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.

November 20th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

ET2 Chic Collection

This month ET2 is shining on their Chic collection as the Spotlight of the Month and it is no wonder why, as the Chic collection definitely is a distinct family of lighting.

The ET2 Chic collection features a modern twist on a classic silhouette; this collection brings together a stylish combination of “candle-like xenon lights shrouded in conical clear glass shades.” According to et2online.com, “Each of the fluid chrome curves enhances the organic simplicity of the sleek and stylish design as they flow into Polished Chrome adjustable stems.”

Although clearly a contemporary design, this striking collection sticks to some of its traditional roots as each fixture within Chic has a truly classic shape and form with modern touches. The glistening full shaped base flows out naturally giving off the impression of motion and evolves into the more modern glass shades that reflect a beautiful light when illuminated.

ET2’s Chic collection features wall sconces and chandeliers; choose from the 5 light, 9 light or exaggerated 16 light chandeliers. The additional arms add depth to the already uniquely designed collection. Because of the fusion of styles, Chic will be a significant addition to any contemporary or more traditional decorated room.

November 18th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dorian Webb Designer

Award-winning designer Dorian Webb and New York based Crystorama Lighting have created a very strong partnership over the years and together have produced new collections in lighting known as Dorian Webb for Crystorama.

According to crystorama.com, Webb began her career designing hand-crafted necklaces bracelets and earrings inspired by a trip she made to Venice, Italy; each piece of jewelry incorporated Venetian glass.

Webb’s passion for designing jewelry soon turned into a passion for lighting design. She designed lighting privately and became very popular among high-end clientele. According to a biography written about Webb, Dorian’s fixtures incorporated an “array of delicate foliage, dangling drops and draping beads.”

Along with the Venetian glass, Webb also incorporates semi-precious stones such as citrine, aquamarine, cherry quartz and freshwater pearls.

Crystorama Fiore Collection

Since partnering with Crystorama, Webb has created two collections of more transitional lighting pieces known as Palla and Fiore. According to crystorama.com, Palla (Italian for “sphere”) and Fiore were both inspired by pieces from her jewelry line.

“[The fixtures] feature neutral-toned diaphanous disks that float in an antique gold wrought iron frame,” Crystorama stated. “Inset irregular prisms add unexpected sparkle to the earth tones.”

The Palla collection was inspired by a specific bracelet in Webb’s jewelry collection while her Fiore collection for Crystorama was inspired by her signature Venetian glass collection of chandeliers she had previously designed.

Webb continues to design lighting for Crystorama; the first two lighting collections will be available exclusively through Crystorama.

November 14th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

schonbek-lighting-collections

Schonbek Worldwide Lighting has announced that they have made an exciting transformation to the company as a result of their strong partnership with the Swarovski Group. In October 2007, Schonbek was acquired by Swarovski, and since then their association and rapport have been significant for both companies.

In a statement made by David White, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, and John Simms, VP of Global Operations, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting will now be known as “Swarovski Lighting.” The two stated in an August 6 news announcement that since the partnership with Swarovski, there has been many adjustments to push Schonbek in a positive direction; including allocating the Schonbek Plattsburgh, NY location as the global headquarters and making significant changes to the core of both companies.

“As a result of these changes, and the evolution of our business strategy, our official business name will change to Swarovski Lighting,” they stated in the release. “Swarovski Lighting will continue to encompass two very distinct premium consumer lighting brands, Swarovski and Schonbek.”

Both White and Simms say the combination, Swarovski being respected and admired for its “contemporary aesthetic” and Schonbek well-regarded for its “classic, timeless styling,” will not change, but it will allow for better marketing strategies in the future; they reassure all their customers and business partners that the rich history of Schonbek Lighting will not change.

“While the overall company name will change to Swarovski Lighting, the Schonbek brand name and the 142 year legacy lives on in all of the existing as well as new products we will continue to innovate, and market under this well established brand.”

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.

November 11th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Savoy House Lighting

is thrilled to announce that they will be introducing their “Collection of the Month” campaign, where they will choose a product, family, designer or category to be featured each month, beginning this September.

For September’s “Collection of the Month,” Savoy House has chosen the Hagen Collection; a collection that features a very lustrous, modernized and streamlined design in lighting. Products from the Hagen Collection include classic silhouettes with a transitional yet contemporary vibe.

The

Hagen family

offers wall sconces, vanity lights, semi-flush and flush mounts, mini pendants, pendants and chandeliers that come in two very radiant finishes of satin nickel or heirloom brass; both of these finish options complement the warm ambiance of the white etched opal glass shades.

The classic finishes allow for a very traditional style in lighting while the shapes and unique forms of each fixture also incorporate a more modern tone.

The mini pendants are great for layering in groups over a kitchen island or bar in your home and both the 6 and 9 light chandeliers are just the right size for an array of foyer, kitchen or dining room sizes.

Savoy House Lighting is known for detailed craftsmanship and careful attention to detail within all their products and the Hagen Collection illustrates this perfectly while exhibiting Savoy’s tendency towards elegant and timeless designs in lighting.

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.

November 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Currey and Co Wigging Collection

Currey & Company is a manufacturer of distinct home furnishings and is well known for their decorative light fixtures as well as interior furniture and accessories. Currey & Co got their start as an outlet and supplier of garden furniture and fixtures and expanded into interior light fixtures, lamps and furniture in 1990. Currey set itself apart from the competition from the creation and design of their hand-made products and their attention to detail during manufacturing and finishing. Their international headquarters in the Philippines allows Currey & Company to incorporate luxurious natural elements into expertly crafted products.

Currey and Co Serena Collection

In particular Currey & Co table and floor lamps are truly artistic and dynamic; these fixtures are the perfect complement to any designer space. Some would say their pieces have a French design and styling, with a truly unique approach to lighting design and decor – many of their fixtures are airy and whimsical, inspired by Currey’s roots in garden furniture and lighting.

Currey & Co has long been designing their products with the use of hand forged iron but the exceptional variety of materials “such as hand-carved wood, porcelain and brass” has brought the company to the next level in decorative lighting. This can be seen in the Currey & co Wiggins collection – the fixtures within Wiggins are wrapped in natural burlap and banded with wrought iron. The Serena collection also display’s Currey’s unexpected use of materials as it features a design with glass balls of Aqua glass against a silver granello finish; Serena is a collection with classic forms mixed with the innovative materials, creating a subtle contemporary style with a twist of tradition.

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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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.