Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Checklist

Using different light sources to layer your exterior lighting is a key component when lighting your outdoor space. Layering your outdoor lighting design, from outdoor wall sconces to path lights and spotlights add depth and interest to your home without appearing like a landing strip. No single light source can perform all the lighting functions needed around your landscape. Here is a checklist to assist in creating a lighting scheme for your landscape that provides safety, security and style:

1. Plan the lighting for your exterior patio, kitchen, water features or sculptures first. An effective lighting design accentuates your landscape and provides useful lighting for you to enjoy your space.

2. Try to get everyone involved in planning the lighting scheme for your exterior space; this would include the homeowner, contractor, landscape professional and lighting designer. If you are a DIY type of person, keep all hats in mind, this will ensure a cohesive design where all elements work seamlessly with one another.

3. Create a lighting plan that works from all angles; when you are in your garden, looking at your house from the street, or inside your house enjoying your landscape.

4. Your exterior coach lights flanking the entrances to your home should be the only light sources that are seen. Everything else should be soft washes of light that create a calming environment without blinding your guests. Shielded light fixtures with light directed up or down will create this effect.

5. Be mindful of the color quality of light on your plants – incandescent fixtures create a warm light that becomes even warmer when they are dimmed. This can make your plants look sickly, so try a daylight blue color correcting filter to eliminate the amber quality. You can also opt for LED landscape fixtures which do not change color when dimmed and will save you money in operating costs.

6. Locate light switches by all major entrances – front door, garage, etc. A “panic” switch in your master bedroom is also a great security measure for you outdoor lighting.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Pergola Outdoor Lighting

Summer is fast approaching and as you prep your outside space for the warmer months ahead you should definitely take a look at your lighting – does it highlight your landscaping? Create a safe environment to walk in? Offer enough light for grilling and entertaining? Outdoor lighting is much softer than its indoor counterparts and harsh lighting is not needed for exterior tasks; remember that less is more. It is important that you create stylish outdoor spaces with the proper outdoor lighting.

The most basic of exterior lighting for your stylish outdoor spaces are the coach lights that light up the entries to your home. The second most popular are spotlights – these can shoot straight up the corners of your home and the blank spaces between windows. They create architectural interest and provide security for your outdoor areas as well as highlight trees and shrubs in your yard. Typically 35 watts to 50 watts are the norm, depending on the height of what you would like to light. Landscape lighting is more decorative but provides safety and easy access to passages for you and your guests. Path lights are spaced along walks every 6 feet to create small pools of light along the path and they come in several varying styles from simple mushroom lights to decorative flower sculptures.

Landscape Lighting

Do you have a deck, pergola or any other outdoor entertaining spaces? Deck lighting offers soft indirect lighting that’s perfect for a relaxing conversation or a romantic evening. These lights can be mounted to posts or the underside of railings. If you have a pergola, soft overhead lighting can be created by shining spots up the supports and into the trusses. An outdoor chandelier or large exterior hanging light will create more direct lighting for the space as well. Exterior lighting, just like interior lighting, benefits from layers and balance.

Friday, 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.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kichler Lighting introduced a new line of LED landscape lighting at this summer’s International Lighting Market and this new line, known as Radiax, definitely generated a lot of interest among industry professionals.

Kichler Radiax

Kichler’s Radiax LED landscape technology has the greatest lumens per watt in the industry; its design utilizes innovative optics that increases light output while consuming fewer watts. This new technology drives more output from their LED chips creating a more focused light at a cooler temperature. While the chips themselves run cooler, this does not affect the lights color.

The Radiax, a Kichler exclusive design, controls the color rendering and offers their lights in three different Kelvins. The new Radiax design takes a traditional 75watt PAR 30 fixture that costs about $40 to power a year and drops the cost output to $11.53 a year with this novel lighting technology – this cost comparison is focusing on energy alone. According to kichler.com, lumens are an enhanced indication of a light’s brightness.

“..At Kichler, we’ve engineered a solution to get the most lumens with the least amount of wattage. Our Radiax TM optic drives increased output from our LED chips, creating more focused light at a cooler operating temperature.”

Kichler’s Radiax truly focuses on how the light makes consumers feel as well as the type environment they want.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Earth Day 2012 has passed and it is now time to ask ourselves what we can do beyond just Earth day to protect our planet. There are enormous advantages in using LED lights that can make a big difference in reducing your carbon footprint as well as begin to recognize how easy it is to go green and re-define the value of the environment. LED bulbs use less energy, last longer, are cost-effective and far more durable than the traditional incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Major manufacturers in the lighting industry put forth great efforts in engineering the most energy efficient designs in lighting; players like Kichler Lighting and Hinkley Lighting are implementing LED lights throughout their collections.

Hinkley LED Nexus Collection

Changing your indoor bulbs to LEDs is a good start to becoming more energy efficient but it’s time to move your energy-saving efforts to the outdoors; this is where Kichler and Hinkley’s endeavors with LED lighting have produced a stylish turning point for your homes outside design. Both companies offer an array of tasteful, elegant designs in landscape LED accent lighting. These lights have a more accurate angle and beam of light that significantly reduces energy consumption – all from using LED bulbs.

LED lights come in a wide range of colors that will expand your style options while benefiting you in the long-run because of its long life-span (lasting much longer and saving you more money on replacement bulbs) to the considerable money saved in energy costs over the life of each LED fixture. When deciding on your energy efficient landscape lighting design, remember the important designs to consider: up-lighting (creates ambient lighting in the area), down-lighting (targeted light from above), silhouette lighting (provides dramatic accents) and of course the options of LED colors, with the varying colors of LED lights you can add an appealing touch to your outdoor lighting.

Whether it’s indoors or outdoors LED bulbs are a wonderful way to start helping the environment and reducing general pollutants while making a smart investment in bulbs that are rated for continual use for up to 100,000 hours and use 50% to 90% less power than standard bulbs. It doesn’t have to be Earth Day for anyone to put in the effort and start using energy efficient lighting.

Monday, January 30th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Landscape lighting features an array of different types of lighting, here are some techniques for you to consider when creating your outdoor lighting layout:

Hinkley Nexus Collection

Uplighting: Illuminating an object, area or surface from below. Using a spotlight aimed at a tree in the background while the front of your home stays fairly dark creates a focal point on the landscape.

Downlighting: Lighting an object from above, mounted high in a tree shining a light on the ground, creating what is known as “moonlighting.”

Grazing: Highlights textured surfaces around your home, setting a spotlight within about one foot of the surface.

Path Lighting: Lights spread around the walkway in order to create a safe path to your front or backdoor, they accent flowers or shrubbery as well.

Wall Washing: Sets up lighting to accent a wall in order to brighten the space. This image shows a great example of wall washing and a nice use of path lights – these landscape lights are from the Hinkley Nexus Collection.

Deck/Step Lighting: Provides safety and accent lighting for your outdoor area; perfect for that deck or patio stairwell at night.

Silhouetting: Shines a unique backlight on a specific object – create a subtle silhouette of a tree by placing a spotlight between your home and the tree.

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Kichler Lighting 320102SNW Crystal Bay Satin White 52" Ceiling Fan

Kichler Lighting manufacturer’s the highest quality ceiling fans. With new designs in 2012, Kichler ceiling fans encompass every style and application from outdoor patio fans to decorative ceiling fans.

A popular collection of outdoor fans is the Kichler Crystal Bay – all are wet location and come in an array of finishes with unique blades. The fan shown here is the from the Crystal Bay collection in a satin white finish with classic white washed oak blades. Kichler’s outdoor ceiling fan collections are designed to create cool comfort while withstanding extreme temperatures and conditions both wet and damp rated.

Many Kichler ceiling fans are Energy Star® certified and feature highly efficient fluorescent lighting that uses up to 70% less energy. Fans also feature DC Motors that operate at cooler temperatures for a longer overall life.

All Kichler ceiling fans are designed to optimize total spinning weight, blade pitch and surface area. Blue Loctite® adhesive is added to prevent loosening, plus cUL or ETL certification for United States and Canada, and a Limited Lifetime warranty.

Monday, January 16th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Hinkley Lighting Nexus Collection

There is an array of different kinds of Outdoor Lighting to choose from and finding the right type and style of Outdoor Lighting for your home can sometimes be a difficult task. Here are a few pointers to make it a bit easier:

You will need to choose multiple Outdoor Lights to use outside your home; the lighted impression and strength at night is a very important factor and you will need a few different kinds lights with about 40 to 75 watts to create that sufficient lighting.

The durability of your lights is important so you should think about the typical weather conditions of your home and decide what the best to use is. Nowadays almost all Outdoor Fixtures have special coatings in order to withstand these elements so make sure that the lighting you choose is listed as “Wet Location.”

Landscape Lighting is also a very popular choice when choosing Outdoor Lighting; there are numerous types of Landscape Lighting to choose from as well and all of these can do an assortment of things for you and your home’s Outdoor Lighting.

Uplights: Call attention to features from the outside; they are placed on the ground shining up to highlight focal points in the landscape.

Downlights: Aim downward, above an area, to emulate natural light or as a type of security lighting.

Path Lights: Go along a path such as sidewalks, driveways and pathways to securely lead a person to your front or back doors.

There are also Flood Lights, In Ground Lights and Outdoor Spotlights.

When choosing the best Outdoor or Landscape Lighting it would be nice to have a blueprint of your landscape to decide the best locations to put the lights. And of course, at the end of this whole process, the most fun part is deciding the style of your outdoor lights that will truly complement your home’s architecture.

Make sure when selecting your Outdoor Lighting that you don’t forget the key places to illuminate; your home’s entryway, all outdoor stairways and passages, your deck or patio and your driveway.

This Landscape Lighting shown is from the Hinkley Nexus Collection. Hinkley Lighting has a lot of wonderful Landscape Lights and Kichler Lighting is also a great brand that has an array of Outdoor and Landscape Lighting as well.

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Hinkley Atlantis Collection

LED Lights are a great replacement for incandescent or fluorescent bulbs as they consume much less energy than other light bulbs. LED stands for ‘Light-Emitting Diode,’ a semiconductor device that converts electricity to light through electrons.

Here is what you should know about LED Lights:

• They last about 5 times longer than compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs.

• They produce nearly no heat or UV rays, which keep costs like air conditioning low.

• LED Bulbs are a great energy saving answer to your home, using up to 80% less energy than compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs.

• LED Lights are very low maintenance and extremely durable.

Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, LED Lighting is not only environmentally sound but is a great investment – one LED Light that burns for about 8 hrs is expected to last up to 17 years before it needs changing.

More and more we are seeing lighting brands come out with indoor and Outdoor LED Lights. Hinkley Lighting is a big name in the LED Lighting industry and has made their Piza, Nexus, Atlantis and Harbor collections all LED Landscape Lighting. These LED Landscape Path Lights shown from the Hinkley Atlantis Collection is a very modern and chic style of LED Outdoor Lighting that will be extremely beneficial for you in the long run.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

by Littman Bros Lighting

Outdoor LightingAs we head into the July 4th weekend, it is time to brighten up your outdoor living space. Littman Bros. Lighting is proud to offer all your outdoor lighting needs, including:

Your outdoor living space will be dramatically changed with some lighting. You can enjoy an early morning sunrise while reading the newspaper under additional lighting on deck, or enjoy a late cool evening in your backyard with additional landscape lighting. Planning a late summer party? Be sure to light it up with outdoor wall, ceiling or hanging lights. Continue Reading Shop Our Outdoor Lighting