Lighting Solutions for Vaulted Ceilings

Sep 05, 14 Lighting Solutions for Vaulted Ceilings

Vaulted ceilings can create a striking look in any room, making spaces feel larger and more open. However, this all depends on the right lighting. Poorly lit, vaulted ceilings can easily create an oppressive shadow above you, instilling an eerie and uninviting atmosphere. Looking up at an arched ceiling, it may seem like your lighting options are limited. But you have a lot more choices than you may think. Using your fixtures the right way, you can take full advantage of this fantastic architectural feature and enjoy the ambiance your room is supposed to have.

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The 4 Best Places for Backlight Accents in Your Home

Sep 01, 14 The 4 Best Places for Backlight Accents in Your Home

The simplest way to show depth is by placing one object behind another object to show space between them.  When you place light behind an object, you gain depth and a combination of beautiful shadows with a warm glow that highlights the object for stunning displays or haunting beauty.  However, not every design uses – nor should use – the same lighting techniques and principles as every other.  So let’s take a look at 4 places to use backlighting that aren’t Instagram pictures.

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5 Non-Traditional Places to use Chandeliers

Aug 08, 14 5 Non-Traditional Places to use Chandeliers

Chandeliers have come a long way from their traditional dwellings in dining rooms and foyers. In the past, it was unusual to see chandeliers beyond the “power” positions of a home, such as at the entrance or over the dinner table. It also used to be uncommon to see chandeliers outside of an upscale home. But times have changed. Now, chandeliers are staking their claim in homes of all price ranges and in many types of rooms, adding elegance to common areas and intrigue to unexpected spaces. Although chandeliers are comfortable in many locations, here are five increasingly more popular places to use them.

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The Best Light for Reading

Aug 01, 14 The Best Light for Reading

I’m sure we’ve all heard growing up that reading in poor light would ruin our eyes. Later on when many of us got glasses, we even felt guilty about the time we spent under the covers reading bedtime stories by flashlight. But was poor reading light really the cause of our vision loss?

Despite all the eye strain and headaches we may have endured, the answer is no. Contrary to popular belief, reading in low light does not ruin eyesight. Most eyes worsen simply as an effect of aging. However, while doctors agree that there is no evidence of poor reading light being detrimental to vision, good reading light can reduce uncomfortable short-term effects as well as make reading more enjoyable. The guidelines below will help you choose the best reading light for your eyes.

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How to Clean Your Light Bulbs and Fixtures

Jul 03, 14 How to Clean Your Light Bulbs and Fixtures

Have you ever found yourself turning on an extra lamp in a once adequately bright room? That’s a sure sign of dusty and neglected light bulbs. While cleaning your light bulbs might not exactly be at the top of your priority list, doing so is an easy way to enhance your lighting without purchasing new bulbs. Cleaning your bulbs can make your room up to 20% brighter – that’s 20% more illumination for the same amount of energy. Since cleaning your fixtures as well will only further freshen up your home, here are some effective ways to tidy up your light bulbs, light fixtures, and lampshades.

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Tips for Planning an Expert Outdoor Lighting Design

Jun 13, 14 Tips for Planning an Expert Outdoor Lighting Design

Nothing can accent the unique features of your home or yard like a carefully planned outdoor lighting design. But how do you plan your lighting without knowing where (or how) to place your lights? While we’ve already introduced a few basic principles of outdoor lighting, we neglected to share what to consider when planning your layout and what lighting techniques are best in certain areas of your landscape. That’s why in this week’s blog, we offer these expert tips and more to help turn your shadowy landscape into a well-lit oasis.

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