Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Living Room Lighting

Lighting is no longer just about brightening up a space, it has become so much more than that; it is about layering and balance; positioning your light source. You can have a room filled with all different types of lighting and still be missing the mark. Some rooms would benefit from lighting that draws attention and creates style within a space, while others need subtle fixtures that are restrained and delicate. There are also the different types of lighting that help to develop the layers within a space – ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting.

Ambient lighting is the most general lighting, creating the overall, general light within a space. This general lighting can be accomplished with sunlight, cans or lamps. Another common type of lighting is task lighting, which would be lamps on a desk or pendants over an island. The next two types of lighting create depth and interest in a space, accent and decorative lighting; accent lighting is used to accentuate an object or element in a space, think picture lights over paintings or puck lights in glass cabinets. Decorative lighting is purely ornamental; one of the most common applications is cove lighting above cabinets or in tray ceilings.

Getting a feel for the different layers of light is one thing – but how do you use them in a space? This all depends on what room you are trying to light as well as the look that you want to create. Here are some general guidelines for each space:

Dining Room Lighting

In a living room or family room you will want to light three of the four corners of the space, this can be accomplished using a combination of table and floor lamps, wall sconces and overhead lighting. Shaded lamps will create good reading light for the direct area while torchiere lamps will light up more of the room. Wall sconces and overhead lighting should be put on dimmers; this gives you more control over the mood and function of the room.

In a dining room the main source of light is over the table and should be put on a dimmer and lowered for entertaining purposes; this dimmer light promotes socializing because it is calming and flattering. Additional lighting should be placed on the edges of the room using torchiere lamps on a buffet table or accent wall sconces.

Ambient and task lighting are most important in the kitchen to assist with cooking. Many people congregate in the kitchen while entertaining and that is why accent and decorative lighting really help accentuate the space. Recessed lighting or an overhead semi-flush mount can create a great amount of ambient lighting; be sure to place these on a dimmer so that they can be nice and bright while cooking and dimmed while entertaining. Pendant and under cabinet lighting create additional lighting where tasks are performed, these can also be dimmed down while the overhead lights are off creating a backdrop while the party is perhaps eating in the formal dining space.

I have been asked if recessed lighting is sufficient in a bathroom – the answer is absolutely not. While you will want recessed lighting in your shower (and if the bathroom is large enough throughout the space), it is not good lighting for applying makeup and is far from flattering when you look in the mirror. Wall sconces are the absolute best for a bathroom; they create a warm flattering wash on your face. When wall sconces are not possible, a vanity light is the next best thing.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Chandeliers outfit your home with the necessary light, known as general lighting or ambient lighting, which provides an area with overall illumination. General lighting is essential to any lighting plan and can be accomplished with a top-notch Chandelier.

Shopping for a new Chandelier doesn’t have to be a daunting task; with a few guidelines and helpful tips, you’ll have a wonderful addition to your foyer, kitchen, dining room or great room in no time:

• Be aware of your home’s overall style and choose the appropriate design that suits your needs. There are a lot of Transitional Style Chandeliers out there that effortlessly blend with either contemporary or traditional style decors.

• Determining the right size of your Chandelier depends on the size of the room you want to light so make sure you have evaluated the space in which you plan to hang it – for a dining room, measure the table you plan to hang the Chandelier over (it should be about 12” narrower than the table); any other room, you should measure the size of the room, ceiling height and furniture so the proportions harmonize. The Chandelier should hang at least 6 ½’ to 7’ above the floor.

• How much light does your space need? Determining this will help you choose how many lights you want on your chandelier. Depending on the size of the room and how much ambient light is needed is how you will establish the number of bulbs you want.

• Adding a dimmer control is a great idea, it will also help with your bulb choice, as it allows you to modify the light depending on how much is needed at the time and what mood you want to achieve.

Chandeliers can add a radiant shine and flair to your foyer, kitchen, dining room, bedroom or even bathroom (depending on the size); it is usually the focal point of your space, the first thing people see when entering the room so you should take your time deciding on what style and size is fitting for you and your home.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

by Littman Bros Lighting

Lighting in your home should harmonize with your way of life and it is important that you establish a lighting strategy that tailors to your needs – think about the day-to-day things that take place in the rooms of your house and the mood you want to bring into the space. Often the rooms in our house need more than one kind of lighting, which brings us to the fundamentals of lighting you should become familiar with – the three basic types of lighting: general, task and accent lighting.

General Lighting

General Lighting

General lighting, also known as ambient lighting, brightens a space with overall illumination. It provides a pleasant degree of brightness without glare and enables a sound environment for you to get around in. Having a primary fixture of general light in each room is essential to a quality lighting system. This type of lighting can be achieved by using Ceiling Lights or Wall Lights, Chandeliers, recessed or track lights and Outdoor Lighting on the outside of your home.

Task Lighting

Task Lighting

Task lighting is for exactly that, particular tasks needed done around the house – reading, writing, cooking, paying bills, playing games, etc. With task lighting you would need Pendant Lighting, Under Cabinet Lighting, portable Floor Lamps and Desk Lamps and recessed and track lighting.

Accent Lighting

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting adds some appeal to a room by luring the eye to various personal effects in your house – paintings, photographs, plants or sculptures as well as textured walls, outdoor landscaping or window treatments. Accent lighting is normally provided by track and recessed lighting or Wall Lighting and needs no less than three times as much light on the object as the ambient lighting surrounding it.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

by Littman Bros Lighting

A decorative Chandelier is an excellent way to add significance to a space – they provide a pleasant down light for the room. Also, know that you should always have your chandeliers on Dimmers in order to create a more relaxing and tranquil ambiance. The new trend this year is installing chandeliers over islands instead of the standard single pendants. If you’re on the hunt for that one-of-a-kind chandelier that will enhance your space, start perusing Littmanbros.com now, you’re bound to find something that matches your taste.

Lighting truly brings a room together and nothing affects the mood and function of a space like lighting. The kitchen is a room that deserves a lot of attention when lighting your home and it is usually the most utilized and fundamental room in the house; its where people habitually come and share their time together. You should make sure to have your two main lights positioned over a main table, Island and or counter tops. Your kitchen should also have LED recessed cans and Under Cabinet Lighting in order to give the space different levels of light.

Wall Sconces provide soothing, indirect light and can also create a dramatic effect on your walls – great places for sconces are dining rooms, study, master bedrooms, hallways and powder rooms.

Bathrooms should be lit with an overhead Mini Chandelier as well as a light over the mirror or side sconces. With varying levels of light your bathroom will be shadow free.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

by Littman Bros Lighting

Track LightingTrack lighting is a contemporary fixture perfect for just about any room in your home. Whether you want to illuminate the artwork on your living room wall or brighten up the kitchen, track lighting is available in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. It is a great alternative to traditional lamps and recessed lighting and is cost-efficient, easy to install and can create the illusion of a larger space.

The Unlimited Possibilities of Track Lighting

A popular location for track lighting is the living room. It is a room used for a variety of activities, including studying and entertaining guests. Unlike a traditional floor or table lamp, track lighting can light up a much larger area, so you can sit or stand anywhere and not have to worry about where to find the best light. Continue Reading The Versatility of Track Lighting