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Energy Efficient Lighting

 

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 crew is Dallas bound for the

LIGHTOVATION- International Lighting Show!

 

Going to Lightovation is an exciting time for us. We make the journey to Texas twice a year to witness hundreds of lighting manufacturers present the next big trends in the lighting industry at this wonderful marketplace.  It gives us a chance to style forecast and be part of this rapidly evolving and ever-changing design industry, as well as plan for what type of products we will be showcasing in our showroom in the upcoming year.  With so much to see while at market, we asked sales team-member, David, what he is most looking forward to getting a glimpse of this week.

MORE GOLD AND WHITE-

Probably the most popular of all finish combinations right now- the Gold and White duo is definitely white hot!  We are seeing it introduced across all style realms and fixture types, from modern to traditional and everything in-between. This power duo feels bright and fresh and oh-so-current on whatever fixture it graces and David is excited to see what else is unveiled with this color combo, and who else is on-board with the trend.

MORE TO “LOOK UP” TO-

A great ceiling fixture can breathe new life into an old space, and David is eager to look for additional options in this category.  “I am excited to source more stylish flush and semi-flush ceiling fixtures at affordable price points on this trip,” says David.  A best selling category in our showroom, decorative ceiling fixtures are making a big comeback in the lighting industry, and are available in more unique designs, styles and finishes than ever before.  We are excited to see what new product is in store for us!

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Training, training, training.  It is an important part of this business, and our continual product training is what helps to make our Creative Lighting team stand superior within the industry crowd.  We are constantly striving to stay on top of today’s emerging product trends, technologies and advancements, so we can better serve our customers and continually provide them with the best overall lighting experience.
Having recently sent our sales team manager, Kyndra, to Diode LED’s product training center in California, we were eager to hear about her experience and what new information she would bring back to the team.  Being an industry leader in LED product innovation, we knew the trip to Diode would be filled with many enlightening moments (pun intended) to share.  Kyndra gives us insightful feedback from her experience-
“The whole experience was truly amazing.  I learned a lot about their product line and how it all goes together- from correct specification to installation, etc.  The biggest take away I received from the experience is that Diode LED is committed to providing the highest quality product.  They are never in a hurry to be the first to release a particular product design, and will not do so until it’s been thoroughly tested in their onsite research facility.  Everyone I met at Diode was extremely passionate about their product line, very open to hearing feedback on new ideas or ways to improve, and exhibited a clear love for what they do and the product they represent.”

Training Wall at Diode LED

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