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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!

 

FOYER

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.

 

KITCHEN

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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Our showroom floor just got a little bit brighter, and more user-friendly!

It is a continual journey of education and research in order to keep up with today’s lighting technology.  With so many advancements in the bulb industry, it can be hard for consumers to weed through the product information to determine which type of light source works best for their space and illumination needs. Our newly installed, custom bulb labs will allow us to better show our customers the differences between all types of lighting sources: LED, Eco-Halogen, Nostalgic Edison, and more!

These beautiful, built-in wooden displays consist of several compartments to showcase different color temperatures (degrees kelvin) of light, with room to place paint swatches as well as counter-top and finish samples within them.  Interested in LED tape lighting, but unsure as to which product offering best suits your environment and new finish selections?  Our trained consultants can easily examine these light differences with you, in a side by side comparison, to help determine what color temperature is best for you.  These custom units are also equipped with multiple screw in socket bases and bulb options to experiment with, for an overall interactive customer experience.

West Wall Showroom Display- In Progress

Customer Service Area Main Display- In Progress

Head into our St. Paul showroom to get an up close look at these wonderful, newly finished displays and let our trained lighting consultants help to show you the best type of product for your illumination needs.

 

It’s no secret, LED is changing the ways of illumination.  The technology is advancing, prices are dropping, and lighting manufacturers have been embracing this wave of change with integration of the new lamping systems directly into their product designs, in lieu of the old “socket and bulb” assembly.  There is much to be excited about with this LED advancement- but we have a few of our favorite new examples of the integration currently hanging on the showroom floor.

LBL LIGHTING- East River Linear Pendant

An architectural dream, this beautiful bridge-like structure by LBL Lighting serves as a piece of hanging modern art.  The bold, angular framework supports both indirect up-light AND direct task down-light lamping systems- which equal a total of 29 watts of LED illumination.  

ELAN- Annette Crystal Pendant

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