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Archive for February, 2012

Kitchen Lighting Design: Layering Task and Ambient Lighting

February 14, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen Lighting Design

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Kitchens are no longer reserved for cooking and washing dishes. Modern homes feature floor plans that encourage entertaining in the kitchen. As a result, the fundamentals of kitchen lighting design have also evolved. Task lighting has been the main type of lighting used in kitchens. Kitchens are for chopping, cooking and cleaning. All of these tasks require proper illumination to be executed properly. Combining task lighting and ambient lighting make for a great base or starting point for a kitchen lighting plan.

Task Lighting in Kitchens
One thing is for sure, no matter the size, at some point, every kitchen will be used to prepare a meal or clean a dish. From microwave dinners to large gourmet meals, cooking takes place in virtually every kitchen. This is why task lighting is so important when creating kitchen lighting design. A beautiful kitchen with poor illumination would not serve its purpose if there is not enough light to prepare a meal. Some great ideas for placing task lighting in your kitchen lighting plan are: over cabinets, over your kitchen island and within your pantry. Some great options for task lighting fixtures are: pendant light fixtures and flush mount ceiling light fixtures.
Ambient Lighting in Kitchens
Ambient lighting is used to enhance the mood or ambiance in a room. You may wonder why there is a need to set the “mood” in your kitchen. Well, as we mentioned earlier, modern floor plans are designing kitchens to encourage space for entertaining guests. If you are creating a lighting plan for a home with one of these floor plan’s ambient lighting is great for creating a warm and inviting illusion for your guests. Some popular light fixtures to use for ambient lighting are: flush mount light fixtures, pendant light fixtures and adjustable track lighting.

Three Cheap Lamps for Girl’s Bedrooms

February 06, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options

If your budget for lighting for your daughter’s bedroom is small, don’t worry. There are tons of lamps in several styles, sizes and colors that agree with any budget. Check out these lamps perfect for a girls bedroom and all under $30!
1. Desk Lamp with Pink Shade

This simple pink lamp is works great for functional lighting in a girls bedroom.  This lamp can be placed on top of a desk or bedside table.

 Girls Table or Desk Lamp: $27.80

2. purple pleated shade lamp                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Here is another desk or bedside lamp in purple. The pleated shade adds a feminie touch perfect for a girl’s bedroom.
Girls Table or Desk Lamp: $25.00

3. Princess cube lamp This stylish cube lamp is perfect for a teenagers bedroom. Ideal placement would be on a desk for homework or reading or bedside table.
Hot Pink PRINCESS Spinning Cube Lamp: $22.99

Foyer Lighting Design: 2 Factors to Consider

February 03, 2012 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

foyer lighting ideas

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The foyer of the home is usually the entrance used by guests.  Creating a welcoming and stylish foyer is not a difficult task.  Along with various home accents and furniture, foyer lighting can greatly impact the overall tone of your space. 

Most sizable foyers are illuminated with multiple layers of light.  If a home has a sizeable foyer, there are likely several windows at the entrance of the home.  One popular light fixture used in sizable foyers is the chandelier.  There are large elaborate chandeliers and modern chandeliers to accommodate several styles of home décor.  Another light fixture commonly found in foyers is the semi flush fixture.

Things to Consider When Shopping for Foyer Light Fixture

There are two important factors to consider when shopping for a foyer light fixture.  When shopping for your light fixture, consider the size of your space and the amount of natural light in your space.

Correct Size

Placing a large chandelier in small foyer will not be very appealing.  Although the chandelier itself is a beautiful fixture, placing it in a space far too small will take away from the beauty of the fixture. The first step in shopping for light fixtures, gather the measurements of your foyer.  Carefully compare the diameter of your light fixture and the dimensions of your foyer. 

Amount of Light

If the foyer of your home has a nice amount of natural light from windows, your lighting design plan will not require as much lighting from light fixtures.  Not all light fixtures offer the same amount of light.  When selecting a light fixture, consider the amount of natural light in your foyer.  This will help avoid too much or insufficient lighting in your foyer.