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Hinkley Lighting: Illuminating Homes for 90 Years

Posted by Raven Lopez on Thu, May 10, 2012


One of our favorite brands, Hinkley Lighting, is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. They continue to be a leader in the industry with their unique catalog design and lifestyle advertising.  Producing innovative and beautiful lighting creations for indoors as well as outdoors.

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HINKLEY LIGHTING BEGAN IN 1922 as a small family lighting company and has developed into one of the most well-respected designers and manufacturers of high quality lighting fixtures in the world. We believe that light inspires our outlook and our lives, brightening each moment spent with family and friends. We are committed to keeping your life aglow by creating lighting that is defined by superior materials, distinctive designs and unparalleled craftsmanship. Continuing our family heritage with a fourth generation of visionary leaders in the lighting industry, Hinkley Lighting, Inc. continues to evolve while maintaining its tradition of unique designs and enduring quality.

TODAY HINKLEY LIGHTING CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING THE VALUES UPON WHICH ITS REPUTATION HAS BEEN FOUNDED FOR ITS 90-YEAR HISTORY. Award-winning product designs, innovative materials and cutting-edge LED technology continue to set Hinkley apart. Our new energy-efficient corporate campus features a progressive Design and Training Center and an open work environment to encourage collaboration among our team. Hinkley’s highly-trained Customer Care team sets the gold standard by providing exceptional service to reps, consumers and showrooms. Leading the way with outstanding lifestyle photography, Hinkley’s marketing efforts expand to include an updated website in 2011, digital advertising and social media.

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Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom Lighting Done Right

Posted by Heather Asiyanbi on Fri, March 05, 2010
Whether it measures 50 square feet or is big enough to vacation there, lighting a bathroom can be a challenge. There are a number of details to consider: if an overhead light is needed; the type of overhead light; lighting over and around mirrors; and the type of bulbs to use. Plus, how much light is too little, too much, or just right? We've got the answers. (The photo at right is from ELK Lighting.)

The size of the bathroom is really the greatest consideration when deciding on what kind of light to use. In most cases, vanity lighting above and around the vanity/mirror will be sufficient. Generally, a bathbar (row of lights) should be centered over the mirror with a sconce on either side to eliminate shadowing the face.

The bathbar or fixture should be about 78 inches from the floor, and the sconces should measure 60 inches from the floor.

If there is a double vanity - with either one large mirror or two mirrors - the bathbar should be nearly as wide as the mirror(s). If two fixtures are being used, position them centered over the sink.

Generally speaking, homeowners should measure 300 watts for every 50 square feet. That means bulbs for the bathbar and sconces for the most common sized bathroom should total no more than 300 watts; five bulbs at 60 watts each = 300 watts.

A lot of people forget about natural light, a very important piece of bathroom lighting. Windows, sky lights, and tube lights are a great way to use light to brighten up a space without using electricity during the day. In a previous post, we described layered lighting throughout a room using a variety of different fixtures for distinct purposes. Think of natural light as overall lighting; the overhead you would normally turn on with the switch.

For truly large bathrooms, other fixtures that can function as overall, or ambient, lighting include flush or semi-flush mount ceiling downlights, or even a small chandelier for a designer touch.

As for the kind of bulb - soft white, white, compact fluorescent (CFL) - that's best in the bathroom, it's really a personal choice. Typically, the clearest, truest light that best mimics daylight should be chosen, keeping in mind that while CFL does deliver a clear brightness, one of the reasons the bulbs save consumers money is that they don't light up full blast when you flip the switch; the longer the light is activated, the brighter it becomes until it reaches full strength.

In addition to bathroom lighting we recommend bathroom vanities from,®, the online leader in Faucets, Sinks, Fixtures, and accessories for the Kitchen and Bath.  Be sure to check out their Faucet Blog called Faucet Expert

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Planning Bathroom Lighting For Your Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 21, 2009


Bathroom LightingWhen considering the lighting plan for your bathroom, consider complimenting your choices with mirrors. Mirrors can make a space look larger and lighter; they can increase the impact of anything they reflect; they can change the contours of a room; and multiply and divide the effects of light.

The lighting fixture to the right is part of the Stowe Collection from Hinkley Lighting.

Another way to add sparkle is with a chandelier. The chandelier originated as a device to hold multiple candles, basically introducing more light when each individual source was of limited power. Over time, refinements were added to chandeliers, such as tiers of cut glass and crystal, primarily for the practical purpose of fracturing and multiplying the light further. Chandeliers can add these reflective properties to the bathroom creating depth and drama.

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Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Chandeliers, Bathroom Lighting

Layering Bathroom Light Fixtures

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 21, 2009

Layering Light in the Bath

bathroom lightingIn days gone by, bathrooms were often rooms that had only one central overhead light shining down from the ceiling. Because bathrooms are typically not overly large (compared to other rooms in the home), they sometimes get short-changed in the number of lights allotted them.

Try these layering options


These days there are many options to compliment or supplement your overhead, central lighting source. Chandeliers are being introduced in the bath, adding a touch of glamour to bathroom lighting.


Flush ceiling mounts are still an ideal choice, especially if installed with a dimming option.


Above the sink, decorative wall sconce lighting fixtures are popular and are available in a variety of sizes (2-light, 3-light, etc.). Single-light sconces on either side of the mirror help to even out task lighting in this area, as well as to accent other areas of the bathroom.


Mini-pendants are even gaining popularity as an alternate option of side-mirror lighting, and can be used above the bathtub for a dramatic effect.

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The bathroom lighting in the photo above is from our featured manufacturer Hinkley Lighting.

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Design tips, Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom Lighting Tips for Task and Ambient Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, September 20, 2009

Of course bathroom lighting needs to be functional, but that doesn't mean it also can't be beautiful.

It's a misconception from years past that bathrooms must be brightly lit. Bathrooms do require a certain amount of practical light to support practical activities that are performed in the bathroom, such as styling your hair or applying makeup. However, layers of light can be most effective in the bathroom because it can provide the ability to control the lighting depending on the task at hand.

Task Lighting

Vanity LightingThe best vanity lighting utilizes cross illumination, which provides shadow-free lighting. In other words, you need a lighting solution over the vanity, as well as on both sides of the vanity, which lights the face evenly, and achieves the "cross-illumination" effect.

Task lighting is one of the most important types of lighting for the bathroom, and should be addressed with a lighting scheme for the vanity. The Vanity Lighting to the right is part of the La Belle Collection.

Ambient Lighting

bath-ambient-lightingAmbient lighting is typically provided by ceiling fixtures, and is especially important in the bath because of varied mixtures of materials and finishes, many of them shiny surfaces like wall tile, floor tile and chrome faucets.

By introducing some lower-level ambient lighting into the bath it's less likely to cause glare by reflecting off of shiny surfaces, which creates a more pleasing and relaxing environment. Bathroom Wall Lighting to the right is part of the Portofino Collection from Hinkley Lighting

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Kichler Lighting for Modern Bathrooms

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, August 30, 2009

Kichler Bathroom Lighting

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Modern bathrooms are designed for comfort and relaxation, a place to rejuvenate and re-energize. The Montara Collection by Kichler Lighting brings a little bit of Olde World charm to a contemporary space. Read more on Bathroom Lighting with our Tips for Lighting Up Yor Bathroom article.

Learn more about Kichler Lighting with our article entitled Who Is Kichler Lighting. Shop for Kichler Lighting with Free Shipping on orders over $50. Find all of your Kichler Lighting needs at the lowest prices available. 

Tags: Kichler Lighting, Bathroom Lighting

Tips for Lighting Up Your Bathroom

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, August 16, 2009

Bathroom LightingBathrooms have evolved over the last decade from simply functional rooms to mood setting and relaxation rooms. They used to be small and bright and sterile. Now homeowners are turning their bathrooms into private retreats or home spas. New lighting is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to upgrade the most used room in the house. Bathrooms are more spacious then ever and that added space leads to more functional areas to illuminate. From a lighting standpoint in the past, it was thought that bathrooms had to have bright lighting with high wattage bulbs and vanity strips so one could properly use the bathroom and see themselves in the best light. Bathrooms still require a certain amount of functional light to support daily activities in the bathroom, such as brushing your teeth, shaving, styling your hair or applying makeup. However today, the technique is to use layers of light to effectively light your bathroom based on the different tasks areas around your bathroom. Bathroom Lighting is now more complex as bathrooms need many levels of lighting with different functions such as showering, bath area, styling and the sink area for daily tasks.  A good lighting design requires multiple lighting types and styles for the highest impact. 

Task Lighting around Vanity and Mirror
Bathroom LightingTask lighting is the most important bathroom lighting and consists of vanity lighting and wall sconces to help you with your daily tasks.  Vanity Lighting consists or a horizontal illumination, across the top of the mirror. This provides shadow-free lighting to work on your face or hair. The same effect can be achieved with wall sconces on each side of the mirror.  Large vanities should be illuminated by multiple light sources. Pendant lighting is also becoming popular on each side of the mirror in modern bathrooms. There are some modern mirrors now that have lighting built into the outer edge of the mirror.  Lighted magnifying mirrors are also becoming popular for make-up and facial close-ups mounted to the wall over a vanity.  Add a dimmer switch to your vanity lighting for mood or relaxation purposes.

Ambient Lighting for Center of Bathroom
Ambient lighting (general) is typically provided by ceiling fixtures in the center of the ceiling or with recessed lighting. Bathrooms are becoming increasingly larger so general lighting such as recessed lighting is needed to light these larger spaces.  Decorative ceiling mount fixtures, mini-chandeliers, decorative exhaust fans with lights are some of the more popular lighting fixtures in today's bathroom to blend with your décor.

Lighting the Shower
Great way to light the shower is with multiple recessed can lights. Make sure they are designed and labeled for wet areas.  Small shower stalls may only require one in the center. Many new showers are tiled for the designer look with clear glass instead of privacy glass. This allows homeowners to show the tile work off with lighting.

Lighting the Bath Tub
Lighting over the tub should be bright enough for cleaning purposes or reading product labels around the tub area. You may choose recessed can lighting for general lighting.  Ensure it is designed and labeled for use in wet areas. Wall sconces or candle lights can add a romantic or relaxing effect. A great way to add a touch of elegance or romance is with a chandelier. Crystal chandeliers are a very fashionable and can create a great sparkle effect. Add a dimmer switch to change the mood for the spa effect.  Many local building codes may prevent lighting hanging over the tub so check your local building codes for any special requirements or to see if it is prohibited.

Accent Lighting and Night Lighting
Add a lamp on a larger vanity to provide some décor and accent lighting. Low-voltage linear lighting underneath your bathroom vanity is a great accent lighting to light up your bathroom just enough to find your way around in the dark. There are even a few high end faucets that have a night light built into the faucet which light up the water.

Types of Lighting
 Vanity Lighting  Wall Sconce  Chandelier

Wall Lighting 

 Wall Sconces


 Recessed Lighting  Beauty Mirror  Exhaust Fan

 Recessed Lighting

 Magnifying Mirror

Exhaust Fans 

 Ceiling Fixture  Pendant Lighting  Vanities

 Ceiling Fixtures



Take a look at some of our featured brands for bathroom lighting such as Hudson Valley Lighting, and Progress Lighting with their matching Delta Faucet Finishes. Check out cyrstal chandeliers from Crystorama and chandeliers from World Imports Lighting for the bathroom or over the bath tub. 

Tags: Wall Sconce, Exhaust Fan, vanity, Chandelier, Bathroom Lighting

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