A new year is here (whether we are ready for it or not) and so are new trends in decorative lighting. Just last week, our industry had a big trade show at the Dallas Market Center in Dallas, Texas. This is where the highly anticipated, newest collections are shown and we get to see what our favorite brands have designed for the latest in lighting fixtures.
Several popular style trends from last year have carried over into 2015 – Industrial, Restoration, Modern Rustic, Geometric, and LED lighting. We will see lighting brands offering more collections with these details; some full on and some with just slight nods to the styles. We have quite a few collections from the lighting industry leaders: Kichler, Feiss, ELK Lighting, and Crystorama are worth noting.
In new releases for 2015 from Kichler, we have the Rumer chandelier and Pendalette (a clever name for a fixture that can be hung as a pendant, shortened to a semi-flush, or even mounted as a wall sconce). This 2-piece collection showcases several design details that are big this year so far. The industrial pipe metal frame is finished in a warm Natural Brass paired with the two-tone coloring of a black cord, along with uncovered sockets which look best with an antique style light bulb.
This chandelier and pendant also feature another design trend continuing into this year, pull-down retractable lighting. The cord can be gathered up and clamped together to raise the bulbs or it can be completely untethered. The adjustability factor of this collection with the 3 in 1 light fixture and the chandelier is a breathe of fresh air for lighting to come. We hope the multi-functional usability of lighting will continue and become the standard.
0 Minka Lavery Downtown Edison Bath Vanity | 1 ELK Lighting Genevieve Crystal Mini Pendant | 2 Kichler Crystal Ball Turquoise Mini Pendant | 3 Meyda Tiffany Moravian Star Pendant | 4 Kichler Bronze Foyer Pendant | 5 World Imports Edmonton Pendant | 6 Kichler Industrial Cage Wall Sconce | 7 Kenroy Home Capri Glass Table Lamp | 8 Kenroy Home Aniston Milk Glass Table Lamp | 9 Kenroy Home Hatteras Table Lamp | 10 Wildwood Old Brass Desk Lamp
Happy Ceiling Fan day! Today is the day we celebrate the invention and continuing innovation of what has become the staple for energy efficient cooling in today’s home.
Here are some fun facts about the ceiling fan:
- By installing just one ceiling fan in your home and bumping the thermostat up a few degrees, you can save hundreds on yearly energy costs.
- Ceiling fans aren’t just used for cooling either. With a simple flip of a switch, you can circulate warmer air down and bring cooler air up.
- The first ceiling fan was created in the 1880’s and was steam powered. The electric version was created some years later with the same motor technology used in a sewing machine.
- Ceiling fans use on average about 30 watts per day on medium speed, whereas the standard AC unit uses about 5,000 watts per day.
Help us celebrate energy conservation today by turning the AC off and flipping that ceiling fan, pedestal fan or desk fan on. In need of a new ceiling fan? Check out our large selection of ceiling fans from Kichler, Minka Aire, Fanimation, and Hunter Fans today.
In a previous post, we showed you the method of how to calculate wattage needed for any room. You can also use this method to calculate the amount of lumens you will need for any room, which is becoming a more important calculation due to the increasing popularity of LED fixtures.
A lumen is simply 1 unit of light output. LEDs are measured in lumens rather than wattage since LEDs put out a brighter light, without using a lot of wattage. For example, a 5 Watt LED can be the same amount of light as a 40 Watt Incandescent bulb. They put out the same amount of light (lumens), but the LED uses significantly less power.
It is important to keep in mind, that not all LEDs are the same when comparing the by wattage. You have to factor in lumen output and color temperature as well. We will dive into the ins and outs of LEDs in another post, but for now, let’s see how to calculate the lumens for any room.
Lighting by Lux is on Pinterest. Follow us for current style boards such as Coastal Living, Vintage Industrial, and Bohemian Chic. We also have Schoolhouse Lights and Mid-Century Modern boards which showcase lighting fixtures that encompass the specific look and feel of these timeless design styles. Another popular board is Robin’s Picks, where you will find a variety of trending light fixtures picked out by our top style expert.
With so many different shapes, sizes, and styles of light fixtures available, it’s easy to forget that they actually serve a real purpose; other than to look pretty of course. Recently, we have had a few customers ask us if the chandelier or pendant they are shopping for will be enough light for their room. And we tell them the simple method of how to find out.
It can seem like a daunting task to figure out how much light is needed in any room, but I assure you it is super easy and simple. All you need is basic math and the measurement of the length and width of the room in feet.
Calculate Wattage Needed for Any Room:
Sounds like it might be complicated, but it really is just simple math. To start all you need to do is multiply the length of the room in feet by the width of the room in feet. This will give you the square footage. For example, a 16 foot long by 14 foot wide room has a square footage of 224.
Once you have the square footage of the room, you can use it to find out how much wattage you will need for general lighting in the room. The reason the wattage calculation is important, is because most incandescent lighting fixtures have a maximum wattage listed. For example, a 6 light chandelier that uses incandescent bulbs might have a maximum wattage of 60 watts per light, for a total of 360 watts for the fixture. How would you know if 360 watts is enough for your two-story foyer light? Or is 360 watts overkill for the intimate breakfast nook?
To calculate the total wattage needed, multiply your square footage by 1.5. Going back to our example of the 16’ by 14’ room, which has a square footage of 224, we would multiply 224 by 1.5 and get 336 watts. The general lighting in the room will need to reach the 336 watts mark to ensure there is plenty of overall light.
Table lamps can offer great functionality and aesthetic enhancement to a room, their portable nature also requires less design commitment than other types of lighting for the home. That said selecting the perfect table lamp can feel like a daunting task, but with the right pointers it’s really easy.
Our best tip is to start with the type of lamp you’re after before deciding on the style. That may feel counter intuitive at first because we’re all very visually oriented and aesthetics are typically the first concern, but by starting with the type or intended task for the lamp you’re ensuring the lamp will actually perform its intended task, rather than just sit there looking pretty.
Here are some tips for selecting the right table lamp
- First decide on the application. Decorative table lamps only need to provide the proper amount of ambient light in the room and yes, being attractive doesn’t hurt at all. Reading lamps benefit from a diffuser, aiming arm and dimmer switch. Buffett lamps, as the name suggest, are meant to illuminate a surface at standing height. Likewise, desk lamps are intended to provide illumination for a desk, but shield the light source from direct eye contact.
- Consider selecting a lamp made from a heavy material. Because a table lamps are free standing, it’s always a good idea to select something substantial that will be stable in its place. Lamps made from solid wood, cast iron, brass, ceramic and natural stone are great choices for the home. This is true whether you are getting a table lamp or a floor lamp
- The right shade can make or break the lamp. There is more to shades than just their aesthetic appeal; the shade can greatly affect the amount of lighting that you get from the lamp. An opaque shade will send light only up or down whereas a diffused shade will spread the light around in multiple directions. You do want to consider the aesthetics as well, though. For example, do you want a shade made from a hard fabric like vinyl or one made from a soft fabric, such as silk?
- Don’t forget the dimmer. It is always good to have different light level options with your lamps. Many portable lamps come with built-in dimmer/slider switches to make this simple for you.
- Pay attention to detail. People get right up close to portable lamps a lot of the time so after you’ve selected the proper lamp type; it’s worth it to pay attention to the great decorative detail that can be found on some portable lamps.
- Don’t ignore the light bulb. These days it is very important for you to look at what type of light bulbs can be used in the lamps that you choose to purchase. Traditional incandescent light bulbs are being phased out so you may want to look for a lamp that allows you to use a CFL bulb or better yet, an eco-friendly LED light bulb.
- Keep in mind that special applications may benefit from specific lamp types. For example, piano lamps and desk lamps are suited to specific tasks and may not be right for general use.
Have you ever found yourself rummaging through your kitchen cabinets and drawers wishing you had just a little more light? What a nuisance! Yet, it’s fairly easy to update your cabinets with the proper lighting to make this problem go away once and for all. Undercabinet lighting is designed to illuminate work surfaces from above, which reduces shadows so that you can easily see what you’re doing on top of a counter, in a cabinet, or other work spaces.
Having trouble deciding what type of undercabinet lighting is right for you? This guide provides you with insight into our top under cabinet lighting recommendations and the reasons that we recommend these particular models.
Our “Value” Recommendation in Under Cabinet Lighting
If you are looking for quality under cabinet lighting on a budget then we recommend the Maxim Lighting CounterMax 120 Volt Direct Wire Xenon Under Cabinet lights. The affordable 87831 series comes in either a white or bronze finish and is available in a variety of different sizes to suit your specific needs. Unlike some other similarly priced products, the Maxim CounterMax series comes with the Xenon bulbs so you won’t have to run to the store to try to find the right light bulbs for your new under cabinet lighting. Most importantly, this is a direct wire 120 volt option that makes it one of the easiest types of undercabinet lighting for anyone to install.
Not looking for the ultimate in under cabinet lighting but still want a little more than the value option? We have just the thing for you. While there are many mid-range undercabinet options we recommend the Kichler Series I TaskWork Modular 12 Volt Xenon. This is a 12 volt undercabinet lighting system with a built-in electronic transformer that uses Xenon bulbs, which are included with the purchase. You can use these lights individually, interconnected with cables or snapped together, providing you with numerous configurations to create the perfect under cabinet lighting design for your home.
Each of the individual fixtures has its own Hi-Low, On-Off switch and there is also a Master Switch Option that allows you to turn the lights on and off together as a unit. This means that you can use the undercabinet lights that you need at any given time without wasting lighting in the other areas of the space. There are four sizes to choose from and they come in three different finishes, so there will be a design that easily suits the style of your home.
When we’re asked for our “best” under cabinet lighting, the answer is always Kichler’s Design Pro LED Modular & Disc light series. First of all, they’re LED lights which are a terrific option for anyone who wants to enjoy energy-efficient lighting in the home, without sacrificing quality. The LEDs will last for 40,000 or more hours before needing to be replaced and they are included in your purchase. Not only will you save energy (and costs) around the home but you can install them and then forget about them for years on end without worrying about their maintenance.
That isn’t all that makes the Kichler’s Design Pro series the ultimate in under cabinet lighting, though. Other key features of these lights include: