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'How To' Guides

How should I adjust my lighting when furniture is rearranged?

Littman Bros |  2013-08-29

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…

Contemporary Lighting

Pendant Lighting Functions

Interior Lighting Style |  2013-08-16

Pendants are truly the jewelry of your home as they make for beautiful accents and supplemental lighting. Pendants are fixtures that hang from the ceiling, suspended by a cord, chain or metal rod. They are often hung in groupings, layered throughout a space like over you’re your kitchen island or highlighting your dining room table….

Flush Mounts

Flush and Semi-Flush Mounts and their Functions

Interior Lighting Style |  2013-08-09

Flush mounted fixtures are a great source of ambient lighting – they are especially practical in high activity areas with standard ceilings; foyers, bathrooms, laundry rooms and hallways are all high activity areas with lower ceilings and would be great areas to install flush mounts as well as they do not typically have tables to…

'How To' Guides

How to Balance your Ceiling Fan

Littman Bros |  2013-07-31

Few things are more annoying than a rattling fan motor or a wobbling fan; it can also be scary when your fan shakes above you. While most new high-end ceiling fans come pre-balanced, others level themselves when run on high for a few hours. In few instances it may be necessary to make some adjustments…

Lighting

Light Bulbs and Color Temperature

Littman Bros |  2013-05-16

The introduction of the CFL into residential homes has brought some great attention to color temperature; before the compact fluorescent light bulbs were popular, there were not as many options in color temperature for bulbs. The incandescent bulb has been THE residential light bulb for decades, which produces a warmer light at 2700k and has…

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LED Technology: Picture Lights

Littman Bros |  2013-05-01

LEDs are the newest and most talked about energy saving technology for lighting today – they use approximately one tenth of the power of an incandescent fixture. This amount of energy savings is not only great for the environment and your wallet but this new technology also influences the designs of light fixtures. There are…

Lighting

Choose Your Lighting to Set the Right Mood

Littman Bros |  2013-04-24

Lighting can impact the experience of a room more than any other architectural element. Besides the obvious function, lighting can be used to evoke predetermined emotional responses. The first step in lighting a space is to think about its functionality; how do you plan on using the space? Will your dining room be strictly for…

Interior Design

Simple Ways to Update Your Home Lighting

Littman Bros |  2013-04-17

Is your home in need of an update? Do you still have the original builder grade light fixtures that came with your home? A dark and shadowy space can make a home feel dated, cramped and dirty, but don’t worry because there are some easy techniques to give your house a makeover, making it more…

Lighting

Trending: Matte Gold Finishes

Littman Bros |  2013-04-10

There is no denying that brass is out…..or is it?? Don’t be alarmed, that old shiny brass from the 80s and 90s is not making a comeback, this finish has evolved into a more refined, elegant and sophisticated set of finishes in the lighting world. While satin nickel has been a long-standing, ever-popular finish, the…

Lighting

Designer Lighting in the Modern World

Littman Bros |  2013-04-04

Lighting is no longer just about lighting up a space with general lighting, it has become so much more than that – designer lighting is meant to enhance a space and add purpose to your home. With the various kinds and styles of lighting come alternative lighting designs and variations other than general lighting or…

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Track Lighting Guide: Putting Together a Low Voltage Track Lighting System

Littman Bros |  2013-03-27

There are 4 basic components to a Low Voltage Track System: track, standoffs, transformer and light fixtures. • Track – this is what the light fixtures attach to, it brings power from the source to the very last fixture. • Standoffs – standoffs hold the track steady so that it does not dip with the…

Lighting Basics

Line-Voltage Pendants vs. Low-Voltage Pendants

Interior Lighting Style |  2013-03-22

There is a common debate among customers remodeling their kitchens.  Should I choose pendants? What kind of pendants? Low-voltage or line-voltage? How many pendants? What size should my pendants be?  All this can seem over whelming but if you start with the size of your space and island you want to light, you can easily…