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, 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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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kichler LED Tape

LED Tape lighting has various applications; any small space that needs ambient lighting is the perfect spot for these tiny flexible lights. LED is now bright enough for task lighting over kitchen counters and desks; it is a flawless under cabinet lighting solution. Unlike halogens, LEDs will not get hot and warm your cabinets, adding that unnecessary heat. They also draw significantly less power and with a lifespan of 40,000 hours they are maintenance free.

One of the brightest under cabinet LED tape lights is from Kichler Lighting, and only draws 4 watts per foot. Kichler’s LED tape lights, like the other’s on the market, is dimmable provided you purchase a dimmable driver. Drivers are a necessary component for tape lighting as they run on 12 volts unlike the 120 volts that run through your house. When designing or remodeling your kitchen, place power in each section of independent cabinets – this power source could be located above the fridge or microwave or in an accessible basement ceiling.

Kichler Under Cabinet Lighting

Most tape lighting is flexible and customizable for any kitchen. They are provided with cutting locations every 3 inches and various connectors to jump around appliances and breaks in the cabinets. What sets Kichler tape lighting apart from its competitors is the color temperature and light output; Kichler LED tape lighting comes in a few different color options: 2700K, 3000K and 4000K. If you like the warm glow of incandescent light bulbs go with the 2700K – 3000K is a true white and looks great on white back splashes. The 4000K is like the older LEDs, a nice cool white color.

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Under Cabinet lighting not only adds a functionality of lighting that every area could use, but also adds that flair and luminescence that only a certain type of lighting can truly achieve. It adds an illumination that not all lighting can produce; it’s a unique style and distinction you’ll want to have. Add under-cabinet lighting and transform your kitchen, bathrooms, home offices and studies and well as laundry rooms. Here are a few ideas for you to choose from with the help of our lighting professionals at Littman Bros:

Under Cabinet Lighting

LED Under Cabinet Lighting

-Energy efficient and definitely the trend in under cabinet lighting right now, LED bulbs have an extremely long lifespan and offer a white-blue light or often replicate the warmer glow of incandescent bulbs.

-Although a little pricier than most bulbs, LEDs will save you energy and more money in the long run because of the longevity.

-Try LED tape lighting, stick lighting or spot lighting for your under cabinet areas

Fluorescent Under Cabinet Lighting

-Not quite up to par with LED under cabinet lighting, but fluorescent lighting is more efficient than incandescent and also lasts longer – this is why fluorescents are more expensive than incandescent bulbs.

-Your options are fluorescent puck lighting or linear under cabinet fixtures.

Incandescent Under Cabinet Lighting

-A popular choice in under cabinet lighting because of its affordable prices as well as easy to handle and offer a variety of options.

-They have a shorter lifespan and are not very energy efficient but xenon and halogen versions do last a bit longer and are considered a little more efficient.

-Choose from puck lighting, light strips or linear fixtures.

Friday, March 9th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Lighting Tips: Make a small room feel bigger

When windows are limited in any room, it can be challenging to disperse natural sunlight. The best way to optimize lighting in a small space is to multiply the light sources. If you use only one type of light, it can in turn make the room actually feel smaller. Use a monorail track light with directional track heads to spotlight certain focal points in the room, rather than illuminating the entire space with one single light. Tech Lighting designed a monorail surface transformer kit that can hold up to six directional tech track heads. Each of tech lighting’s low-voltage track heads and pendants also come bundled as the monopoint (MP) option. This option includes all hardware and hangs from a single monopoint canopy. View all tech lighting track heads and pendants.