The struggle for an ideal lighting situation is real. Many of us are constantly trying to find the right amount of illumination for our space, and frustrated when we fall short of success. A common mistake not always addressed is that we typically will not achieve an ideal amount of necessary lighting if relying on one source of illumination alone. This will require using layers of lighting, which can be achieved when properly combining three main categories of light: Ambient, Accent and Task.
The recessed lighting world is changing- in a big way. Tech Lighting has paved a new path through uncharted territory with their recent release of an architectural line of LED recessed lighting that is nothing short of breathtaking- and is soon to make a grand entrance on the Creative Lighting showroom floor! The new ELEMENT-Reflections product line has us “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing” over the spectacular embossed detailed domes of light. The new designs feature a hidden ring of LED light reflectors within the recessed structure, producing glare-free illumination while highlighting beautiful detailing of an intricately designed interior. 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.
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Our entire showroom is on sale, which means it is the perfect time to spruce up for Spring and get a head start on your home improvement projects. With plenty of new styles and exciting trends to choose from, we can assure you that you will be bouncing into this new season with style. Hurry in for best selection!
Darker evenings require the right illumination. Is your outdoor space ready for the long, dark months ahead?
There is still time to update your current exterior lighting situation to best illuminate the night. We have developed a five category check-list to help walk you through the process, and make sure that you have the right type of illumination in your outside areas.
Front Entrance– Size and Scale are important here. Your front door has a big impact on the overall look and feel of your home, not to mention can add the perfect amount of curb appeal when properly lit. There is a common sizing formula we often use to determine the right proportion for your front entry fixtures. If you have two wall mounted fixtures flanking your exterior entrance, we suggest selecting a size that is approximately 1/4 of your overall door height. Only one fixture on the wall? Up this dimension to 1/3 of the height of your door. Check out this tutorial from Hinkley Lighting explaining this process-
Proper illumination is also important. We recommend having a minimum of 1200-1600 lumens of light by your exterior entrances, as well as each overhead garage door. This would equal the amount of light projected from a standard 75-100 watt regular incandescent lamp, or an 18-22 watt LED. Live in a secluded neighborhood, or a dark rural area? We recommend a minimum of 1800-2000 total lumens in each of these same locations. For more information on lumen output as compared to lamp wattages, click here.
Remember to also stay true to the style and architecture of your home when choosing the look of your fixtures. When in doubt, transitional fixtures and simple structures usually stand the test of time. Be careful not to force a look that is more modern or too traditional for the style of your house. Need a little more guidance in this department? Snap a picture or two and head into the showroom. Our talented lighting consultants can help make this selection process a breeze.
Steps, Sidewalks and Paths– Safety is Key in these areas. You want to be able to have a clear sight-line while walking, as well as make sure your guests have a well illuminated path to the entrances and exits of your home. Layering your lighting sources is important. The combination of wall mounted lanterns along with low-level landscape lighting will ensure the proper amount of lumen output in these specific areas where you need to increase visibility. Adding exterior post-mounted lanterns near entrances or stair railings is another optional addition for extra illumination on your exterior walkways.
Outside the Garage– Make a Statement. Your exterior garage lighting serves as a primary source of your driveway illumination, as well as a direct tie into the other main entrances of your home. These fixtures should coordinate with the rest of your exterior lighting, and be of an appropriate scale to the garage doors themselves. The same formula used for your front entrance does not directly apply here. However, it is important to keep the large scale of the garage structure in mind when selecting the correct size of these fixtures. These are typically the same size, if not a step larger than the fixtures selected for the front entrance. As with many aspects in lighting, there is never a “one size fits all” formula to use. Manufacturers provide varying size options to choose from throughout their product offerings, as everyone’s home is unique in shape, size and scale.
In many instances, the light from the fixtures on the garage exterior are used to illuminate some of the driveway to the home, as well. Because of this, it is important to make sure that each fixture has a minimum rating of 1200-1600 lumens, as referred to above.
Decks and Porches- Enjoy the Outdoors. Living in the Midwest has many advantages, but the cold winter months are not always one of them. With limited time to spend enjoying the warmer seasons, it is important to take full advantage of the good weather and sit outside! If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful deck or front porch at your home, make sure it has proper exterior lighting to create a cozy enough environment for you to utilize the space. Adding additional wall lanterns or deck mounted tread lighting will allow you to enjoy the outdoors into the evenings, and until the first snowflake falls!
Patios and Exterior Living– Extend your Living Space. Your yard is an extension of your home. Even in chillier fall temperatures, your outside environments can serve as great entertaining areas with the proper amount of illumination. There are several ways to add light to these spaces- Post or Pier Mounted Lanterns, Low Voltage Landscape Lighting, or Decorative String Light Kits. Adding one or all of these products will not only provide you with enough illumination for your entertainment needs, but will add unique character and charm that you and your guests will enjoy.
With any of the categories listed above, be sure to consider the right lamping option for your personal needs. Many exterior light fixtures today will come with an LED lamping option, or will accept a conversion type LED lamp in the standard socket assembly that is included. By switching to this option, you will be saving time and money, considering most LED fixtures have a rated longevity of 40,000 hours or 15 years! And, they use about 75% less energy than the incandescent lamps of the past.
Confused on where to start? Come visit us in the showroom and let us help you prep your exterior environment with the right amount of illumination this year!
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I love it when you find the perfect “thing”…don’t you? The exact thing-a-ma-jig that you have visualized in your mind and been on a quest to find, then all of a sudden- there it is!
We love it when that “thing” has to do with lighting. Sometimes you just need that specific lamp to go in a specific place to tie your room together. One of our talented sales consultant’s, Alaura, helped a customer do just that.
“I recently had a client stop in looking for a pretty specific light fixture,” says Alaura, “The request was a bit challenging because she had a very strict height and width requirement, as well as three very different light fixtures that she loved that all had to look well together in the space. My sleuthing skills were on point with this one, as we ended up locating a fantastic Hubbardton Forge piece that was the key to bringing a cohesive look to the room.”
Hubbardton Forge is an American based manufacturer in Vermont and is one of the oldest and largest commercial forges operating today. They are well respected in the lighting industry for their high quality craftsmanship and exquisite artisan made pieces. They pride themselves on their craft, and are passionate about the American made product they provide. To learn more about their story, click here.
“The subtle curve of the hand-forged leaf detail in the lamp chosen accented the delicate crystals from my customer’s existing chandelier,” Laura continues, “The finish was in question on whether it should match some of the current hardware throughout the space, or a previous fixture she had purchased. I reassured her that keeping the finish in cohesion on the light fixtures was the right move. In the end she was very satisfied with her purchase and is going to come back to get accent lighting for her living room when she is finished with this project.”
For more information on the product listed, please contact Alaura at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When lighting consultant David Johnson picked up a phone call this past November, he was met with a challenge in providing a bright solution to a light-starved homeowner. A problem for many, this customer had just moved into a new home and had soon realized that the existing lighting was simply inadequate for her and her husband’s needs.
“When Nancy called Creative Lighting just before Thanksgiving, I quickly learned that she had just moved to town and purchased a home that she loved, but was coming up short in the lighting department,” said David. “There were several challenges being presented, so we had agreed that an in-home consult was the necessary next step. Upon arriving to their lovely home and listening to their requests, I found that there were several areas requiring attention. Nancy and her husband are both readers and found themselves lacking adequate lighting to read by. Nancy was also experiencing some sensitivity to the compact fluorescent lamps in the recessed lighting fixtures throughout the home, and there were a couple of key display areas that needed to be highlighted, as they contained a collection of beautiful art and ceramics,” David said.
Thus, a new lighting plan for the home was created. This consisted of an LED electrical plan to provide a way to showcase Nancy’s ceramic arts collection and bring some much needed light to a dark entertainment center wall. David also suggested converting to LED lamps for their recessed lighting to help provide an energy efficient solution for the home, and a brighter and less offensive option for Nancy’s eyes. David continues, “We also converted one of their recessed can lights to a bright, beautiful LED hanging pendant fixture that has helped create a quaint conversation space.” The final touches were made by replacing some outdated spot lights with a new, sleeker design equipped with the perfect beam spread needed to highlight more artwork, and updating the stairway and hallway sconces with a much brighter and more efficient LED product that provided double the lumen output that they were used to.
Overall, David provided his expertise to develop a successful new lighting solution that the homeowners are thrilled with. “Your help was outstanding,” Nancy exclaimed, “We just love all of our new lights!”
For product details or more information, please contact David at email@example.com