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It was our biggest and best Ugly Light Fixture Contest yet, and after hours of deliberation, the Creative Lighting Team has chosen a winner…

Congratulations to Laurie Plattes of Laurie Plattes Interior Design for her winning submission!

Laurie’s entry was a stand-out for several reasons.  The “ugly light” fixture submitted was actually the entire ceiling of an out-dated kitchen!   This ancient, back-lit lighting system created a dim and dreary environment for such a high task and heavily trafficked area in the home.  The transformation Laurie executed on the space with a new ceiling and new recessed lighting is bright, beautiful and much more efficient.  What a complete transformation!

We had several note-worthy entries this year that deserve recognition, however.  Take a peek at some of the other top contest-contenders, and our expert recommendations on how to update the looks with today’s top lighting trends.

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Updating your lighting doesn’t have to be intimidating.  There are many easy and efficient ways to create big lighting impact in your home.  Let us walk you through the six main areas to focus your lighting efforts on, and the best approach for each space in order to reap great reward with illumination!



First things first, the foyer.  Your main entrance, whether big or small, is the initial impression of your overall style.  We all know the saying, “you only get one shot at a first impression”.  This is exactly why updating your foyer fixture is number one on our list.  This can be as simple as a new semi-flush ceiling fixture if you’re dealing with an 8′-10′ ceiling height, or a brand new chandelier for those 11′-20+’ applications.  If ceiling fixtures aren’t your jam, some welcoming wall sconces flanking the interior door or adjacent wall can also create big impact.  Whatever the fixture type- the foyer should set the tone for the entire home and provide a strong visual impact upon first glance into the space.



The kitchen, often referred to as the heart of the home, is next up on our list.  We tend to all congregate in this wonderful place, regardless of it’s size.  We cook, we eat, we talk, we laugh, and we may even cry in this square footage of central command.  With so much activity happening in the kitchen, it’s important that we LOVE it’s aesthetic.  Along with great visual appeal, lighting in your kitchen also needs to be highly functional, and able to provide a properly illuminated working environment.  The trick to achieving this is all in the layering.  Emphasized more here than in other areas of the home, layering the lighting sources in your kitchen space is imperative. There are three main types of lighting we focus on here:

  • Ambient- The first, and probably most important, layer.  This refers to the main overhead lighting source(s) that provide you with the largest amount of lumen spread, or “lighting coverage”. Recessed lighting is commonly used in the kitchen for general or ambient lighting. Other central overhead lighting sources that would fit in this category would be large flush or semi-flush mount fixtures.
  • Task- Task lighting is any lighting source that is placed in particular areas of a room for specific “tasks”.  Under-cabinet lighting, for example, is a common type of task lighting found in a kitchen space.  When used in conjunction with good ambient lighting, task lighting is a very important layer to achieve proper illumination in a kitchen.  The addition of this layer creates a more uniformly lit working environment that is both flexible and efficient for the user.
  • Decorative- The label pretty much says it all.  Decorative lighting sources create visual interest within a space, as well as provide any additional lumen coverage for a seating or gathering area of the kitchen: island, dining table, breakfast nook, etc.  These fixtures create a layer of visual intrigue within the space and contribute to the overall design of the room. Decorative fixtures can come in the form of hanging pendants, chandeliers, or even wall sconces.


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