Lighting Resources and Guides

Lighting Resources and Guides

Bellacor Lighting Articles and Guides for Your Next Lighting Purchase or Project.

Ceiling Lighting

  • Chandelier Buying Guide

    Everything you need to know when purchasing a chandelier
  • Pendant Light Buying Guide

    Everything you need to consider when shopping for a Pendant Light
  • Light Bulb Buying Guide

    Everything you need to know when purchasing light bulbs.
  • Formal vs. Casual Chandeliers: What’s the Difference?

    Formal chandeliers are still popular however, the trend in chandelier styles has changed drastically.
  • 6 Places to Indulge in the Extra Large Chandelier Trend

    Few things make a bigger visual splash than overhead lighting.
  • Differences Between Chandeliers And Pendants

    Although chandeliers and pendant lights are different, the design of each can make the lines of differentiation a bit blurry.
  • 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Light Fixtures

    With so many styles, designs and types of light fixtures to choose from, picking out the right one for your space is not always an obvious or easy choice.
  • How To Hang Mini Pendants

    Mini pendant lights may be small in size, but they’re undeniably big on style.
  • Ceiling Lighting: What To Consider When Choosing a Lighting Fixture

    When picking out light fixtures for our homes, it is important not to overlook ceiling lighting as an option because of the variety this category has to offer.
  • How to Clean and Care for Your Chandelier

    Chandeliers can be a stunning addition to your space, but without regular cleaning they can quickly become dull and dirty.
  • Kitchen Pendant Lighting Ideas for Popular Room Layouts

    Your kitchen is where great meals and conversations alike get their start. This important room demands equally great lighting!
  • Adding Elegance and Charm with a Chandelier

    Crystal chandeliers are growing in popularity due to the variety of designs available, ability to blend into both traditional and contemporary environments, and their meaningful and emotional value.
  • 6 Ways to Light Up Your Holidays

    Nothing makes a holiday party pop like the perfect pendant, a pair of lamps or a glamorous chandelier.
  • How to Clean Your Crystal Chandelier

    Like all light fixtures, crystal chandeliers require care and maintenance in order to retain their beauty.
  • 5 Places You Can Now Install a Chandelier

    If you love chandeliers, but feel you don’t have the “proper” place to install one, then we have good news for you.
  • Cage Lighting for Every Room

    Cage lighting is a quick an easy way to add an industrial edge to your space.
  • Make a grand statement with chandeliers in the bedroom

    With the variety of styles, you can incorporate a chandelier into any room’s décor, whether it is traditional, modern or shabby chic.
  • The Difference Between Flush and Semi-Flush Lighting

    Whether you are looking to add a light fixture to grace your foyer, add character in your bedroom, or set the tone in your walk-in closet, flush and semi-flush lighting will easily create a lasting impression.
  • 6 Modern Chandelier Features That Break the Mold

    Chandeliers are known for their ability to make big statements, and today’s chandeliers are speaking volumes with an impressive range of upgraded features that bring these traditional focal points into the here and now.
  • The 3 reasons why you should try bedside pendant lighting now

    Why not give your bedside some added style – and function – by changing up the same old lamp that’s crowding the table?
  • The Benefits of Hanging a Chandelier

    Many homeowners, maybe including you, tend to think of chandeliers as being “too fancy” or over-the-top; light fixtures that wouldn’t fit in with their home’s style or design.
  • Perfect Pendants, Practicals Pieces.

    We're all about a good statement pendant light in all our designs and remodels. While certain trends come and go?—if you ask us?—pendant lights will remain forever!
  • 7 Unexpected Places to Hang Pendant Lights

    Pendant lights are some of the most versatile fixtures you can incorporate into your home décor, and they have the unique ability to redefine the look and feel of a room without the need for a costly remodeling project.
  • Swoon-Worthy Farmhouse Pendant Lighting for Your Kitchen

    The simple pleasures of farmhouse living – and style – is what farmhouse style is all about.
  • Most Popular Types Of Chandeliers

    Although many chandeliers defy categorization, it’s a good idea to learn a little about their various types before you buy.
  • Choosing Wisely: How to Select the Right Chandelier for Your Home

    Choosing the right chandelier for a room can be tricky, as a variety of considerations come into play.
  • Secret Pendant Lighting Techniques to Improve Your Kitchen

    Pendant lighting over islands are our favorite! There are so many fun options and styles to choose from so needless to say – it’s always hard to choose just one!
  • 7 Pendant Light Shapes & Where They Look Best

    Pendants hang gracefully from the ceiling, encasing light with shades made of glass, ceramic, plastic, wicker or wood. They add shine and sparkle, warm up dark spaces, and contribute to the overall theme of a room, bar, or entryway.
  • Give your chandelier new life with a shade upgrade

    Whether mini or massive, chandeliers provide a grand lighting statement no matter where they are located in a home.
  • All You Need to Know About Pendant Lighting

    Interested in knowing all there is to know about pendant lighting? While it’s not a huge topic, pendants do offer a unique source of lighting.
  • Chandelier Ceiling Height Guide

    This free guide from Bellacor Professional gives you a chandelier height cheat sheet.
  • How To Choose A Pendant Size For Your Home

    When choosing a pendant for your lighting needs, it helps to consider its size, shape, material, functionality, and overall style. Pendants come in several different sizes and shapes to suit your preferences and provide balance to any space.
  • How to Shop for Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

    In recent years, U.S. lighting manufacturers have introduced a wide array of more efficient light bulbs. While many of these bulbs have higher upfront costs, they will help you save money in the long run by reducing your energy bill.
  • 5 Things You Might Not Know About LED Lighting

    You’ve surely heard the hubbub about getting rid of old-style incandescent light bulbs and switching to more eco-friendly, energy-efficient bulbs to light your home.
  • DIY Your Light Switches, Dimmers and Outlets

    You’d love to replace your dated plastic light switches and outlets with the chic, contemporary Legrand adorne® collection.
  • A Tour of Pendant Lighting by Room

    Searching for a way to upgrade your home in a flash? A new pendant light may be just the solution.
  • What You Need To Know About Recessed Lighting

    Recessed light is a little trickier to install than standard light fixtures but the end result, both in style and function, pays off in the end.
  • Placing Pendants Above A Kitchen Island

    Lighting is one of the best ways to upgrade the look and feel of your home, and your kitchen island happens to be a great place to start.
  • 5 Unique Chandelier Designs That Define Any Space

    The decor you choose for your home naturally expresses who you are. Chandeliers make one of the grandest statements of all! Traditional fixtures with glistening crystals and elaborate details are classic choices that transcend time, but there are several unconventional alternatives that you may have overlooked.
  • Ideas for Using Modern Light Fixtures in Traditional Spaces

    Worried your style is becoming too predictable? Do the unexpected and transform your traditional space with a modern light fixture.
  • The Many Designs of Track Lighting

    The design of track lighting has evolved over the last decade. It is no longer the simple straight line on the ceiling with over-sized “coffee can” lights.
  • Chandelier Size Guide for Savvy Home Decorators

    A chandelier is one of the first things you see when you enter a room. It often adds an element of elegance and glamour to your space. So, it’s important to evaluate the placement and size of a chandelier before settling on one.
  • Chandeliers By Room Guide

    The right chandelier can transform any space with glimmering light and undeniable style.
  • All About Flush Lights

    The Perfect Size for Any Room

Wall Lighting

  • How High Should You Hang Wall Sconces?

    Looking for a versatile lighting fixture to make your interior space look and feel inviting and complete? Then look no further than the wall sconce.
  • Under Cabinet Light Buying Guide

    Everything you need to know when purchasing under cabinet lighting.
  • Wake Up Beaming with the Best Bathroom Lighting

    Bathrooms are often the hardest room in the home to light. If you have too much lighting, then it can put a nasty glare on cosmetic issues.
  • Sconce It Up!

    As an interior designer, I believe that wall sconces are like jewelry— for the house. They can make even the blandest rooms more appealing.
  • Wall Sconce Tips and Tricks

    Overcome any design obstacle using these wall sconce tips & tricks.
  • Avoiding “Matchy-Matchy” with Coordinated Wall Sconces

    Just like shopping for furniture, choosing the right lights for your home requires some planning.
  • A Tour of Bathroom Lighting for Your Dream Spa

    Well chosen bathroom lighting can create a soothing, relaxing ambiance in your dream bath.
  • Choosing the Right Wall Sconce

    Depending on the situation, Wall Sconces are a very useful part of the overall lighting scheme.


  • Lamp Buying Guide

    In this guide, we’ll help you understand the wheres, whens and hows of lamps. Use this guide to find a lamp to love for any room in your home.
  • When Selecting a Lamp, Consider Its Shade

    When shopping online for lamps, we tend to look at certain styles to narrow down our search and choose the best option.
  • Desk Top Lamps

    Bellacor offers a wide range of lighting solutions to help start the year off right.

Outdoor Lighting

  • Outdoor Lighting Buying Guide

    Outdoor lighting is one of the most important elements of your home’s design. Even if you have a beautiful landscape and sophisticated architecture, the right lighting is what really highlights, enhances and brings these elements to life.
  • Common Outdoor Lighting Mistakes and Their Solutions

    Upgrading your home’s exterior lighting is a surefire way to increase your home’s curb appeal and resell value.
  • 4 Outdoor Lighting Tricks to Make Small Yards Look Bigger

    With some trends leaning toward smaller homes, today’s families are expanding their living areas outside. Now, savvy homeowners enjoy outdoor ‘rooms’ filled with the same style and comfort in furniture, fabrics, and lighting as they have indoors.
  • Outdoor Lighting Tips for Reducing Light Pollution

    Does your city government impose a lighting ordinance? Lighting ordinances, sometimes called dark sky ordinances, regulate when and how property owners can light their yard, landscape, structures, and propert
  • Solar Lights Can Light Up Your Night

    Put sunlight to work for you by installing outdoor solar lights. Not only will they save you money – since sun power is free – but they’re affordable, simple to install and can be relocated easily.
  • Light Layering Tips for Texturing Outdoor Lighting

    If you want your house to look great at night, texture and light-layering techniques are the best place to begin.

Ceiling Fans

  • Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

    Everything you need to know when purchasing a ceiling fan
  • How to Buy a Ceiling Fan that Matches Your Space

    Choose a fan that will complement your room’s style and your own personal preferences by considering these three factors.
  • Keep the Bugs Away with an Outdoor Ceiling Fan

    Is your patio or porch roof not doing enough to keep you cool during hot summer days? Are you tired of being pestered by numerous summer insects? If so, it may be time to start considering an outdoor ceiling fan for your space.
  • Ceiling Fans Vs. Air Conditioning: A Story of Energy-efficiency, Cost Savings and Style

    As individuals in a society that is striving to move away from wasteful energy consumption and towards sustainable energy conservation and cost savings, we are always looking for ways to do our part.

More Lighting Articles and Resources

  • Go Green With LED Lighting & Smart Home Devices

    Why choose LEDs? These innovative bulbs are not only a cost-effective way to light your home, but they happen to offer their fair share of environmental benefits, as well.
  • Guide to Garage Lighting

    If you’re looking for a home improvement project with a big payoff, consider a new lighting scheme for your garage.
  • Light Your Home Like a Pro With These 3 Easy Steps

    Creating a lighting plan for a room is a lot different than simply replacing a light fixture or adding a new light source.
  • A Spotlight on Energy Efficiency in the Bathroom

    Bathroom lighting can be tricky. We spend a rather significant amount of time in this often-forgotten part of the house, and yet its design doesn’t possess the elegant grandeur or thoughtful comfort of the dining or living rooms.
  • How Low Can Lighting Go?

    Lighting is the soul of a room. It takes a space and gives it energy. Using different lights and layering them together doesn’t only lighten a room, it gives it depth and style.
  • Layered Lighting – What It Is and Where You Need It

    How many rooms in your home have just one light fixture? For most rooms, the bulk of the lighting work is done by an overhead light, but that could leave much of your space in the dark, literally and figuratively.
  • History of Light – Infographic

    The history of light displayed in an infographic.
  • 5 Expert Lighting Tips to Enhance and Complete the Look of Your Home

    You may have decorated your space with stylish furniture and stunning artwork, but a bad lighting plan can make your beautiful home feel unwelcoming or harsh. Lighting should be stylish, functional, flattering and convenient all at the same time – and just relying on a ceiling light/fan combo isn’t going to cut it.
  • Architectural Lights Made Easy

    From glowing arches and colorful fountains to buildings draped in an artistic design, cities around the world are using lighting to stand out from the rest.
  • The Three Rooms That Need Accent Light the Most

    Interior design might seem to be all about style, but beneath the beautiful surface, it’s all about function.
  • 16 Lighting Designs Defining 2021

    At Bellacor, we have a long history with lighting. We love it almost more than anything, and we love sharing the best and the brightest the field has to offer.
  • The Brave New World of Germ Killing Lights

    Germ killing lights? You heard that right. An innovative under-cabinet light takes the work out of keeping surfaces bacteria-free.
  • Demystifying Lumens, Kelvins & Other Lighting Terms

    If you’re confused about which bulb is right for your needs, have no fear.
  • Using Energy Star Lighting

    The Energy Star program was first established in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • How Light Quietly Influences Energy and Mood

    Lighting is a powerful design tool in the home. Yet, when it comes to interiors, it’s an often underappreciated and underestimated design tool.
  • From Blah to Spa: How Bathroom Lighting Can Turn Your Space Into an Oasis

    Whether your bathroom is hectic or heavenly depends on more than just the size of the room. With the right décor and lighting touches, any bathroom can become more tranquil, providing you a spa-like getaway whenever you need it.
  • Get the Restaurant Experience in your Home with Lighting

    There’s a reason why most people prefer to dine out for a special occasion or when they need a night of fun. Going to a nice restaurant with friends, family members or significant others often creates a sense of intimacy.
  • 11 Facts You Don't Know About Led Lighting

    The very first visible-spectrum LED light was invented back in 1962 by a General Electric scientist named Nick Holonyak, Jr. Holonyak detailed his LED discovery in the journal “Applied Physics Letters” on December 1st, 1962.
  • Choosing Lighting for Your Room

    When choosing lighting for a room, there are many things to consider.
  • What’s Bright Now: 4 Ways to Add LED to Your Home

    We’ve rounded up some great ideas to help you induct LED lighting into your abode—and the best part is that you don’t need to be an expert to tap into lighting industry’s coolest, cutting-edge technology.
  • Dark Room? Top Tips for Choosing a Light Fixture

    Lighting is such a simple concept, yet there are so many considerations – it’s enough to drive even the savviest interior designer batty.
  • How to Incorporate the Modern Farmhouse Look With Lighting

    Modern farmhouse hit the scene a few years ago and it’s been a crowd favorite! Here’s a few more ways on how you can bring in that modern farmhouse look with different options of lighting.
  • Home Office Lighting: Stylish Options to Light Up Your Work

    In order for it to be a truly productive space, you have to consider design elements carefully.
  • Seven Ideas to Create a Focal Point Using Light

    Make sure every room in your home has a noticeable focal point with these seven design ideas.
  • How Long Do LED Lights Really Last?

    Let’s discuss LED lights a little more in depth and learn what affects the life span of these energy-efficient bulbs.
  • The Secrets of Lighting Design and Circadian Rhythm

    In a world of electric light, television, smart phones and built environments, here’s a guide for understanding your circadian rhythm while optimizing your lighting to better emulate the natural environment.
  • Lighting Solutions For The Aging Eye

    Reading glasses or laser surgery may aid your sight, at least for a period of time, but one of the best ways to increase visual comfort and enhance reading abilities is to upgrade your lighting plan.
  • Kitchen Island Lighting

    It’s essential to find kitchen island lighting that not only complements a space but also provides enough illumination to complete everyday cooking tasks.
  • The Art of Lighting

    The right lighting allows you to see clearly, creates an inviting atmosphere and highlights design elements you want to feature.
  • Beyond the Basic Bulb: One of the Quickest Ways to Reinvent Your Lighting

    When it comes to changing your look, little things mean a lot, and one of the quickest fixes you can make is to change the bulbs in your lighting fixtures.
  • How to Capture the Trend of the Moment: Exposed Bulb Light Fixtures

    A lot of trends are just flashes in the pan, but the new tendency toward light fixtures with exposed bulbs looks like one with real staying power.
  • Ideas for Using Modern Light Fixtures in Traditional Spaces

    Worried your style is becoming too predictable? Do the unexpected and transform your traditional space with a modern light fixture.
  • 11 Problems with Lighting

    When it comes to interior design, lighting is an element that often gets overlooked.
  • A Brief History of Chandeliers

    As a crowning statement of elegance, grace and glamour, a chandelier — also known as a “ceiling rose” — sits at the top of the lighting fixture hierarchy, looking down proudly on all entering the room.
  • Less Is More: Energy Efficiency Begins with Interior Design

    There are several options available to the energy-conscious homeowner, many of which take effect from the inside out. You’d be surprised at how much a simple change to your home’s interior design could create a significant impact in your energy use.
  • Capital Lighting Fixture Company

    Capital Lighting is a family-owned company that specializes in high-quality light fixtures and stylish mirrors at affordable prices.
  • Elk Lighting

    From contemporary to urban-industrial designs, Elk Lighting offers an extensive collection of chandeliers, pendants, ceiling lights, lamps, wall lights, and indoor and outdoor wall sconces.
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