Thursday, December 5th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

House of Troy Picture Light

Selecting the right picture light can be somewhat difficult but our lighting professionals have broken down some key points when shopping for the perfect picture lights.

There are so many options between the different mounts, type of lights, size and finish options – first, you have to determine the size of the picture light you will need for your space. Your fixture should be roughly half the size of the frame. For example, if your frame is 16 to 24 inches you will need a 7 to 9 inch light; a 25 to 37 inch frame would use a 14.5 to 16 inch light.

Next step is choosing between the different types of lighting the picture light has to offer – It used to be that fluorescent was the only ways to have a battery powered light with any lifespan but now the LEDs far surpass the fluorescent fixtures. The LED lights are also sleeker, requiring less room for bulbs. The House of Troy Slim-Line picture light is a sleek and simple choice for this type of lighting. Depending on what you want to illuminate, a light fixture that emits less heat (like LEDs) might preserve your artwork or focal point much longer.

No a mounting option is in order and needs to be decided on – battery powered is attractive to a lot of people because there is no wiring to run or cords that will be seen. Although LEDs allow for longer usage of the fixtures, there is still some maintenance involved with changing batteries. These pieces also lack a conveniently located switch; the abundance of outlets allow for more flexibility in the location of cord fixture – direct wire fixtures are powered through junction boxes in your wall. A picture could be placed over the old location of a wall sconce; otherwise an electrician will need to wire power to the center of your picture.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Troy Pompeii Collection

Wall sconces have a huge impact on a space regardless of their size – they can be extremely long which will accentuate the height of a room; tall, which are typically used in spaces with higher ceilings or lots of natural light and highlight the openness of a space; and shorter sconces are great for spaces with lower ceilings or in areas over a counter or piece of furniture. The shorter sconces can be used in places like the bathrooms, over a credenza or over a night stand.

Sonneman Pannelo Collection

Wall sconces are typically used for accent lighting, whether they are washing a wall or highlighting an object. They can also be used for task lighting when placed over a night stand or behind a couch. Both their style and the type of light they emit make a big difference with the ambiance of a space and overall appearance.

A tall, simple rod iron sconce with a modern shade creates a rustic but modern feel like the Troy Lighting Pompeii wall sconce; this sconce, like many collections has a design for either type of space, whether it requires a tall lengthy piece or a shorter, smaller accent. Simple, more modern sconces can create an artistic accent like Sonneman’s Pannelo collection or the Mackintosh wall sconces from Hubbardton Forge.

The light emitted from a sconce can be more of a wall washing accent in various directions or can create a varying, soft ambient light for a section of the room. No matter the size, style or type of light your sconce produces there is no denying that they create a considerable impact on the feel and atmosphere of a space.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Contemporary Interior Lighting

Lighting is an integral part of your home’s overall environment and that is why is very important that you have your interior home lighting scheme properly set up in order to achieve the perfect ambiance every home needs. Lighting your home and lighting in itself is the most commanding component if interior design; without ample lighting in your home, there can be a muted and often gloomy vibe and that can simply mean that there are not enough fixtures for the size of the space.

Whether you’re building a brand new or home just need an update, it is definitely important to consider a fresh approach to your lighting plan. Lighting fixtures are a wonderful enhancement to the interior design of your home as well – there is an unlimited amount of styles, colors, shapes and types of lighting out there for you to choose from and find that perfect style to add to your space.

Traditional Interior Home Lighting

Style – Think about what your taste is. Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to renovate your home’s current décor, style is definitely an important factor to reflect on as it can often make or break the end result of the design process. If you have an already busy interior design, like ornate, showy or patterned furniture, wall art, drapery or wallpaper, consider going for simplicity with your lighting. More transitional pieces will balance and harmonize with what you’ve currently got going on.

Finish – The finish of your fixtures can become a daunting decision as there are plenty of choices out there to sometimes confuse you, when all you really wanted was a simple nickel finish. Finish choice can often become the most fundamental yet essential decisions to make when choosing your light fixtures. It is the key component of the design and can either enhance or minimize the design scheme of your home. There are, of course some finishes that archaic and some that remain a well-liked choice in light fixtures for decades – try a polished nickel, chrome or darker bronze if you don’t want to take a fancy route with your finish.

Identify the activities that occur within each room of your home as well as what mood or ambiance you want to achieve and from there you can figure out exactly what kind of light it may need and from there you can pick the perfect style and finish to coincide. Don’t forget the basic lighting types – ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting.

The lighting design within your home is what you make it so make sure you have fun while picking out the fixtures that reflect you and your style most.

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.

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.

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.