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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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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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