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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.

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Recessed Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, October 16, 2009

Recessed Lighting Tips and General Guidelines

Choose the type of lighting that best suits your needs, then select the appropriate trim.

General Task Recessed

Wet Location Recessed

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

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?

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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

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