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Light Work

Littman Bros |  2015-08-11

Lighting is an important feature when designing a room.  Lighting is far more than simply illuminating décor, the styles and types of light affect the way we work and feel in that room.  Certain lights can be straining, both on the eyes and the mind.  Light can be both too much and too little, and…

'How To' Guides

Less Is More, a Minimalist Approach

Littman Bros |  2015-06-23

Drowning in clutter?  We’ve all been there.  You first look at a new space all clean and empty and think “potential!”  You paint the walls; add some furniture, décor, situate plenty of shelves for storage.   You think, “I’m going to keep this room clean and organized!  I don’t have much stuff, it’ll be easy!”  Then…

Chandeliers

How to Choose a Ceiling Medallion

Littman Bros |  2013-11-15

Ceiling medallions can often times seem like an afterthought in homes but, when the right medallion is chosen, it can truly tie the whole room and lighting scheme together to create that decorative touch to your space; ceiling medallions don’t have to be overlooked either as there are plenty of attractive moldings out there that…

Interior Home Lighting

Stainless Steel vs. Bronze or Brass Finishes

Littman Bros |  2013-11-08

The earliest light fixtures were made of brass and bronze because of their weight and low heat conductivity. Although stainless steel was invented in 1912, it took decades to discover that it was a better finish and product for lighting fixtures. Even today people associate the weight of brass with quality and the luster of…

Bathroom Lighting

What are my lighting options for my bathroom mirrors?

Littman Bros |  2013-11-01

The most flattering and efficient lighting for a vanity mirror is at about 5 feet 6 inches off the ground or approximately eye level. How you achieve this will vary on your bathroom layout and overall style preferences. Wall sconces placed approximately three feet apart from each other on either side of the mirror are…

Chandeliers

What does it mean to Layer Lighting?

Littman Bros |  2013-10-18

A room cannot be properly lit using one light source; different sources provide proper lighting for specific uses. Light layering is a design method in which a number of different light sources are blended together to create a cohesive and inviting design. Think of lighting as a wedding cake: three tiers with a little frosting…

Energy Efficient Lighting

Light Fixture Types and Their Purposes: LED Tape

Littman Bros |  2013-10-11

LED tape has made it possible to add clean and seamless lighting to any location. It is so small at one-eighth inches tall and a one-quarter wide. Many LED tapes can be cut every two to three inches so they can fit into any space from small accent cubbies to long runs of crown molding…

Chandeliers

Chandeliers and their Functions

Littman Bros |  2013-08-30

Chandeliers have multiple functions; they add a beautiful light source, decoration and define an area while adding interest to a space. The most common area for chandeliers is the dining room. They are also perfect for foyers, breakfast areas and bedrooms. The mini chandelier is also a great way to dress up a space; the…

Contemporary Lighting

Pendant Lighting Functions

Littman Bros |  2013-08-16

Pendants are truly the jewelry of your home as they make for beautiful accents and supplemental lighting. Pendants are fixtures that hang from the ceiling, suspended by a cord, chain or metal rod. They are often hung in groupings, layered throughout a space like over you’re your kitchen island or highlighting your dining room table….

Flush Mounts

Flush and Semi-Flush Mounts and their Functions

Littman Bros |  2013-08-09

Flush mounted fixtures are a great source of ambient lighting – they are especially practical in high activity areas with standard ceilings; foyers, bathrooms, laundry rooms and hallways are all high activity areas with lower ceilings and would be great areas to install flush mounts as well as they do not typically have tables to…

Contemporary Lighting

Mercury Glass Pendants Offer Custom Beauty

Littman Bros |  2013-07-25

Mercury glass is now having resurgence in fun pendants in all shapes, sizes and colors – it first made its appearance in the 1840s in Bohemia or now known as the Czech Republic. Originally, these mercury glass pendants were hand blown double walled pieces. The space between the walls was then “silvered” with a silver…

Art Deco Lighting

Pick of the Week: Art Deco/Retro Style Lighting

Littman Bros |  2013-07-08

Retro style lighting has seen resurgence this past year; these lighting pieces are glimpses backwards in time, best described today as “old school.”  Different from vintage pieces, these Retro lights are recreations.  They are modern fixtures that play off of trends from the past – they do not have to be circa 1940s although many…