Home Office Lighting – Add Function and Style

More and more people work remotely, and even for those who still have a traditional job at an employer’s office, an important hub in many homes centers around a computer station. Whether it’s answering emails, or printing out important documents or homework, a home office is an integral part of many homes. Regardless of whether one is using their office for personal tasks or as an employee working remotely, it is very importanED_Darwin_Pend_APP2_EP1011MWT t to have adequate lighting in a home office, allowing one to easily read information on documents and computer screens.

Consider Function

When determining what type of lighting will adequately serve a particular room, it’s important to consider all the various functions a room will incorporate. A person who is self-employed may require an area in their home office where they greet clients and review printed documents together. Another individual may work at home, but they also want to have a small play area in their office where they can keep an eye on toddlers. Others want to have a space where they can highlight certifications or awards they received during their career. Sometimes a home office may double as a library in the evening. Lastly, a home office invariably involves extensive computer use. All of these different types of functions require additional lighting beyond a simple overhead light fixture.

Lighting Options

Recessed lighting is a great choice for those who want to illuminate otherwise dark corners of a home office. This, along with track lighting, can highlight spaces such as a small play area for toddlers, an area to review documents with clients, or to highlight awards. For a home office that doubles as a library, wall sconces are a great option. Sconces provide extra light for reading in a comfortable chair or couch, while also invoking a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. For focused office work, consider pendant lighting that can be moved up and down as needed. LED strips can also add focused light to otherwise dark areas around a desk or filing cabinet.

Summary

Whatever lighting options a homeowner decides to invest in, there are dozens of attractive styles to choose from. A home office can be just as beautiful and stylish as every other room in the house. If you would like to know more about illuminating a home office, please contact us!

Choosing Your New Dining Room Lighting

Annie-Chand-Dining The dining room is the heart of the home. It’s where you’ll host dinners, where your kids might spread out their homework, where you’ll carve the Thanksgiving turkey, and where you’ll simply come together as a family every evening. What better way to make your dining room the warm and welcoming place you need it to be than with your lighting? Here are some tips for choosing the perfect dining room lighting.

Ceiling Height

Make sure to account for the height of your ceiling when you go shopping for new light fixtures. It’s easy to think of chandeliers right away for a dining room, but if you have lower ceilings, a flush mount might be the best option.

Natural Lighting

In modern homes, open concept layouts are extremely popular in home designs, allowing for ample natural lighting throughout the home. When you have a lot of natural lighting, you want to keep the light fixtures soft and warm. Industrial styles with vintage Edison bulbs look wonderful in open concept homes because they don’t overdo the brightness. In homes where the dining room has fewer windows, look to a more traditional chandelier that will provide the space with a brighter atmosphere.

Reflect Your Style

It’s easy to style your home with furniture and wall decor, but keep in mind that your light fixtures can (and should!) reflect the style of your home as well, in addition to being practical. In your dining room, choose a sphere pendant with wood accents to incorporate your rustic style or a gorgeous starburst style for a contemporary look. The possibilities are endless.

Mix It Up

Chandeliers are the go-to choice for dining room lighting, but if a chandelier doesn’t quite provide the amount of light you need for your space, mix up the look by adding some wall sconces or a couple matching table lamps on a buffet table. Adding layers to your dining area will create intrigue and an ultimately more fun space to entertain in while remaining practical by ensuring the room is adequately lit.

Choosing a new light fixture for your dining room can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Stay focused on what you need for your space and you’ll find the perfect fixture to reflect your style without overdoing it. Contact us today for help choosing your next dining room light fixture!

Basement Lighting – Adding the Right Style and Illumination

More and more families are finding their basements are a great space for a home office, a gaming area, an additional bedroom, or just a large space where families can get together, relax and enjoy each other’s company. Just as with above ground residential spaces, lighting options for basements have greatly expanded in recent years. No longer is it necessary to select from a limited range of options like harsh fluorescent overhead lighting, a few lamps or worse yet, a bare light bulb. With today’s wide array of lighting designs, there are basement lighting solutions for every type of décor including industrial, nautical, “man cave”, contemporary and much more.

Consider Purpose

The first step in finding all the perfect lighting solutions for your basement space is to consider all the various activities your family will use the space for. A small kitchenette will require bright lighting for tasks such as dishwashing and food preparation, including the use of sharp instruments such as knives. A home office space requires sufficient lighting to read paperwork and use office equipment such as a PC, a scanner/printer, etc. A space for a man cave might need lighting to highlight sports trophies or other memorabilia. Lastly, other activities such as knitting, watching TV, gaming, reading, or just interacting with other family members in basement living areas — all require adequate illumination.310175wn_phree_gameroom

Adding the Style

Once you determine where you would like general lighting, as well as all the various basement regions that require focused lighting, then the fun begins as you determine which styles are most appealing. Industrial-style track lighting is a great choice for those who would like to harmonize with the industrial feel already found in many basements. However, there is also gorgeous contemporary track lighting and many other styles that offer focused lighting for any variety of activities. Pendant lighting and wall sconces are other great choices for focused lighting. Large metal orbs or glass fixtures can make a grand statement to any basement entrance, adding that “wow” factor that will set the stage for the rest of the area.

While many homeowners focus on the main areas of the basement that will require illumination, one area that often is neglected is the staircase leading down to the basement itself. Those with a contemporary style might want to select LED lighting that will illuminate each stair for a dramatic look. Others might want to consider multiple theatre-style night lights that will add proper illumination in strategic areas along the entire staircase.

Summary

Whatever style you decide on for your basement remodeling project, we can help you select the perfect lighting that will complement your style and bring an otherwise dark space in your home to life. Please contact us for great lighting choices for basement areas, or anywhere else in the home.

Lighting & Remodeling For The Winter

The chilly months of winter can often make us appreciate the warmth and comfort of our homes. While the weather outside may be snowy and cold, it’s nice to relax indoors within a pleasant atmosphere away from these seasonal concerns. Remodeling for the winter can be a fantastic way of creating a comfortable refuge, giving you and your family a relaxed and inviting space in which to live until spring. As with any remodeling project, lighting plays an important role in how everything is perceived. With winter remodeling, a few particular touches have the potential to transform your hoFEISS Prarielands-IslandChand-Kitchen me into one perfect for lifting you up out of the cold.

As the nights are becoming darker, your lighting fixtures should provide a soft glow that accentuates the feeling of warmth within the room. Lightbulbs themselves play an important role here, with different color accents providing different moods. Blue-white bulbs generally give off a colder vibe, so try to find bulbs with a warm white color for all your fixtures. Overhead lights are great but aren’t strictly a necessity. You may find it more appealing to use table and floor lamps throughout, providing a snuggly, low lit environment to curl up in. Of course, another great way to achieve a warm, cozy effect is through chandeliers. Modern chandeliers offer a brilliant twinkling effect to your light that can really enhance its beauty as it illuminates. Lantern style coverings for lamps and wall-mounted lights are excellent for the same reason. They offer a peaceful warm glow while providing a gorgeously quaint aesthetic to their surroundings. You may also enjoy some stylish glass covers for your wall-mounted lights, as these come in an assortment of exquisite shapes that pair well with the soft wintery theme.

At Yale Lighting, we offer thousands of options to choose from in our online catalog and within our two showrooms in Pennsylvania. Visit us here to learn more and take a look at all the different ways of transforming your home lighting this winter!

4 Quick Lighting Tips for the Modern Bedroom

Back in the day, you say a single bulb hanging in the center of the room with a pull-string and a button in most bedrooms. Bedroom lighting has come a long way since then. Modern bedroom lighting is geared toward the variety of activities that often take place in a bedroom. Here are 4 quick lighting tips for the modern bedroom that you should keep in mind.

 

Layered Lighting

To create the very best usable light for the various activities that take place in your bedroom you will want to layer your lighting. This is a type of lighting design, which focuses on different levels of illumination for different aspects of the room. The three main levels of layering include:

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  • Ambient lighting creates a soft glow in various corners of the room.
  • Task lighting directs light to a specific position in order to provide light for specific tasks.
  • Accent lighting draws attention to certain features of the room like artwork.

 

Layering is important when it comes to creating various types of moods and draws out the design features of your bedroom.

 

Consider Brightness Levels

That single bare bulb in the middle of those bedrooms of the past probably isn’t the look you’re going for in a modern bedroom, but it provides a great point of contrast. Brightness in varying degrees is one of the concepts associated with layering. Ambient light, tends to be a dim suggestion of light, but accent lighting and task lighting can be brighter by degrees. The suggested lumens for a bedroom range between 2,000 and 4,000 with whatever bright lights are included focused on a specific spot for the purpose of accenting or providing task lighting.

 

Consider Lighting Colors

This doesn’t mean that you go with all of the colors of the rainbow for a disco throwback look. The lighting colors we are talking about has to do with the glow given off by various types of bulbs. You don’t have to go with straight bright white. Today’s lighting colors have varying ranges with amber, rose, violet and blue hints to create a warmer and more relaxing tone.

 

Dimmers

What would a modern bedroom be without some useful gadgets like dimmers that are operated by a remote control? Dimmers are one way to have more control over properly lighting the range of activities that often take place in a bedroom.

 

Lighting a bedroom has gone well beyond the days of a single bare bulb and a bedside lamp. Modern lighting for a bedroom is best achieved through layering and greater consideration for brightness and color. Yale Lighting can help you design and install the right type of modern lighting in your bedroom

Create a Warm Winter Home with Your Outdoor Lighting

After the holidays are over and your bright Christmas lights come down, it’s easy to feel stuck in a rut for the rest of winter. Every year, it seems like there is little to look forward to until the thaw of spring comes along. An easy way to keep your spirits up is to continue to put effort into your outdoor lighting. Think dreamy and picturesque. Big, fluffy snowflakes lit up by soft lighting outside of your home will welcome you home into thporch_lighting_49865wzc_49867wzc_andover e warmth inside. Here are some lighting trends to keep your outdoor lighting exciting after the holidays.

Spotlights

Spotlights are all about showcasing your favorite features of your home. This can be as exciting as spacing multiple spotlights along the entire front of your house and lighting up the whole thing — always a gorgeous look for a snow-covered home — or as subtle as pointing one spotlight toward the beautiful tree in your front yard. Consider your favorite aspects of the front of your home and light it up; it’s hard to go wrong with spotlights in winter.

Outdoor Lamp Posts

Consider adding a lamp post near your entryway. Lamp posts are a classic choice for unique lighting outside of your home that never goes out of style. A snow-capped lamp post is sure to give your front door the warm glow you’re looking for.

In-Ground Lighting

In winter, it can be helpful to find lighting solutions that are practical as well as aesthetic. Adding some in-ground solar lights along your driveway and walkways will surely add to the ambiance you’re looking for in your dreamy winter home, but it’s also safety must. Slippery walkways are a huge risk in winter and in-ground lights help you keep an eye out for any patches of ice.

Don’t let the winter blues get you down once the holidays are over. Keep your home warm and welcoming with soft outdoor lighting! Contact us today for help choosing the perfect winter lighting for your home.

Secrets To Improve Your Living Room Lighting

Have you ever taken a look around your living and felt that something was missing? There’s a good possibility that your living room lighting just might need to be updated.

This is a room that is so multi-functional, it really should have lighting that meets a wide variety of needs as well. During the day, different activities will create the need for a different type of illumination that what you might use in the evening. But how can you accomplish a vaRM_FS_Yarmouth_Chand_APP_F2976-6AF riety of light without an over abundance of light fixtures and lamps? That’s just what we’re going to tell you about.

Different Types of Living Room Lighting

Some homeowners believe that just one type of lighting should be enough to suffice, and for some rooms, that can be true. The living room offers a more complicated scenario, however, in that you’ll want different types of lighting at different times of the day.

Overhead lights have often been the go-to lighting source for many living rooms. These days, you have many more options for your spaces, and each one adds a different characteristic. Table lamps, for example, can tone the light down, giving a cozy and inviting ambiance for evening gatherings. You can attain a very similar effect from floor lamps, but with a bit more light, since they are taller and cover more area.

Wall sconces might seem dated, but can really bring out the personality of a room when correctly placed. You can also use them along with other light sources, for the perfect living room lighting. You can also ask a salesperson about our chandeliers, recessed lighting, track lighting and more.

Dialing In the Perfect Lighting for You

The important thing is that you find the perfect lighting for your living room. That means taking into consideration your needs, preferences, existing decor and so much more. The professional and experienced sales staff at Yale Lighting look forward to assisting you, so be sure to contact us at your convenience.

Add More Lighting in Your Kitchen to Remove Permanent Shadows

Most kitchens have one or two central light sources. The biggest light will be in the middle of the open walkway. If your kLexi-Pend-Kitchen itchen has an island or a wrap-around countertop, there may be a few recessed lights above it. But the only other sources of illumination that your kitchen came with is indirect lighting from other rooms. That leaves a lot of the room in shadow, no matter how bright the bulbs are. So add light in these three spaces to make your kitchen more functional and more comfortable:

1. Add lights to the bottom of your upper cabinets.

A lot of work gets done on your kitchen counters. But there’s not always enough light to do it easily. Whenever you’re chopping up produce or mixing together a recipe, you stand between the light and your workspace. Get rid of the shadows with undercabinet lighting. You can either add wires through the base of your cabinets or get battery-powered LED fixtures.

2. Find where appliances and decorations leave shadows.

If you have a small kitchen, you don’t have a lot of space for storage. That means your appliances and jars may live on the countertops. Don’t just get frustrated the next time you realize you’re working in the shadows. Mark where the most frustrating dim spots are and look for lighting fixtures that can help.

3. Brighten up your lower cabinets.

The interiors of your cabinets are even darker. But while your upper cabinets have the advantage of being closer to the light and farther from obstructions, your lower cabinets are completely dark. Add lights you can flip on and off whenever you need to look through them.

Adding a light to the cabinet under the sink is even more useful/ You can keep an eye out for water damage and have an easier time organizing your cleaning supplies.

Go to Yale Lighting for more season lighting and home decoration tips that will brighten up your day.