Hot Trends In Home Lighting

Lighting can completely change your home’s appearance and take it to the next level. You want to know the most optimal lighting themes for your home. Below, we will go over some of the biggest trends in home lighting.

Decorative Lighting

Recessed Lighting – Recessed lighting is installed in the ceiling, and can act as a spotlight for everything it hangs over. If you waProgress lluma-Flex Kitchen Lighting nt a modern, refreshing look, install recessed lighting in the corners of a room.

Track Lighting – To highlight some of the key elements in an area, install track lighting. For example, track lighting over a beautiful piece of art will create a localized point in the room.

Hanging Lanterns – For a whimsical light fixture, you definitely want a hanging lantern. To create an ambient, calming feel, install hanging lanterns onto your patio.

Utility Lighting

Ceiling-Mounted Lighting – Ceiling-mounted lighting is perfect for lighting large areas with just one fixture. You want one that is easy to blend into the design of the room.

Flood Lights – Flood lights are high-intensity lights, usually used outdoors. They can brighten up your yard, and you could even use a motion sensor.

Green Lighting

LED Lighting – One of the biggest trends in light bulb technology is the LED light. LED, short for light emitting diode, emit less heat than a regular bulb. They’re also more durable and can cost less on your energy bill.

Compact Fluorescent Lighting – These lights are also known as CFLs. CFLs are designed to fit most home fixtures, and they can save you money as they require less energy and last longer than regular light bulbs.

Why Yale Lighting Concepts?

Here at Yale Lighting Concepts, we let customers visualize the lighting they want with 3 showrooms showcasing all the latest trends in both indoor and outdoor lighting. For more information on the latest trends in home lighting, contact us today!

Fresh Concepts for Bathroom Lighting

Whether you take a quick glance in the mirror and go or spend hours primping in front of it, your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home. Why not make it a haven that meets all your needs of preparation and relaxation?

The latest trend in bathroom lighting is layers. Gone are the days of the harsh vanity lights. Soft ceiling lights over the tub, decFS_Bryan_Wall_APP_WB1901PN orative wall sconces, and lamps on countertops are the new way. There are so many ways to transform your bathroom. Make a bold statement with art deco or retro lighting. Turn it into a sanctuary of comfort with candlestick sconces and chandeliers. Here are more ideas to inspire the designer within you.

1. Sconces. Who says your lighting has to be the sharp bright over-the-mirror type? Set mood lighting with side sconces and a dimmer. Create an instant change with colored lampshades. The diverse selections of colors and styles cater to your creativity. Some examples include:

  • Art Deco
  • Brass
  • Nautical/Cage Shade
  • Traditional lampshade
  • Crystal
  • Fabric
  • Candlestick
  • Vintage
  • Geometric Lampshades
  • Modern

2. Chandeliers. A chandelier can add a nice contrast to the rest of your bathroom and also help set the mood. Make a long bath luxurious without the need for candles. Make a statement with a bold old-world style. Incorporate your love for all things French. Check out these styles:

  • Three prong
  • Elegant
  • Old-fashioned Lantern
  • Italian and French styles
  • Venetian Glass
  • Venini
  • Dripping
  • Spherical
  • Antique
  • Simple Candlestick

3. Vanity Lighting. With so many styles to choose from, there’s always the right set up to complete your bathroom’s design. Some selections to consider:

  • Simple strip
  • Functional sconce
  • Simple light bulb fixtures
  • 2-5 light brass/copper strips and round bulbs
  • overhead fluorescent tubes
  • retro glass bulbs
  • classic dome shade
  • crystal pendalogue curtain
  • hotel style
  • vintage iron strip
  • glass vial
  • linear globe
  • modern grid

4. Lighted Mirrors. Lighting doesn’t have to come from overhead or sides anymore. Adding a lighted mirror to your bathroom provides the perfect place to get ready, a night light for those late night nature calls, and a better view for shaving and makeup application.

5. Ceiling Lights. These can be more than just the shallow box on your ceiling. They can be long elegant lights that extend from the ceiling, to soft cottage style lighting, to large vintage globes, and more. This vast collection includes:

  • Single Globe
  • Pendant
  • Understated
  • Wrought Iron wired cage
  • semi-flush, fluid flush, brushed steel mount
  • bowl-shaped crystal
  • art deco
  • recessed light
  • island lights
  • ceiling fans

6. Lamps. Sometimes a pair of well placed lamps is all a bathroom needs. Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Low-Hanging
  • Classic lampshade

No matter what your favorite style is—from farmhouse to old world, quiet elegance or shabby chic, beaker glass to dripping faucet—with so many varieties to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Contact us today, and we’ll help you design the bathroom of your dreams.

Landscape Lighting Creates A New World

You may not realize it, but your landscaping exists in two worlds. By day, the design is a fixed picture for all to see and admire. Save for seasonal changes, it’s likely to remain so over the course of many years. But by night, the picture is altogether different when the ad1 LED  Kichler Dahlia_49558AZLED_Outdoor_ dition of landscape lighting transforms your property into a 3-D painting designed to be viewed not just from without, but from within.

In this kind of painting, the types of light you install are your paintbrushes. They suggest different moods and define new spaces. Down-lighting with spotlights creates mellow, naturalistic effects; uplighting with well-lights tends to be dramatic and grandiose. Back-lighting lends an air of mystery; front-lighting flattens. Beyond placement of fixtures, there are questions of which types of lenses to use and what color or colors you may want them to project.

Rules of good composition apply just as they would in any painting hanging in your home, only now they apply in three dimensions. But symmetry, balance, choice of focal points, depth and overall cohesion become far more complicated when you consider that a tree or fountain might be viewed not just from one or two, but many possible angles. And there’s no point in creating a nighttime paradise that’s too dangerous to explore so choices for pathway and step lighting are critical.

New to the marketplace are apps that let you control your night lightscape through your computer, smartphone or tablet. They operate via wifi or Bluetooth, sending commands to the lighting transformer to dim or brighten or change colors of various lighting zones.

It’s complicated, so complicated you might want to consider enlisting the services of a landscape architect to help you. Whatever design you arrive at, Yale Lighting Concepts can supply you with any landscape lighting fixtures you might need. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

Lighting Different Rooms in Different Ways

When thinking about new lighting, it’s important to consider which lights will go in which rooms. All rooms are certainly not created equally, and what’s good for one room might be simply awful for another. So what do you do?

You can start by considering the mood you’d like to create in each room or space. We’re going to take a look at three particular areas in which homeowners most often have specific needs.

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Much of your home’s activities will take place in the living room or living area. What you need for that room will depend on several factors. For instance, do you have small children or older children? Perhaps you no longer have children living in the home. For this room, you might consider a mid size chandelier or a few nice floor lamps.

Foyer Lighting

The lighting in your foyer needs to be bright and inviting. As you or your guests enter your home, this can set a wonderful homey scene with the right lights in place. It also helps to maneuver your way through the home if you happen to come in late at night, or leave before the sun comes up. In either case, the right lighting can move things in the right direction.

Bathroom Lighting

You definitely want adequate lighting in your bathroom. The wrong color bulbs can leave you wondering about your hair, skin and makeup. On the other hand, placing your lighting in the wrong areas can leave you with large areas of shadows in all the wrong places. For this room, various kinds of lighting will work, or you could combine certain pieces to give you just the look you need.

For instance, a chandelier is nice but you might want to shave in the shower. In such a case, a nice recessed light with a watertight seal makes a great addition. Recessed overhead lighting gives a nice clean look, while wall mounted fixtures can create a perfect reflection in the mirror.

For more information on which lighting works best in the room you’re looking to illuminate, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to assist you!

Know How To Use Your Ceiling Fan Year Round

Most homes today have some type of ceiling fan but knowing how to use it properly year round is another thing. Ceiling fans can help your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They can help you have an energy efficient home. When combined with a lighting system they add light to a room and come in many different types of designs to add beauty as well. Here are some ceiling fan tips to help make sure you are using yours correctly.

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During warmer weather you want your ceiling fan cooling your room so it needs to be circulating in the right direction. This is typically counterclockwise. Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the direction the blades are moving. The best speed setting is high. You can tell if it is moving the right way if you can feel a breeze when you stand under it. Fans differ in how they work so check the book that came with yours to see which direction it should be going to create the breeze effect.

Keeping Things Warm

During the colder months, you want to reverse the direction. This means the fan will pull the warm air at the top up and over, mixing it with the cool air. This provides for a steadier temperature and a less work for your heating systems.

Raise The Temperature

If you do run your ceiling fans all the time in the summer you can raise your temperature setting. The fan will help keep the air moving and a breeze going which makes you feel cooler even if the temperature is set a bit higher.

Not at Home?

To save energy and money turn your ceiling fans off when you are not going to be home. It does not take them long to get the air moving when you switch them back on so there is no sense in running them when no one is home.

Lighting Tip

If you are purchasing a brand new ceiling it is wise just to get a unit with the light fixture. If a room needs a ceiling fan it most like needs the extra lighting as well. Yale Lighting Concepts can help you with all your ceiling fan and lighting needs so give us a call or visit our website today.

Exterior Lighting that Enhances Curb Appeal and Home Security

#1%20Kichler_Landscape_Tree_and_Wall_SQ_preview Are you looking to sell your home, add a touch of elegance to an outdoor living space, or are you concerned about it being more secure when you are away? Exterior lighting is a simple and inexpensive solution that ensures your asset is showcased properly and is protected from vandals and intruders. Whether you are looking for wall sconces, fountain lights, or hanging chandeliers, proper exterior lighting adds a nice finishing touch to your home and we can help you find the best fixtures for the following applications:

Highlighting the Details

Highlight the special features of your exterior space at night with the help of decorative lights in many different styles. You can add a soft glow to water fountains, plants and bushes, patios, hot tub spaces, and more. Our lights come in a variety of different shapes and sizes to suit your needs. Lighting is like the icing on the cake of a well designed space and will add a look of richness to your property.

Lighting the Way

Help guide visitors to your front door with accent lighting that illuminates your driveway and walking paths. There is nothing worse than someone tripping and falling because they can’t see where they are going when they arrive to visit you. Check out the well lights and landscape lighting available on our website and ensure your guests arrive to your front door safely. Our well and landscaping lights are made of high quality materials that will withstand the elements and will shine bright for many years to come.

Creating an Ambiance

Whether the design of your home is classic and historical or contemporary and modern, we have an exterior lighting fixture that will make your yard sparkle at night. Soft lighting will add a warm ambiance to your outdoor living space that makes for a relaxing evening with friends and family. Depending on the concept of your outdoor living space, you can incorporate chandeliers, hanging lights, post lighting, or fountain lighting to the space.

Home Protection

Good home security means making sure the exterior of your home is visible to neighbors and those passing by on the street. To keep would-be burglars away, make sure that all of your entryways and windows are lit up so the bad guy has nowhere to hide and can’t break into your home in the cover of darkness. We have a variety of lights that will enhance the security of your home and give you peace of mind. To save on energy, check out flood lights and motion activated lighting systems that only activate when there is motion in the area.

Finish the look of your property off right with the brilliant assortment of lights offered by Yale Lighting Concepts. We have exterior lights that will enhance the curb appeal of your home as well as give it added security. Our exterior lights are made of high quality materials that will last for many years to come. Contact us today so we can help you find the right lights at an affordable price.

3 Great Locations For Your Landscape Lighting

Adding lights to your landscape design is an excellent way to make your landscaping more visible and functional at night. It is also a good way to showcase certain areas of your landscape design that you think are especially beautiful or important. Here are three great locations for your landscape lighting.

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A great place to incorporate landscape lighting is along either side of your sidewalk. You can choose to go with lights that are flat on the ground, or those that stick up and add more of a decorative accent to your landscaping. The lights can also be placed as far apart or as closed together as you’d like, depending on your lighting budget and how much light you would like. This will make it much easier to see your sidewalks at night, which can go a long way in making them safer.

Flower Beds 

Another great location for landscape lighting are your flower beds. These are areas of your landscape design that are exceptionally beautiful. Because of this, you likely want to show them off, whether it be day or night. The landscape lighting will act somewhat like stage lights, coming up from the ground to showcase your flowerbeds at night. Depending on the size and shape of the flower beds, you will want to pick out the size of lights that you’d like, as well as where to strategically place them.

A Man-Made Waterfall

The decision to build a man-made waterfall as part of your landscape design is a great one. It creates a beauty that is hard to match and you will likely enjoy how peaceful it is to watch the water run down the rocks. A great way to enhance your man-made waterfall is to add landscape lighting to it. You can choose from a variety of waterproof and weather resistant lights that can be installed within the rocks of your waterfall. The lights shining underneath the water will create a sparkling effect at night that is absolutely stunning. To make things even more fun, you could choose lights that have the ability to change colors as the water cascades over them.

Landscape lighting can add to any landscape design and can be perfect for walkways, flower beds, and man-made waterfalls.

To learn more about landscape lighting, you can visit us here.

Unique Lighted Ceiling Fan Ideas for Your Sunroom

When you’re searching for lighting as well as ceiling fans for your sunroom, consider a unique design that differs from what you’d usually choose for a standard room in your home. A sunroom customarily embodies the natural and open feeling of the outdoors in a setting protected from any harsh weather. Let this decor style also be reflected in your lighted ceiling fans.

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Rattan Blades – For a traditional sunroom appearance, consider a fan with spectacular hand-carved blades made from solid wood with a vintage walnut finish and gorgeous rattan inlays. Pair this with an elegant bowl light in a Peruvian bronze finish or even a light made from Tiffany-style leaded glass for a look that will become a focal point in your sunroom.

Bamboo Blades – To reflect a contemporary style in your sunroom, opt for bamboo blades that come shaped like large leaves, which will bring a trendy outdoor look indoors. Choose an oak-colored bamboo with multiple round lights in tea-stained glass and a chic espresso finish. Or opt for woven white bamboo blades with a craftsman style bowl light for a fabulous transitional look.

Whimsical Blades – For a genuinely distinctive appearance, select a ceiling fan with two tiers of blades shaped like flower petals where the upper and lower ones rotate independently. Choose from a variety of lovely color combinations such as pink and green or teal and cherry or pink and white. Match this fan with a bowl light that comes in a white finish to create a beautiful, nature-inspired look in your sunroom.

When deciding on lighting along with ceiling fans for any sunroom, opt for a design that will separate your decor from the norm to create a distinctive look. For more information about high-quality lighting and fans for your home, please contact us today.