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Outdoor Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, October 11, 2009

Outdoor LightingOutdoor lighting accentuates the elegance of your property, making your place of home safer and more secure. An illuminated entrance allows you to identify visitors and properly greet guests. Placing wall lanterns on the exterior of your home gives a warm, inviting look. Hanging a pendant or a flush mount fixture under a porch creates the setting of a comfortable outdoor environment. Single wall lanterns can be mounted near a separate rear door or side entrance to illuminate the keyhole side of the door. Installing a wall fixture on the face of the garage will provide adequate lighting for those using the garage at night.

The Outdoor Fixtures above are part of the Murray Feiss August Moon Collection.

When selecting your outdoor fixtures always keep in mind that less is more. If you prefer a more dramatic effect, you should use lower-wattage lamps. If you should desire additional light to brighten the surrounding area, you may want to consider using low-voltage landscape lighting.

Illuminating driveways, paths and steps is essential to ensure that family members and guests are able to walk easily and safely after dark. Installing path lights, post lanterns, or attaching lights to the side of the house can provide the perfect level of light and will give guidance towards walkways. Path lights that are low-leveled will distribute circular patterns of light and will also illuminate your walkway while highlighting your beautiful landscape.

In the evenings your patios, decks and porches can be transformed into your place of serenity and relaxation by simply concealing low-voltage lights under railings, steps or benches. If you prefer a moonlight effect, you could install a spotlight flooding down from the branches of a nearby tree.

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How To Size an Outdoor Lantern

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sun, October 11, 2009

Outdoor LanternOne of the most common challenges of selecting outdoor lighting is choosing the right-sized outdoor lantern. The height of the door should determine the height of a lantern. If only one lantern will be installed on one side of the door, the height must be approximately one-third of the height of the door. If two lanterns are mounted on either side of the door, the lanterns should be approximately one-fourth of the height of the door. Whether you prefer one or two lanterns it is imperative that you measure appropriately as a fixture with a long tail or top scroll should approximately be one-half the visual height of the door.

The Outdoor Lanterns (top right) are part of the Murray Feiss Cotswold Lane Collection. 

When mounting a lantern the filament of the bulb should approximately 66" above the threshold of the door. Once the outlet box location has been established, different mounting arms (on the top or bottom) can be selected to place the filament properly.

You should never undersize your lanterns - always keep in mind that lanterns tend to appear about half their size from 50 feet away. Envision the front of your home from the perspective of your guests and neighbors as they view it from the street, and when in doubt, the sensible thing to do would be to simply go larger.

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Outdoor Lanterns

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Layering With Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, September 29, 2009

Designing with Lighting

Great Rooms Start with Great Lighting

Murray Feiss LightingOne basic rule of efficient lighting is to put light where you need it. However, to insure an attractive, comfortable lighting atmosphere, you must also think about balancing light. Create an effective spread of light through each room and also flowing between rooms. The best way to achieve this balance in a well-decorated room is to layer light sources. The first step to lighting design is to identify the main activity areas or the room's focal point or points. Any room with multiple focal points will be the most visually interesting and balanced. This is where the brightest layer of light should be directed.

The next step is a middle layer of light that provides interest in specific areas without detracting from focal points. The last layer fills in the background.

The first two layers are supplied by task and, or accent lighting, depending on what is being lit. The lower-level ambient lighting is usually indirect like that provided by wall sconces. The ratio of brightest light in the room to fill or ambient light should be 3 to 1 - at the most 5 to 1. More than this may provide drama and impact but will be uncomfortable for everyday living.

Once the essential layers are in place the decorative pieces can be added. Since the essential layers of task lighting are already in place you need not rely on your decorative pieces for light- lamps with dark or black shades, or chandeliers with dimmer switches are among the lighting options that can be added with this layer. Candles would also be considered at this stage.

Avoiding glare

One of the most important considerations in the placement of light fixtures is the glare they produce. Direct glare - as from a bare light bulb - is the worst kind. Always use the correct bulbs to avoid glare and also beware of reflected glare, light that bounces off of other objects into the eyes. Remember that light reflects off an object at the same angle as it strikes it. If the light source is at a 90% angle above the object that it strikes the glare will be reflected at 90% below the object. If the angle is too steep the light will create a "hotspot". The safe range is between 30% and 45% from vertical. A fixture placed directly above a flat, shiny surface can produce a veiled glare. A chandelier over a dining room table can have this effect. Placing other objects on the table can minimize this effect and help deflect the glare to a comfortable level. Dimmers can also help this effect.

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Featured Brand: Murray Feiss is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Murray Feiss Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Murray Feiss Chandeliers, Murray Feiss Outdoor Lighting and Murray Feiss Lamps.  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?

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Four Types of Interior Home Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, September 29, 2009

Home lighting is the art of painting light and shadows onto a dark canvas. The best lighting designer is a problem solver, determining where light is needed and then directing it there with economy and flair.

Murray Feiss LightingFour Types of Lighting

There are four basic types of lighting that are used to achieve optimal lighting design. They are ambient lighting, task lighting, accent lighting, and decorative lighting.

Ambient lighting

the undefined areas of a room are filled with a soft level of general light, enough or someone to navigate through the room by. An ambient glow not only makes a room more inviting it also helps people in the room look their best by filling in harsh shadows created by stronger point light sources. Ambient light usually comes from indirect lighting fixtures that provide diffuse illumination. Directional fixtures aimed at a wall or wall sconces can also produce a wash of soft light.

Task Lighting

is a bright light that illuminates a particular area where a visual activity, such as reading, sewing or food preparation takes place. Task lighting is often achieved with individual fixtures that direct a light pattern of light to a particular area or worksurface. The ability to adjust task lighting is important as is shielding - hiding the bulb from direct sight. It is best to angle task lighting so that it does not cause "hot spots" or throw shadows onto the work surface. Where possible, two sources of task lighting are better than one.

Accent Lighting

is similar to task lighting in that it consists largely of directed light. Accent lighting is used to focus attention on artwork, to highlight architectural features, to help set a mood or provide drama.

Decorative Lighting

can be found in any of the three previous categories. Decorative lighting draws attention to itself, and can sometime be the centerpiece or focal point of a room. Dining rooms and two-story entryways are classic examples of how the lighting can be a very important, if not the most important decorative aspect of the room.
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Featured Brand: Murray Feiss is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Murray Feiss Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Murray Feiss Chandeliers, Murray Feiss Outdoor Lighting and Murray Feiss Lamps.  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?

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Wall Sconce Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, September 29, 2009

Great Rooms Start with Great Lighting

Wall SconcesWall Sconces provide a simple touch of light for a cozy environment. They create a calm feel to smaller areas of your home. A decorative Wall Sconce will complement the walls of the small areas of your home. They enchance and provide the perfect amount of light to passages and hallways that create a luxuriant comfort along with casual elegance.

Mounting Wall Sconces in a bathroom where so much of your time is spent looking at yourself can create better lighting to speed along your days and enjoy your evenings. Regardless if your bathroom is a large, sprawling retreat or a small ultilitarion space, the lighting needs for a bathroom are typically universal. Mounting Wall Sconces on either side of a bathroom mirror provide much more efficient for a face.

While this ADA guideline may not be very relevant when it comes to other kinds of lighting fixtures, it is of extreme importance when it comes to wall sconces as the majority of wall sconces are placed about 5 ½ to 6 ft from the floor, which is much lower than the height specified in the Act. Thus, if you too are going to mount your wall sconce at the standard height of 5 ½ to 6 ft, make sure it is an ADA sconce.

The restrictions with ADA wall sconces are only limited to how much they project out from the wall. There are no restrictions as far as the size of the sconces is concerned. Thus, your ADA sconce can be as small as 8 to 10 inches in height or as big as couple of feet in height and width, as long as they do not extend more than 4 inches from the wall. If mounting your wall sconce at a height greater than 6 ft 8 inches, it need not be ADA compliant.

HOW TO MOUNT WALL SCONCES

Wall Sconce SizingOne of the most common challenges of mounting a Wall Sconce is deciding on the hieght of the fixture. If the ceilings in your home are high, then you may want to consider hanging your wall sconces at a 7 foot height. This will provide a proportionality look along with adequate lighting. If your home has standard ceilings the sconces should be mounted approximately 5 ½ to 6 feet from the floor.

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Murray Feiss is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Murray Feiss Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Murray Feiss Chandeliers, Murray Feiss Outdoor Lighting and Murray Feiss Lamps.  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?

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Murray Feiss Lighting Bellini Collection

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, September 12, 2009

Murray Feiss BelliniThe Bellini Collection is inspired by early 19th Century European regency and Neo Classical empire crystal chandeliers. Its uniquely shaped rectangular crystals, faceted trim, and sculpted bobeches come together to create these sparkling pieces. Clear crystal and plated "Antique Quartz" crystals combine to make this collection truly unique.

Murray Feiss is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Murray Feiss Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Murray Feiss Chandeliers, Murray Feiss Outdoor Lighting and Murray Feiss Lamps.  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?

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Murray Feiss Baton Rouge Collection

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, September 12, 2009

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Every home can use a little extra curb appeal, that's where this ornate lantern collection comes in. Gold luster tinted glass and a warm walnut finish enhance the intricate detailing beautifully. Each piece has a curvaceous form and perfect silhouette so it looks as dazzling in the daytime as it will when lit at night. Please be sure to check out the entire Baton Rouge Collection.

Murray Feiss Lighting is one of the industries most recognized designer brands.

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Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Murray Feiss Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Murray Feiss Chandeliers, Murray Feiss Outdoor Lighting and Murray Feiss Lamps.  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?

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