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3 Ways to Use A Ceiling Fan in Your Home

May 04, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

Westinghouse 78248 Turbo Swirl Ceiling Fan: $74.95
Ceiling fans have been around longer than electricity! Surprised? You should be. Invented in 1886, ceiling fans were powered by water in the pre electricity days. In 1882, the first motorized ceiling fan was invented. Originally ceiling fans only featured two blades; by World War I many ceiling fans had four blades. The two additional blades helped circulate more air.
The Many Uses of a Ceiling Fan
Many hear ceiling fan and think of a device used for cooling. While a ceiling fan does move air, it does not change the temperature of the air. A ceiling fan can create a breeze in an area by moving air but will not dramatically cool a space like an air conditioner would. However, for a warm, sweaty night, a ceiling fan can cool off a still room. Cooling a room at night with a ceiling fan versus an air conditioner saves on energy.
On the flip side, ceiling fans can also circulate heat in cooler months. During this time, the blades would be turned in the opposite direction. We have all heard the saying that heat rises, the fan will help distribute the warm air around the room.
In addition, ceiling fans are also an affordable way to upgrade your home décor. Usually priced around $100 – $300, ceiling fans are very easy to install and can usually be done without the help of a professional.
Ceiling fans are both functional and practical. Add a ceiling fan to your home or office today!

How to Select the Right Lamp

May 03, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options

Traditional Bronze Urn Table Lamp: $69.99

Lamps are available in an assortment of styles and can be used in several ways. There are many types of lamps to accommodate the needs of many. Whether it is to provide functional light, decorative light or to serve as home accessory, lamps are common features in many homes.
A few years back, homes and apartments were not built with ceiling lights. Many of these homes that did not feature ceiling lights had light switches that connected to the electrical outlet. During this time, lamps became a very common item in stores because they were needed to light homes. Depending on the type of light needed and décor of the room, some common type of lamps are: floor lamps, table lamps, ceiling lamps, hanging lamps, and desk lamps.
When lighting a large space, floor lamps are quire popular. Typically, they are placed in the corners of the room and often serve as decorative pieces as well. Floor lamps are commonly found in entry ways, dining rooms and bedrooms. This fixture provides light while enhancing your décor; you can’t go wrong with that.
When it comes to living rooms, offices and bedrooms, table lamps are often the best option. Table lamps are available in an assortment of styles and accent any style of home décor. Table lamps are light weight and can also be moved from room to room if the decorator wishes. Depending on the size of the lamp and the type of shade used, table lamps can provide a large or small amount of light. While they can be capable of providing larger amounts of light, these lamps are often used for reading or a little indirect light.
There are several types of styles of lamps available, to select the best lamp for your home, you must consider the overall u se of the lamp. Also keep in mind, the lighting provided by a lamp can be different if you experiment with different lamps.

Chandelier VS Mini Chandelier

May 03, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

Minka Lavery Lights Mini Chandelier: 03.00

Smaller chandeliers that are 12 inches in diameter or smaller are called Chandelettes. Chandelettes, or mini chandeliers, are made for smaller spaces that can not support larger chandeliers. Some prime spaces in which a mini chandelier can be used are: bathrooms, stairways or foyers. Chandelettes are so small; two chandelettes can be used in one area without overwhelming the décor of the space. Mini chandeliers are also available in an assortment of styles and colors.
Just as with any other chandelier, there are a few key areas of interest when planning to decorate with a mini chandelier. One of the more important areas is the ceiling height. If a mini chandelier is hung from a high or vaulted ceiling, the light fixture may not emit much light. If the mini chandelier is unable to light the space, it would no longer serve as functional lighting. Rooms with a ceiling that does not require a longer extension chain for a Chandelette would provide the best results.
Another area to consider is the size of the space. A Mini chandelier is less than a foot in diameter. It would not be practical to use this method of lighting to provide functional lighting for a large space. If you are lighting an area that has allot of traffic, it would not be wise to place a hanging chandelier. It would not be comfortable for the homeowner or guests to repeatedly bump heads against the chandelier in passing.
When selecting a mini chandelier for your home color will play a major role. It is important to consider the color and style of your décor when selecting a chandelier for your home. For example, if the space is painted white, you may want to select a fixture that is a contrasting color. Selecting a light fixture that is the same color as your walls may cause the chandelier to blend in with the walls. This may not be the best option if the goal is to enhance the décor of your space.
The décor style of your home will affect the style of your chandelette. If the home is decorated in modern home décor, a traditional crystal chandelier may not be the best option. Some commonly using styles of mini chandeliers are art deco, traditional, Victorian, mission, Asian and Early American.
Chandeliers and mini chandeliers are a wonderful additional to any home décor. They are available in an assortment of styles and colors available.

Selecting the Correct Lighting for a Small Bathroom

May 03, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Bathroom Lighting

Small bathrooms might be those added under a stairway or in a spare closet. They might be for children, adults, or both. A small bathroom might be a guest powder room off the foyer or living room. One thing they have in common is that they are – small. Another thing they have in common is that they call for special lighting.

Small bathroom lighting is dependent, in part, on the use of the bathroom. One type of bathroom light fixture might convey a warm, cozy feeling for dinner guests. Another type of bathroom light fixture might make the small bathroom seem spacious – or provide light for reading while relaxing in a deep soak tub.

Warm and Cozy Lighting

You can make a small bathroom feel warm and cozy rather than claustrophobic by adding the right light fixtures. Suppose this is a small half-bath meant primarily for guests to “freshen up” before dinner. You’ve used small-patterned deep red and gold wallpaper for warmth. What kind of light fixtures should this small bathroom have?

Try recessed, can ceiling light fixtures focused on work areas. Or use indirect lighting around the perimeter of the ceiling-wall junction. On either side of the mirror above the sink, add a wall sconce light fixture. Avoid large wall sconces, or those that protrude too far from the wall, as they will make the room look cluttered. Layering these two types of light fixture will give you warm, gracious lighting in a small bathroom for guests.

Bright Enough for Reading

If the small bathroom in your home has a soaking tub, or one used by children, you will want good lighting in the tub area. Most lighting above tubs and showers is diffuse lighting, which is fine for a quick shower or bath. Diffuse lighting is also good over-all lighting to soften the entire bathroom. However, if you want to read – or get paint off of a child – you may want brighter, more concentrated lighting. Use a focused flood or halogen light fixture on the wall above the tub.

Choose safe, moisture proof light fixtures for this area. “Make sure that your lamps are UL rated for damp locations insuring safety,” says Todd Phillips, president of lighting manufacturer Quoizel.

Space Enlarging Lighting

You can never have too much light in a small bathroom, as long as you use it properly. Perhaps the best idea for small bathrooms is to begin with indirect lighting around the ceiling for overall softness and warmness. Then consider these possibilities.

1. If your small bathroom has a window, use light-admitting, sheer curtains at the window. Add a shade that can be drawn for privacy.

2. Light shower or tub with separate wet area light fixtures, strong enough to permit easy personal grooming, but with dimmer switches for atmosphere.

3. On either side of the vanity mirror, use warm fluorescent vertical wall sconces to provide even facial illumination. Place a halogen light above the mirror for cross illumination. Place these mirror surrounding light fixtures on a separate switch.

4. Run a linear light fixture along the vanity toe-space to provide a soft night light.

5. For a family use small bathroom, place a halogen or flood light near the toilet, focused as a good reading light. Install a separate switch.

With all of these light fixtures layered in a small bathroom, you will always have exactly the amount of light you need for any given task. Yet you can make it cozy with dimmer switches, safe with night lights.

Helpful Tip

Small bathroom lighting need not be garish or insufficient. You can have plenty of light or cozy lighting if you layer your light, and control it with separate and/or dimmer switches.

© 2007, Anna Hart. Anna Hart invites you to read more of her articles about small bathrooms at Anna has posted several articles on that site about large and small bathrooms. If you want to learn more about small bathroom design, visit Anna now.

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Modern Three-Light Drum Pendant with Beige Shade

May 01, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Light Fixtures

This modern pendant features sleek lines that are warmed up by the warm bronze finish. The beige colored shade helps to provide a touch of warmth while the bottom diffuser shields the bulbs from view to create a pleasant illumination. Includes three 12-inch and one 6-inch downrod that allows you to hang this pendant anywhere from 17-3/4-inches to a 47-3/4-inches. Takes three 100-watt medium base bulbs (not included).The drum shade measures 18-inches on the top and bottom by 7-inches in height.Please note that this pendant is shown with the light on. This shade will appear darker when fixture is off. Design Classics is an exclusive line of Destination Lighting. This product complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. DL # 322435.

Modern Three-Light Drum Pendant with Beige Shade from Destination Lighting : $149.95

How to Select the Proper Lighting Fixture for the Bathroom

April 26, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Bathroom Lighting

Appropriate bathroom lighting fixture planning leads to a well-planned and properly illuminated bathroom. And that makes our bathroom experience improved and refined. Good refreshment significantly improves the way that we spend our entire days. Hence, proper lighting of the bathroom is important.

It is extremely valuable to plan your bathroom design and décor well for the best of your relaxation. For a good planning, you must take your budget into account. With proper planning and some creativity, you can setup a great bathroom even with limited budget. Lighting is one aspect where you can make a great improvement with limited resources. Read on the article to understand how.

To understand whether you need more lights, consult your electrician. Figure whether your bathroom has enough circuitry to add lights. Also, find out in parallel whether you can better use the natural light through your windows or skylight. Once you understand all the details, you would be much better positioned to plan for your set of bathroom lighting fixtures.

Now is the right time to decide the kind of light to use for each of the purposes in your bathroom. It also depends a lot on whether you have a bigger or a smaller bathroom. For a small to medium bathroom, you would want to fix at least two lights. One would be placed on top of your wash basin mirror. This would help you to shave or make up with better effectiveness. You shall not feel short of light in the process. The other one would be above your bath tub and near the toilet. Do not put the light directly over the shower – it may expose you to electrical risks and hazards. Alternatively, you may install two separate light fixtures – one near your bath tub and another near the toilet.

If you have a bigger bathroom, then you may require more lighting than the above. And if you have a sauna spa then it would definitely call for installing a light near that. With a bigger bathroom you also get to install lights of different shapes and sizes. With a smaller bathroom you can still do that, but your scope is a little more limited.

Finally, there are a number of different shapes, types and sizes of lights that you can install. You have the regular ceiling mounted lighting, and there are different good-looking bright shades available for that. Among the other types of bathroom lighting fixtures, you would have the wall scone lights and the vanity lights. Using two wall scone lights at two sides of your mirror may be a goo idea. If you have large mirrors then going for vanity kits may make sense. Using light bars as your mirror-front bathroom lighting fixtures is another good option.

Those who have installed a vanity light fixture in their bathroom have found they enjoy their day much more. They style of bathroom lighting fixture you choose can influence and shape the mood of your day.

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Is Kitchen Track Lighting Right for You?

April 22, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options

Track lighting is lighting that has light fixtures attached to one mount. Typically there are multiple fixtures attached. Most often track lighting is used for accent or task lighting. If there is a piece of artwork to be displayed, track lighting would be the perfect form of lighting.
Track lighting is a refreshing option that allows decorators and home owners to stray away from traditional lighting methods. Tired of lamps and flush mount lighting? Give track lighting a try.
Eglo 4 Light Track Fixture, Nickel and Chrome

What is task lighting?
Task lighting is lighting that highlights a space so that certain functions can be performed. For instance, a kitchen is designed for cooking and baking. In order to successfully complete these tasks, an adequate amount of lighting is required. Kitchen track lighting is becoming very popular as a method of modern task lighting.
Track lighting can cut energy costs while enhancing the décor of your space. Research has shown that kitchen track lighting less energy than traditional kitchen lighting. In addition, the sleek and posh designs of track lighting fixtures instantly upgrade the décor in your kitchen.
One common issue owners of older homes face is the issue of wire. Track lighting is a newer form of lighting and as a result many older homes are not wired to support this form of lighting. However, manufactures of track lighting offer special kits that cater to these homes. While your options may not be as plentiful in regard to style, interior track lighting is still an option.
Track lighting is a modern and effect form of lighting perfect for many rooms. If you are looking for a decorative yet functional light fixture, track lighting may be the perfect choice!

Choosing the Right Antique Lighting Fixture for Your Home

April 20, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options

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Antique lighting is available in a number of styles to compliment your home décor. Depending on the type of lighting desired, some popular styles are flash mounts, pendant, and scones. We will take a closer look at each of these types of antique lighting fixtures.

Antique flush mount
Flush mount lighting fixtures are most often found in areas that have lower ceilings such as entry ways and hallways. One of the oldest types of interior lighting, flush mounting remains one of the common types of lighting in homes because of one reason. Flush mount lighting works! Flush mount lighting is usually used in places that require functional lighting without all the bells and whistles. If you are selecting a light fixture for a hallway or small bathroom, space not allow for a large elaborate lighting fixture.

Flush mount ceiling lights are available in an assortment of styles, colors and prices.

Antique Pendant lighting
Pendant lighting hangs from the ceiling. Picture those lights that hang over the food at a buffet, only prettier. Pendant lighting is most often found in kitchens and offices. However, if decorative lighting is on the menu, pendant lighting is the perfect option. One huge selling point for pendant lighting is the cost savings. Pendant lighting has been reported to use less electricity than other traditional forms of lighting.
Although pendants were introduced to the world of lighting as an affordable alternative to chandeliers, they are steadily growing in popularity.
More and more pendant lighting is becoming a common feature in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and foyers. While they were introduced as a smaller more conservative version of the chandelier, in recent times, pendant lighting can be very elegant. There are some styles of pendant lighting that features crystals and other dangling elements.

Antique wall sconce
Wall sconces are a form of lighting that is attached to the wall to provide background lighting. Wall sconces would not be an ideal form of lighting for a room that requires functional or direct lighting. Wall sconces are available in an assortment of styles ranging from contemporary to antique.
Many antique wall sconces are made of the same materials. Commonly, antique wall sconces are available in gold, brass, and glass or metal. Antique wall sconces are known to bring charm and style to any living space.

There are several options available in antique lighting fixtures. Before selecting a type of lighting for your home, start by determining the type of lighting that you need. From there, the world is yours!

Creative Lighting Option: Shabby Chic Chandelier

April 19, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

Shabby Lighting Option: Shabby Chic Chandelier

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Decorating in shabby chic décor is often done to make a space more comfortable. If you are a fan of floral patterns and lace, shabby chic décor may be the perfect option for you.

When chandeliers are mentioned, many people envision a huge brass chandelier or a candle chandelier. However, in these days, chandeliers can be modern and contemporary to compliment any space.

Why not upgrade your space with a custom shabby chic chandelier? The chandelier can be customized to cater to the current décor of your space. When creating your own chandelier, your creativity can take over. Most decorators start at thrift stores and flea markets, searching for old chandeliers. These chandeliers can be restored with paint, lights, lace and fabric. If you chose to simply restore an old crystal chandelier, you could purchase new crystals from an antique shop. If you really want your personality to shine through, the original crystals can be replaces with other shiny objects such as rhinestones and pendants.

A shabby chic chandelier can be an affordable and creative interior ligting option. Check out the pictures below for inspiration!

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3 Table Lamps that Establish Mood in a Room!

February 15, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Home Interior Lighting Options, Light Fixtures

The lighting design of your room often does more than provide light in your room. Your lighting design can also create a certain mood or atmosphere for your space. When purchasing lamps and ceiling light fixtures, the intent is to provide functional light for your room, rarely do you consider the effect the selected fixtures work on your. Floor lamps and table lamps are light fixtures that help decorate your room while providing light. Floor lamps are also great sources of mood lighting or providing light or decorate around your personality.
Antique Brass Floor Lamp

Antique Lamps
When the term antique is added to the description of any item instantly adds class and elegance. The same applies for your home décor. Antique lamps create a classy and elegant flair in any room. If used in a living area or dining room, an antique lamp can also serve as a great conversation piece. While many lamp manufactures are working to create lamps in an antique style, it is not the same as scoring an original antique from an antique shop. However, if you would like to avoid the hunt, there are a variety of styles and models available to compliment many styles of home décor.
The key features of an antique lamp are:
• Stained-glass lampshade
• Brass finish
• Intricate designs
If you desire only original antique lamps, your price may be a bit higher than those that purchase a modern version. Some antique lamps, such as a French antique lamp, can cost as much as a few thousands of dollars. Another thing to consider when purchasing this form of lighting is the type of light emitted. Antique lamps are not designed to provide the same amount of light modern lights provide. If you decide to purchase a true modern lamp, it is likely that the lamp will deserve as a decorative lamp only.

Water Panel Floor Lamp

Creative and Unique Pieces
Floor lamps are available in an assortment of styles and materials. There are several lamps, namely modern floor lamps, which are made of unique materials to compliment your décor. Artistic or abstract floor lamps are usually used as decorative lighting and not functional.
Some floor lamps are fashioned with a specific art movement in mind, such as colorful Art Deco pieces. Artists may also hand craft their samples and hand paint customized detailing on the outside of the shade to add characteristic touches for home and/or office use.

Set the Mood
Creating the desired mood or atmosphere with floor lamps is very easy. With careful placement and design of your lamps, it is easy to cause your guests to focus on one area upon entering your room. This can be accomplished through the use of brightly colored lamp shades or a lamp that emits a soft tone of light.

Using Colored Bulbs and Lampshades
Many lamps come with a lampshade. Lampshades afford the versatility of changing the effect a lamp has on your room. Taking it a step further, who says that the bulb used to light your room has to be white? Light bulbs are available in an assortment of colors and wattages. Depending on the type of mood you would like to establish, experimenting with colored bulbs is a great place to start.

Floor lamps can be used to light a room or help boost the décor of your home. Step outside the box and consider lamps that are outside of your comfort zone. It is amazing the difference a lamp, lampshade and light bulb can cause!