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Kitchen Lighting with Bright Ideas

Posted by Gavin Martin on Thu, January 21, 2010

Elk Lighting

Kitchens used to be the back room of the house and not visible to guests. It was the prep room you didn't want your guests to see and was more about function then style.  In today's glamorous home designs, the kitchen is opened up with an open room concept.  It is the center of the home and the gathering point for when guests arrive. It may be the entertainment area for serving drinks and h'orderves. 

Now that Kitchens are entertainment areas they are getting all dressed up with designer island lights and pendant lighting.

Follow these great tips for Kitchen Lighting with Style.

  • You can use a chandelier, a flush mount or semi-flush fixture as the main light in your kitchen. The bottom of the fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor.

  • To light areas such as kitchen islands, use a decorative island lighting fixture with 2 or 3 shades, or multiple pendants can be installed over your island for sufficient light and to add a designer element to that area. The bottom of the fixtures should be no lower than 30 inches above the counter top.

  • To light a dinette area, use a decorative pendant (single light - since this is generally a smaller eating area) or a mini-chandelier. The bottom of the fixture should be no lower than 30 inches above the tabletop.
The light fixture in the picture above is part of the Maple Collection from Elk Lighting.

Tags: Kitchen Lighting, ELK Lighting

Kichler Cabinet Lighting for Designer Kitchens

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, January 12, 2010

CABINET LIGHTING is low profile lighting designed to fit under or above cabinets.

Cabinet LightingWhether its Day Time or Night you need to put your lighting right where you need it when you need it. If you are working on tasks on the kitchen counter such as food prep then Kichler Under Cabinet Lighting is must to avoid working in the shadows. 

Not only does cabinet lighting shine on your task areas, but it also gives your kitchen that great designer look at night. 

Kichler Cabinet Lighting (KCL) makes your kitchen brighter, safer and more pleasant to work in. Their thin profile makes these cabinet lights easy to conceal. KCL takes your work out of the shadows and puts the light right where you need it.  Cabinet lighting can also be used to create a gentle, indirect ambience for a soft illumination in the kitchen.  Whatever your needs,  Kichler Cabinet lighting systems has the solution you are looking for. You can find these solutions along with all Kichler Lighting at LightingCatalog.com.  

All 12 volt  Kichler Cabinet lights use electronic transformers except for the fluorescents which use electronic ballasts.

Tags: Kitchen Lighting, Kichler Lighting, cabinet lighting, under cabinet lighting, Kichler

Design Tips on Kitchen Accent Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, October 16, 2009

Kitchen LightingKitchen Lighting Tips

Dramatic lighting effects can be achieved with accent light sources. You can decorate by highlighting architectural features, art objects and furniture groupings.

Accent lighting requires more concentrated light on the area or subject to be highlighted. A good guide to use would be at least 3 times more light output than the general lighting in the subject area.

The Kitchen Min-Pendant shown to the right is part of the Thomas Lighting Palazzo Collection.

Recessed adjustable spot lighting can highlight the rugged texture of a fireplace, a cove, a planter, interesting grillwork or a beautiful curving staircase. Low voltage recessed lighting provides dramatic intensity to fine art objects, floral arrangements and wall textures. Brilliant highlights contrast with dark shadows for a dynamic decorating effect.

Mini-pendants situated over a kitchen island will provide good light levels on the island surface. Mini-pendants should be hung 30" - 40" from the island surface depending on the size of the island.

Your accent lighting can emphasize bookshelves, high tech video equipment and curio furniture. Accent lighting adds an extra dimension to a room area that could otherwise be lost in darkness and proper accent lighting tends to make a room look much larger than it actually is.

Featured Brand: Thomas Lighting is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry for kitchen lighting and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Thomas Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Thomas Lighting ChandeliersThomas Lighting Pendants and Thomas Lighting Foyer Lighting.  We are a member of the eImprovement.com Network of Online Stores. Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $99. Large selection, low prices and excellent customer service. The Home Lighting and Outdoor Lighting leader. Why shop elsewhere?

Tags: Kitchen Lighting, Thomas Lighting, Accent Lighting, Design tips

Recessed Lighting Design Guide

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, October 16, 2009

Recessed LightingRecessed Lighting Basics

Recessed Lighting is used extensively in most new homes for many good reasons. They are one of the most versatile ways to light with a multitude of sizes and lamp combinations. Recess lighting is available in compact fluorescent, offering significant energy savings.

With innovations such as the Air Seal, recess lighting no longer provides a way for either heat or air to escape into the ceiling space. A good recess lighting plan will offer unobtrusive general lighting in living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms and hallways. Placed strategically in the kitchen they provide task lighting and if aimed towards artwork they become accent lighting. 

Recessed Lighting

General Guidelines

The area of floor space illuminated by one recessed light is equal to the height of the ceiling where the light is installed.

 

 

Recessed LightingSloped ceilings up to 8-12 pitch should use an eyeball trim to direct the light straight down. 

 

 

 

Recessed Lighting

When illuminating areas like fireplace mantles, the distance from the light to the wall should be 60% (multiply by .6) of the distance from the ceiling to the object.

 

 

Planning A Room

Recessed LightingA spacing of 6' to 8' will provide even light distribution throughout a room. A spacing of 12' to 14' will provide a softer ambient light.

The first light should be about 3' away from the wall. Placing the light closer to the wall will create more reflection into the room and make the space feel brighter. Placing the lights farther away will make the corners seem dark, visually lowering the ceiling.

 

Kitchens

Kitchen-Recessed-LightingSpace the lights every 3' to 4' to evenly illuminate the counter top. Center the lights over islands. Counters with cabinets over them should have the lights centered over the edge of the counter.

To adequately illuminate a kitchen with incandescent bulbs, you should allow about three watts per square foot. Take the square area of a room and multiply by three to determine the total wattage of incandescent bulbs needed.

Different trims have different maximum wattage. Recessed housings covered with insulation are restricted to a lower wattage lamp than housing in non-insulated spaces. Consult the label inside the housing for the maximum wattage allowed for a particular trim and application.

Recessed Hallway LightingHallways

The recommended distance between lights in a hallway installation is 6' to 8', as shown.

Featured Brand: Thomas Lighting is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry for recessed lighting and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Thomas Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Thomas Lighting ChandeliersThomas Lighting Pendants and Thomas Lighting Foyer Lighting.  We are a member of the eImprovement.com Network of Online Stores. Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $99. Large selection, low prices and excellent customer service. The Home Lighting and Outdoor Lighting leader. Why shop elsewhere?

Tags: Kitchen Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Thomas Lighting, Design tips

Crystal Chandeliers Now Lighting The Kitchen

Posted by Gavin Martin on Thu, October 15, 2009

Crystal ChandeliersYears ago Crystal Chandeliers where reserved for the formal dining room. Kitchens were viewed as the back room of the house and not visible to guests. It was the down and dirty room of the house where food was prepared and the room was more about function then style.  In today's glamorous home designs, the kitchen is opened up with an open room concept.  It is the center of the home and the gathering point for when guests arrive. It may be the entertainment area for serving drinks and h'orderves. 

Now that Kitchens are entertainment areas they are getting all dressed up.  Luxury Faucets, stainless steel kitchen sinks and ranges, granite countertops and crystal chandeliers.

 Crystal Chandelier 

Crystorama
Our Featured Crystal Brand is Crystorama Lighting. Abraham Kleinberg founded Crystorama Lighting Group in Brooklyn, New York in 1958. As a family owned company their concern for excellence is expressed in their styling, detailing and sincere caring for their valued customer. The company was initially founded as a primary importer of crystal chandeliers from Bohemia - Northern Czechoslovakia - and offered the finest selection of classical crystal designs. The rich heritage has continued by sourcing out the best quality crystal worldwide. Its unique resources have allowed Crystorama Lighting Group to remain a dominant producer of Crystal, Brass and Wrought Iron chandeliers that remains unsurpassed in North America. Crystorama chandeliers are of traditional designs and use authentic molds and patterns to maintain the tradition of our forefathers. In a world of mass production, Crystorama Lighting Group continues to offer traditional chandeliers that require years of experience and specialized craftsmanship. Lighting Catalog is the online leader of Lighting by Crystorama.

Tags: Crystorama, Kitchen Lighting, Chandeliers

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