Monday, December 30th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Do you have light fixtures or recessed lighting that are off-center from your furniture or cabinet layout? The correct but tedious way to center fixtures is to re-route your electrical 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 correct the locations without having major electrical and drywall repair? If the electrical is not re-routed the old boxes or cans must remain accessible; you cannot drywall over these eyesores. If you want to slide a chandelier over a bit, you can hide the old box with a ceiling medallion around the base of the light. Make sure to match the medallion style with your chandelier, otherwise it will detract from your fixture and leave people wondering why you used that medallion. A contemporary fixture needs a very simple and white medallion that blends into the ceiling while a crystal and rod-iron piece calls for an intricate and hand painted medallion.

What if you are moving a can or a flush mount? Speaker covers can be used to make them disappear – they are the same color as the ceiling and will be looked over by guests or they will just think you have a speaker system.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

by Littman Bros Lighting

Lighting in your home should harmonize with your way of life and it is important that you establish a lighting strategy that tailors to your needs – think about the day-to-day things that take place in the rooms of your house and the mood you want to bring into the space. Often the rooms in our house need more than one kind of lighting, which brings us to the fundamentals of lighting you should become familiar with – the three basic types of lighting: general, task and accent lighting.

General Lighting

General Lighting

General lighting, also known as ambient lighting, brightens a space with overall illumination. It provides a pleasant degree of brightness without glare and enables a sound environment for you to get around in. Having a primary fixture of general light in each room is essential to a quality lighting system. This type of lighting can be achieved by using Ceiling Lights or Wall Lights, Chandeliers, recessed or track lights and Outdoor Lighting on the outside of your home.

Task Lighting

Task Lighting

Task lighting is for exactly that, particular tasks needed done around the house – reading, writing, cooking, paying bills, playing games, etc. With task lighting you would need Pendant Lighting, Under Cabinet Lighting, portable Floor Lamps and Desk Lamps and recessed and track lighting.

Accent Lighting

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting adds some appeal to a room by luring the eye to various personal effects in your house – paintings, photographs, plants or sculptures as well as textured walls, outdoor landscaping or window treatments. Accent lighting is normally provided by track and recessed lighting or Wall Lighting and needs no less than three times as much light on the object as the ambient lighting surrounding it.

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

by Littman Bros Lighting

Basement LightingWhether you’ve just moved into your house or lived in it for years, you’ve probably thought about remodeling the basement. A finished basement not only gives you and your family more space, it also significantly increases the value of your home. So if you plan on selling in the future, or just want more living space, finishing your basement can be a fun and rewarding endeavor. Since basements are typically dark and gloomy, adding light is the first thing you’ll want to consider. If your basement doesn’t have any windows to let in natural light, you’ll need to decide which type of artificial lighting fixtures will work best. Continue Reading Lighting Guide: The First Step to a Finished Basement