"No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like the kitchen best."
The old quote still holds true for today - the kitchen is the heart of a home. Whether you're preparing a meal, sitting down to dinner or gathering with friends, everyone will like your kitchen best when you create the perfect ambience for any occasion with a well-designed kitchen lighting scheme. When laying out your clients kitchen lighting, create an attractive and flexible design by incorporating multiple light levels for the room.
California uses a huge amount of energy, with peak demand growing every year. It's no surprise that they have what many consider the strictest energy code in the country - Title 24, Part 6, of the California Code of Regulations - which was updated for 2005 with even tighter mandatory requirements.
However, California estimates its efficiency standards have saved more than $36 billion in energy costs since 1978, and will save another $43 billion by 2013. Stricter efficiency standards also help avoid rolling blackouts, reduce peak demand, and avoid the need to build new generating capacity.
Lighting for the Home Theater
James R Benya, PE, FIES, IALD, LC
Many people today are taking a room in their home and turning it into a home theater. A good home theater is a major commitment, and given the cost of electronics and furniture, for most homes this may be the most expensive room in the whole house. Because the room is a completely visual environment, lighting is one of the most critical elements. With good lighting, you can enjoy sharp images on the screen while safely moving to get popcorn or a glass of wine.
Color and Light
Let's think about color and how it makes you feel. There's a reason colors are known as "warm" or "cool" colors. Orange, red and pink tints create a cozy atmosphere, while blues and greens give a sharper, colder feel.
This effect is caused in part by the subconscious association with the natural environment - the warmth of sunshine and the coolness of water, for instance - as well as the different wavelengths of colors at different ends of the spectrum.
Light, Sight and Feeling Bright
A sunny personality. A dark comedy. A bright smile. Simple phrases, yet they show the huge influence light has, defining the world around us even through the words we choose.
Add flexibility with recessed lights
Recessed lighting is a simple way to add depth to smaller places, highlight room features or bathe a wall texture with a wash of light. It's easy to make details stand out or create pleasing light variations in almost any room.
Recessed lighting in the foyer or entrance hall is an effective way to showcase a curving staircase or entry floor. Recessed adjustable lighting can also add light to the areas and objects that you want to stand out.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, providing a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
This historic legislation allows society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities by reducing barriers to transportation, public services and accommodations, employment and telecommunications. ADA compliance also includes making public spaces accessible to everyone through universal design.
For the lighting industry, the most common ADA requirement is for light fixtures protruding from walls.
Just as indoor lighting can change the style and mood of rooms inside a home, outdoor lighting can add style, extra interest and safety to a landscape. Today, the wide variety of outdoor lighting fixtures makes it simple to match the type of light you want with the style, design and architectural details of almost any home.
Imagine two lamps sitting on a table. One is fitted with a traditional incandescent bulb, the other with a high-efficiency compact fluorescent bulb. Both bulbs are readily available in stores. Both bulbs fit into standard sockets and fixtures.
We've all seen the return of retro fashion - today's styles sport bell bottoms and hip huggers, tosses in some Harvest Gold and Avocado Green (although renamed to "Burnished Wheat" and "Dried Thyme") and gives new life to looks many of us swore 20 years ago that we'd never wear again. Old styles with a new twist are being incorporated into more than just fashion and clothing; retro style is expanding into home décor and lighting design.
The revival of retro style tweaks the original design to bring it up to date with modern variations. Elements of the original design, such as the fun shapes of a 70's pop art lamp, are combined with today's colors for a new take on a distinctive style.
Mendota Heights, MN - Sept. 15, 2006 - Energy use is a hot topic these days, with an endless stream of stories and reports on the rise and fall of gas prices, the environmental impact of greenhouse-gas emissions, the new focus on conserving energy and fuel independence for the United States. When it comes to energy efficiency, one Minnesota company wants to make a difference.
Bellacor, the largest online retailer of lighting products and home furnishings, is featuring their selection of energy-efficient, decorative light fixtures for the month of October, designated Energy Month by the U.
California enforces Title 24, the strictest energy code in the nation. Whether or not you live in California, reducing energy usage is a focus for everyone and, as professionals, understanding Title 24 and the energy efficiency standards can only add extra benefits for you and your business. Clients will save money, the environmental impact will be reduced and electrical systems can operate in a more stable state.
Title 24 guidelines and requirements specify the fixtures that should be used in almost all spaces for homes and buildings.
What constitutes good lighting design? Whether a space is large or small, whether you are laying out a design for a private home or a public business, a number of factors must come together for lighting to be both effective and beautiful.
First off, the lighting should look good. This may seem to be a simple statement, but attractive lighting involves more than just an expensive fixture or a pretty shade. For good lighting design, the decorative fixtures should not only enhance the overall interior design, but also blend together the light quality and quantity to enhance the space and not detract from it.
Looking forward to 2007, there are many trends in home décor, one major trend among all the others is glass, colored, stained, art and murano. We've been seeing this trend making its way into residential design over the last few years and as homeowners become more comfortable with color, the use of vibrant tones in more permanent areas such as lighting and plumbing fixtures will increase.
No doubt you've all noticed the wide array of decorative mini pendants in a multitude of shades installed in kitchens and bars over countertops and islands. This trend will continue and increase in 2007 and beyond.
In our ever-growing need for energy efficiency in everything from autos to light bulbs, more and more research is being put into the technology of LEDs. In the past few years, LEDs have gradually replaced incandescent and fluorescent bulbs in many applications, including traffic lights, flashlights and reading lamps. While compact fluorescent bulbs are still the best choice for cost-effective energy efficiency, LEDs are rapidly rising as the newest contender on the market.
The incandescent bulb has changed little since its invention in 1879 by Thomas Edison.
In August of 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law. This Act tackles several energy issues and lighting is certainly affected. The purpose of the legislation in general is to reduce energy consumption and provide tax deductions for commercial buildings installing energy efficient systems from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007. NEMA further estimates that the provision will generate about $500 million in additional sales of lighting systems and products alone.
Over the past 25 years, Kalco Lighting has been a leader in providing homeowners, designers, builders and architects with a broad array of quality decorative lighting that encourage personalization and customization. In this spirit, we remain true to our mission of offering our customers unique designs, meticulous craftsmanship and unprecedented flexibility.
Kalco is Design.
From traditional to contemporary and every style in between, Kalco designs lighting fixtures that will complement most any environment.
Lighting Trends at the Dallas market this year indicate an industry responding to the needs and sensitivities of the end user. As Green design and energy efficiency are increasingly important to consumers, a market is created for new technologies that manufacturers should be clamoring to fill. Progress Lighting and American Fluorescent are two such manufacturers. American Fluorescent is producing an LED under-cabinet fixture called the Diode28 series that would last for 10 years if lit continuously.
After carefully selecting your home's furnishings, rugs and accessories, Bellacor, the largest online retailer of lighting products, helps inspire it with ambiance through the subtle power of lighting.
Bellacor "Shines the Light" on Creating Ambiance in Your Home
Mendota Heights, MN (PRWEB) March 5, 2007 - After carefully selecting your home's furnishings, rugs and accessories, Bellacor, the largest online retailer of lighting products, helps inspire it with ambiance through the subtle power of lighting.
It's always gratifying when a guest tells you how great your place looks. What they're really talking about is how great your home makes them feel - in other words, its ambiance.
Moenia Design specializes in high-quality woven furnishings. They strive to create a casual elegance that will withstand the test of time. You will notice a shift to cleaner lines, and more variety in the colors, styles, and materials offered in their product line in an effort to transition to a more modern aesthetic.
The history starts more than 25 years ago in the California wine country town of Healdsburg, where reproductions of European wine country baskets filled a small retail store.
Working out of our homes is a trend that we will continue to see increase as technologies advance and make it easier for workers to communicate and contribute to projects from virtually anywhere on the globe. Approximately 50 million people are now doing just that, with the help of the internet, cell phones and PDA's, to name just a few of today's technologies that help to keep us connected. But home offices need to be designed and organized to enhance not only our productivity but also our work experience as a whole. Here are some things to consider when creating a home office.
We can all agree that our homes are increasingly looked at as our refuge from daily concerns. As a result, one of the most important personal spaces within our homes is becoming a retreat for us to relax and unwind. The spa bath trend is still on the incline and shows no sign of slowing down. Here are some tips on creating a restful, pampering and calming sanctuary.
When you are deciding to purchase lighting for your home, chandeliers may not be a part of lighting options you have considered. Ornate, crystal chandeliers are usually the first type of chandeliers that people think of when you mention them. But these sparkling hanging lights are not the only style chandeliers available – not by a long shot.
Choosing a chandelier is made simple by the many different styles.
Most people in the market for chandeliers have a specific location in mind for their special lighting. Dining rooms, music rooms, and two-story entryways are all standard locations for chandeliers. But a chandelier can bring opulence to most any room as long as it is sized right for its location.
Styles of sconces have come a long way over the years and Bellacor is pleased to offer you thousands of choices. Thousands? Really? Yes, really. We make it easy to navigate through Bellacor’s huge selection of View Entire Article
Today you can have crystal chandelier lighting and modern design, too! Ornate crystal chandeliers reminiscent of yesteryear are definitely still available, but the chandelier market is lush with other styles.
Uttermost’s lighting collection is expansive and offers every style, finish and function imaginable. Bring your room to life with an Uttermost chandelier, lamp or wall sconce. You can depend on each lighting element to be crafted with the same high standards you associate with the Uttermost brand of home furnishings and accessories.
Lighting should not only be a functional element in your space, but also set the mood.
Quoizel Lighting is mostly known for its durability and classic ways of using a light to illuminate a room. If you are looking for quivering halogen bulbs, plastic lamps or really dramatic styles you are not going to find them at Quoizel. The company instead specializes in designs that are very classic and that would fit well in almost any type of building or architectural style.
Quoizel provides many different varieties of lighting.
When people think of retro lamps they often think of Quoizel lamps as they tend to fit ideally with older styles of décor and architecture. Whether it is a desk lamp or a freestanding light, Quoizel lamps tend to be the right choice to illuminate any room as they truly are timeless in design.
Tiffany-inspired Quoizel lamps are very sought after by both ordinary homeowners and professional designers alike as they are gorgeous and very affordable. Featured in this style, panes of glass are soldered together with lead to make a pleasing pattern and light play when the lamp is lit.
If you are looking for the gorgeous Tiffany or optic glass lamps made by Quoizel, then rest assured you can get discount Quoizel lighting if you search for it in stores or online. One of the most basic principles behind the company’s pricing policies is to make lamps that are durable and high quality for an affordable price, so it is even more of a treat when you can get.
Like most economical forms of lighting, discount Quoizel lighting usually appears seasonally and it is often a matter of getting rid of overstock. This means that if a certain type of item did not sell it is then put up for sale.
Uttermost lamps are some of the most exquisite available today. The Cooper family takes great pride in the craftsmanship of their home furnishings and accessories. The right lamp will not only illuminate a room, it should express your style.
Lamps are the most versatile and functional way to decorate.
Minka Lavery lighting is recognized all over the world as a quality manufacturer of affordable, tasteful lighting products. Interestingly you may own Minka Lavery lighting as many people do not realize that it is marketed under other names such as Ambience, metropolitan and George Kovacs.
One of the most luxe and charming of the Minka Lavery lines of lamps is the Minka Lavery Belcaro collection. These lamps have a very sexy neo-classic feel that is made modern by the use of wrought iron. What is most notable about this gorgeous line of lamps is the distinctive color of the glass lamp shells and shades. These range in color from egg shell to pink to burnt umber.
Under cabinet lighting is an excellent choice wherever there is work to be done. Its purpose is to shine light on a work surface without shining into anyone's eyes. The kitchen is the most common location for this sort of lighting. Typically, the lights are installed so that they cannot be seen directly from any point in the kitchen yet provide good illumination for one particular counter-top.
Discreet and subtle, under cabinet lighting is never really noticed until you need it until it becomes one of those "aha" moments that makes you glad you were smart enough to install it. With baby boomers becoming the largest senior population in history under cabinet lighting is more popular than ever. Installation is fairly quick and easy. Be sure to cut the power off at the main switch before you begin to avoid any electrical shocks as you work.
Sparkling kitchens and bathrooms deserve some attention, and you can really show yours off with the various under cabinet lighting styles that are available.
Under cabinet lights, or UC lights, are a homeowner's way of throwing a ticker-tape celebration of style and cleanliness for the visitors to their home. These show-lights highlight immaculate, fashionable, bathrooms and kitchens by shining down on the surfaces below from beneath the cabinets above. Some of the more popular styles include the task light, the disk light, and the linear light.