Most of us love our outdoor living space. However, with the right type of lighting, you can extend the time you spend in the outdoor spaces a bit more. One Source Lighting offers the best indoor and outdoor lighting in Grand Junction, including backyard lighting. Continue reading for four ways to enhance your backyard lighting, and stop by our lighting showroom today!more
Exterior lighting can make your home warm and inviting when the daylight fades. Or, a lack of great outdoor lighting can make your home not-so-warm and fuzzy, too. One Source Lighting is a local lighting store in Grand Junction. Learn four common myths about exterior lighting, and stop by our lighting showroom today!more
Natural finishes to lighting were the first form of fixtures available. After all, wood was available all around most people hundreds of years ago, so a wooden lantern was very popular. However, they were at risk of getting too hot and starting a fire, so alternative materials were found, such as metal. Still, wood and the unique look that wood brings are extremely popular even today.
Lighting fixtures with a natural finish offer many advantages and benefits. Here at One Source Lighting, a local lighting store located in Grand Junction, we carry a whole lineup of natural-finish lighting fixtures for area homeowners and business owners. Below, we'll take a look at some of the many benefits and advantages of this type of lighting...more
One Source Lighting is a local Grand Junction lighting store offering a variety of indoor, outdoor, and landscaping lighting, as well as furniture and home accents. It's important to shop locally for many reasons, including supporting the local economy, keeping your tax dollars here at home for city improvement projects, and to form a personal connection rather than a click on the internet. We've been proudly serving Grand Junction since 2005, and we love giving back to our community. Below, we'll go over some of the many items you'll find at our local Grand Junction lighting store. Stop by today!more
Without light, the human eye cannot see, which is why it's so hard to see in the dark late at night. Thus, having the proper lighting can make all the difference in your home or office space. One Source Lighting is a Grand Junction lighting store offering the best indoor and outdoor lighting. Below, we'll take a look at the benefits of bathroom lighting controls. Stop by, or browse online today!more
Whether you live in a small condo, an apartment, or just have a small bathroom space, you may be struggling with the lighting in your bathroom. Or, you want to remodel your small bathroom and make it appear bigger and brighter. One Source Lighting is a lighting store in Grand Junction, Colorado. With a combined 75 years of experience, our lighting designers can help you with the best in indoor and outdoor lighting. Below, we'll take a look at some great bathroom lighting ideas for small bathrooms. Shop with us either in-person or online today!more
Chasing the latest lighting trends can be really fun - and we would know! But sometimes it can feel a bit daunting trying to keep up and a little disheartening when the constant shifting of trends leaves your home feeling dated. But that doesn't have to be the case. There are many classic styles that have been around for years, even decades. One of the most interesting and exciting of these styles are matte-finished fixtures. In today's blog entry, we will discuss a few of these fixtures and the benefits of choosing matte-finishes.more
While Grand Junction is a wonderful little city, we can all admit that it gets pretty hot during the summer. And while the heat can be a nice change from the cooler winters, it’s still a good idea to make sure that you’re prepared for the rapidly rising temperatures that are coming in the next few months. In today’s blog entry, we will give you a few tips about getting ready for the summer heat.
When you’re staying inside, it pays to have good lighting so you can do the things you enjoy. At Once Source Lighting, we have the latest lighting fixtures for every room in your home as well as home accents and ceiling fans. Head on over to our showroom or check out our website to see all of the options that are available.more
The holidays are the time for friends and family to come together to celebrate, enjoy delicious food, drink wine, and share laughs; it's a magical time of year! One thing that can set this holiday season apart from previous ones is upgraded kitchen lighting. If you're hosting dinner for many guests during the next few weeks, it's important to be prepared and make sure you have the right chandeliers and other kitchen lighting options installed. The right lighting can help create an inviting atmosphere for your guests, as well as spread some extra festive cheer.more
ENJOY YOUR BEST HOMEBring out the best in your home with the right light to accessorize your style
These days people are spending more time enjoying their homes, inside and out. Put your home in the best light and pull everything together with these simple tips:
Light in layers. Lighting is most effective if it utilizes overhead, task and ambient light sources. While this idea is commonplace for inside lighting, it's just as important for outdoor lighting where there are not typically boundaries and borders. By having three light layers (overhead, task and ambient), appropriate areas are illuminated for the intended interactions and use of that space.
Create a safe and secure...more
This fall and winter more than ever, many of us will be spending most of our time at home. Creating a comfortable and cozy space to relax and enjoy family time will help make the days spent indoors more enjoyable. While it’s fun to create a festive ambiance to match the season, it’s not always practical or feasible to completely change a room’s décor. Use these simple tips to create a space that will carry you through cozy autumn nights and beyond.
1. Layer Up
We all know that layering clothes in the winter is a great way to stay warm, but did you know layers of light can also help keep you cozy? Incorporating three layers of light, including ambient or overall, task and accent lighting not only improves the functionality of your space, but also adds a comforting, warm...more
Mountain home design style may conjure up thoughts of moose heads, bearskin rugs, and rustic cabin décor, but that look has had its day. Enter Modern Mountain, a streamlined, contemporary style with distinct connections to the natural environment that takes the mountain home to an elevated level of design. Designers of both new construction and home renovations are applying a clean-lined aesthetic that inspires a relaxing connection with nature but remains in keeping with a mountain home's original intent of providing a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
A bond with natural surroundings is paramount in Modern Mountain home design. Builders seek out local materials like quarried stone, reclaimed or fresh-cut timber, and salvaged metals with a patina of age, and...more
Each year brings a profusion of new design trends for the home, and new lighting designs play a crucial part in setting style. Lighting manufacturers launch hundreds of products every January at Lightovation, the industry's largest trade show, where discerning showroom buyers select the most popular styles for their market. Here's a sneak preview of a few of the fabulous new lighting trends that will brighten up homes in 2020.
Emphasis on nature and sustainability continues to trend in home design, as protecting the world's environment is top of mind. Organic, natural, and good-for-the-environment materials that are also inherently tactile, warm, and cozy are perfect for creating protected, serene, and calm interiors. Look for open-weave shades in...more
First came the farmhouse design trend, a humble, nurturing style that is a nostalgic throwback to a simpler time. Early farmhouse style was born of necessity: farmers used the plentiful wood and natural materials like stone found on their land to build simple, practical homes. As time went on, building and décor materials became widely available, and farmhouses gave more attention to creating a cozy and pleasant atmosphere. Today, the farmhouse look incorporates apron sinks, reclaimed wood furniture, shiplap, and traditional fabrics, which were staples of the practical life of original farm homes.
But nothing remains the same forever. Trends evolve, and in recent days farmhouse has grown into a style coined "modern farmhouse." The beloved aspects of farmhouse styling are mixed...more
With the popularity of today's open floor plans, oversized islands, and eat-in kitchens, the dining room has become somewhat of an afterthought - just a space tucked between the kitchen and the living room. Is the day of the formal dining room over? Not necessarily.
Historically, the dining room was separated from the kitchen because the kitchen had one function: meal preparation. Families and guests were served in a separate room, where a meal could be eaten in peace, away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. As time went on and household dynamics and interior design trends evolved, the kitchen became a popular gathering and entertaining spot, where the chef could continue to interact with family and friends during meal preparation. The downside, however, was that the...more
Just the word “chandelier” can bring to mind an ornate, candle-bedecked light glimmering over the center of a dining room table. While the dining room may be the traditional spot to place a chandelier, today's trends are all about finding unexpected ways to use classic lighting.
Quite simply, chandeliers transform a room, no matter where they are hung. Chandeliers are often found in living rooms as a statement-making focal point in the center of the room, but one of the latest trends is to install an eye-catching chandelier directly over a sofa. And it’s even better if you have two sofas with two chandeliers overhead, providing a beautiful touch of symmetry.
Take a pair of chandeliers into the bedroom, where they will bring balance to the room when hung over each...more
The days are growing shorter and darker, and less daylight means it’s time to use lighting and seasonal elements to brighten up the home. Here’s how to impress guests as soon as they walk in the door with a few easy ideas that don't involve a visit from the electrician.
A natural place to start is with the front entrance. Whether it's a stately foyer or a simple front hall, add some pleasing autumn décor. Bring the outdoors inside by using seasonal flowers, pumpkins and gourds, leaves, branches or boughs to decorate a hall table. Surround the display with two or three lanterns, and fill them with battery-operated fairy lights or candles. Bring in a table or floor lamp from another room, and switch the bulb to one that offers a warmer color (2700K to 3000K), giving a cozy feeling...more
Adding the perfect amount of exterior lighting will brighten up a dark landscape, giving a home after-dark curb appeal while also providing safety for visitors and family. And just like inside the home, exterior lighting should be designed using layers of light.
The first layer will be the ambient or general layer of light that provides overall illumination. This layer typically uses light sources that are positioned along pathways, as well as lighting that washes light up and down the walls of the home.
Stagger pathway lights about six to eight feet apart to offer just enough light to see while walking, and to avoid the “runway effect” that can occur when the lights are evenly distributed along the path. Illuminate stairways by installing stair step lights directly into...more
Many home designs incorporate an open floor plan, where cooking, dining, and entertaining are enjoyed in the same space. Even a small space can feel bigger and brighter when walls are opened up, and the light is let in. Planning the right lighting is a crucial part of designing beautiful, light-filled, open-concept spaces.
Consider the architectural features of the open floor plan, such as high ceilings, lack of interior walls, and numerous windows, as all of these factors add to the overall light of the space. To avoid over-lighting an open floor plan, think in layers: ambient, task, and accent lighting. The first layer, ambient lighting, provides the general lighting for the space. Recessed, linear, flush mounts or similar fixtures are good choices here, serving an ambient...more
Every day can be a beach day when your home's décor has a light and airy Coastal style. Sun-soaked colors and natural materials and the liberal use of white epitomize the new coastal aesthetic: it's far from the traditional, nautical styling of the past.
With popularity stretching well beyond the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts, today's coastal design is about bringing in colors and styling that call forth a soothing and inviting environment, creating a haven from the hectic pace of daily life. Through the use of natural light, soft tones, organic textures, and a clean look, it's meant to evoke the breeziness of the beach.
Less is more in coastal design, so try for uncluttered interiors in a neutral color palette that reflects and enhances natural light sources. By...more
Indoor-outdoor living is more than just a trend- it's become a lifestyle. Many homeowners are choosing to bring the functionality of their inside kitchen to their outdoor space so that they can enjoy the luxury of cooking and dining in the open air.
A well-designed outdoor kitchen will add value to a home and extend the length of the outdoor cooking season. It can be as simple as placing countertops near an outdoor grill, or as elaborate as a kitchen designed with a sink, stove, refrigerator, and even a smoker. Having a proper lighting plan is critical to ensure that the kitchen is just as functional at night as it is during the day, setting the perfect ambiance and adding visibility and safety.
Just like inside the home, properly layered light is a necessity outdoors....more
From new finishes to new inspirations, to products that typically aren't even considered to be lighting, there are many notable design trends in today’s lighting market. Here’s a roundup of three notable trends that are “in” for 2019 and beyond.
Trend One: Brutalist Lighting
First of all, what is Brutalism? A step beyond industrial, Brutalism was coined as a design period after World War II, when low-cost housing and government buildings were built of primarily raw, unrefined materials. The designs were meant to project a sense of strength born of hard edges and a substantial, fortress-like feel.
Hallmarks of Brutalist lighting are jagged shapes, rough textures, patinated metallic finishes, and asymmetrical organic designs. The overall aesthetic is one of...more
The days of matching the same metal color for lighting, cabinet hardware and plumbing are over. Today, designers and homeowners are getting creative and letting their personal style shine with mixed metals. Although this may seem complicated, there is a simple recipe for successfully mixing metals: pick a dominant metal finish for the room and coordinate accent metals with that. Try for a 70/30 ratio, where the dominant metal choice is on 70 percent of the lighting, accessories, hardware and plumbing, and add one or two metallic colors to make up 30 percent of the accent choices.
As with the rest of the accents in the home, mixed metals are trending in lighting, and many lighting manufacturers offer fixtures that blend two, and sometimes three different metal finish colors....more
Although LED technology is commonplace today, confusion still arises for the home user when it comes choosing LEDs over traditional light bulbs. When faced with the question of whether or not to switch to LEDs, consider that though more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, LEDs have myriad advantages over traditional incandescent bulbs.
LEDs last 10-20 years in home applications and can be used in existing fixtures with typical screw-in options or, if necessary, retrofit kits. The long lifespan of LEDs makes them a cost-effective option that, in the long run, actually results in savings in excess of the initial purchase price.
Another attractive draw in using LEDs is the design flexibility in the new integrated LED fixtures. These have the LED built into the...more
Today’s kitchens are more than just a place to prepare food, they are gathering spaces for family and friends, serving different purposes throughout the day. The growing popularity of open-concept homes have also made kitchens the center of the living space, opening up to family rooms, dining rooms, entryways and more. Therefore, achieving ultimate style and functionality in the kitchen is more important than ever before.
Cabinetry, countertops, door pulls, backsplashes, appliances and decorative features all play a key role in the design and functionality of a kitchen, but none of those features are complete without proper lighting. The right kitchen lighting will accomplish a variety of things, from increasing functionality to complementing and enhancing the style and design...more
Your living room is likely one of the most frequently used rooms in your home. From relaxing with family and friends, to watching television, to reading a good book, this room serves many purposes, and proper lighting is key to making your space multi-functional.
As with every room in the home, layers of light are crucial. To get the most use and enjoyment in your living area, be sure it has all three main layers of light: ambient, task and accent.
Ambient lighting provides general illumination to a room, allowing you to use the space. Task lighting is needed in the working areas of the home. In a living space, this may be next to a reading chair, or over a coffee table. Task lighting should be bright enough to allow you to see without straining your eyes. Accent lighting...more
The holidays are upon us, which means sparkling, shimmering lights are all around. While these beautiful lights and holiday decorations bring warmth and glow to the season, they can leave your normal home decor seeming lackluster in comparison. If you’re looking to add a little glamour to your house that can last all year long, consider a beautiful crystal chandelier.
Crystal chandeliers are no longer reserved for over the dining room table or grand entryway. Today, crystal chandeliers and other crystal fixtures come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, which lend themselves to different applications throughout the home.
One of our favorite places to add a crystal chandelier is in the bedroom. Nothing says luxury like a stunning piece hung over your bed. Chandeliers...more
Purchasing lighting for a home is an exciting experience. Lighting is the finishing touch to a room’s design, the element that changes the mood of the room and gives life to the space. There are many options for home lighting, and it can be intimidating to think about making the right decisions for each room. However, local lighting showrooms are here to help with design inspiration, lessons on the latest technology, and selecting the perfect lighting for a space.
Before visiting a lighting showroom it’s helpful to prepare with some basic information about the project.
Some of the most important questions the showroom sales staff will ask are questions about size. So, measure, measure, measure!...more
From elegant chandeliers to simple modern pieces, lighting has evolved from being a way to brighten a dark space to becoming a decorative statement for the home. Whether redecorating or building a brand-new house, making the proper lighting choices will add function, personality and a special flair to any room.
No matter which room or what type of space, there are many choices and options available to fit every need. A local ALA showroom is the best place to view the many different styles, sizes and shapes of lighting fixtures that are available to deliver the ambient, task and accent lighting necessary for your project. Knowledgeable, professionally trained lighting salespeople are there to answer...more
With the rise in popularity of LED light bulbs, you’ve likely heard talk of energy savings and lighting. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average household dedicates roughly 5 percent of its energy budget to lighting. Therefore, making the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs is one of the fastest and easiest ways to cut back on your energy consumption.
This begs the question, what makes LEDs the best light bulbs for saving money? First, they are far more efficient than the light bulbs of the past. Light bulb efficiency, or efficacy, as it is called, is measured by dividing the light output of the blub (lumens) by its power input (watts). Simply put,...more
Want to make your home as cozy, calm and relaxing as possible? Try hygge (pronounced: hue-gah), a Danish lifestyle trend that has captured the imagination of the interior design profession. More than just a décor trend, hygge is a state of mind – one of cozy contentment while appreciating the simple things that bring joy to your life.
Lighting is a key element in hygge, which takes a minimalist concept and punctuates it with warmth, texture and glow. One of the most effective ways to create a warm and cozy atmosphere is by the placement and adjustment of lighting in the home.
The gentle glow of candles, which symbolizes the hygge trend, is complemented by soft, mood-provoking electric lighting. With hygge, interiors are lit to create a pleasant ambiance. Light and shadow...more
Today, LED bulbs are the most efficient, longest lasting, and often the most suitable choice for residential lighting. However, the slightly higher upfront cost, along with the variations in light output and color temperature, can make the switch to LEDs feel somewhat daunting.
The best place to start for the highest-quality LED bulbs is an ALA-member lighting showroom. The experts there are well versed in all aspects of lighting and can help ensure the bulbs you choose are compatible with specific fixtures and controls already installed in your home. With that said, having a grasp on the basics can help make your visit to a showroom more productive and successful. Here are a few things to consider...more
While functionality is still key, stylish and unique bathroom lighting designs are becoming increasingly popular. To meld the two, we recommend utilizing creative ways of installing fixtures and layering light.
The bathroom is used for various, task-oriented activities from applying makeup, to shaving, to getting dressed. Therefore, proper lighting is first and foremost when producing a bathroom lighting layout.
To create an illuminated sink area, the days of just a simple bath bar above the mirror are in the past. Today, people are installing fixtures around the mirror in creative ways to add style and function. For example, try installing swing-arm sconces on either side of a bathroom mirror. These versatile fixtures come in a variety of styles and can be moved around...more
Many of today's light fixtures lend themselves to various types of installations. Some fixtures have multiple lights that can hang clustered together or, with the addition of a support frame, can be spread out in a more traditional chandelier fashion. Pendants can be grouped in a number of ways without requiring multiple holes in the ceiling by using a canopy accessory that attaches to a single electrical box.
Fixtures can also be hung in unexpected ways to add visual interest and function to any room. Consider flanking your fireplace with sconces, or hanging pendants above your bedside table to save space and add style.
For more about how to choose and arrange light fixtures to enhance, your home, check out ...more
Good design begins with a great lighting plan. From ambient lighting, to statement chandeliers and trendy LED fixtures, layering your home with light is the key to creating spaces that welcome, comfort and inspire. Recently, Executive Editor of Lighting Magazine and The Meredith Luxury Home Portfolio Samantha Hart sat down with ALA to provide an update on the latest trends in lighting.more
When it comes to lighting and connectivity at home, everyone has pet peeves. Whether it’s lights being left on in an empty room or the phone charger somehow always magically disappearing, high-tech, yet stylish and functional controls offer several solutions to help combat these everyday problems.
1. Lights carelessly being left on: Constantly reminding children (or your partner) to turn of the bedroom lights? Motion sensor lighting is the way to go. Motion sensing controls are a great way to save energy and add functionality to any space. These controls don’t have to look like the traditional ones you see at businesses or your office. Controls like the adorne by Legrand ...more
When it comes to outfitting a room with lighting, most homeowners start with the overhead lighting – either one main fixture or a grouping of pendants. From there, lighting experts suggest adding two additional layers: task and accent.
Task lighting can be achieved with sconces, portable lamps or recessed fixtures. Accent lighting all depends on the item or area to be highlighted. It may be inside, above or under cabinets. Another example of accent lighting could be mini spotlights directed at artwork or a shadowy area. Once each light layer is covered, the use of dimmers will maximize the room’s functionality and beauty.
Visit your nearest ALA-member showroom for expert advice and the greatest...more
Outdoor spaces are no longer afterthoughts in a home's design and decor plan. The outdoors set the stage for the rest of the home, create a welcoming ambience, and provide a space to relax, gather with friends and family, or steal a few quiet moments away in the midst of a hectic day. An outdoor area, whether it is a small porch or a large patio, needs to be styled and decorated to match both the functional and practical requirements of the space, as well as the cohesive design aesthetics that tie it in with the rest of the home.
When it comes to choosing exterior lighting fixtures, here are five key things to consider:
1. Function: The primary purpose of exterior lighting is to make outdoor areas safer and more easily accessible after dark.
2. Durability: Is the...more
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Lighting a sidewalk or other pathway is attractive and a safety feature of outdoor lighting. Make sure any outdoor fixture casts its glow downward, so that is does not obscure the vision of you or your guests.
Another key tip for outdoor lighting is to avoid pushing light into a window – yours or a neighbors. The goal is for the light to illuminate only the area outside.
Visit your local ALA-member showroom for more tips on lighting your outdoor walkways. They'll also be able to show you all the latest in stylish and energy-efficient products.
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All ceiling fans are not created equal, especially when it comes to size, weather resistance and speed. When determining which fan to buy for your room, in addition to appearance, consider these three things:
Location – Ceiling fans are separated into three location ratings: indoor-rated, damp-rated (not for direct moisture) and wet-rated (good anywhere outdoors, including in the rain). While you can use wet-rated fans anywhere inside or out, you cannot use indoor-rated or damp-rated fans in wet locations.
Width – On average, ceiling fans start at 36 inches wide, however, fan widths can be smaller or larger, depending on style and blade size. The best way to determine the right size fan for your space, is to take your room dimensions (square feet and ceiling height) to a...more
The myriad advancements in technology are making it easier for designers to create pendants, sconces and chandeliers that push horizontal and vertical boundaries. Slim, flat fixtures evoke a contemporary attitude and showcase the versatility of LED technology. Geometric designs feature circles, squares, rectangles and hexagons with built-in or exposed bulbs that highlight each fixture's graphic shape. And sputnik-style chandeliers embrace the eclecticism of mid-century, modern style.more
The time for backyard barbecues, afternoons at the pool and hours of summer fun is here. If you’re fortunate enough to have an outdoor space that lends itself to one of these activities, you know style and comfort can make all the difference when it comes to hosting this summer. Of course, as temperatures rise, sometimes a break from the heat inside is necessary, so creating a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor spaces becomes more important than ever.
Layer your light
As with indoor lighting, layers of light in your outdoor space will take your design to the next level. Ambient, task and accent lighting can be achieved in a variety of ways outdoors, but don’t be afraid to...more
We are always talking about how great ALA-member lighting showrooms are. With the help of Lighting magazine, we've broken down 6 of the top reasons showrooms are truly something special when it comes to shopping for lighting.
In a big box store, your choices are extremely limited—but that’s not the case in a showroom. In addition to whole families of a single fixture style, you’ll find loads of manufacturers and possible solutions.
Many showrooms set up light displays so you can better understand illumination and controls (often called light labs).
3. Service and...more
Wondering what's trending in lighting right now? Look no further than these eight design trends from Lighting magazine, then visit your local ALA-member showroom to make them a part of your home.
1. Botanicals - Pretty blooms and foliage offer an interesting riff on pattern, like in the Basilica by Eurofase.
2. Matte metals - Subtract the sheen for a more restrained accent, even in traditional or cottage-inspired fixtures. The Shelby by Savoy House is a beautiful matte piece.
3. Vintage details -...more
Whether you're looking for a five-minute fix, or you've got a little more time and money to dedicate to an update, you can make an impact on your home through a lighting makeover. With the help of your local ALA-member showroom, you can easily incorporate one of these ideas into your home.
Switch out one of your light bulbs for an LED. We love this quick lighting fix for a couple of key reasons. LED light bulbs use less energy and last longer than their incandescent counterparts, so in the long run, they will save you both time and money. To best match the look of a traditional incandescent light, look for an LED with a 2700 Kelvin rating.
Small change, big impact
When it comes to lighting design, spaces not typically seen by guests sometimes do not get the attention they deserve. Household jobs are easier to tackle in an organized, well-lit space.
The laundry room, for example, requires adequate task lighting to be most functional. It is important to make sure the lighting in this room does not create distracting glare and shadows. Under-cabinet lighting may help illuminate darkened areas. An overhead light source is also a must.
Visit an ALA-member showroom for more ideas about lighting every space in your home.
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You start and end almost every day in your bedroom, so shouldn't it be the place where you feel most comfortable? Through expertly curated fixtures and beautiful layers of light, your bedroom can quickly become your favorite room in the home - and not just because it's where you get your beauty rest.
The ambient, or general lighting in your bedroom is important for day-to-day activities, such as getting dressed or cleaning. You'll want a substantial, overhead fixture such as a chandelier or ceiling fan with a light kit to provide this key illumination. Your light level needs throughout the day and for different tasks will also vary, so it's a great idea to put this type of fixture on a dimmer.
Tools for the Task
As we said, your bedroom is...more
Often overlooked, bathroom lighting is more than simply a functional light source. Lighting in a bathroom is obviously key for providing proper illumination for specific tasks, such as makeup application and shaving. Yet, the confines of such a small space make bathroom fixtures all the more noticeable and impactful on overall style and ambience.
When selecting lighting for a bathroom, consider the tasks that will take place in that particular bathroom. For example, is it for everyday use, just for kids, a powder room for guests? A lighting expert at an ALA-member lighting showroom can help determine the perfect fixtures that are up to the appropriate tasks yet without giving up style and...more
When lighting a media viewing space, it is imperative to consider all sources of light. Natural light from outside is as influential as light from indoor fixtures. Multi-purpose spaces generally have windows, which create the need to control that light during the daytime as well as at night when even minor reflections can be distracting.
Motorized shades are a convenient and effective way to manipulate ambient light. Just as important as your light source is the time of day and season, all of which affect the amount of light coming in as well as the angle and intensity of the light. New wireless dimmers easily attach to a wall or simply sit on a tabletop. Designed for simple do-it-yourself installation, the inexpensive devises can be synced to a phone, making it easy to control...more
Ready for a redo? Many homeowners resolve to kick start a new year by making improvements to themselves as well as their home. When it comes to home renovations, the first place on which most people focus their attention is the kitchen. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), popular trends in finish-outs and appliances are impacting kitchen lighting choices.
In general, kitchen design is trending toward the contemporary side. Jeff Dross, corporate director, education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting, explains that homeowners with previously traditional taste are looking for more transitional products, while transitional homeowners are moving toward a soft contemporary décor, and many of those with existing soft contemporary furnishings are switching to a...more
The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for a fresh start for your home. One easy change that will make a big impact is a lighting update. Simply changing a fixture – a chandelier, a few pendants or even just a table lamp – can give a room a whole new look. Whether you are considering a minor update or a major renovation, stay on top of the latest lighting trends with a few tips from the American Lighting Association (ALA).
Mix and Match
Your home is a reflection of your style and personality. Create your own look by bringing in fixtures of various styles and finishes.
“One of today’s popular design trends encourages individuals to create unique lighting designs by mixing and matching their favorite fixtures within the same space,” says Jennifer Kis, director of...more
Your bedroom is the perfect place to let your personal style shine, and the right lighting can provide the perfect finishing touch to your space. Whether your style leans towards more traditional, or you prefer clean lines and modern finishes, there are endless options.
Because the bedroom is a space where its critcal to have layers of light to adjust to your needs throughout the day, it's a particularly fun room to light. You'll first want to consider the sources of light you need. Most people perfer an overhead or ambient light source; task lighting on the bedside table and in other areas, such as a reading nook; and accent lighting to highlight your design choices. Once you've chosen the lights you'll need in your room, you can start planning.
Don't be afraid to get...more
Whether getting dressed, shaving, applying makeup or styling your hair, there are a variety of important tasks that take place in the bathroom mirror. Therefore, the quality of light in the bathroom is more important than ever. There are a few key aspects to your light bulbs you want to consider when choosing bathroom lighting:
1. Temperature - Use bulbs between 2700 - 3000 Kelvin color temperature for an appealing, warm tone.
2. CRI - This stands for color rendering index. To see the subtle colors of skin, makeup, hair and clothing, a CRI of 90-100 is best.
3. Placement - Even the best bulbs can be rendered ineffective if your light fixtures are poorly placed. Avoid unsightly shadows and glare by lighting mirrors on each side.
Today, all bulb packaging contains...more
When planning your dining room lighting, keep these easy tips in mind.
FIRST STEP: A chandelier in the middle of the room defines the space. Choose that fixture first, then work out with accent lights.
HANGING AROUND: Choose a chandelier with a diameter 12 inches less than the width of your table. The bottom of the chandelier should be 30 inches above table.
TALL ORDERS: For ceilings nine feet or higher, consider a two-tier style chandelier to fill the space from the fixture’s top to the ceiling.
DIMMER SHIMMER: Always use a dimmer on dining room lights. Light becomes warmer as it is dimmed.
HOME WORK: For those who use the dining room as a study area, consider bringing in a portable study lamp to brighten up the workspace. Overhead lighting may work well...more
MAXIMIZING PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH OFFICE LIGHTING
Proper office lighting is key to setting the stage for a productive workday. Whether setting up the lighting for a home office or adding touches to a public office space, it is critical to ensure the lighting provides optimal working conditions.
General lighting should be bright enough to provide for a comfortable workspace, but not so bright as to create undue glare off of your papers or computer screen. If your desk is in the center of the room, consider using two large LED ceiling fixtures on each side of your desk or four 6" recessed fixtures evenly spaced in the room with two of the fixtures aligned with either side of your desk. For glare reduction, avoid placing the fixtures immediately in front of your desk....more
One of the most popular lighting layouts in kitchens is the use of shaded or hooded chandeliers above an island. Whether the island is used as prep space or seating, the shades provide glare control and reflect light down to where it is needed. Pendants and chandeliers come in a variety of styles. Currently, the biggest trends in kitchen aesthetics fall into six primary style categories:
Rustic – natural materials with a national park meets Central Park flair
New classic – timeless and simple; elegant without being overly ornate
Industrial – back to basics with simplicity and a well-made utilitarian feel
Geometric – unique shapes and myriad designs add dimension and drama
Glamorous – luxurious materials and a little sparkle (or a lot) turn boring into...more
To give your home’s exterior a fresh look, upgrade your outdoor lighting to complement existing landscaping and architectural elements. The same principles used for lighting your home’s interior apply for the exterior. You still need a mix of general, task and accent fixtures to get a comprehensive lighting design. While general lighting might be an overhead light with a few torchieres for accent, you can add path lights to serve as task lighting to help guests safely maneuver walkways. You can also draw attention to the unique architecture or outdoor features of your home with spotlights and floodlights, such as those highlighting a water feature or statuette. Your plan does not have to be complicated. One simple exterior fixture can provide an ambient glow. To get more ideas about...more
Today’s dining rooms reflect consumers’ changing lifestyles. Once solely for daily dining, this room has become more multipurpose. During the week, many homeowners now use the dining room as a task area for homework, crafts and meetings. On the weekends and special occasions, it is a gathering place for parties and meals. Consequently, dining rooms must be versatile with multiple lighting options that can go from functional to fashionable in the flick of a switch.
To get the best balance of illumination in the dining room, opt for layers of light. A dining room does not look well-lit if the only light source is a chandelier. One main fixture bright enough to illuminate a room will be too bright for comfort when dining.
When choosing dining room lighting, start with a...more
Whether your TV is in the family room, dedicated media room or even an outdoor living area, everyone's viewing experience will be optimized with proper lighting. Poor lighting can be a distraction to relaxing family time and make viewers physically uncomfortable. Your investment in a high-definition big-screen TV and a quality sound system will be diminished if your set-up does not include proper lighting. Whether your space needs recessed cans with a pair of sconces or some other lighting configuration, an ALA-trained professional can recommend the best lighting products for your media room. The variety of fixtures available makes it easy to create a functional space that fits your budget and style.
You don't have to plan a lavish vacation to relax this summer. With the right lighting, your back yard can become your own private retreat, allowing you to enjoy a mini getaway without leaving your home.
It's easier - and less expensive - than you might imagine to transform your existing patio, deck or pool area into a space you'll love. A new lighting scheme can turn your back yard into an oasis by enhancing your existing outdoor furniture, landscaping and other amenities.
Layer Your Lights
Just like with indoor lighting, outdoor lighting is most effective when it utilizes overhead, task and ambient light sources. Even outdoors, where there are not typically boundaries and borders, those three layers will enhance enjoyment and help define smaller sitting and...more
At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than retreating to a luxurious, spa-inspired bathroom. You can create that same feel in your own bathroom with the right fixtures.
Decorative sconces, pendants, even chandeliers are popular in master bathrooms. If hanging fixtures over a tub, be sure they are at least 8 feet above the highest portion of the edge of the tub, including a 3-foot radius around the tub. Be sure to add dimmers to give your fancy fixtures the ability to soften the mood and create the perfect atmosphere. Get all the safety facts and see the latest fixtures at your local ALA showroom.
Post photo by Crystoram Lighting.more
Office spaces are the perfect place to blend style with functionality. A stunning chandelier can add an unexpected element to a room, but it's not all about design. A high-quality, beautiful chandelier can also provide functional lighting to an office space.
Chandeliers add flare and a decorative focal point to almost any room in the house. They have traditionally been used in the dining room but are now commonly used in various rooms all around the home. Part of what makes chandliers so great is their ability to serve as both a light source and a work of art. Adding a mid-century modern or intricate, traditional chandelier over a desk can completely transform and set the stage for an office.
Personal style will mostly determine what chandelier works best for your office;...more
Until recently, shopping for light bulbs involved primarily focusing on wattage. After 2012, when the Department of Energy set standards specifying how much energy light bulbs can use, things became slightly more complicated.
Surprisingly, the tried-and-true wattage measurement we were all using to shop for light bulbs really wasn't telling us about the most important aspect of the bulb - how much light it puts out. Watts measure how much electricity is used by the bulb, not the bulb's light output.
However, for years, this wattage measurement was sufficient for determining which light bulbs to purchase. This is because the light output from incandescent bulbs is so similar across the board, it was easy to connect the wattage of a bulb with about how bright the bulb would...more
Wall sconces are incredibly versatile lighting fixtures. While they are often used to add flare to a room, they can also serve very practical purposes. As a result, they are a great choice to add anywhere in your home.
Where to hang wall sconces
Where you hang your sconces depends on the lighting design you hope to create and the space in which you’re working, as they can be used for ambient lighting, task lighting or accent lighting.
If you are working in a large space, such as a living room, you may want your sconce to contribute to the room’s overall lighting – or ambient lighting. If this is the case, your sconce will work best when paired with a type of overhead lighting. Place your sconce, or sconces, where the overhead lighting does not reach.
Whether you're tackling a home remodel, a new build, or simply looking to update your dining room chandelier, the best place to start is always with a trained ALA-member lighting showroom professional.
When should I contact my local ALA-member showroom?
Of course, the earlier a lighting professional is involved in your project, the more they will be able to help ensure you have the optimal lighting for your space. It's never too early or too late to visit an ALA-member showroom to discuss your home's lighting design.
What should I bring to my showroom visit?
Bring your ideas and photos of what you like. If you already have a copy of Lighting magazine, mark fixtures that...more
This weekend marks the start of daylight saving time. As we welcome longer days and warmer weather, now is the perfect time to start thinking about updating your outdoor space.
Outdoor lighting serves a variety of purposes, from safety and security, to adding style and interest to your home or garden. While daylight saving time means more hours of sunlight in the evenings, it is still important to consider your outdoor lighting design, especially if you plan to entertain guests over the spring and summer months.
Highlight Your Home
Adding landscape lighting to your home is a great way to increase curb appeal and functionality of your outdoor space. When applied properly, landscape lighting can truly change the way your home appears. Techniques such as grazing,...more
When developing a lighting plan for any room in your home, it is important to consider the three basic types of light - ambient, task and accent. The best lighting plans combine all three types to light an area according to function and style.
Ambient lighting, or general lighting, provides an area with overall illumination. Ambient lighting radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and walk about safely.
Various types of fixtures can provide overall illumination to a room, including chandeliers, ceiling fans with light kits, wall-mounted fixtures, and recessed or track lights. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan.
Task lighting is...more
With the options available today, choosing a light bulb has become slightly more complicated for the average homeowner. If you find yourself wondering what bulb you need, here are a few tips to consider.
Know What's Available
There are three basic types of light bulbs available today:
- Halogen Incandescent
- CFL (Compact Fluorescent)
- LED (Light Emitting Diode)
The halogen incandescent is very similar to the traditional household incandescent bulb, except that it is somewhat more efficient.
The CFL is more efficient still, but its use is expected to decline due to the growing popularity of LEDs.
Today, the LED bulb is the most efficient, long-lasting, and often, the most suitable for home lighting. The new models can look very...more
Your bathroom is where you typically start and finish your day, so creating an inviting space can set the tone for a great day and a restful night's sleep. Unfortunately, many homeowners are left uninspired by their bathroom lighting design.
Where to Start
With bathroom lighting, you need to first think about the types of lighting fixtures you want to use. Many home designs use recessed LED light fixtures for overall illumination. This will illuminate your bathroom space efficiently, and adding dimmer switches will allow you to control the mood immediately.
Additionally, think about your sink and bathroom mirror. This is the area where you do most your work to get ready in the morning. You need bright and vibrant lighting to ensure you don't leave home with smeared...more
The right decor lighting this holiday season can help your guests appear more photogenic, boost their mood and make an amazing display.
When people think of the holidays, they think of string lights, glowing angels and motion-sensor reindeer. What about interior lighting? Your holiday decor shouldn't be limited to garland and a few cranberries.
We're here to help you bring some of the holiday magic inside this year.
Creating Gathering Spots
When hosting a holiday event, it is important to have plenty of cozy spaces throughout your home where family and friends can meet and mingle. Whether you want to create gathering spot for all your friends and family, or a more intimate conversation space, a distinctive, light-directing fixture is a great way to draw in...more
SELECTING THE RIGHT CHANDELIER
A longtime lighting staple of dining rooms and foyers, chandeliers are gaining popularity in unexpected places. This classic lighting piece can be found in kitchens, bedrooms, walk-in closets and even bathrooms.
Not only are these eye-catching fixtures a great source of ambient light, they can also serve as a focal point around which you can build the design of an entire room.
If you're considering installing a chandelier, here are a few tips to help you select the perfect fixture for your space.
Consider the Unexpected
Traditionally, chandeliers have come with layers of crystals or twinkling candles; however, the modern chandelier is available in myriad styles. For example, the Eurofase...more
Your interior lighting design has a huge impact on mood, productivity levels, sleep quality and more. It shouldn't be surprising then how important your home lighting is to a successful holiday.
With their versatility and energy efficiency, LED lights offer an array of options to light your home for the holidays. However, because LED lighting is relatively new to the residential market, it can be confusing when trying to implement this technology into your home. The holidays are not the time to play the guessing game, so consider this information when updating your bulbs and fixtures to LED.
Warm vs. cool light
Color temperature is measured in Kelvins and impacts how a light appears. Lights perceived more yellow or orange are considered warm, while cooler lights...more
The holiday season is right around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to spruce up your home before entertaining friends and family. Whether your guests are coming just to watch the big game or to stay for an extended period of time, your media space will no doubt be a popular gathering spot. The American Lighting Association suggests a few ways to enhance everyone’s viewing experience.
No matter what kind of space you have, whether it’s a dedicated media room, a simple TV nook or something in between, the fundamental components are comfort and appropriate lighting. For the majority of homeowners, most media-related activity takes place in a multi-use space, which means the lighting must have the flexibility to go from everyday activities to TV viewing. For example,...more
Decorative lights are the unsung heroes of great lighting design. These statement fixtures are important in conveying specific design themes, and can also be used in light layering.
Choosing light fixtures can be a complicated task. Lighting and ceiling fans are crucial in not only the functionality of the rooms in your home, but also the design. Decorative light fixtures come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can help you fulfill the important task of including layers of light in your design.
Typically, decorative lights play the role of adding a layer of adornment to the area of choice. Although often small, they can have a big impact on the overall lighting design of a room. For instance, the WAC Lighting fixtures in the image...more
No longer do you have to choose between comfort and design when it comes to your home. Once thought of as purely utilitarian, today's ceiling fans offer sophisticated styling, designer finishes and glamorous accents.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), ceiling fans are a unique home cooling option, as they blend aspects of both form and function to improve comfort while enhancing home décor. Indeed, there are many ceiling fan models available that can serve as an eclectic centerpiece for any room, without sacrificing cooling air movement.
Modern features, such as single-blade fans, as shown in the accompanying photo by Fanimation, allow homeowners to get the necessary performance while having an array of style...more
One of the main goals of home décor is to make your space inviting. The right interior lighting adds the perfect amount of warmth to any room. For interior designers, a major point of direction will often be your home's lighting design. With numerous styles to pick from, it can be overwhelming to decide how to best light up your home.
Floor lamps can be a little tricky to perfectly incorporate into your home's design. Here are some simple tips to make floor lamps a significant part of your home lighting:
1. Look to Small Spaces
Floor lamps can provide additional ambient lighting in a room or act as task lighting for reading and other activities. Floor lamps truly shine when it comes to adding layers to your rooms lighting plan.
Using these fixtures in small...more
Artificial light is a necessary feature for home kitchens. In this space, you work with sharp tools and depend on your eyes to chop, read labels, inspect food and to clean up afterward. With so much importance on kitchen lighting design, you have to be practical. However, this shouldn't limit you from making a bold statement in your kitchen.
Since each kitchen is different, you have to ensure your lighting design is optimal for your particular space.
Find the Focal Point of Your Kitchen
Because each kitchen is different, you want to make sure you focus on the focal point of your kitchen. These areas include a kitchen island, kitchen table, dining room table or a cooking space.
You simply want to focus on whichever area is the most important. If you don't have...more
One of the bigger trends in home design is using natural elements to bring the outdoors inside. It's a design aesthetic that people have tried to perfect for generations, as organic looks and elements tend to create a serene environment in the home.
At the same time, bringing home lighting designs into your organic and natural décor can be a tricky task to tackle. However, there are some ways to get you moving in the right direction - toward efficient and practical lighting - while still maintaining the natural elements in your home.
Simplicity Brings Peace
For many people who want a calm and peaceful home, removing the clutter is usually the first priority. Organic designs are often simplistic, which means your lighting design should follow suit.
The shift toward LED light bulbs in interior design is happening quickly, as manufacturers and homeowners find more ways to use these new types of lighting inside common areas of homes.
LEDs come in a wide variety of hues and colors that can transform an ordinary bathroom into something that will give you an artistic experience when you get ready for work in the morning.
According to The Wall Street Journal, not only are LEDs extremely efficient and effective at reducing home electricity costs, but they are allowing light designers to get more creative with interior lighting. Instead of standard track lighting with incandescent bulbs, homeowners can now use...more
Entrances, hallways and foyers all have a major commonality: These spaces are typically the focal point to the entrance of your home. Guests are greeted in these areas and you use the spaces as a means to get to other rooms throughout your home.
While these spaces are one of the first you and your guests will see upon entering your home, they can be some of the harder spots in a house to light. These areas are difficult because most foyers or entrances are not alike, which means you have to take into account the design of your home.
Creating a Grand Entrance
If you're looking for the right fixture to fit in your entryway or foyer, you need think about the size of the light and the open space available. Chandeliers are a great source of light for these tricky...more
While there are plenty of ways you can bring new life to your home through lighting design, there are also some common mistakes to avoid.
If there seems to be a void or a piece missing in your home's lighting design, here are five common lighting mistakes to consider:
1. No Control Over Your Lights
It might sound simple enough, but light dimmers, motion sensors, timers and automated systems all help you stay in control of your lighting. When you're unsure if the room is too dark or too bright, dimmers help you solve the problem with a middle ground. Moods change, and so should your lighting. Additionally, having better control of your lights will help you save on your energy bills. The track lighting in this photo by...more