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LOVE IS IN THE AIR.  Valentine’s day is historically marked as the most romantic day of the year.  Typically filled with cards, flowers and chocolate- we have chosen to embrace this holiday of hearts by showcasing a few of our favorite romantic lighting looks.  Here are six fixtures we feel would add major romantic vibes to any interior, and would certainly keep you “all lit up” throughout the rest of this chilly Winter.

 

 

The six-light Beverly chandelier from Feiss evokes pure and simple elegance.  The french washed-oak and distressed white finish combination provides a European Farmhouse feel, and the delicate cascading bead-work gently draped along its silhouette make this pretty piece feel a little bit vintage, a little bit rustic and a whole-lotta bit romantic.

 

We aren’t sure what we love most about the Rousseau Collection from Hudson Valley Lighting.  Is it the beautiful mouth-blown glass orbs embedded with intricate bubble patterns?  The mid-century mod shape and detailing?  Or, is it the fact that this collection is available in five delightful color options- one of which just happens to be the most precious shade of blush pink we have ever seen.  Whether it be a hanging pendant or sconce on the wall, we think this pink powered beauty is the perfect feminine touch to any decor.

 

Ring around the Rosy, We LOVE the Posy!  It’s hard not to have a lighting crush on this entire fixture family from Golden Lighting.  Delicate, white porcelain petals are individually sculpted, forming an array of blooming flowers that will have you feeling the warmth of Spring all year long.  This botanical gift of blooms will never die, and would provide the perfect dose of sweetness to your loved one’s favorite space.  See the rest of the flowering collection HERE.

Many women would agree that there’s nothing more romantic than a piece of sparkling jewelry.  The Barcelona vanity light series from Varaluz provides a stunning jewel-like effect to any environment.  Beautifully combining illumination with heirloom quality crystals, this decadent fixture is fit for a queen.  Its modern shaped framework provides the perfect balance to help give this series a fresh and current vibe, while still maintaining that elegant and romantic feel that we know and love from crystal fixtures.

 

You have never seen a prettier pendant than this Pomfret series from Hudson Valley Lighting.  Sinuous curves of thickly ribbed, spindle-blown glass surround a nostalgic filament bulb creating a colorful and captivating piece of lighting art.  Similar to the Rousseau family, this fixture is also available in five different color options.  But…the Blush Pink variety has completely stolen our hearts.

 

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not?  Probably one of our favorite new product releases for 2018, this sculptural LED pendant from Vermont Modern had to make the list.  A smooth and circular LED light ring gently cradles a delicate hand-forged illuminated flower, creating a stunning suspended fixture that fully embodies modern day romance.  Available in six different color combinations, this whimsical creation also has a coordinating counter-part.  Yes, there is a Loves Me Not version available, and as you may have already guessed…this more simply designed relative comes without that pretty flower centerpiece.

Here’s hoping your Valentine’s Day is ALL LIT UP with romance this year and a little #lightinglove.

 

Incandescent?  Halogen?  LED?   

Determining the right type of light bulb for your lighting needs can be utterly confusing.  With so many different types of lighting available to us today, how does one weed through the options?  On top of the large variety of choices, this industry keeps evolving and the lighting technology continues to improve.  Many of last year’s advancements are already old news and there’s a new version on the market.  It takes a lot of effort to keep up with this light bulb evolution!  We are here to help eliminate the confusion and get your illumination game on point.  Here’s a quick breakdown to get you started:

INCANDESCENT:  If you are a lover of the classics, the incandescent bulb may be your match.  Standard incandescent lighting is warm in color, easily dimmed, and looks great in almost any environment.  If you tend to lean towards warmer paint hues and finish materials, and prefer a softer lighting effect- incandescent lighting may be your favorite pick.  The struggle?   Higher wattage, traditional incandescent bulbs have been phased out due to energy regulations.  So- you won’t find your 100 watt or 75 watt standard version on the shelves any longer.  Some retailers (including us) still have a supply of 60 watt (or lower) incandescent bulbs on their shelves.  The phase out of this old technology will eventually come to a close, however.  Then what?  That brings us to our next bulb…

ECO-HALOGEN:  Do you enjoy the ease and flexibility of incandescent lighting, but need something a little stronger for high task areas?  Meet the new incandescent: Eco Halogen.  Eco-halogen is a newly designed version of the standard incandescent bulb.  In fact, some of you may have purchased this bulb version without even realizing it differed from the original, since the phase out of the standard incandescent bulb began.  The Eco Halogen bulb has the same silhouette of a standard A-19 light bulb, but instead of a filament inside, it houses an envelope of halogen or xenon gas within the bulb structure.  This Eco-friendly adaptation makes this bulb type 30% more efficient and longer lasting than it’s predecessor.  It also has a slightly higher Kelvin rating than the old incandescent version- which can make this bulb appear brighter and whiter to our naked eye.

LED:  It’s no secret- LED seems to be where the entire lighting industry is headed.  The most energy efficient of all light sources, LED technology has definitely changed the illumination game. No filaments or gas filled envelopes here- the energy emitting diodes that comprise an LED light bulb are teeny tiny microchips, in which an electrical current passes through to illuminate the source.  The result=visible light!  There is much confusion with this new technology, however.  The conversion LED light bulbs that are widely available now have a broad range of Lumen Outputs, CRI Ratings, and Kelvin Temperatures within them.  It can be an uncomfortable amount of information to try and weed through on your own.  The plus side: you can have an LED bulb in almost any color of light you wish.  But, which color temperature will best fit your space and illumination needs?  This is where our custom bulb labs can be of great assistance.  Tara talks more about this in the short video below-

The custom bulb labs in our showroom are an incredibly useful tool. These beautiful, built-in wooden displays consist of several compartments which showcase the different color temperatures (degrees kelvin) of light, and also allow room to place paint swatches, or counter-top and finish samples within them.  So, if you’re interested in using LED, but unsure as to which bulb offering best suits you, our trained lighting consultants can easily examine the different options with you, in a side by side comparison, to help determine what color temperature and overall lighting product will work the best in your environment.  These custom units are also equipped with multiple screw in socket bases and bulb options to experiment with, for an overall interactive customer experience.

The Creative Lighting team is here to ensure that you get the right type of lighting for your space.  Head into the showroom today and let us help you best illuminate your life.  #lightmatters

 

 

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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