Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Living Room Lighting

Lighting is no longer just about brightening up a space, it has become so much more than that; it is about layering and balance; positioning your light source. You can have a room filled with all different types of lighting and still be missing the mark. Some rooms would benefit from lighting that draws attention and creates style within a space, while others need subtle fixtures that are restrained and delicate. There are also the different types of lighting that help to develop the layers within a space – ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting.

Ambient lighting is the most general lighting, creating the overall, general light within a space. This general lighting can be accomplished with sunlight, cans or lamps. Another common type of lighting is task lighting, which would be lamps on a desk or pendants over an island. The next two types of lighting create depth and interest in a space, accent and decorative lighting; accent lighting is used to accentuate an object or element in a space, think 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.

Getting a feel for the different layers of light is one thing – but how do you use them in a space? This all depends on what room you are trying to light as well as the look that you want to create. Here are some general guidelines for each space:

Dining Room Lighting

In a living room or family room you will want to light three of the four corners of the space, this can be accomplished using a combination of table and floor lamps, wall sconces and overhead lighting. Shaded lamps will create good reading light for the direct area while torchiere lamps will light up more of the room. Wall sconces and overhead lighting should be put on dimmers; this gives you more control over the mood and function of the room.

In a dining room the main source of light is over the table and should be put on a dimmer and lowered for entertaining purposes; this dimmer light promotes socializing because it is calming and flattering. Additional lighting should be placed on the edges of the room using torchiere lamps on a buffet table or accent wall sconces.

Ambient and task lighting are most important in the kitchen to assist with cooking. Many people congregate in the kitchen while entertaining and that is why accent and decorative lighting really help accentuate the space. Recessed lighting or an overhead semi-flush mount can create a great amount of ambient lighting; be sure to place these on a dimmer so that they can be nice and bright while cooking and dimmed while entertaining. Pendant and under cabinet lighting create additional lighting where tasks are performed, these can also be dimmed down while the overhead lights are off creating a backdrop while the party is perhaps eating in the formal dining space.

I have been asked if recessed lighting is sufficient in a bathroom – the answer is absolutely not. While you will want recessed lighting in your shower (and if the bathroom is large enough throughout the space), it is not good lighting for applying makeup and is far from flattering when you look in the mirror. Wall sconces are the absolute best for a bathroom; they create a warm flattering wash on your face. When wall sconces are not possible, a vanity light is the next best thing.

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.

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.

Friday, February 10th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

This is the time of year when lighting manufacturers across the United States meet in Dallas, Texas to showcase their new releases at the National Lighting Convention. In a venue that more closely resembles a shopping mall than a convention, industry leaders set up beautifully elaborate installations and compete for the attention of retailers from around the nation. This year, the buzz surrounded some unique styles and designs.

Greek Key, a design generally associated with the world of fine art and ancient sculptures, has now found a seat as one of the most sought after styles of the year. Blending the style of ancient relics with the contemporary styles of modern lighting, light makers such as Uttermost, Eurofase, and Elk are creating beautiful lines of transitional lighting fixtures that are proving to be as popular as they are unique. Known as meander in the art world, these geometric borders were commonly found in the pottery of ancient Greece, the Shang Dynasty, and now the lighting in your home. While walking around the convention, it is noticeably incorporated in table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, and just about every other type of light.

Littman Bros. Lighting, based in Schaumburg, IL has been making their way to the Lighting Convention for over three decades. Noticing the varying trends every year, Owner Dan Littman said “It’s exciting to see what the newest industry trend is going to be. This year, everyone seems really excited about Mercury Glass Lamps.” While circulating the many booths at the show, Interior Designers, Store Owners, and Manufacturers seemed to be pretty infatuated with this unique style of lamp. Mercury glass is a blown glass with a double wall. Liquid silver or silvering solution is added for decorative affect. Companies such as Dimond and Kichler are using these manufacturing techniques to create beautifully colorful or clear glass pieces that absorb and reflect the illumination. It is really no surprise to see so much excitement about these lights.

Littman was also excited about the abundance of fixtures using new material such as leather. “I’m glad to see manufacturers are still being innovative with materials. It makes designers and customers excited to keep coming back to the store.”

Staying current with lighting trends at the Dallas Lighting Market has enabled Littman Bros. Lighting and littmanbros.com to continually be a premier source for designer lighting from around the world.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Murray Feiss Cotswold Lane Collection

There are certain criteria you should know when finding the right lighting for your home:

When hanging an outdoor wall sconce, it should measure about 1/3 the height of your door and when hanging two outdoor wall sconces, they should measure about 1/4 the height of your door.

For your foyer lighting, in order to determine what type of lighting would be best, you should make sure that the bottom of the fixture is at least 7 feet from the floor. For two-story foyers, you should make sure the ceiling fixture is seen from the outside. If your foyer is on the larger, you should add some wall sconces around the room to accent your space; wall sconces should be placed just about 60 inches from the floor and 6 to 8 feet apart.

Murray Feiss Bleeker Street Collection

For bathroom lighting, a vanity light is usually a minimum of 24 inches wide and the center of the fixture should be hung 75 to 80 feet above the floor. A wall sconce on either side of the mirror in your bathroom allows the light to be spread evenly throughout your space and across your face, which is important in a bathroom. The wall sconces should be hung at eye level and be about 36 to 40 inches apart.

For a set of pendants over an island, the bottoms of those fixtures should be about 30 inches from the countertop.

For chandeliers, you should measure the length and width of the room you want to hang it in, add those numbers together – the sum of those measurements, in inches, should equal the perfect sized chandelier. The bottom of your chandelier should typically be 30 to 32 inches above the tabletop.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Chandeliers outfit your home with the necessary light, known as general lighting or ambient lighting, which provides an area with overall illumination. General lighting is essential to any lighting plan and can be accomplished with a top-notch Chandelier.

Shopping for a new Chandelier doesn’t have to be a daunting task; with a few guidelines and helpful tips, you’ll have a wonderful addition to your foyer, kitchen, dining room or great room in no time:

• Be aware of your home’s overall style and choose the appropriate design that suits your needs. There are a lot of Transitional Style Chandeliers out there that effortlessly blend with either contemporary or traditional style decors.

• Determining the right size of your Chandelier depends on the size of the room you want to light so make sure you have evaluated the space in which you plan to hang it – for a dining room, measure the table you plan to hang the Chandelier over (it should be about 12” narrower than the table); any other room, you should measure the size of the room, ceiling height and furniture so the proportions harmonize. The Chandelier should hang at least 6 ½’ to 7’ above the floor.

• How much light does your space need? Determining this will help you choose how many lights you want on your chandelier. Depending on the size of the room and how much ambient light is needed is how you will establish the number of bulbs you want.

• Adding a dimmer control is a great idea, it will also help with your bulb choice, as it allows you to modify the light depending on how much is needed at the time and what mood you want to achieve.

Chandeliers can add a radiant shine and flair to your foyer, kitchen, dining room, bedroom or even bathroom (depending on the size); it is usually the focal point of your space, the first thing people see when entering the room so you should take your time deciding on what style and size is fitting for you and your home.

Monday, January 9th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Add an eye-catching sparkle to your space with the classic and refined style of Crystal Lighting. Here are a few tips:

Crystal Chandeliers and Crystal Foyer Lights have been popular for years and years and are the epitome of timeless elegance and class. Crystal Style Lighting features lavish and very delicate designs with brilliant and elaborate adornments of crystal rosettes and droplets – a style that dates back to the 16th Century. Often, in smaller spaces, large and elaborate chandeliers overpower rooms but with the smaller Crystal Flush Mounts, Mini Chandeliers and Wall Sconces, it is possible for any size space to be bejeweled in the ultra-chic Crystal Style Lighting.

This classic Crystal 12 Light Imperial Silver Chandelier by Schonbek Worldwide Lighting displays that sparkle and pizzazz Crystal Style Lighting will bring to your space. For a more modest fixture, if you have a smaller space to light, the Schonbek Equinoxe Flush Mount will be a great addition to your home.

Schonbek Worldwide Lighting features an array of wonderful Crystal Styles – find more Crystal Lighting from Schonbek right HERE!

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Thursday, October 13th, 2011

by Littman Bros Lighting

Foyer Lighting

Foyer Lighting: A First Impression

You only get one chance to make a first impression. A foyer functions as a welcoming platform, the primary entrance to any home. Foyer lighting can serve a dual purpose of not only lighting the main entrance, but also conveying an important initial sense of style.

You can set the mood with the perfect foyer chandelier or foyer pendant light. Flush Mounts and semi-flush mounts also work perfectly in foyers with lower ceilings. Whether you are coming home from a hard day at the office or welcoming guests to celebrate a happy occasion, you want to create a welcoming atmosphere when you walk in the door.

Choose a foyer fixtures based on your distinct style. The options are endless. Shop by lighting collections and help navigate your way to the perfect foyer light. Visit our Designer Collections Boutique.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

by Littman Bros Lighting

Foyer LightingIn order to welcome your guests and ensure safety, you’ll need high-quality general lighting in your foyer. Your hallway should be illuminated every eight to 10 feet for safety; stairs should be lit from the top to bottom to prevent accidents, with switches at both ends.

If you have a large foyer with a high ceiling, a decorative foyer chandelier can be an attractive focal point especially when a ceiling medallion is used. If your foyer is smaller, you can use a smaller mini chandelier or you can use a flush mount light. Foyer chandeliers are usually taller than wider.

Wall sconces are ideal solutions for foyers, stairways, and halls of all sizes. Place matching sconces on each side of a decorative mirror. Continue Reading Foyer, Stairwell & Hallway Lighting