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Simple Holiday Lighting Tips to Dazzle Guest

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, November 14, 2009
Holiday Lighting

Simple lighting tips to dazzle your holiday guests....

Make a grand entrance , update your
exterior lighting to enhance the façade.

Continue the festive mood indoors,
you've set the scene outside your home, now it's time to create a warm atmos-
phere inside.

Elk LightingDecorate your existing lighting with
festive accents. Exchange crystal drops from chandeliers and replace them with silver, gold or red holiday balls or wrap berries and garland around sconces or pendants.

The Chandelier in the photo to the right is from Elk Lighting which is the leader in sophisticated chandeliers for the dining room.

Tags: Design tips, ELK Lighting

Lighting Is Single Most Important Element In Decorating

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, November 14, 2009

Elk-LightingLighting is the single most important element in decorating, dramatically improving the look and feel of any room.

In addition to being functional, lighting can also influence the mood of a room, in three different ways.

First, the general illumination can strongly influence the mood of a room. A brightly lit room projects a positive, upbeat mood. A darker room is more intimate and romantic. One mistake many people make in lighting their homes is to have only one extreme or the other so much light that you need sunglasses or just a dim candle.

Second, the lighting fixtures themselves express a mood. Some fixtures are traditional some contemporary, some are lavish and ornate, some are starkly simple. As with the furniture you select, the style of the lighting fixtures should be suitable in mood to the rest of the décor.

Third, you can provide accents of light in specific parts of a room for no functional reason, but simply because they will add a dramatic touch.

The Lighting Fixture in the photo is part of our popular ELK Lighting collection.  ELK has some of the most sophisticated and elegant fixtures in the market. 

Tags: Design tips, ELK Lighting, Lighting Fixtures

5 Energy Saving Outdoor Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, October 21, 2009

Elk Lighting1) Several outdoor fixtures from ELK Lighting in the Barrington Gate collection have been certified Energy Star products.

2) Lights powered by small Photovoltaic (PV) modules that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Consider PV-powered lights for areas that are not near an existing power supply line.

3) Outdoor lights with a photocell unit and motion sensor will turn on only at night or when someone is present.

4) Exterior lighting is one of the best places to use CFLs because of their long life. If you live in a cold climate buy a lamp with a cold weather ballast since standard CFLs may not work well below 40*F.

5) Consider high-intensity discharge (also called HID) or low pressure sodium lights.

Tags: Energy Savings, ELK Lighting, Energy Star

Outdoor Lighting Tips for Safe Entrance

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, October 21, 2009

Elk LightingAmbience for the Exterior

Outdoor lighting enhances the overall beauty of your home. As the days become shorter and darker earlier, outdoor lighting can make your home more safe and secure this time of year.

A well-lighted front entrance enables you to wel-come guests and identify visitors more easily. Wall lanterns around the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of your guests and family.

You can use a single wall lantern on other entrances to the house mounted on the keyhole side of the door. For added illumination and security, you can install post lights near drive-ways and walkways.

ELK Lighting and Landmark Lighting are able to solve all your outdoor lighting needs with various styles, finishes and fixture sizes.

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, ELK Lighting

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