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A Bulb Isn’t Just A Bulb – Know the types!

Littman Bros |  2015-09-20

A light bulb is just a light bulb, right? You buy it, screw it in, and it works. Yet bulbs are designed differently for different uses. The brightest light possible in a surgical room isn’t necessarily what you might like shining in your eyes when you wake in your master bedroom. Each type is created…

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Basement Blahs – 4 tips for lighting up the lower level!

Littman Bros |  2015-09-14

Man cave. Gym. Home theater. Kid’s space. Stuff storage. No matter what purpose your basement serves, homeowners love the extra living space it provides. We’re not all lucky enough to have a daylight basement, or walkout basement, that takes advantage of natural lighting. Sun streaming in during the day provides light rather than turning to…

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Size of Chandeliers and Pendants

Littman Bros |  2014-01-07

Figuring out the size of chandeliers and pendants to put in your space can be tricky but there is a general rule of thumb to calculate these dimensions: Start with adding together the length and width of the area you want to hang your pendant or chandelier in feet; this number is the width of…

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Where to Install my Under Cabinet Lighting?

Littman Bros |  2014-01-03

Under cabinet lighting is a wonderful addition to your kitchen when you need a brighter work space – those dark corners and shadowed areas in the kitchen will disappear and add that extra layer of lighting and functionality to your space. All under cabinet lighting should be placed in front of the cabinet for more…

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How do I Cover Recessed Lighting that is not in use?

Littman Bros |  2013-12-30

Do you have light fixtures or recessed lighting that is off-center from your furniture or cabinet/counter layout? The correct, but tedious way to center fixtures is to re-route your electrical wiring through new electrical boxes or cans and remove the old one and then follow-up with a drywall repair and re-paint. How do you move the electrical…

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Subtle Illumination with LED Tape Lighting

Littman Bros |  2013-12-27

LED tape lighting is an excellent product for both accent and task lighting applications in various rooms within your home. It is roughly only one quarter of an inch wide and about an eighth of an inch long; the size allows the tape to be hidden practically anywhere that you want to create a glow…

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Staying Cool Is A Breeze with Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Littman Bros |  2013-12-26

It is absolutely possible to keep your outdoor areas cool and comfortable even under the hot summer sun with outdoor ceiling fans – your outdoor patio, porch or gazebo can be cooled with a ceiling fan much like your indoor rooms. But you must first be sure to find out that the UL listing on…

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Which Light Bulbs are best for your Home?

Littman Bros |  2013-12-23

The question is brought up more and more as light bulbs change with the times and growing technology; which light bulbs are best for my home? Picking out the best light bulb for your home begins here: Incandescent bulbs have been used in our homes since the 1800s and they have changed very little since…

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Positioning Your Light Source

Littman Bros |  2013-12-18

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…

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Stainless Steel vs. Bronze or Brass Finishes

Littman Bros |  2013-11-08

The earliest light fixtures were made of brass and bronze because of their weight and low heat conductivity. Although stainless steel was invented in 1912, it took decades to discover that it was a better finish and product for lighting fixtures. Even today people associate the weight of brass with quality and the luster of…

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Moving Electrical Wires and Junction Boxes

Littman Bros |  2013-10-16

In both older homes, and new construction, it is common to have the access points to your wiring in a less than desired location.  It is possible to move the access point where a lighting fixture is installed in your ceiling or wall with some simple rewiring. Electrical wires and junction boxes need to have…

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Chandeliers and their Functions

Littman Bros |  2013-08-30

Chandeliers have multiple functions; they add a beautiful light source, decoration and define an area while adding interest to a space. The most common area for chandeliers is the dining room. They are also perfect for foyers, breakfast areas and bedrooms. The mini chandelier is also a great way to dress up a space; the…