Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Warm Bath Lighting

Lighting can impact the experience of a room more than any other architectural element. Besides the obvious function, lighting can be used to evoke predetermined emotional responses. The first step in lighting a space is to think about its functionality; how do you plan on using the space? Will your dining room be strictly for entertaining in the evening or will it double as a homework center? By answering questions like these you will know how much light you will need for the tasks at hand. Then we can move on to focus on the mood you want to promote in your different scenarios.

Bedrooms, spas and relaxing spaces benefit from soft diffused lighting – dimmers and warmer lights are calming and more desired. They minimize the harsh shadows and provide a more relaxing and visually compelling environment. Diffused lighting lacks in shadows and highlights, which can create a dull and boring atmosphere. Add a few direct lighting sources to highlight different textures and create some interest. Direct lighting creates highlights and shadows and is great as a complement to your primary light source.

In contrast to soft lighting, higher levels of illumination create cheerfulness and alertness. Combine direct lighting with an overall higher level of ambient lights; think brighter over head lighting, lamps or recessed lighting. Higher levels of light should be directed over specific task areas. Create a playful mood by positioning lighting fixtures to create rhythms with the highlights and shadows. Reflections and diffusions create an active effect on an atmosphere.

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ambient Lighting

Lighting is no longer just about lighting up a space with general lighting, it has become so much more than that – designer lighting is meant to enhance a space and add purpose to your home. With the various kinds and styles of lighting come alternative lighting designs and variations other than general lighting or ambient lighting. Other common stylish lighting distinctions are task lighting, which would be achieved with lamps on a desk or pendants over an island. Accent lighting and decorative lighting are two more types of lighting that create depth and interest in a space – accent lighting is used to accentuate an object or element in a space like picture lights over paintings or puck lights in glass cabinets; decorative lighting is purely ornamental, one of the most common applications is cove lighting above cabinets or in tray ceilings.

There are different designer lights that can create these various lighting types in a space, the most common being chandeliers and lamps. You can also consider using different style like flush and semi-flush fixtures that sit closer to the ceiling. For accent and task lighting, wall sconces are a great choice and add wonderful depth to your space and pin lights, which are small compact lights, are typically used for accent and decorative lighting. With your outdoor areas, consider wall lanterns or outdoor hanging lanterns to hang from the ceiling or wall. When picking out your designer lighting it is important to consider the function you want, size and materials of the light and how they will fit in with the current décor of the space.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Even though Valentine’s Day has passed and the chance to surprise your loved with your romantic side on that momentous day will have to wait a year doesn’t mean you can’t learn some new and romantical lighting tips; special, romantic lighting and decorating trends for you and your significant other to enjoy from our very knowledgeable lighting professionals.

Romantic Lighting

Mood lighting for any space within your home is necessary to create that ideal lighting for two. Creating the right lighting can be as simple as changing the color of your light bulb to transitioning your lighting scheme into something brand new. Here are some tips to follow when deciding what to do to illuminate your romantic side with the perfect lighting:

Try going for a theme or color scheme with the decor of your space, the lighting will harmonize with the tones you pick and help the overall ambiance of the room.

Subdued tones and colors mixed with gentle fabrics add a cozy touch.

Chandeliers are known to be the most romantic looking silhouettes for any space but if you don’t have one installed in your room, try changing the lamp shades to warmer colors or adding a thin, darker linen over the top of the shade (be careful of flammability of course).

Try little twinkling lights strewn throughout the space or adding little candles for another romantic light source.

Dimmers are the best way to achieve the romantical and warm lighting to set the perfect atmosphere, if you don’t have one installed, doing so is pretty simple and will be used for future endeavors as well.

If you are picking out a fixture and want a romantic design to your space, go for chandeliers in more distressed finishes and antique silhouettes, maybe with a touch of crystal embellishments. Crystal chandeliers add an elegance and graceful presence to a room.

Last, but not least, don’t forget the flowers! Romance becomes complete with some flowers and the perfect mood lighting.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

by Benson Littman

The options are never-ending when it comes to lighting a child’s bedroom; you can truly go in any direction you want with the help of the child’s interests, favorite colors and current design scheme. Here are some tips when lighting your child’s bedroom:

Trans Globe Flush Mount

A child’s bedroom will most likely need strong, bright lights as they tend to use this space as a play area or space to do arts and crafts and other activities; since children tend to be at ground level, playing, reading or coloring, it is smart to find a light that can be bright enough to reach the floor. Because of this, it would also be a very smart idea to install dimmers in the bedroom to modify the level of light within the room at certain times throughout the day.

Elk Motorcycle Pendant

It is best to consider the child’s needs when planning a lighting design for their bedroom. There are an array of unique and playful novelty lighting options out there for you to choose from; from sports themed pendants to colorfully designed flush mounts. Trans Globe Lighting has a line of lighting called Kids Korner that features playful designs in lighting just for your child’s room. Elk Lighting as well as Landmark Lighting also have some children’s themed lighting collections.

A night light is a must when a child is of a certain age and incorporating this into their bedroom will provide them with a comforting light for bedtime.

Table lamps or desk lamps are always a wonderful addition to a child’s room as they may want to read a book before bed or throughout the day if they choose to sit at their desk and draw.

Whatever you decide for a child’s bedroom lighting scheme, remember that there are plenty of ceiling lights and lamps that can match many children’s themes for their décor, from a sporty boys theme to a girly princess theme.

Friday, March 9th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Lighting Tips: Make a small room feel bigger

When windows are limited in any room, it can be challenging to disperse natural sunlight. The best way to optimize lighting in a small space is to multiply the light sources. If you use only one type of light, it can in turn make the room actually feel smaller. Use a monorail track light with directional track heads to spotlight certain focal points in the room, rather than illuminating the entire space with one single light. Tech Lighting designed a monorail surface transformer kit that can hold up to six directional tech track heads. Each of tech lighting’s low-voltage track heads and pendants also come bundled as the monopoint (MP) option. This option includes all hardware and hangs from a single monopoint canopy. View all tech lighting track heads and pendants.

Friday, October 9th, 2009

by Littman Bros Lighting

Bedroom LightingWhether you have a small bedroom or master suite, you probably use your room for more than sleeping. While the bed remains the focal point, the room space might be shared with a television, workout equipment, a computer or a sitting area. To illuminate its many sides, bedrooms must have enough light to focus on a particular area as well as fill the corners and edges.

Ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, fan light kits, recessed cans, or wall sconces can provide the general lighting you need to dress and see into drawers and closets.

Swing arm wall lamps or mini pendants on one or both sides of the bed can provide adequate lighting for reading. Continue Reading Bedroom Lighting