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.

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.

December 6th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is about safety, navigation, and definition of space and when implemented correctly your exterior lighting will define your entrances and offer a smooth transition from your interior space.

It should be noted that entrances should be well lit with wall or hanging lanterns – this will give you ample light for you and your guests. Layers of light are just as important on your exterior as they are in your home and the architectural details, corners of the home and pillars, should be washed with light; landscape spotlights or security lights placed close to the home will give this effect. These select tips will highlight your home and create definition.

Deck Lighting

Lighting allows your guests to navigate through areas of your home and yard by creating visual cues to a destination point. Light a walkway with path lights, step lights or indirect LED strip lighting. This will ensure you and your guests feel welcome and arrive safely. How does lighting give clues that you have reached your destination? Using multiple, low intensity light sources creates layers and interest, making a place more inviting. Indirect lighting should be used to create general lighting in the space, which can be achieved with LED strip lighting under a ledge or retaining wall. Step lights or deck lights can also be used to create small pools of light, which truly adds to the dimension of the space. Path lighting can continue into a space, highlighting low lying flowers and try to place spotlights on tall landscaping and architectural details. If there is a fountain, statue or fireplace these should be up-lit with spotlights or well lights. When these soft light sources are used in combination with each other they create a warm, welcoming environment with interest and definition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 25th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

eurofase-micro-led-pendant

Eurofase is certainly one of the leading manufacturer’s in LED lighting applications as they have made sure to offer their customers a widespread collection of LED products that are efficient and of course fashion-forward design’s in lighting; they combine trendsetting designs with LED capabilities.

Eurofase LED lighting is featured in a variety of their newer decorative collections, such as Aria and Micro, as well as recessed lighting, outdoor lighting, like their line of Axiom LED outdoor uplights, and under cabinet lighting; the best part about these products from Eurofase is that they are functional while still having a very contemporary and fashionable design.

axiom-led-uplight

Eurofase makes sure to have the most talented designers on their team who do the most thorough research on LED innovations and technology.

According to eurofase.com, designers at Eurofase have the most complex yet gratifying jobs. Eurofase has said, “Not only does it take a lot of creativity and meticulous detailing, but also a lot of research.”

A lot of research on not only LED technology but market trends as well, in order to stay ahead of the curve of this ever-changing market.

Eurofase has recently introduced a new Fundamental Architectural catalog that includes an extensive line of LED concepts and designs in a variety of unique and fashionable styles. Eurofase is making sure to continue their presence in the LED market with novel ideas an even more innovative designs for the future, providing the industry with products that are truly a synthesis of technology and purpose, which of course staying trendy.

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.”