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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.
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.
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!
The all and mighty portable lamp. Many may have forgotten it’s duty and pledged illuminating purpose, but not those lighting buffs who truly grasp the importance that great portable lighting serves. No…not us. We are here to enlighten you (pun intended) on why you shall never forget the addition of portable pieces in your home. Here are six great examples of how the right lamp can enhance your current illumination situation!
A fresh take on an old favorite, floor lamps can definitely add some style and scale to your room. This Adrian lamp from Uttermost is constructed of solid cast steel, and finished in a beautiful aged gunmetal. Boasting 150 watts of light through its wide, white linen shade makes it a perfect addition to brighten up that gloomy living space. Pro Tip: Place this near or behind a sofa or chair in the corner of your room. The added wall surface will act as a reflective launching pad, providing more lumen spread throughout your interior space.
A great bedside table lamp should be as beautiful to look at as it is functional. The Castilla gold leaf lamp from Dimond Lighting is perfectly sized for a small nightstand area and is equipped with a 100 watt medium-based bulb, so you will have plenty of light for that late night read. Its pretty proportion is adorned with a soft gold finish and clear glass body, making it a stylish and transitional choice- perfect for most any decor.
Sometimes your space just needs a little something special, a statement piece that really highlights your style. The Hubbardton Forge Encounter lamp is just that- an artful accent that just happens to be illuminated with LED technology! This organic sculpture is innovative, artisanal and an amazing example of how impressionable the right lighting can be.
“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.”
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.
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.