Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dimmers

Dimmers are an important factor in lighting your home; they make it easy to modify the level of light within your rooms, allowing you to set the perfect mood. Dimmers also save energy and prolong the longevity of your bulbs.
Types of dimmers:

Single-Pole Dimmer – Control lights from a single location in your home

3-Way and 4-Way Dimmers – Provide multiple control locations in your home, connected by an additional conductor known as a “traveler.” There are also Multi-location dimmers offered for more than four control locations.

Plug-In Dimmers – Designed to dim bulbs in table or floor lamps

Dimmers, in all these varieties, come in an array of colors, styles and control options so you can choose the perfect dimmer to go with your current décor and blend into its surroundings.

Some features included in dimmer are timers, night light options, sensors to automatically turn on lights when entering a room and presets that allow you to set the light at your favorite level and have it automatically return to that brightness.

Dimmers give you the option to set the ambiance within your space, controlling the intensity of light. Within most rooms in your home, it is typically recommended you use dimmers as often as possible. They are convenient, enhance the beauty of your space, extend the life of your bulbs and use electricity, which saves you money in the long run.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Bathroom Lighting

There are many options for bathroom lighting – pendants, wall sconces and vanity lights over the mirror are all common ways to light your bathroom. The best lighting for applying makeup and shaving for around the sink is soft light positioned equally on either side of your face; both pendants and sconces can achieve this soft lighting. The closest edge of the light should be positioned no closer than 10 inches and this will only leave you enough space for an 18-inch mirror. The ideal distance is 15 inches off-center which will leave you enough space for a 28-inch mirror and one inch spacing between your sconce or pendant and mirror.

What if you have a dual vanity? Should you use 3 or 4 pendants or sconces? This will depend on your vanity size and the spacing around it – a double vanity smaller than 60 inches can only handle 3 lights. The center light will function for both sink areas and the outer light should mimic the distance of the center light from the sinks center line. If you have a smaller double vanity and lack spacing on either side you might benefit from bath bars hung over your mirror. A 60-inch or smaller vanity may lack the space needed on the outside of your bowl to place a sconce or pendant, without interfering with your mirror or hang outside the edge of your vanity. Vanity bars still provide the necessary front lighting for shaving and makeup application but will produce some shadowing.

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Currey and Co Wigging Collection

Currey & Company is a manufacturer of distinct home furnishings and is well known for their decorative light fixtures as well as interior furniture and accessories. Currey & Co got their start as an outlet and supplier of garden furniture and fixtures and expanded into interior light fixtures, lamps and furniture in 1990. Currey set itself apart from the competition from the creation and design of their hand-made products and their attention to detail during manufacturing and finishing. Their international headquarters in the Philippines allows Currey & Company to incorporate luxurious natural elements into expertly crafted products.

Currey and Co Serena Collection

In particular Currey & Co table and floor lamps are truly artistic and dynamic; these fixtures are the perfect complement to any designer space. Some would say their pieces have a French design and styling, with a truly unique approach to lighting design and decor – many of their fixtures are airy and whimsical, inspired by Currey’s roots in garden furniture and lighting.

Currey & Co has long been designing their products with the use of hand forged iron but the exceptional variety of materials “such as hand-carved wood, porcelain and brass” has brought the company to the next level in decorative lighting. This can be seen in the Currey & co Wiggins collection – the fixtures within Wiggins are wrapped in natural burlap and banded with wrought iron. The Serena collection also display’s Currey’s unexpected use of materials as it features a design with glass balls of Aqua glass against a silver granello finish; Serena is a collection with classic forms mixed with the innovative materials, creating a subtle contemporary style with a twist of tradition.

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, October 16th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Junction boxes are designed to protect your studs and insulation from your wiring and insulation can go directly against your junction box without creating a fire hazard. Recessed lighting is different; you must have an IC rated fixture to place insulation around the fixture. If you have had your electrical box moved and the old box is still in your ceiling, it must remain accessible from below with a plate cover. Make sure that you don’t drywall over a junction box because that is a wire access point. The correct way to move a light fixture is to pull out the existing junction box and re-route the wires through the new point, then your ceiling can be closed up and your boxes insulated around it.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Rooms with fireplaces are often inadequately lit – these spaces are generally designed for relaxing and entertaining but the lighting may only consist of a few lamps. If you’re lucky your builder might have thrown in a few recessed lights near the fireplace for general lighting, that is definitely needed but recessed cans are perfect for lighting the overall space and lack the layers of lighting needed to create depth and highlight the room’s features. When done properly lighting will add depth and ambiance while tying together all aspects of decor.

Fireplace Lighting

Fireplaces are sought after architectural details and should be highlighted in your space – start with placing two recessed lights two feet away to cross-illuminate the fireplace; keeping them close to the fireplace will ensure a person cannot step between the light source and fireplace, creating shadows and blinding an unsuspecting guest. Make sure to get an adjustable trim, either a gimbal or eyeball trim. The two lights should be positioned to wash the area above the mantel. To add some more depth, frame the fireplace with sconces on either side, which will create drama and focus attention on the centerpiece. No room for wall sconces? Or seeking a cleaner look? Accent lighting can be applied above crown molding; this will create a warm inviting glow that will balance the room.

Indirect lighting will help soften the shadows produced by the recessed lights. The exact application of this indirect lighting will depend on your space. A higher ceiling would benefit from one or two pendants or chandeliers centered on the fireplace and a smaller room with a lower ceiling might benefit from just a few lamps. Either application of indirect lighting will soften shadows and add human scale to the space. An accented fireplace will remain the focal point for the room while the layers of light create an inviting space with warmth and interest.

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.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dining Room Lighting

Lighting should be focused around how a room is used and furniture placement plays a key role in your fixture size and location; this is especially true for fixtures that drop over tables or counter tops. Fixtures for specific rooms in your home must be sized appropriately based on both the size of the space as well as table size; this is why when furniture changes the fixture may look disproportionate.

Have you ever walked into a dining room and noticed the fixture was not centered over the table? This often happens a lot when people add a hutch or china cabinet and slide the table over to keep spacing on both sides even and adding a leaf to the table will have the same effect. Center your lights over how you have your table placed in your space on a daily basis, not how it is placed for holidays or special occasions.

General lighting in a room can also be affected by furniture placement. A centered fixture, whether it is a flush mount or a chandelier, will not be affected. This is more of an issue when you have recessed lighting or spotlights highlighting certain areas. If you move your furnishings often, opt for an overall general ceiling light and use temporary and portable table lamps and floor lamps to add accent lighting, rather than adding wall sconces and directional cans.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans help conserve energy and save money by circulating the air but they do not actually lower the temperature in a room. Ceiling fans make a space feel cooler by blowing extra air over a person’s skin, increasing the evaporation of moisture – this increased moisture evaporation can make a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler. Fans save energy by allowing your thermostat to stay at a higher temperature while making the space feel cooler than it actually is. To optimize your energy savings be sure to turn off your ceiling fan when leaving the room, since the fan does not actually cool the air, there is no reason to have it running when there is no one to cool.

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.