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Retail Therapy: Silver Mercury Glass Table Lamp

February 29, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Light Fixtures

Silver Mercury Glass Table LampThis stylish glass table lamp is the perfect accessory for a family room, living room or formal bedroom.  This glass lamp features a elegant perforated lamp shade.

 

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Selecting a Closet Light Fixture

February 29, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

closet lighting ideasThe closet is often overlooked when it comes to home lighting design. Proper lighting design is just as important in the closet as in any other room of the house. Depending the size of your closet, you will likely only require one type of lighting, general or task lighting. We store our clothing in our closets, if we do not have sufficient lighting; it may difficult to match clothing, as blue and black can look very similar in dark lighting. Add a little style to your closet by selecting a stylish and efficient lighting fixture.
Enhance Your Current Closet Light Fixture
Most closets have a light fixture installed when the home if built. If you are not looking for a dramatic change, consider changing the type of light bulb. Selecting an energy efficient light bulb in place of a regular light bulb seems minute but can actually greatly impact your electric bill. Perhaps your closet light fixture is currently a light fixture, consider simply replacing the ceiling fixture giving your closet lighting a small but noticeable change.

Glamourize Your Closet
The perfect closet lighting fixture for instantly adding glam and style is a chandelier. There are several mini chandeliers on the market perfect for lighting a small or medium sized walk in closet. Embrace your inner diva and add a chandelier to your closet!

Eliminate Clutter
If you are working with a tight budget or you are pleased with your current light fixture, improve the quality of your current closet lighting design by eliminating extra clutter in your closet. Removing excess clothing, shoes and other items in your closet opens space which can improve lighting. Take a look around your closet, is your closet cluttered and overcrowded?

Installing new closet light fixtures is a small task that can play a huge role in the overall look of your closet. Improving the quality of light in your closet can also make for a better experience of getting dressed on a daily basis. What are your waiting on to get started on your closet lighting make over?

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10 Bathroom Lighting Ideas that Won’t Break Your Budget

February 28, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options

bathroom lightingLighting options for any room can turn into a major headache. There are tons of options to chose from, and range in price to thousands of dollars to just a few. That said, what are options you can chose that are chic and don’t break your budget? Below are 10 lighting options to get you started on your search.

1. Pendant
Pendant lighting is a great option for any room with a high ceiling. If your bathroom’s ceiling call for this type of lighting, this is a great option to turn your bathroom into an elegant lit room.

2. Task Light
Task lighting is a great option because these lighting options work best to light up your face when getting ready for your day. Mostly used with vanity and double bathroom vanities, they are great options that don’t break your bank.

3. Halogen
If you are really strapped for cash, this idea is both vogue and easy on your bank account. Take taut cables and suspend three (or however many you may need) halogen lights above the sink. The lights are movable and can be aimed to throw light exactly where it’s needed.

4. Ceiling Mounted Fixtures
To add soft directional lighting to your bathroom—try ceiling fixtures. Once mounted close to the mirror, your face will be highlighted in the new lighting.

5. Light Tubes
Instead of mounting these traditional lights horizontal above the mirror, mount them vertically. This adds uniqueness to the room, and gives the illusion of a larger bathroom. A win, win.

6. Sconces
Sconces come in all shapes and sizes. There are plenty of options for all types of styles, and fortunately come with the same diversity for their price tag.

7. Strip
According to the American Lighting Association, “for large mirrors, a strip of horizontal vanity lights will ensure that each person has sufficient light. Mount the strip 78″ off the floor. The best lighting solution is achieved with fixtures that include a shade for each bulb.”

8. Globes
Adding globes to your bathroom can add a Hollywood-style feel. Another perk to these lights bring is that if you evenly space each globe on each side of the mirror, you will have a shadow-free area.

9. Chandeliers
Chandeliers give rich feel to any room, but you can find many options that are cost-friendly. Ikea and Target are two great options when looking for cost effective chandeliers.

10. Ambient Lighting
When all else fails, use what you’ve got! If the space allows, use your windows to add extra lighting to the room. You’ll be surprised what you can come up with when you think outside the box.

Have a great lighting idea I missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Miguel Salcido is an avid blogger, father of 2 and a recent proud home owner. He loves studying home design and decor and has his eyes on purchasing some walk in bathtubs for his home.

Bathroom Vanity Lighting

February 27, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Bathroom Lighting, Home Interior Lighting Options

Understanding Bathroom Vanity Lighting

The bathroom vanity is used daily for personal grooming. Proper bathroom vanity lighting is makes the completing these daily tasks a lot easier. When creating a bathroom lighting plan, carefulle consider the design of your bathroom vanity light fixtures.

bathroom vanity lightingBathroom vanity light fixtures should be placed near the mirror.  The bathroom vanity mirror is used to apply make up, brush teeth and other personal grooming tasks.  It is important to provide sufficient light around this mirror because of all of the tasks performed in the mirror.  When placing your bathroom vanity light fixture, make sure the fixture is 75 to 80 inches above the floor.  Also, when placing the light fixtures around the mirror, make sure the fixtures are 36 to 40 inches apart.  This will eliminate shadows on your face when looking in the mirror.

When purchasing light bulbs for your vanity light fixture, remember to select 150 watt bulbs.  These bulbs will provide a crisp white light perfect for illuminating your face while grooming. If you desire a bulb with an extended life, consider hallogen light bulbs.  While halogen light bulb cost a little more, these bulbs last three times longer than regular light bulbs.

 

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Cut Your Electric Bill with Fluorescent Light Bulbs

February 25, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

With all the talk of living green and preserving natural resources, lighting manufactures are offering consumer’s option when selecting light bulbs for their homes.  Selecting energy efficient lighting goes beyond cutting your electric bill; it is also paying a huge favor to our natural resources and the environment. 

When you visit many home improvement stores, there are countless promotions and campaigns on display encouraging consumers to consider switching to energy efficient light bulbs and fixtures.  Let’s explore the world of energy wise lighting and the advantages of this type of lighting.

One of the biggest advantages to energy wise lighting is the cost saving to the consumer.  Switching from regular light bulbs to fluorescent light bulbs can save $30 in energy costs over the life the bulb. Fluorescent light bulbs provide the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs but last ten times longer.  Compact fluorescent light bulbs generate over 65% less heat which is safer than high heat incandescent light bulbs.

 If you are unsure about fluorescent light bulbs, consider replacing some of the light bulbs in your home on a trial basis.  Replace light bulbs in high traffic that use lighting for extended periods of time areas such as family rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and porch lights.  Using this method will allow you to determine if switching to fluorescent light bulbs will lower your home electric bill.

When purchasing fluorescent light bulbs , remember that these bulbs use about a fourth of the wattage required by regular light bulbs, so you would replace an incandescent 60 watt light bulb with a 15 watt fluorescent light bulb for the same amount of light.  You may also notice that fluorescent light bulbs cost a little more than incandescent light bulbs, however, fluorescent light bulbs can last 10-20 times longer than regular light bulbs.  There is also a larger variety of fluorescent light bulbs to select, ranging from warm white tones to white tones similar to day light.

Making the decision to switch to energy efficient light bulbs if a “win” for any homeowner looking to save money or conserve natural resources.  When your current regular light bulbs need to be replaced, consider fluorescent lighting.

The Swing Arm Wall Lamp

February 21, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

Swing Arm Lamps are wall mounted lamps often used in living rooms and bedrooms. These lamps are available in an assortment of styles catering to just about any style of home décor. These lamps are great options for those that desire a versatile, space saving and stylish lamp.

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Versatility
A swing arm lamp is very versatile for a number of reasons. One of the biggest factors is the design of the lamp. This wall mounted lamp can be placed in a number of positions. How the lamp is angled or placed depends on the type of lighting desired. For example, when against the wall in its normal position, this fixture provides general lighting. However, when the lamp is pulled out to light a specific area, it then provides task lighting. There are not many lamps or light fixtures that offer this type of versatility.
Space Saver
Any time an item can be mounted on the wall, there is space saved. With the swing lamp mounted to the wall, space on bedside or end tables is left open for other decorative pieces. These lamps also do not require any floor space. Not only does this save space in your room, but is also makes for several placement options.
Style
Whether decorating a home office, living room or bedroom, there are several swing arm lamp styles available for purchase. The industrial look of this swing arm lamp can enhance several styles of décor ranging from vintage to contemporary. These lamps can also be positioned to provide decorative lighting or accent lighting which is definitely an enhancement.

Swing arm lamps offer several advantages to home decorators. These lamps range in price from very inexpensive to somewhat expensive. Versatility, style and space are just a few of the reasons swing are lamps are welcome in many homes today.

 

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Free Hanging Pendant Lighting

February 19, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

Unique pendant light fixture

Pendant light fixtures are a great source of lighting for a number of rooms in the home. There are drum pendant light fixtures ideal for lighting a kitchen or dining area or more complex fixtures great for the foyer or living area. This unique pendant light by Omer Arbel is a stylish free hanging light fixture perfect for creating drama in your living room. If you want the effect of a dramatic chandlier, but you are not fond of the design of a traditional chandelier, consider a free hanging pendant fixture.

 

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Asian Inspired Dining Room Lighting

February 17, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Light Fixtures

Asian Inspired Light Fixture
If you are looking to add tranquility and serenity to your dining room, consider incorporating Asian inspired decor. Known for their simplistic design, Asian inspired decor has become a very popular style of home decor. When decorating in this style, it is difficult to incorporate furniture or accessories of a traditional style.

This asian inspired dining room features a sleek, modern dining room table. The table features straight lines and a wooden foundation. You can create a similar dining room in your home by combining a few asian inspired accesories and accents.

Asian inspired light fixtures can result in very modern look. If decorating an asian inspired dining room, using a chandelier or flush mount ceiling fixture may take away from the overall decor of the room. An ideal light fixture for an asian inspired dining room is a large paper lantern light fixture.

Paper lanterns are usually made of bamboo and rice paper and make for very attractive home decor. One of the biggest advantages to this type of light fixture is the price, paper lanterns are very inexpensive.

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Novelty Lamps for Boys Bedrooms

February 16, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Bedroom Lighting

Add character and style to your little boy’s bedroom with a novelty table lamp.  Many of these lamps for boys bedrooms are super cheap and also very cute.  There are sports themed lamps, character themed lamps or even lamps that feature bold or bright colors.  Check out these lamps perfect for little boy’s bedrooms all under $50!Cheap lamps for boys

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Wall Mount Light Fixtures

February 15, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Wall Lighting

Wall-mounted light fixtures are ideal for providing an additional layer of light in several rooms. Wall-mounted fixtures are usually selected to provide general, task and accent lighting. These light fixtures are typically used to compliment other light fixtures such as a chandelier or overhead ceiling fixture. Wall sconces, or wall- mounted fixtures are great sources of lighting for bathrooms and outdoor residential lighting.
Wall Mount Light Fixtures:
Wall mounted light fixtures are mostly commonly used in the bathroom. The following tips concerning placement of wall mounted lighting in bathroom helps achieve proper illumination.
Bathroom Placement:
If the wall mounted fixture is for a bathroom, they are usually placed over or around the bathroom vanity. For the best results, the fixture should be centered if placed above the mirror. If the fixture is used on the sides of the mirror, they should be 65-70 inches from the floor and placed no more than 30 inches apart.

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Wall sconce bedroom lighting

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