Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Checklist

Using different light sources to layer your exterior lighting is a key component when lighting your outdoor space. Layering your outdoor lighting design, from outdoor wall sconces to path lights and spotlights add depth and interest to your home without appearing like a landing strip. No single light source can perform all the lighting functions needed around your landscape. Here is a checklist to assist in creating a lighting scheme for your landscape that provides safety, security and style:

1. Plan the lighting for your exterior patio, kitchen, water features or sculptures first. An effective lighting design accentuates your landscape and provides useful lighting for you to enjoy your space.

2. Try to get everyone involved in planning the lighting scheme for your exterior space; this would include the homeowner, contractor, landscape professional and lighting designer. If you are a DIY type of person, keep all hats in mind, this will ensure a cohesive design where all elements work seamlessly with one another.

3. Create a lighting plan that works from all angles; when you are in your garden, looking at your house from the street, or inside your house enjoying your landscape.

4. Your exterior coach lights flanking the entrances to your home should be the only light sources that are seen. Everything else should be soft washes of light that create a calming environment without blinding your guests. Shielded light fixtures with light directed up or down will create this effect.

5. Be mindful of the color quality of light on your plants – incandescent fixtures create a warm light that becomes even warmer when they are dimmed. This can make your plants look sickly, so try a daylight blue color correcting filter to eliminate the amber quality. You can also opt for LED landscape fixtures which do not change color when dimmed and will save you money in operating costs.

6. Locate light switches by all major entrances – front door, garage, etc. A “panic” switch in your master bedroom is also a great security measure for you outdoor lighting.

Friday, December 27th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Design Pro LED Kitchen

LED tape lighting is an excellent product for both accent and task lighting applications in various rooms within your home. It is roughly only one quarter of an inch wide and about an eighth of an inch long; the size allows the tape to be hidden practically anywhere that you want to create a glow of light without showing a fixture. LED strip lights can be used as accent lighting, which adds drama to a space by creating visual interest. Accent lighting draws attention to specific objects or areas in a space like shelving, nooks, and glass cabinets.

LED tape lighting is very easy to install – all that is needed is a hidden power source so that you can store the driver out of sight. The low voltage wire that runs from the driver to the starting point is so tiny and inconspicuous; it is barely noticeable. The low-voltage wire can also run from one lit space to the next should you have a break in areas. The tape itself is a peel and stick application, just make sure to dry fit the tape before installation.

When installing LED tape lights, make sure to get high quality LED tape like Kichler’s Low Output LED Tape in order to get both the energy savings and longevity of the diodes; lower quality LED strips have been known to have diodes burn out prematurely. The great benefits of LEDs are that the power consumption is a fraction of incandescent and there is no maintenance with bulbs that need to be chained out. Take advantage of both benefits and get a system that will last.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kitchen Lighting

The real estate collapse has caused more people to stay where they are and renovate instead of going on the hunt for something totally new. Whether people are renovating to make their house into their dream home or prepping to sell when the market turns, there is no doubt there is a rise in updating and renovating the home. Today, we find that the most common rooms for renovation are kitchens and baths; they are the selling features of the home and therefore create the most equity and return on investment.

Lighting is an important part of any renovation project – many older spaces, especially kitchens do not have enough lighting and a dark and shadowy space can make a home feel dated, cramped and dirty. Enhancing your home with the right amount of both task and ambient lighting can add to the perceived square footage by brightening and lightening up a space. Recessed lighting is a great way to create even ambient lighting; recessed lighting in a kitchen should be placed around your cabinets and workspace and should be placed according to their size. For example, six feet apart for 6 inch cans, five feet for 5 inch and so on. Smaller, more modern recessed lights should be placed closer together because Halogen and LED bulbs have a narrower spread. Under cabinet lighting is also a great addition for task lighting and eliminates shadows created by the upper cabinets; self-adhesive LED strips are a great under cabinet solution as they are indiscreet and smaller in size. Energy efficient LED lighting draws four or fewer watts per foot and has an average life span of 40 thousand hours or 15 years of regular usage. Task lighting is also needed over any islands or peninsulas and can be achieved easily by using hanging pendants or mini pendants and doing so will also create some visual interest.

After adding additional lighting you will want to update your original fixtures: Dropping your center light fixture slightly (within 16 inches on an 8 foot ceiling) will allow a cast of up-light on your ceiling, which creates a softer ambient light that will combat any shadowing from the addition of the recessed lighting. Up lighting has also become the more desirable type of lighting over the kitchen dining area; you can achieve this through simple bowl fixtures or a chandelier, and don’t be afraid to dress up your lights with newer, elegant designs.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Pergola Outdoor Lighting

Summer is fast approaching and as you prep your outside space for the warmer months ahead you should definitely take a look at your lighting – does it highlight your landscaping? Create a safe environment to walk in? Offer enough light for grilling and entertaining? Outdoor lighting is much softer than its indoor counterparts and harsh lighting is not needed for exterior tasks; remember that less is more. It is important that you create stylish outdoor spaces with the proper outdoor lighting.

The most basic of exterior lighting for your stylish outdoor spaces are the coach lights that light up the entries to your home. The second most popular are spotlights – these can shoot straight up the corners of your home and the blank spaces between windows. They create architectural interest and provide security for your outdoor areas as well as highlight trees and shrubs in your yard. Typically 35 watts to 50 watts are the norm, depending on the height of what you would like to light. Landscape lighting is more decorative but provides safety and easy access to passages for you and your guests. Path lights are spaced along walks every 6 feet to create small pools of light along the path and they come in several varying styles from simple mushroom lights to decorative flower sculptures.

Landscape Lighting

Do you have a deck, pergola or any other outdoor entertaining spaces? Deck lighting offers soft indirect lighting that’s perfect for a relaxing conversation or a romantic evening. These lights can be mounted to posts or the underside of railings. If you have a pergola, soft overhead lighting can be created by shining spots up the supports and into the trusses. An outdoor chandelier or large exterior hanging light will create more direct lighting for the space as well. Exterior lighting, just like interior lighting, benefits from layers and balance.

Friday, December 6th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is about safety, navigation, and definition of space and when implemented correctly your exterior lighting will define your entrances and offer a smooth transition from your interior space.

It should be noted that entrances should be well lit with wall or hanging lanterns – this will give you ample light for you and your guests. Layers of light are just as important on your exterior as they are in your home and the architectural details, corners of the home and pillars, should be washed with light; landscape spotlights or security lights placed close to the home will give this effect. These select tips will highlight your home and create definition.

Deck Lighting

Lighting allows your guests to navigate through areas of your home and yard by creating visual cues to a destination point. Light a walkway with path lights, step lights or indirect LED strip lighting. This will ensure you and your guests feel welcome and arrive safely. How does lighting give clues that you have reached your destination? Using multiple, low intensity light sources creates layers and interest, making a place more inviting. Indirect lighting should be used to create general lighting in the space, which can be achieved with LED strip lighting under a ledge or retaining wall. Step lights or deck lights can also be used to create small pools of light, which truly adds to the dimension of the space. Path lighting can continue into a space, highlighting low lying flowers and try to place spotlights on tall landscaping and architectural details. If there is a fountain, statue or fireplace these should be up-lit with spotlights or well lights. When these soft light sources are used in combination with each other they create a warm, welcoming environment with interest and definition.

Monday, November 25th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

eurofase-micro-led-pendant

Eurofase is certainly one of the leading manufacturer’s in LED lighting applications as they have made sure to offer their customers a widespread collection of LED products that are efficient and of course fashion-forward design’s in lighting; they combine trendsetting designs with LED capabilities.

Eurofase LED lighting is featured in a variety of their newer decorative collections, such as Aria and Micro, as well as recessed lighting, outdoor lighting, like their line of Axiom LED outdoor uplights, and under cabinet lighting; the best part about these products from Eurofase is that they are functional while still having a very contemporary and fashionable design.

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Eurofase makes sure to have the most talented designers on their team who do the most thorough research on LED innovations and technology.

According to eurofase.com, designers at Eurofase have the most complex yet gratifying jobs. Eurofase has said, “Not only does it take a lot of creativity and meticulous detailing, but also a lot of research.”

A lot of research on not only LED technology but market trends as well, in order to stay ahead of the curve of this ever-changing market.

Eurofase has recently introduced a new Fundamental Architectural catalog that includes an extensive line of LED concepts and designs in a variety of unique and fashionable styles. Eurofase is making sure to continue their presence in the LED market with novel ideas an even more innovative designs for the future, providing the industry with products that are truly a synthesis of technology and purpose, which of course staying trendy.

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, October 30th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

LED Under Cabinet Lights

Under cabinet lighting used to be hardwired toward the back against the back-splash in a kitchen area of the home, the light was then angled forward towards the front of the counter top and also into the kitchen. If you have a close table or seating area to this spot in your kitchen, this under cabinet light would go directly into your eyes; this direct harsh light can be avoided with LED or Xenon strips mounted towards the front of your cabinet with the light directed straight down at your work surface. The lumen output of the LEDs is equivalent to the fluorescent lights but they do not have the same harsh glare – the LEDs seem to appear not as bright as the fluorescent’s because they lack this glare. Place a white object underneath both fluorescent and LED under cabinet lights and you will see that the light output is equivalent and the quality of the LED light may even be a bit warmer and have a truer color spectrum.


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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kichler LED Tape

LED Tape lighting has various applications; any small space that needs ambient lighting is the perfect spot for these tiny flexible lights. LED is now bright enough for task lighting over kitchen counters and desks; it is a flawless under cabinet lighting solution. Unlike halogens, LEDs will not get hot and warm your cabinets, adding that unnecessary heat. They also draw significantly less power and with a lifespan of 40,000 hours they are maintenance free.

One of the brightest under cabinet LED tape lights is from Kichler Lighting, and only draws 4 watts per foot. Kichler’s LED tape lights, like the other’s on the market, is dimmable provided you purchase a dimmable driver. Drivers are a necessary component for tape lighting as they run on 12 volts unlike the 120 volts that run through your house. When designing or remodeling your kitchen, place power in each section of independent cabinets – this power source could be located above the fridge or microwave or in an accessible basement ceiling.

Kichler Under Cabinet Lighting

Most tape lighting is flexible and customizable for any kitchen. They are provided with cutting locations every 3 inches and various connectors to jump around appliances and breaks in the cabinets. What sets Kichler tape lighting apart from its competitors is the color temperature and light output; Kichler LED tape lighting comes in a few different color options: 2700K, 3000K and 4000K. If you like the warm glow of incandescent light bulbs go with the 2700K – 3000K is a true white and looks great on white back splashes. The 4000K is like the older LEDs, a nice cool white color.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kichler Lighting introduced a new line of LED landscape lighting at this summer’s International Lighting Market and this new line, known as Radiax, definitely generated a lot of interest among industry professionals.

Kichler Radiax

Kichler’s Radiax LED landscape technology has the greatest lumens per watt in the industry; its design utilizes innovative optics that increases light output while consuming fewer watts. This new technology drives more output from their LED chips creating a more focused light at a cooler temperature. While the chips themselves run cooler, this does not affect the lights color.

The Radiax, a Kichler exclusive design, controls the color rendering and offers their lights in three different Kelvins. The new Radiax design takes a traditional 75watt PAR 30 fixture that costs about $40 to power a year and drops the cost output to $11.53 a year with this novel lighting technology – this cost comparison is focusing on energy alone. According to kichler.com, lumens are an enhanced indication of a light’s brightness.

“..At Kichler, we’ve engineered a solution to get the most lumens with the least amount of wattage. Our Radiax TM optic drives increased output from our LED chips, creating more focused light at a cooler operating temperature.”

Kichler’s Radiax truly focuses on how the light makes consumers feel as well as the type environment they want.