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.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Candice Olson, the design star of HGTV’s “Divine Design”, has an elegant, stylish lighting collection exclusively through AF Lighting; each piece within the line is personally designed by Olson and crafted by AF Lighting, revealing the distinctiveness that is the trademark of her designs.

Candice Olson Camerson Sconce

AF Lighting carries both traditional and contemporary products from Olson that are the perfect centerpieces for any room, blending classic styles with modern twists. Candice Olson strives to create classic pieces that will remain current and timeless; she believes longevity is the test of good design.

Her vanity collection is especially glamorous as she fuses modern finishes like black chrome and satin gold with classic silhouettes and styles. Olson’s vanity lights are subtle yet elegant with soft curves and small crystal accents incorporated into the structure of the pieces, as shown in the Camerson and Cluny collections. Candice’s newest sconces are a touch more modern, showcasing geometric patterns within metal and glass textiles that pull style and shape from the Art Deco era and incorporate modern materials in application. Candice creates some truly unique and stylish pieces that offer “a choice of clean lines or graceful curves, flawless finishes and rich hues.”

According to aflighting.com, Candice Olson’s design philosophy begins with originality of designs: “It is essential to me that my designs are original – that the inspiration and perspective is unique to me,” Olson said. “I believe that the essence of good design is its ability to sustain long term integrity – to become classic.”

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Contessa Chandelier

Although there are many crystal fixture manufacturers out there, there is truly only one brand that is Schonbek – they have been the premier manufacturer of fine crystal lighting for more than 140 years. Schonbek was founded on craftsmanship and customer service; every piece is handcrafted in New York to heirloom quality. They are built to stand the test of time, both in quality and classic design. These fixtures are exquisite jewels that should be passed on through generations of family. Schonbek has built custom pieces for all the finest venues, from the White House to Buckingham Palace and their innovation goes far beyond custom fixtures; Schonbek is responsible for almost 200 patented technologies. They have developed the crystal lighting industry from the very beginning.

In 2007, Schonbek partnered with the Swarovski Companies; this combined the finest chandelier maker and crystal manufacturer into one company. Together they share 255 years of innovation and quality. Schonbek will continue to be the leader in premium crystal light fixtures, although they have always had traditional and contemporary pieces, their new line push the design envelope. These modern pieces from Schonbek Lighting ensure that Schonbek does not get left in the dust as the lighting industry evolves once again.

Friday, May 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting


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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

CFL Bulbs

The introduction of the CFL into residential homes has brought some great attention to color temperature; before the compact fluorescent light bulbs were popular, there were not as many options in color temperature for bulbs. The incandescent bulb has been THE residential light bulb for decades, which produces a warmer light at 2700k and has become the color we associate with warm and inviting homes. Light color is measured on a temperature scale referred to as Kelvin (k) – the higher the Kelvin the cooler the light output. Bulbs with a Kelvin of 3500 or lower will output an amber hue, 3500 to 4100 will produce a white hue and anything over 4100 will look blue.

Today there are so many light bulb choices that you truly can find a color that matches your preference. Although incandescent bulbs are typically at 2700k, they now offer bulbs with a purple coating; this unique coating filters out the dull, yellow rays revealing truer colors. Halogen light bulbs are more like natural light than the incandescent bulb at 2800k. When CFLs were first introduced they were only offered in cooler tones, once they were able to manufacture the energy efficient bulbs at 2700k to 3000k CFLs became more popular. This growing popularity is because we have come to associate warmer light with a welcoming home. LED bulbs are the next big thing in energy saving technology, which are becoming increasingly popular light bulbs as their color temperature lowers into the 2700k to 3000k range and slowly become more affordable.

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Fine Art Veil Lamp

Limited Time Only – While Supplies Last
Fine Art is the premiere lighting manufacturer for all your lighting needs – they hand make every detail of their fixtures and are based in Miami, Fla. Fine Art is updating a handful of wall sconces and lamps from their collections and while supplies last you can purchase these pieces of illuminating art at 70% off:

Select pieces include lamps and wall sconces from the Veil collection (741615, 742210); the Veil collection consists of woven, metal shades layered with dynamically painted metal strapping.

Fine Art’s Encased Gems is a popular collection that displays oversized colored gems encased in silver or gold leaf finished metal (709650-1, 726650-1 are included in the blow out).

Fine Art Grand Canal Coupe

Also a part of the Fine Art Lamps select sale is the Perspectives Silver Leaf Table Lamp (734510-2), which is part of a large collection of geometric pieces with soft, sheer fabrics in both silver and brushed gold finishes.

And don’t forget the Grand Canal Silver Coupe Wall Sconce (746850) as one of the last pieces included in the 70% blow out sale – this is a very lengthy wall sconce with clear glass and silver leaf accents that fits right in the more popular light and airy style lighting.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

House of Troy Picture Light

LEDs are the newest and most talked about energy saving technology for lighting today – they use approximately one tenth of the power of an incandescent fixture. This amount of energy savings is not only great for the environment and your wallet but this new technology also influences the designs of light fixtures.

There are fewer design limitations with the use of LED lighting; the lower energy consumption frees the light fixture from being attached to a power source. Fixtures are now able to be completely mobile without sacrificing their operational time and batteries last so much longer. LEDs are also so much smaller than even halogens, which allows for sleeker, thinner and smaller light fixtures.

A great example of LEDs influencing fixture design is the Slim-Line LED Picture Light by House of Troy. This wonderfully versatile picture light features a cylinder that holds the LED bulbs and it is approximately one inch in diameter and it runs off of 4C batteries. Older picture lights like this were much bulkier in design and shape, sitting at approximately three inches in diameter and they only ran for about six to eight hours before the batteries needed to be changed.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Warm Bath Lighting

Lighting can impact the experience of a room more than any other architectural element. Besides the obvious function, lighting can be used to evoke predetermined emotional responses. The first step in lighting a space is to think about its functionality; how do you plan on using the space? Will your dining room be strictly for entertaining in the evening or will it double as a homework center? By answering questions like these you will know how much light you will need for the tasks at hand. Then we can move on to focus on the mood you want to promote in your different scenarios.

Bedrooms, spas and relaxing spaces benefit from soft diffused lighting – dimmers and warmer lights are calming and more desired. They minimize the harsh shadows and provide a more relaxing and visually compelling environment. Diffused lighting lacks in shadows and highlights, which can create a dull and boring atmosphere. Add a few direct lighting sources to highlight different textures and create some interest. Direct lighting creates highlights and shadows and is great as a complement to your primary light source.

In contrast to soft lighting, higher levels of illumination create cheerfulness and alertness. Combine direct lighting with an overall higher level of ambient lights; think brighter over head lighting, lamps or recessed lighting. Higher levels of light should be directed over specific task areas. Create a playful mood by positioning lighting fixtures to create rhythms with the highlights and shadows. Reflections and diffusions create an active effect on an atmosphere.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Updated Kitchen Lighting

Is your home in need of an update? Do you still have the original builder grade light fixtures that came with your home? A dark and shadowy space can make a home feel dated, cramped and dirty, but don’t worry because there are some easy techniques to give your house a makeover, making it more modern and creating a style that is more current.

Updated Living Room Lighting

One way to completely change your space is to throw out the shiny brass and beveled glass light fixtures you’ve probably had for so long. Besides being dated, these fixtures tend to be too small for the space and do not have enough light output; larger more proportioned fixtures will modernize your space. In addition to removing your dated fixtures, consider adding the right amount of both task and ambient lighting to your space, this will add layers to the areas of your home. Ambient and task lighting will also add to the perceived square footage of your home by brightening and lightening it up. To make a space feel larger you will want to make sure you have lighting in at least three of the four corners of a room; this can also be achieved by using a combination of table and floor lamps and even leveled wall sconces. Wall sconces will allow you to create a layered look by turning some of them on or dimming them depending on the desired look you want to achieve. Dimmers are another simple way to update your lighting and by installing dimmers, you can get the bright, crisp and clean look of today while also dialing the brightness to your space down for a more calming environment. Dimmers are also great energy savers as they allow you to only use the light that you need in that specific area of your home.

LEDs are also a great energy saver; your current light fixtures can be updated by retrofitting LED bulbs instead of incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Many LEDs are rated for 25 years of average usage and they use about one tenth of the electricity of an incandescent bulb and are dimmable like their counterparts. Lighting accounts for more than 25 percent of a home’s energy, so switching to LED bulbs will yield significant savings. LED tape lights are a wonderful source for LED lighting and are very small and inconspicuous; they can be placed in book shelves creating accent lighting that will add dimension to a space. Home lighting today should be comfortable, easily controlled and energy efficient.

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.