs

o Some kits are available for common lengths and wattage’s

o If not using a kit all components must be added separately

o Standoffs required every 30 to 36 inches

o Light fixtures are always a la carte

o System can be suspended from both a level and angled ceiling

o Hand bendable and can be cut

• Tech Low-voltage pendants come with the option to buy as a complete single pendant (monopoint) or as multiple pendants hanging on a single track (monorail). All you have to do is find your favorite Tech low-voltage pendant style; all of the choices in finish and glass are on the product page. If you choose monorail and want to hang 3 pendants on a monorail, for example, change the quantity on the product page to 3. Then click add to cart. You will be prompted to add the monorail kit once the pendants are added to the cart. Here are two popular Tech Lighting low-voltage pendants:
o Tech Lighting Low-Voltage Cabo Pendant

o Tech Lighting Low-Voltage Mini Melrose Pendant

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Cyan Design Treviso Chandelier


Popular lighting finishes are forever changing to coordinate with the evolving styles and trends of today. Finally there is a finish that compliments every space – white light fixtures are ever so versatile that they feel modern in an edgy downtown loft and chic in a vintage country cottage.

A classic crystal chandelier instantly becomes chic when it is turned white, like in the Murray Feiss Chateau Blanc collection as well as fixtures like the Cyan Design Treviso white chandelier shown here. Other white blown glass designs add sophistication and a classic touch to any space, like the glossy white rod iron effect in Crystorama’s Solaris collection; it has a retro and modern flair.

White goes with every palette – remember, white can add a clean, bright element to brighten a dark space or soften loud colors and textures and a modern or vintage feel can be created when added to a monochromatic or simple white space. When creating your lighting design plan, don’t forget you always have white to brighten up your home.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Whether you’re remodeling or just looking for a more efficient way to light your home, there are far better economical ways to do so. Here are some of our most helpful tips on starting an energy efficient lighting plan from our most knowledgeable lighting professionals.

Energy Efficient Lighting

You can save energy and keep your home stylish and comfortable with just the right amount of light easily these days as there are plenty of energy efficient lighting options out on the market. Make that simple switch from traditional lighting to LEDs, ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, CFLs of fluorescents – changing this aspect of your lighting scheme will truly help you strive to become more energy efficient and most importantly save you money on your energy costs.

Consider adding dimmers or lights with photoelectric lighting controls, such as motion or occupancy sensors to routinely turn off your lights.

Worried about the style of these new energy efficient lighting options? Well, there shouldn’t be a worry in the world with what manufacturers have been coming out with in the efficient lighting sector of design. Brands like Hinkley Lighting with its line of modern landscape lighting and Tech Lighting with its wide range of low-voltage and line-voltage pendants and fixtures strive to create designs that not only are efficient but also very tasteful when it comes to your interior home décor.

According to epa.gov, if every American home swapped their five most used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR we would save about $8 billion each year in energy costs.

Here are some fun facts from energystar.gov:

- With energy savings of 75 percent or more, you can save about $6 per bulb or about $14 a fixture annually on your energy bill.

- By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with models that have earned ENERGY STAR, you can save $70 each year.

- The average U.S. home has about 30 light fixtures; making the switch can earn you more than $400 savings per year on your electric bill.

- An LED downlight in your newborn’s nursery will last until he or she leaves for college.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling fans are not only a very practical addition to the home but they also provide a stylish supplement for both your indoor and outdoor areas. When it comes to finding a ceiling fan for an area of your home that is damp rated or outdoors, like an outdoor covered section or porch, you must remember to look for a fan that is “UL Listed for Damp Locations” or “UL Listed for Wet Locations.”

Modern Fan Flute Fan

Both types of ratings are designed to be exposed to the elements without any kind of risk of electrical damage or danger, designed specifically to endure environmental stresses like moisture, heat or rain. It is important to remember that if your ceiling fan will be exposed directly to any kind of rain or wetness, it should be a wet location fan. A damp location fan can be installed in areas like a screened in porch or sunroom, a wide porch where rain cannot get in, any area that is completely covered where rain cannot reach as well as bathrooms with a tub or shower.

All Modern Fan Company ceiling fans are rated and marked as “Suitable for Damp Location” – Modern Fan Company offers a variety of fan designs in more contemporary styles that are durable for your outdoor or damp location indoor areas of the home.

Minka Aire Gauguin Fan

According to modernfanco.com, always consider the environmental factors when selecting you fan because they say that although you can anticipate your fan to have sound performance for years to come in damp locations, “the degree to which the appearance of a fan may be impacted by the environment will vary widely.”

Modern Fan Company is a company that provides customers with contemporary designs that are “both technically and artfully appealing” and are very modern, so if you are looking for a more classic design for your ceiling fan, Minka Aire Ceiling Fans also have a selection of damp location fans that range from contemporary to traditional.

Emerson Summer Night Fan

A fun way to go with ceiling fan design with Minka Aire is a more tropical fashion for the outdoors, like the Gauguin fan with lavish Bahama beige blades or the Shangri-La collection of fans.

Emerson Ceiling Fans is another brand that brings functionality and style to the table with their wide selection of damp location and wet location fans. Try the Summer Night series of outdoor area fans, which are designed specifically for “any outdoor area where you need to create a breeze but don’t want to worry about the elements.” They are weather-resistant and great for covered porches, decks or patios, according to emersonfans.com.