Design with Light


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Bathroom Lighting Tips

Full, balanced lighting in your bathroom is great for the vanity. Adding individual, layers of light provides a soothing night time ambience.

  • All-white décor and neutral lighting can visually expand the space.
  • Enhance the feeling of tranquility with limestone, mosaic tile, mirrors and frosted glass.
  • Add soft, ambient lighting for a relaxing and serene atmosphere.
  • Cool color accents like green, indigo, and blue help to combat stress.
  • Dramatic lighting can make your bathroom décor sparkle.
  • You can feature art in your bathroom space, for a spa-like aesthetic.
  • Small, individual lighting can add flair to your vanity mirror.

Bedroom Lighting Tips

A simple lighting upgrade is an easy way to create a bedroom that’s both comfortable and adaptable. By using layers of light, this personal space can quickly transform from a busy dressing area to a quiet space for reading and studying, or a romantic getaway.

  • Use swing arm lamps to have adjustable lighting while reading.
  • Consider the color temperature of the bulbs as you select lighting for your mood.
  • Try task lighting for grooming at a dressing table or mirror. Ensure that shade centers are 15 inches above the tabletop.
  • Avoid overhead lighting and high power bulbs that can cause a harsh glare.
  • Add a dimmer switches for versatility to any light fixture.
  • Create a comfortable glow with darker light shades and darker bulbs.
  • Visually lower your ceilings with low-hung lights and closed top fixtures.
  • Indirect lighting can offer a pleasant glow to relaxed bedroom environments.

Dining Room Lighting Tips

A smartly lit dining room can also be a work zone or a casual gathering place. For the best balance and maximum flexibility, choose multiple streams of light.

  • Keep your chandelier dim to achieve glitter without glare.
  • For extra sparkle, consider installing small recessed downlights on either side of the chandelier.
  • Use clear bulbs to maximize glitter on shiny crystal and metal features.
  • Coated bulbs are perfect for dull materials, such as wood, pewter and wrought iron.
  • Make sure your chandelier is scaled down to the size of the table.
  • Chandeliers should be no greater than the width of the table minus 12 to 20 inches, to prevent anyone from bumping into it.

Entry Way Lighting Tips

When guests first enter, the right lighting can effectively draw attention to your favorite pieces of art, visually expand the space, lead they eye and make people feel at home.

  • First, consider your personality and flair and what mood you want to create.
  • Use flood lights to produce beams of light for added drama along your hallways and rooms.
  • Dimmer switches are helpful in the entryway. They create a lower level of light to help visitors adapt to the sudden change in brightness when coming in from outside.
  • In order to show colors of featured objects accurately, look for bulbs with a higher Color Rendering Index.
  • For safety on stairs, place a downlight at the top and a wall sconce at the bottom. This defines the edge and depth of each step where most accidents occur.
  • Use individually mounted track fixtures in an entryway to provide flexible lighting right where you need it.

Kitchen Lighting Tips

Whether preparing a meal or hosting a casual get-together, layers of light can change your kitchen’s mood to suit the moment.

  • As you plan you kitchen lighting, first imagine all the activities you’ll do there and where you’ll do them.
  • Notate and detail just where you need visibility and locate fixtures exactly where you need them.
  • Under cabinet fixtures should be mounted as close as possible to the front edge of the cabinet to avoid glare on the work surface. Use 2 watts of electricity for every linear foot of counter space.
  • Don’t use regular incandescent light bulbs in your track and recessed fixtures, because the light they produce gets trapped within the fixture. Track and recessed bulbs are specially made to direct light out of the fixture and on to the area you want to light.
  • A fixture hung over an entire eating area separates it from the work area of the kitchen, Hang the fixture 30-36 inches from the tabletop. Select a fixture 12 inches narrower than the top of your table.
  • To supplement the ambient light of a chandelier, consider recessed downlights on a dimmable separate circuit to accent tabletop décor or place settings.
  • Use bright ambient lighting along with focused task lighting for countertops and prep areas.
  • Under-the-counter lighting makes great task illumination in kitchens.
  • Multi-bulb fixtures make the room brighter for seeing detail.
  • Create the illusion of separate spaces by adding lights in gathering and working areas.

Living Room Lighting Tips

Add flexibility to your living space. With multiple layers of light, game nights, quiet entertaining, reading, and movie watching are even more enjoyable.

  • Stone, brick, and other textured walls can also be emphasized by a wall washing technique called grazing.
  • Place recessed directional fixtures 6 to 8 inches away from the wall and 12-30 inches apart for a dramatic visual effect.
  • To highlight your art, collectibles, and other points of interest, consider pools of halogen lighting.
  • Pre-wire sconces during construction, even if you don’t install the fixtures right away. Hide the wires behind the wall until you are ready.
  • Highlighting the seating are with ambient lighting, and focus track lights on centerpieces.
  • Light pictures from above using a ceiling spotlight.
  • Use a narrow-beam downlight to illuminate a vase or a piece of art. The lower part of the object remains in shade for a floating effect on the eye.
  • Reveal your architectural structure with wall-mounted sconces, wallwashers or tall floor lamps.
  • Create striking leaf patterns by placing wall mounts behind plants.
  • Multi-bulb fixtures make dramatic lighting in your living rooms.

Outdoor Lighting Tips

Strategically placed fixtures with state-of-the-art outdoor bulbs create beautiful focal points. For a full, balanced effect, use a variety of subtle lighting techniques with multiple levels of brightness.

  • Find an outdoor transformer that comes with a photoelectric “eye” that automatically turns the system on at night.
  • For a contemporary look, go for cool and calm lighting with occasional loud bursts of color.
  • Spotlights can be used to highlight a specific feature, such as a fountain, pond or sculpture. Look for weather sealed lights to ensure long-lasting effectiveness.
  • Choose heavy-duty, all-weather halogen floodlights for broad beams of illumination.
  • Outdoor halogen spotlights work perfectly for an eye-catching backlit effect.
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