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Lighting Trends 2017

 

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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Ready or not, here come the HOLIDAYS!

Rich in family traditions, holiday celebrations are about coming together at full tables with even fuller hearts to rejoice with family over food in the comfort of home.  There is not a busier time of year for our dining rooms- which makes it the perfect time to make sure this space is wonderfully lit and on trend!  Follow our simple style guide for inspiration for your dining room transformation this year.

COASTAL

Can’t get enough of that beachy style?  You don’t need to live near the shore to embrace this look.  Make your home feel like a vacation all year round by incorporating nautical accents and iconic stripes into your decor.  Natural woven materials and tinted glass make the Outer Banks collection from Troy Lighting a perfect coastal choice for your dining room.

Style Tip: Try choosing white-washed wood finishes on your dining room furniture for a more carefree and breezy appearance.  Layer the room with natural fiber rugs and a mixture of nautical stripes and plaids in your fabric choices.

 

ARTISANAL VINTAGE

Vintage inspired style is making a big comeback.  Do you love distressed finishes, chipped paint and soft romantic prints?  If so, then this is the look for you!  The Chateau collection from Capital Lighting combines weathered metal finishes and simple wooden beading to evoke an aged and authentic feel.  This perfectly imperfect look brings nostalgic style and casual elegance to the table…literally.

Style Tip:  Pair with pretty vintage glassware and mixed patterned china for an informal, yet elegant finish.

 

RUSTIC

This look is inspired by nature and has a comfortably casual feel.  Think warm wood tones, earthy color palettes and reclaimed materials.  Rustic does not have to feel lodge-like, however.  The bold, open-work design of the Emilie series, from Hinkley’s Fredrick Ramond line, exudes a relaxed rustic style with a modern edge.  The vintage, edison-style lamping gives this piece a restored vibe- perfect for those who prefer that aged and storied look.

Style Tip: Think terra cotta centerpieces and fall botanicals for your tablescape. Finish off the look with natural woven linens and hammered iron accents.  You will have relaxed and rustic perfection.

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