Thursday, August 29th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dining Room Lighting

Lighting should be focused around how a room is used and furniture placement plays a key role in your fixture size and location; this is especially true for fixtures that drop over tables or counter tops. Fixtures for specific rooms in your home must be sized appropriately based on both the size of the space as well as table size; this is why when furniture changes the fixture may look disproportionate.

Have you ever walked into a dining room and noticed the fixture was not centered over the table? This often happens a lot when people add a hutch or china cabinet and slide the table over to keep spacing on both sides even and adding a leaf to the table will have the same effect. Center your lights over how you have your table placed in your space on a daily basis, not how it is placed for holidays or special occasions.

General lighting in a room can also be affected by furniture placement. A centered fixture, whether it is a flush mount or a chandelier, will not be affected. This is more of an issue when you have recessed lighting or spotlights highlighting certain areas. If you move your furnishings often, opt for an overall general ceiling light and use temporary and portable table lamps and floor lamps to add accent lighting, rather than adding wall sconces and directional cans.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans help conserve energy and save money by circulating the air but they do not actually lower the temperature in a room. Ceiling fans make a space feel cooler by blowing extra air over a person’s skin, increasing the evaporation of moisture – this increased moisture evaporation can make a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler. Fans save energy by allowing your thermostat to stay at a higher temperature while making the space feel cooler than it actually is. To optimize your energy savings be sure to turn off your ceiling fan when leaving the room, since the fan does not actually cool the air, there is no reason to have it running when there is no one to cool.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling Fan Enhancements

Ceiling fans add great value to your living space as well as help maintain a consistent temperature year round. Ceiling fans are an energy efficient solution that provides comfort at a fraction of the cost of heating or central air alone. No matter what the space within your home, there is a ceiling fan that is the appropriate size.

When you look at the overall aesthetics and airflow efficiency, the standard fan can be used in a much smaller space than typically thought. Standard ceiling fan sizes 52 inch to 54 inch can be used in a space that is only 144 square feet, all the way up to 255 square foot space.

What if you have a very tiny space? A 36 inch ceiling fan is appropriate for a small closet up to 75 square feet and a small to medium room of about 76 to 144 square feet can handle a 42 inch to 50 inch fan. Larger spaces can take up to a 72 inch fan but the ceiling height starts to factor into this decision – a 72 inch ceiling fan installed on a ceiling shorter than 14 inches, visually, feels like it is falling down on top of you; if you have a space larger than 400 square feet with a lower ceiling, go for multiple fans around 52 to 54 inches. A room larger than 400 square feet with a high ceiling should have a 72 inch fan.