Thursday, August 29th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dining Room Lighting

Lighting should be focused around how a room is used and furniture placement plays a key role in your fixture size and location; this is especially true for fixtures that drop over tables or counter tops. Fixtures for specific rooms in your home must be sized appropriately based on both the size of the space as well as table size; this is why when furniture changes the fixture may look disproportionate.

Have you ever walked into a dining room and noticed the fixture was not centered over the table? This often happens a lot when people add a hutch or china cabinet and slide the table over to keep spacing on both sides even and adding a leaf to the table will have the same effect. Center your lights over how you have your table placed in your space on a daily basis, not how it is placed for holidays or special occasions.

General lighting in a room can also be affected by furniture placement. A centered fixture, whether it is a flush mount or a chandelier, will not be affected. This is more of an issue when you have recessed lighting or spotlights highlighting certain areas. If you move your furnishings often, opt for an overall general ceiling light and use temporary and portable table lamps and floor lamps to add accent lighting, rather than adding wall sconces and directional cans.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Murray Feiss King's Table Collection

The dining room is host to a range of events in your home so it is only natural that such a dynamic room can have a medley of lighting styles and brands. Often, the most sought-after type of lighting for dining rooms are the more larger and elaborate fixtures, which creates a nice focal point in the space. A statement piece, like a chandelier, is always a great choice for your dining room but it doesn’t always have to be your first go-to.

Murray Feiss Preston Collection

The best feature of a dining room is how functional it can be so you don’t need to go with the more conventional style lighting in your dining room; try something out of the ordinary by adding a set of mini pendants, a nice way to layer your lighting, or one or two larger pendants. Linear chandeliers and island lights come in an assortment of shapes and styles and will create a warm and bright ambience for your space.

Murray Feiss Remy Collection

The necessary lighting for any dining room is overhead lighting and accent lighting – and with recessed lighting, your choice of a central chandelier, pendant or a few mini pendants, you can achieve that classic yet fashion forward lighting your dining room requires.

Murray Feiss shows some wonderful examples of the different styles of lighting you can feature your dining room: the chandelier is from the King’s Table Collection; the mini pendants are from the Preston Collection; and the large pendant is from the Remy Collection

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.