Monday, December 2nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Contemporary Interior Lighting

Lighting is an integral part of your home’s overall environment and that is why is very important that you have your interior home lighting scheme properly set up in order to achieve the perfect ambiance every home needs. Lighting your home and lighting in itself is the most commanding component if interior design; without ample lighting in your home, there can be a muted and often gloomy vibe and that can simply mean that there are not enough fixtures for the size of the space.

Whether you’re building a brand new or home just need an update, it is definitely important to consider a fresh approach to your lighting plan. Lighting fixtures are a wonderful enhancement to the interior design of your home as well – there is an unlimited amount of styles, colors, shapes and types of lighting out there for you to choose from and find that perfect style to add to your space.

Traditional Interior Home Lighting

Style – Think about what your taste is. Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to renovate your home’s current décor, style is definitely an important factor to reflect on as it can often make or break the end result of the design process. If you have an already busy interior design, like ornate, showy or patterned furniture, wall art, drapery or wallpaper, consider going for simplicity with your lighting. More transitional pieces will balance and harmonize with what you’ve currently got going on.

Finish – The finish of your fixtures can become a daunting decision as there are plenty of choices out there to sometimes confuse you, when all you really wanted was a simple nickel finish. Finish choice can often become the most fundamental yet essential decisions to make when choosing your light fixtures. It is the key component of the design and can either enhance or minimize the design scheme of your home. There are, of course some finishes that archaic and some that remain a well-liked choice in light fixtures for decades – try a polished nickel, chrome or darker bronze if you don’t want to take a fancy route with your finish.

Identify the activities that occur within each room of your home as well as what mood or ambiance you want to achieve and from there you can figure out exactly what kind of light it may need and from there you can pick the perfect style and finish to coincide. Don’t forget the basic lighting types – ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting.

The lighting design within your home is what you make it so make sure you have fun while picking out the fixtures that reflect you and your style most.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Traditional Style Chandelier

In a recent American Lighting Association (ALA) webinar, the question of design and style was discussed and it was clear that lighting styles and design components with lighting is more than often a subjective issue.

Joe Rey-Barreau, architect, lighting designer and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design, hosted the webinar and talked about the impending confusion that often takes place between a lighting specialist and the customer.

Contemporary Style Chandelier

Rey-Barreau said discussing styles with customers is sometimes not the best starting off point as people understandably have a different idea of what each style profile looks like to them.

“I will always try to steer the conversation away from styles and toward the elements and principles of design,” Rey-Barreau said. “I say this with all honesty because I find the discussion of styles with customers becomes very, very confusing.”

It is more imperative to get the customers opinion and assessment of what a specific style is, he said.

Here are the primary factors Rey-Barraeu said affect the selection of lighting fixtures:

Style = Aesthetics, how does it look?

Function = Purpose, does it work?

Mood/Behavior = How does it make us feel?

Symbol = What does it mean?

Preferential = The unknown, the decision that someone makes that may make no sense whatsoever.

Instead of focusing on specific styles, retailers should bring up the idea of simple vs. complex and the core principles and elements of design.

Rey-Barreau said the elements of design are: line, shape form, space, direction, size, texture, color, value and contrast. While the principles of design include balance, harmony, unity, contrast, dominance, repetition and emphasis.

“Design and styles can be very, very useful, and very fun,” Rey-Barreau said. “But, again, think more about the simplicity of what defines an object rather than what we call the object.”

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Fredrick Ramond Zen Collection

Hinkley Lighting is at the forefront of LED lighting and not only provides consumers with a variety of LED products but also incorporates beautiful design aesthetics to their products as well.
Hinkley offers more than 100 LED options in their landscape lighting line of deck, path, step, spot and brick lights, their very functional line of the Nexus LED landscape lighting system as well as interior lighting styles in a variety of eco-friendly textiles.

Fredrick Ramond Loft Pendant

Some of Hinkley’s newer LED products unite the brands classic, stylish and chic designs with the modern-day technology of LED lighting.

Hinkley’s luxury line of Fredrick Ramond Lighting came out with a collection of pendants known as Loft; each Loft pendant is made in the U.S. from select grade solid maple, walnut or cherry wood and each includes an energy efficient LED light source. Fredrick Ramond also came out with the series of Zen products that “is the ultimate in eco-chic.” Each Zen fixture is constructed with sustainable, environmentally friendly bamboo and is made in the U.S. while utilizing an LED light source.

Along with these newer collections, Hinkley continues to grow its long line of LED landscape lighting while continuing to create cost-effective LED lighting in chic styles; they hope to make the majority of their fixtures LED compatible by next year. Hinkley Lighting is making sure they have a vast impact on the LED lighting market with all of their products in the coming years.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

ET2 Chic Collection

This month ET2 is shining on their Chic collection as the Spotlight of the Month and it is no wonder why, as the Chic collection definitely is a distinct family of lighting.

The ET2 Chic collection features a modern twist on a classic silhouette; this collection brings together a stylish combination of “candle-like xenon lights shrouded in conical clear glass shades.” According to et2online.com, “Each of the fluid chrome curves enhances the organic simplicity of the sleek and stylish design as they flow into Polished Chrome adjustable stems.”

Although clearly a contemporary design, this striking collection sticks to some of its traditional roots as each fixture within Chic has a truly classic shape and form with modern touches. The glistening full shaped base flows out naturally giving off the impression of motion and evolves into the more modern glass shades that reflect a beautiful light when illuminated.

ET2’s Chic collection features wall sconces and chandeliers; choose from the 5 light, 9 light or exaggerated 16 light chandeliers. The additional arms add depth to the already uniquely designed collection. Because of the fusion of styles, Chic will be a significant addition to any contemporary or more traditional decorated room.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Corbett Inertia Collection

Geometric shapes are huge this year, both in repeating patterns and the general form of the light fixture – these sculptural fixtures combine function and art into unique abstract designs. Light fixtures that take on a more sculptural form are becoming more widely accepted and complement many different types of room designs. The asymmetric shapes express individuality and a break from the conventional light fixture; a good example of this is Fredrick Ramond’s Ion collection, which has a generally simple sphere shape but is composed of multiple aluminum spirals. This piece creates detail, texture and interest within a simple geometric form. The metal spirals add both a rustic and refined element to their surroundings. Ion is detailed enough to stand alone but simple enough to pair in threes over a long table or island. Many sculptural pieces follow this general theme with very detailed features, unique shapes, accents and colors.

Kichler City Lights Collection

Corbett Lighting also has a range of collection’s that display this sculptural form in lighting, like the Big Bang collection, Chimera, Spellbound and Inertia collection; although these pieces are so different they all have a refined beauty created by their lustrous finishes, attention to detail and unique shapes. Sculptural pieces can also have a more detailed composition and less decorative details – Kichler’s City Lights chandeliers are a perfect example of this. The basic rectangular lights are stacked and placed almost randomly along silver linear bars creating an abstract city and a functional piece of artwork. The Kichler Escala collection has a similar effect – the simple spheres and gentle curves make an interesting and compelling sculpture. Light sculptures are used in both sleek and modern rooms to create interest or can add a modern flare to traditional or classic spaces.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

LBL Mademoiselle Pendant

The summer 2013 Dallas Market Lighting Show just wrapped up and this year was overtaken by two very different looks. On one hand you have the restoration and simple classic style and on the other there are the more modern sculptural pieces. These fun and modern pieces that have little in common with the conventional chandelier are being referred to as “Generation Z.”

Crystorama Solstice Pendant

The statement pieces are reminiscent of sculptures and jewelry; some of this movement is fueled by the switch to LED lighting. Fixtures are no longer confined to the dimensions of a standard light bulb. These fixtures can be thin and sleek, more about form than function. LBL’s Mademoiselle collection is a great example of this; the body is a sleek linear line that houses a slim LED light source. It is then draped in more than 30 feet of metal links that incorporate Swarovski Elements crystal accents.

Sonneman’s Starflex is another collection that is influenced by the evolvement of LED. This fixture is composed of select arms of thin LEDs that flex into different positions, giving the fixture multiple looks and silhouettes. Corbett and Troy Lighting have a few more artistic and sculptural pieces in this year’s collection too; the Poetry collection from Corbett features a basic shape of an orb which is the definitely a popular form in lighting this year. It is a sculpture made of hand crafted iron rods with piercing delicate and beautifully finished silver leaf planes. Solstice by Crystorama bridges the two styles – the collection is sculptural in shape but encompasses a simple classic chandelier within.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Crystorama Broche Collection


There is no denying that brass is out…..or is it?? Don’t be alarmed, that old shiny brass from the 80s and 90s is not making a comeback, this finish has evolved into a more refined, elegant and sophisticated set of finishes in the lighting world. While satin nickel has been a long-standing, ever-popular finish, the rise of oil rubbed bronze has swayed designs towards the warmer tones. Right now, the hottest finishes in lighting and décor are matte gold and champagne – satin nickel and gold combo; it has the glamour and subtlety of satin nickel with a warmer palette. Fixtures like the Crystorama Broche collection are inspired by vintage jewelry but feel very modern, sophisticated and sculptural in a golden hue. Hinkley’s contemporary Monaco collection becomes more transitional and elegant when finished in a matte gold finish while the traditional pieces like Schonbek’s Amytis collection, also being finished in a matte gold, only adds more to their elegance and sophistication.

Hinkley Monaco Collection


Matte gold is richer and far more refined than their tacky, brass relatives. The texture and hue inspires many of its forms and furnishes, it pairs nicely with gem tones as well. Emerald anyone? Emerald, the Pantone color of the year, pairs well with warm tones and adds some rich character.

Trending: Today’s fixtures are lighter in both color and design. The newest finishes are champagne, satin nickel and gold combo, satin gold and white. These finishes modernize both traditional and contemporary designs, creating a delicate elegance that fits into any décor.

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, January 24th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

The January Dallas International Lighting Market was filled with new and innovative designs from an array of some of the most capable manufacturers in the industry. Here is a small selection of some of the new releases Littman Bros Lighting enjoyed at the show:

Feiss Urban Renewal Lamp

Murray Feiss added some more products to their already inspired Urban Renewal collection. This style of table lamps takes you to the oceanside as well as the earlier moments in the Industrial Revolution – mixing that classic Cape Cod style with the antiqueness of the old lantern styles in our history allow for a wonderful reproduction of an engineered-like piece of work. The rustic antique brass finish adds that final matured and industrial touch.

Elk Jorgenson Chandelier

Elk Lighting brought forward this unique and contemporary inspired Jorgenson collection, which was designed with solid wood, mirroring the silhouette of the legs of household furniture, the sharp angle of the wood is framed with accented polished nickel metalwork – this collection truly stands out as a brilliant yet simplistic design in lighting.

Savoy House Abigail Pendant

This distinct silhouette from Savoy House is from the Abigail collection and features a vintage forged black birdcage with faceted crystal pendalogues. The fixtures within this collection boast boldness that harmonizes wonderfully with the delicate birdcage silhouettes.

Quoizel Mercer Pendant

Quoizel’s Mercer pendant is a very modern and simple design but the addition of the mercury glass adds a touch of rarity and vintage appeal to the design. Layer these pendants throughout your home and they will add a nice touch to your space, illuminating a glistening shine through the unique glass choice.

Vaxcel Meritage Collection

Vaxcel came out with a rustic and almost olde world inspired collection called Meritage that truly encompasses the feel of mid-century renaissance era with the black iron finished accented with charred wood – the pillar candle-style glass tops it off adding that necessary drama factor to the pieces.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dolan Designs Monaco Collection


This year, 2013 is host to a myriad of brand new products from a great deal of brands – Dolan Designs has definitely prepared for the new year with new collections that are sure to impress with style and charm.

Dolan’s Monaco collection is simple yet refined with bold lines that boast a transitional yet modern style. The collection offers 3 light chandeliers, 5 light chandeliers, 6 lights chandelier, mini pendants, semi-flush mounts and wall sconces; plan your home’s interior lighting scheme around this collection and your space will illuminate will a subtle elegance and eye-catching presence.

Dolan Designs Infini Collection

The Infini collection is unique as its name coincides with the design of the fixtures; each piece within this collection features a focal infinity symbol – within the chandeliers, the center column shines with a twirl of satin nickel while the mini pendant adds that twist to the lower portion of the fixture as well as the wall sconce, which has an infinity twirl continuing down the bottom of its design. The simplicity of this collection is truly remarkable as the bold, sweeping lines of satin nickel shine against the brilliance of the satin white glass shades.

Dolan Designs Delany Collection

The last collection we will focus on new to Dolan Designs is the Delany collection, which features chandeliers, mini pendants and wall sconces with a transitional and mission style design. The bold, dark lines of warm bronze stands out while the illumination of the clear pebbled glass shines bright.

There are more collections Dolan Designs has to show off this year that will inevitably be introduced at the Dallas International Lighting Market. Dolan Designs is dedicated to designing detailed, stylish fixtures with high-quality materials and distinct silhouettes.