Category Archives: Indoor Lighting

Kitchen Lighting – Getting it Right

The kitchen is often one of the main hubs of a home for the entire family.  With open floor plans all the rage these days, the kitchen is oftenkitchen_lighting_brinley_42890ni open to both the dining and main living areas.  With so much family interaction, along with food preparation and entertaining guests during special occasions, it is important to select the right lighting features for all these various functions.  Ambiance is important, but so is safety, as well as showing off the features of a beautifully decorated kitchen area.  In this post, we’ll discuss some of the key factors that come into play when designing the perfect lighting system for the kitchen.

Safety First

The kitchen is not a good place for setting a cozy mood through the use of low lighting.  However, that doesn’t mean a homeowner must resign themselves to unattractive fluorescent lighting either.  Consider the areas where food preparation will typically occur and make sure these areas are well-lit in order to dispel any shadowy areas.  LED strip lighting underneath cabinets helps to illuminate these common prep areas, along with track lighting over a kitchen island.

Add a Layer of Ambiance

While safety is critical when it comes to kitchen lighting, it is also important to add some lighting features to create just the right sense of ambiance throughout the kitchen.  Creating a warm and inviting environment for the kitchen area helps a house feel like a home.  Consider adding downlights around the perimeter of the kitchen and/or pendant lighting above eating areas, whether it is a more formal area such as a kitchen table, or a countertop with bar stools.

Use Accent Lighting

Many homeowners have open shelving or glass cabinets for displaying favorite dishes or a beautiful piece of sculpture or artwork.  Others have a unique backsplash or some other area in the kitchen they would like to highlight.  Adding another layer of lighting to specifically showcase these areas, allows homeowners to add focused style to an otherwise utilitarian space.

Want to know more about creating the perfect lighting environment for your kitchen space?  Contact us!

Bathroom Lighting for modern living

Since the time when people lived in caves to the modern era, one problem has always plagued humanity:  lighting.  TherePayne-Stelle-VanityPen-Bath is no room in the house that is as dependent on good lighting and probably has the least of it as the bathroom. The interesting thing about bathrooms is more often than not, they are in a part of the house that gets the least amount of natural lighting. This is due in part because it is easier to run plumbing through the center of a structure and maintain the integrity of the pipes (due to temperature fluctuation, or just efficiency in getting water from a central location to all the rooms that need it).  Bathrooms really only require a small window or a fan for airflow, by building code standards, meaning that natural light might be hard to come by in some bathrooms.  In some ways, natural light isn’t even as desired as artificial light, especially for applying makeup, since it is inconsistent and might not give you a good idea of how things will look in artificial light.

Regardless of natural light, a bathroom is ideal when it is well-lit.  Selecting the right fixtures can greatly improve how well your bathroom is illuminated for any use.  What’s more, bathrooms don’t always require a lot of light.  Stumbling into the bathroom in the middle of the night and turning on a full vanity mirror might be fine for applying makeup or removing a splinter (when you need a lot of light with a specific brightness), but it won’t make your retinas very happy if you are coming in from a dark room.

Consider different sets of lights for your bathroom.  A vanity mirror in conjunction with general ambient lighting, or even just a light to keep things bright enough for a middle of the night visit are just fine.  Whatever your preference, there is bound to be a system of lighting to meet your needs.  You aren’t just relegated to having one bare bulb in a wall sconce anymore.  Plus, creating a functional, yet aesthetically pleasing lighting system will also add to the curb appeal of your home, as well as adding to your home’s equity.

Contact us if you would like more ideas on bathroom lighting, from fixtures to illuminated sinks, faucets, cabinets, or vanities.  Your home isn’t a cave, and you can bring the light to wherever you need it to be.

Interior Lighting: The Kitchen

LIGHT AND BRIGHT

You want to light everything you do in the kitchen correctly- so put some thought into your lighting plan for this room. It is totally okay if you spend hours standing in your kitchen discussing exactly where the lighting needs to go. Add a dedicated light over the sink if you can, as well as under-cabinet lighting to increase your ability to function at any task in your kitchen, regardless of the time of day.

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Pendants serve like jewelry or accessories for your kitchen. It can take a very long time (and several visits from an FEISS Prarielands-IslandChand-Kitchen electrician) to choose the right ones. Smaller kitchens benefit from clear the can have a larger and more solid looking fixtures. Make sure they hang higher and then eye level so they do not block anyone’s view.

KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

A good lighting plan will ensure the creation of a safe and welcoming ambiance for the room. Consider which light fixtures you will use early on in the design process to make sure you can add light where you actually need it.

The kitchen is the heart of your house, in many ways, so it deserves a thought out lighting plan that addresses this rooms various needs. Good overall lighting design ensures that people will love congregating in this room (as they should!), and you also need to factor in lighting that is aimed at the workspaces within your kitchen.

Task Lighting Tips

Be sure to shine a light on work surfaces in the main cooking and prep areas. Affordable xenon lights are cooler than halogen options and can easily be updated in an existing kitchen layout. Track lighting can be an alternative option to the above-mentioned pendant option and looks great above an island in the center of the room.

Contact us today for more information on interior lighting.

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.

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.

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.

L ove E arth D ay: LED Lighting for Your Home

Earth Day on April 22nd is the perfect time to revisit your home’s lighting and your carbon footprint. Better still, give Mother Earth a present and switch your CFL (the tubular swirly type) or incandescent bulbs to LEDs, known in April as ‘Love Earth Day’ lights!

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The largest difference between a CFL and LED bulb is life. The average lifespan of a CFL is 10 years, calculated on 3 hours’ use per day.  This is without any other detrimental factors, such as frequent switching on or off which detracts significantly. The average lifespan of an LED is 15 to 25+ years. In simple terms switching to LEDs means –

  • Convenience. Much less bulb changing for you, the homeowner.
  • Reduction in waste
  • Reduction in hazardous waste (CFL’s contain small amounts of mercury)

Watts, Lumens and Energy Consumption

The days of choosing between a 60 or 100 watt incandescent bulb are history. Today it is much more important to be aware of how much light the bulb provides than the power it consumes. Light is measured in lumens and the higher the lumens, the brighter the light.

  • 100W Incandescent = 1600 lumens. An equivalent CFL consumes 23W, a LED consumes 14W.
  • 40W Incandescent = 450 lumens. An equivalent CFL consumes 9W, a LED consumes 5W.
  • There are energy and related cost savings switching from CFL to LED, as you can see, but nothing like the reduction seen if you have yet to switch from incandescent bulbs.
  • Because an LED uses very low wattage, there is very little heat generation. If you have an old lamp saying “Max 40W”, you can use any high lumen LED in it today and enjoy much brighter light quality.
  • The use of lower wattage helps Mother Earth in that fewer fossil fuels are used in the making of the electricity.

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has developed some great insight into today’s light bulb terminology to help with your understanding and energy efficiency goals. NRDC also recommends looking for the “Energy Star” endorsement. This guarantees the product meets minimum efficiency, lifetime and quality standards.

Other Factors When Buying LEDs

  • Many LED bulbs and fixtures are dimmable. Consider if this is important.
  • Color. LEDs typically come in Warm White (softer more yellowish glow) or Daylight (cooler bright hue).
  • Shape. LEDs come in all shapes and sizes. The traditional sno cone or bulb shape is good for many applications but does not offer enough downward light for a reading lamp for example. Ask us about options for your decor and specific lighting needs.
  • Instant full brightness (CFLs have a “warm up” time before full brightness is achieved)
  • Cost. Take advantage of Earth Day promotions. While LEDs can seem more expensive, the convenience in never having to change a bulb is a big factor along with their durability. If you still have incandescent bulbs, the cost will be recovered quickly through decreased energy usage. Bottom line: lower electric bills.

If you’ve looked at LEDs in the past and had difficulty finding a suitable bulb, talk to us. LEDs have come a long way in recent years and there’s a replacement LED now for almost every kind of fixture.

At Yale Lighting Concepts & Design, we’re committed to conserving our natural resources and are always here to help you with the selection of the best lighting that balances quality of life with the environment. Contact us today for more insight and ideas.