Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Fanimation Fargo


One of the best ways to achieve a nice breeze or some solid airflow within a small room or workspace (rooms that tend to hinder the ability to install any type of ceiling fan) is with the very classic selection of portable fans from Fanimation.

Fanimation Old Havana

The best part about Fanimation’s collection of portable fans is their unique and very timeless designs; some of their most popular portable fans are the Fargo and the Old Havana, which, according to fanimation.com, “were inspired by antique fans in Tom Frampton’s extensive collection. Although the fans have distinctly different looks and features, they share a common history.”

These fans were motivated by a fan Frampton saw in an antique shop, a more updated version of the Savory Aerator, and the result was the Fargo; according to Fanimation, “the Fargo showcases the same globe shaped cage as the original Aerator fan, however the base of the Fargo is more modernized and features classic accents.”

A wonderful part about these fans, especially the Fargo, is that they create a very effective breeze that won’t disturb an area of work (in your office or at home desk).

Some other models of Fanimation’s portable fans are the Old Havana, bringing home the tropics with its unique design; the Urbanjet, a more retro version of the portable fan; and the Arden, a wonderfully distinct design with wooden long legs to create an ample breeze within your space.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Holtkotter Bernie Turbo


Holtkotter is joining the elite manufacturers on the LED technology front with unique and innovative products offered in both LED and low-voltage application options.

The thing that sets Holtkotter apart from others is their excellence in light output as well as the array of superior dimmable options for their LED table lamps, torchiere’s and floor lamps; Holtkotter even develops and manufactures their own dimming systems, such as the Dimm-System P1.

Holtkotter 2625 LED


Holtkotter is ahead of the game because of the amount of light they can achieve with these energy-efficient products, it is often a hard feat to get a light output that is close to if not equivalent to that of a bulb with more power consumption or wattage.

Take Holtkotter’s sleek Bernie Turbo Series Energy-Saver floor lamp for example, as it gives a surprisingly optimal light output, equivelant to an 80W Halogen, while only consuming 12W of energy; and the Raumfluter 2625 LED torchiere is known as Holtkotter’s “Ultimate Lighting Machine” with a proprietary LED reflector and the Holtkotter Dimm-System P1. The 2565 LED has an amazing light output of 3360 Lumens, which is equivalent to a 240W Halogen, while only consuming 36W.

Holtkotter is now only moving forward with even more designs in LED lighting with higher optimal light output, hoping to achieve an equivalency of a 400W Halogen with less than 50W; in hopes of soon accomplishing this, Holtkotter is continuing to encourage education in LED technology and move ahead with its LED research.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Savoy House Windsor Chandelier


For the month of October, Savoy House Lighting is continuing their latest “Collection of the Month” campaign and is focusing on the sophisticated Windsor collection from Brian Thomas.

Savoy House Semi-Flush Mount

The Windsor collection features a line of fixtures with smooth cream fabric shades that are the perfect setting for the highlighted antique gold filigree insets, which harmonize beautifully with the plush Fiesta Bronze finish. Products from the Windsor collection add a regal and inviting presence to any space.

Savoy’s Windsor collection offers wall sconces, vanity lights, semi-flush mounts and chandeliers of varying silhouettes that complement their design aesthetic brilliantly. The bold, striking lines and overall attractive outlines of Windsor create a contemporary elegance that delights and engages with its quality craftsmanship and classic style.

An exciting bonus about Savoy’s “Collection of the Month” is that for the entire month of October, all products in the Windsor collection will be offered at 15 percent off the regular price.

The unique shades added to the design of this collection makes Windsor the stylish and pronounced collection it is; the timeless, very stately presence of the wall sconces and vanities will tie in beautifully with the drum shaded semi-flush mount or 5 light chandelier. The wonderful part about the chandeliers within Windsor is the distinctive difference in design between the 6 light and the 5 light chandeliers; Savoy House truly gives you a nice choice in design scheme with the Windsor collection.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Using tropical style fans in the home isn’t often a top choice in design for many people but with the right blade color and specific materials, tropical fans can be a wonderfully inviting addition to your space.

Fanimation Islander Collection

Ceiling fans grace almost every room in the home and are at the center of the space; it is important to not only have an efficient fan with great airflow but also have a fan that is stylish and with the design and aesthetic of these fans, you can’t go wrong.

Fanimation features an array of tropical ceiling fans collections with various settings for their design inspirations.

According to fanimation.com, their tropical fans are created with “organic and natural materials, such as real palm leaf blades and beautifully designed, rich bamboo blades to create a feeling of Island Living in your home.”

Fanimation has a selection of their top-selling tropical fans and included on that list is the Cancun collection, the Belleria, the Palisade and the Cancun; the Islander was inspired by the Palisade, and both were designed by Tom Frampton, founder of Fanimation.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Troy Lighting is at it again and has created a new line of Summer 2012 interior collections and debuted the new pieces at this year’s Dallas International Lighting Market in June.

In a press release from Troy Lighting, the Summer 2012 collections are said to be “equal parts fun, elegant and adaptable to environments ranging from classic to contemporary.” According to Troy Lighting, their new products take insights from the stars, nature, body art and classical elements.

Troy Pearson Collection

Steve Nadell, president of Troy-CSL, said in the press release that the Troy Lighting designers really enjoyed creating this summer’s beautiful designs.

“The pieces stay true to Troy Lighting’s signature style, attention to artistic detail and use of wrought iron, while at the same time showing our team’s ability to think outside of the box and play with new forms and materials,” Nadell said.

Troy Rhodes Collection

Some of the collections new to Troy Lighting include Copperfield, Pearson, Drift and Rhodes, Chime and Tattoo. The following information was taken from Troy’s July, 10 press release:

The Rhodes collection consists of an elegant, very classic design in lighting, now being offered in white for the first time.

Copperfield is “a starburst design done in hand-worked wrought iron, metal mesh shades and a burnished copper finish.”

Pearson features rectangular silhouettes that combines contemporary with warm, natural hues of silver mica glassware.

Drift mixes together “white pearl glassware with hand-forged iron, driftwood made out of bronze with silver leaf and natural Manila rope.

Chime comes in two sconce adaptations with overlying wrought iron ovals the complement the linen shade.
Tattoo is a valiant design in lighting with “intertwined hand-forged iron set behind a contemporary hardback linen shade.”

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Schonbek Maria Theresa

Maria Theresa chandeliers date back to the 1700s when the Australian Empress, Maria Theresa reigned. They are beautiful fixtures that are known to have more traditional silhouettes that are covered and draped with crystals.

It is often mistaken that the frame of Maria Theresa chandeliers are made of glass but actually, they are known to have a metal frame that is covered in glass. The metal frame is simply an instrument on which the crystal is enclosed and ornaments are draped upon to restructure the array of designs that are Maria Theresa; from the most minimalistic designs to exceptionally ornate.

Schonbek Worldwide Lighting features a collection in honor of the Empress Maria Theresa. Schonbek’s Maria Theresa collection is a wonderful example of this style chandelier; their version however is highly stylized while featuring the typical crystal listels outlining the shapely frame. Crystal embellishments of Heritage Handcut crystals are also covering each piece within this collection.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

by Benson Littman

Fanimation is a company that has been creating uniquely crafted ceiling fans with matchless blade shapes, designs and materials with premier motors and technical enhancements for years now. Fanimation’s story is motivating and worthy of note; throughout the years, since about 1984, this company has become successfully what it is today.

Fanimation Punkah Collection

According to fanimation.com, it was Tom Frampton, founder and CEO of Fanimation that began it all; he spent his entire life working in the ceiling fan industry.

As stated on fanimation.com, “It all started twenty-seven years ago with a man, a garage, a concept and a dream. The man was Tom Frampton, his garage was in Pasadena, Calif., his concept was to design unique and innovative ceiling fans and his dream was to channel his passion for creating high quality ceiling fans into a revenue producing enterprise.”

Here is a short but intriguing rundown of Fanimation “Through the Years.” The below information may be cited at fanimation.com.

1973 – Frampton begins working for Burton A. Burton (by 1975 Burton creates Casablanca Fan Company).

1984 – Frampton and Mr. Burton strike a deal; Frampton leaves Casablanca taking with him the specialty fan department. Frampton begins Fanimation in his garage with his first three designs: The Punkah, The Palmetto and the Bourbon Street.

Fanimation Islander Collection

1990 – The Islander fan is established

1994 – Frampton relocates Fanimation to 85th Street in Indianapolis, Ind.

1997 – Fanimation relocates again to Lebanon, Ind.

2003 – Fanimation grows, allowing for a new centrally located corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.

2004 – Fanimation celebrates its 20th anniversary

2005 – Fanimation introduces seven new fan designs: The Fargo, The Vetricco, The Draco, The Centaurus, The Volare, The Belize, The Alamosa and two damp location fans, The Torrento and the Belleria.

2007 – Fanimation welcomes Nathan Frampton as new president, keeping the company all in the family.

2008 – The Extraordinaire fan and the Zonix fan are introduced.

2010 – Fanimation opens its West Coast distribution center to take full advantage of shipping efficiency.

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

by Benson Littman

Crystorama, a family owned lighting company, is known for creating quality, very classic crystal lighting while incorporating modern silhouettes and materials into their lighting designs.

Crystorama Regis Chandelier

Crystorama has been designing exquisite fixtures for more than seven decades and is a company that has grown to be an expert in crystal lighting; they have compiled a very informative guide to consult when purchasing crystal lighting. Below is Crystorama’s 5 C’s to Consider when Purchasing Crystal:

Circumference: First, you need to figure out what size chandelier you need for your space. According to Crystorama, the proper scale is 2” per foot of the room. So, if the circumference of your room is 12’ by 14’ you will need to look for a chandelier with a diameter of about 26”. If this chandelier is for a dining room, the fixture should hang about 30 to 32 inches above the table. Here is a little diagram courtesy of Crystorama to help:

4-6 person dining tables: 20” to 24” chandelier

6-8 person dining tables: 25” to 29” chandelier

8-10 person dining tables: 30” to 36” chandelier

Collection: After you have considered the necessary size for your crystal chandelier, the next “C” on the list is meant for you to choose a collection that incorporates your preferred silhouette and style that will match your décor and harmonize with the surroundings within your space.

Crystorama Brentwood Chandelier

Cutting: Typically you have a choice in crystals, depending on the brand and manufacturer, so when choosing your crystal light make sure you pick your desired shape, cut and color of the crystal embellishments that will accent your fixture.

Color: The finish of a crystal chandelier is important; it’s crucial to pick the best finish to complement your space as well as one that will “reflect the true color spectrum of the crystal,” according to Crystorama.

Confidence: Have confidence in the brand and manufacturer you choose to purchase from. According to Crystorama’s 5 C’s guide, “a chandelier, whatever its shape, size or cost, is an important purchase.”

Although Crystorama began exclusively in the distribution of classical, crystal chandeliers, it advanced its common crystal designs to crafting an assortment of lighting displayed in their pendants, flush mounts, wall sconces and vanity lights, becoming one of the top industry leaders in residential lighting.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

by Benson Littman

Crystal lighting is a very elegant means of lighting your home and it adds a beautiful and stylish touch to your interior lighting design. Today, there are so many different styles and brands that are being designed and crafted and these manufacturers truly know the significance and value of the crystals they use when creating these ornate compositions of light.

Here is a brief overview of the types of crystals out there so you know what you are getting when you’re on the hunt for your next crystal fixture:

Schonbek Pendant

Swarovski Elements – This type of crystal is considered the most luxurious and most exceptional crystals in the world. It is a uniquely genuine and naturally pure variety of crystal out there today. It comes in countless shapes, sizes and colors and are each machine-cut and polished with precision; the logo of Swarovski Elements is engraved into each crystal, impossible to replicate.

Spectra Crystal – Is a machine-cut Swarovski crystal that was illuminates a radiant shimmer and is designed by the highest authority in crystal expertise; it is created to be an enhanced, top-quality crystal at an affordable price for customers.

Heritage Handcut Crystal – These crystals are hand cut in a method that is deep-rooted in crystal cutting history, dating back centuries. Each crystal is unique in shape and form and is cut by hand in two stages, on an iron and sandstone wheel. After, they are polished on a wood wheel with marble dust.

Optic Handcut Crystal – These crystals are significantly refractive. Optic crystal was originally solely used in scientific studies and instrumentation but Schonbek’s engineers started including them in their chandelier models.

Gemcut Crystal – Are shaped into a very sharp and precise form and are polished to create a pure and super refractive crystal.
Vintage Crystal – Vintage crystals are very whimsical droplets of beads in a very traditional shape of faceted ovals, woven into chains.

Schonbek Crystal Chandelier

Legacy Crystal – This type of crystal comes from Venice, Italy and emanates an understated shine and is known to be more affordable than the average cut crystal.

Rock Crystal – this is truly a unique kind of crystal as it can’t be manufactured and mass-produced. It is one of the oldest crystals around and are mined by skilled gem-cutters and are not created in any type on synthetic process in crystal cutting or polishing.

The design and manufacturing of crystal fixtures requires ample understanding, knowledge and familiarity with the crystals and creations made in order to produce such superior designs in lighting. An array of brands produce crystal lighting of all designs and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting is one of them; Schonbek features lighting that is bejeweled, ornamented and trimmed with an assortment of exquisite and delicate crystals. Schonbek carries all of the above crystal types and incorporated them into their designs in very distinct and unique ways.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Maxim Santa Barbara Collection


Maxim’s “Spot-Light of the Month” is shining a light on the quality, outdoor mission style that is the Santa Barbara Collection. Maxim’s Santa Barbara Collection features outdoor wall sconces, flush mounts, post lights and hanging lanterns to display a shining brilliance outside your home.

This month’s highlighted collection is made with an ultra-durable material called Vivex, which has twice the strength of resin, is non-corrosive and UV resistant with a 3 year warranty, perfect for outdoor fixtures braving the elements.

According to Maxim Lighting, this collection has a “distinctive masculine quality.” They say the collection is unquestionably a mission style fixture with bold lines connecting horizontally, creating that signature pattern; the robust column of seedy glass encloses a sturdy platform displays three pillar candles that shine a clear, inviting light through the large and generous windows.

The novel shape and solids brass design truly stands out and the warm finish of the “chocolaty sienna finish makes a statement all of its own with an esthetic range of hues from deep chestnut copper highlights.”