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THE WAIT IS OVER- our brand new ELEMENT- Reflections line is up and on display!

 

There’s a new kid on the block.  We have been patiently awaiting the arrival and installation of the beautiful new ELEMENT product line from Tech Lighting, and we are thrilled that we can finally share it with all of you.  Why the hype?  These award winning, patent-pending recessed lighting fixtures feature hidden rings of LED light reflectors within their structures, producing glare-free illumination while highlighting beautiful detailing of intricately designed interior surfaces.  This fusion of interior design and LED technology has redefined the use of recessed lighting at a fundamental level, and breathed new life into the recessed lighting market.  Better yet, these fixtures are fully dimmable- providing perfectly controlled, indirect illumination suitable for any residential or commercial application.  This recessed lighting makeover has created quite the industry buzz, and we are happy to be on board!

The ELEMENT Reflections units come in three different sizes: 5″, 8″ and 12″ diameters, as well as five different design styles: Torus, Bloom, Dune, Fleur, and Skye.  There are also two different ceiling appearance options: FLANGED, for a more traditional appearance, and FLANGELESS, for a more contemporary and seamless finish.  Check out the video below for an up close and personal look.

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Ready to start the New Year all aglow?  Confused about how to create the best recessed lighting layout for your space?  Let us help you conquer your next recessed lighting project with our simple 5-STEP GUIDE to lighting success!

 

STEP 1: WHAT IS RECESSED LIGHTING?

First things first- What is recessed lighting?  Recessed lighting refers to an electrical housing unit that is set into a ceiling or wall structure, and finished with a trim piece to create a lighting source with little or no visual profile.  Commonly referred to as “can lighting” due to their shape, recessed lighting fixtures are an effective way to achieve ambient and accent illumination in both residential and commercial applications.

STEP 2: PRODUCT & APPLICATION

In order to choose the right type of recessed product for your space, we first need to determine what you are trying to light, and how much light your space will require.  Are you needing overall general illumination?  Or, are you trying to highlight an architectural element, or simply graze some beautiful artwork?  Your lighting goals and needs will dictate the type of recessed product to consider.  For example: to achieve even, general lighting for your space we would typically recommend recessed lighting trims that are 4″ or GREATER in aperture, and spaced in an even and uniform pattern on your ceiling.  It is common to choose trims that are smooth and reflective for this type of lighting need- such as smooth white or clear specular interiors.  For more specific applications where task or accent lighting is needed, we recommend trims that are 4″ or LESS in aperture, and spaced more strategically near the area needing to be highlighted.  The types of recessed trims typically used for these more detailed applications would be directional, such as adjustable gimble ring trims, or pinhole or slotted style trims.  There are also different types of housings (the portion that will be hidden behind ceiling or wall) available per your space requirements.  These include remodel housings and new construction housings as well as housings that are IC-Rated and Non-IC Rated.  We are able to help you determine what type of housings your recessed lighting will require based upon the details of your ceiling construction and type of ceiling insulation being used in your space.

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The leaves have started to fall and Halloween is just around the corner, which means one thing in the lighting world…DARKNESS.  In the excitement this crisp seasonal change brings, it also carries a yearn for more light.  The evenings start a little earlier now, lingering into darker morning rises, often reminding us of our areas of shadow in the home- making it harder to curl up with that book, or finish that work deadline on our computers, or even read the paper before the rest of our house has awoken.  More light is imperative this time of year and we are here to help!  Here’s our quick guide on how to best brighten up your space this season with portable lamps.

MIX IT UP

Use a mix of table and floor lighting!  Floor and table lamps go together like peanut butter and jelly.  We don’t often recommend one without the other.  They provide different layers of illumination and fulfill different needs, but will work harmoniously together to better light your space.  Don’t be intimidated- that large floor lamp will not only add visual interest and definition to your room, but will provide a higher level of lumen output and add an additional layer of ambient lighting that we desperately require this time of year.  These don’t have to “match”, and in fact, we’d prefer they didn’t!  A trendy and structural tripod floor lamp, can pair beautifully with a metal or ceramic table lamp.  A third, and more task-style desk lamp may also be added in a nearby reading area. One suggestion- keep your fabric shade styles similar in shape and color. This will help ease the merge of different pieces into your room for a more seamless and cohesive look.

PLACEMENT MATTERS

Consider exactly where your lighting needs are within your room, and what type of lighting will provide the best solution.  Are you desperately in need of better reading or task lighting?  Where is it that you read the most?  Having a small task lamp near the end of the sofa, or beside your favorite chair is a good place to start.  Which portion of your space seems the darkest overall?  Placing a tall floor lamp near the edge of this area will completely transform the room.  One trick?  Use your wall space.  The more surface area the light source has to reflect off of, the farther your light will travel.  That forgotten corner area is often a missed luminary opportunity!

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