Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kitchen Lighting

The real estate collapse has caused more people to stay where they are and renovate instead of going on the hunt for something totally new. Whether people are renovating to make their house into their dream home or prepping to sell when the market turns, there is no doubt there is a rise in updating and renovating the home. Today, we find that the most common rooms for renovation are kitchens and baths; they are the selling features of the home and therefore create the most equity and return on investment.

Lighting is an important part of any renovation project – many older spaces, especially kitchens do not have enough lighting and a dark and shadowy space can make a home feel dated, cramped and dirty. Enhancing your home with the right amount of both task and ambient lighting can add to the perceived square footage by brightening and lightening up a space. Recessed lighting is a great way to create even ambient lighting; recessed lighting in a kitchen should be placed around your cabinets and workspace and should be placed according to their size. For example, six feet apart for 6 inch cans, five feet for 5 inch and so on. Smaller, more modern recessed lights should be placed closer together because Halogen and LED bulbs have a narrower spread. Under cabinet lighting is also a great addition for task lighting and eliminates shadows created by the upper cabinets; self-adhesive LED strips are a great under cabinet solution as they are indiscreet and smaller in size. Energy efficient LED lighting draws four or fewer watts per foot and has an average life span of 40 thousand hours or 15 years of regular usage. Task lighting is also needed over any islands or peninsulas and can be achieved easily by using hanging pendants or mini pendants and doing so will also create some visual interest.

After adding additional lighting you will want to update your original fixtures: Dropping your center light fixture slightly (within 16 inches on an 8 foot ceiling) will allow a cast of up-light on your ceiling, which creates a softer ambient light that will combat any shadowing from the addition of the recessed lighting. Up lighting has also become the more desirable type of lighting over the kitchen dining area; you can achieve this through simple bowl fixtures or a chandelier, and don’t be afraid to dress up your lights with newer, elegant designs.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Eurofase Rosini Chandelier

Eurofase Lighting has chosen their Rosini collection as the December fixture of the month and Rosini holds true to be very significant in design and inspiration.

This whole collection was inspired and motivated by the music composed by Yoshino Rosini, a 19th Century Italian composer, most well known for his operatic masterpiece William Tell and his nod to 14th Century Switzerland. According to eurofaselighting.com, “the designer set out to create a fixture with strong, classic European lines, imagining the days of heroes on horseback, fortresses and castles.”

The Eurofase Rosini Collection features an array of very regal chandeliers and wall sconces all twice finished in sleek gunmetal, setting these fixtures apart from others of their kind. The imposing simplicity of these fixtures is beautiful and will add a subtle elegance to any space. Rosini glistens with elongated pear-cut smoked crystals and bobesches as well as a silhouette that features more embellishments and ornamentation to add that surprising and distinguished touch.

Although this collection is in Eurofase’s Classics Collection, it is truly a transitional piece as well. According to eurfaselighting.com, “designers are able to feature it in an array of decors, classic or modern.” Rosini can be added to almost any setting within your home, from foyer to hallway or dining room as well as great room or living room.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Minka Aire Artemis Fan

This year a range of new and unique lighting design trends are popping up all around the industry adding that special touch to your home’s beautiful interior in both the lighting and interior décor and accessories categories.

One of our favorites right now is the mixing of various textures within your space, like glossy and matte; the combination of soft and hard creates a wonderful accord and an infusion of diverse palettes.

Cyan Slate Stool

Adding Texture is yet another component of interior design that becomes a key element, making a space interesting and inviting. You can add textural depth to your interior by combining items of different materials within your design scheme.
Consider bringing a reflective mix of high gloss elements and compliment that with matte or glossy accessories.

Uttermost High Gloss Lamp

Take this fresh and very modern Minka Aire ceiling fan from the Artemis collection for example; it has an incredibly polished surface with a distinct profile that is finished in a high gloss coating. Complement that texture with tweed furniture, rugs or throws as well as more matte or toned hues like this Cyan Design round matte clay slate stool to add some depth.

Along with those consistencies within your space, feel free to add your own touches of gloss and matte with a vase like these high gloss olive green Cyan vases or Uttermost gloss black table lamp.

Mixing various textures within your space adds more composition and height to your space. Get creative and you choose which arrangements and structures speak to you and you can find your own style and texture to your home.

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.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Savoy House Terrell Collection

For the month of December, Savoy House Lighting is continuing their latest Collection of the Month campaign and is focusing on the stylish and very minimalistic Terrell collection.

The Savoy House Terrell collection features a beautifully designed line of fixtures with eye-catching styling and gallant geometric lines of English Bronze or Satin Nickel finishes that shines against the fresh White Etched Opal glass that complements each light brilliantly. Products from the Terrell collection have a transitional style that adds a blend of both modern and traditional quality, in both design and silhouette.

Savoy’s Terrell collection offers very sophisticated wall sconces, vanity lights, mini pendants, an array of different size chandeliers, pendants and semi-flush mounts; whether its combining the collection together within your home or using just one of the vast array of fixtures from Terrell, this collection promises to harmonize properly with any décor within your space, as it is a very minimalistic yet bold line of lights.

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

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.

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Maxim Luminous Collection

This month, Maxim is focusing their chosen “Spot-Light of the Month” on its rustic yet refined Luminous Collection, a beautiful assembly of fixtures for your home.

The Maxim Luminous Collection is an imaginative, somewhat contemporary style in lighting with a fresh metal-framed silhouette and stunning onyx stone shades. The beautiful hues of the onyx shades will add a warm ambiance to your space; each onyx shade is carved out of solid stone, making each very unique with its own character.

Fixtures within the Luminous Collection range from flush mounts, wall sconces, vanity lights, chandeliers and island lights. They are offered in a wide range of sizes and shapes, suitable for any room in your home.

The very simplistic style of these lights fashion a beauty in lighting all its own. Each fixture comes in a rustic ebony finish that harmonizes brilliantly off the golden, amber onyx shades.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Traditional Style Chandelier

In a recent American Lighting Association (ALA) webinar, the question of design and style was discussed and it was clear that lighting styles and design components with lighting is more than often a subjective issue.

Joe Rey-Barreau, architect, lighting designer and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design, hosted the webinar and talked about the impending confusion that often takes place between a lighting specialist and the customer.

Contemporary Style Chandelier

Rey-Barreau said discussing styles with customers is sometimes not the best starting off point as people understandably have a different idea of what each style profile looks like to them.

“I will always try to steer the conversation away from styles and toward the elements and principles of design,” Rey-Barreau said. “I say this with all honesty because I find the discussion of styles with customers becomes very, very confusing.”

It is more imperative to get the customers opinion and assessment of what a specific style is, he said.

Here are the primary factors Rey-Barraeu said affect the selection of lighting fixtures:

Style = Aesthetics, how does it look?

Function = Purpose, does it work?

Mood/Behavior = How does it make us feel?

Symbol = What does it mean?

Preferential = The unknown, the decision that someone makes that may make no sense whatsoever.

Instead of focusing on specific styles, retailers should bring up the idea of simple vs. complex and the core principles and elements of design.

Rey-Barreau said the elements of design are: line, shape form, space, direction, size, texture, color, value and contrast. While the principles of design include balance, harmony, unity, contrast, dominance, repetition and emphasis.

“Design and styles can be very, very useful, and very fun,” Rey-Barreau said. “But, again, think more about the simplicity of what defines an object rather than what we call the object.”

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Fredrick Ramond Zen Collection

Hinkley Lighting is at the forefront of LED lighting and not only provides consumers with a variety of LED products but also incorporates beautiful design aesthetics to their products as well.
Hinkley offers more than 100 LED options in their landscape lighting line of deck, path, step, spot and brick lights, their very functional line of the Nexus LED landscape lighting system as well as interior lighting styles in a variety of eco-friendly textiles.

Fredrick Ramond Loft Pendant

Some of Hinkley’s newer LED products unite the brands classic, stylish and chic designs with the modern-day technology of LED lighting.

Hinkley’s luxury line of Fredrick Ramond Lighting came out with a collection of pendants known as Loft; each Loft pendant is made in the U.S. from select grade solid maple, walnut or cherry wood and each includes an energy efficient LED light source. Fredrick Ramond also came out with the series of Zen products that “is the ultimate in eco-chic.” Each Zen fixture is constructed with sustainable, environmentally friendly bamboo and is made in the U.S. while utilizing an LED light source.

Along with these newer collections, Hinkley continues to grow its long line of LED landscape lighting while continuing to create cost-effective LED lighting in chic styles; they hope to make the majority of their fixtures LED compatible by next year. Hinkley Lighting is making sure they have a vast impact on the LED lighting market with all of their products in the coming years.