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Why Should You Choose Ceramic Custom Lighting Options for Your Home or Business?

Lighting is an area that many homeowners and businesses tend to overlook when renovating or decorating a room. Yet, with the addition of beautiful indoor ceiling lights or outdoor wall sconces, you can instantly bring more charm and appeal to any location. Available to meet your specific needs, custom made light fixtures allow you to choose a size, style, and design that accents your chosen décor.

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Back to Basics: Types of Room Lighting

You’ve decided it’s time for a change and you want to revamp your home. You begin your research and even before you start to remodel, things are already complicated. You start asking yourself what is a ballast? What do they mean by task lighting? Or why are lumens so important? The lighting industry uses intellectually overwhelming terminology that can cause the majority of people to get lost in the jargon. Here are some of the basic types of room lighting:

Ambient Lighting

Ambient is a hidden source of light that washes a room with an even glow with little shadows. It is the general illumination of the room and sets the predominant light level and mood.   This is usually achieved with lamps that direct the light downward such as wall sconces, chandeliers, or ceiling lights like our 18″ Ceiling Lights with Contemporary Eyelets. You can use a dimmer to adjust the level of illumination you want for specific occasions, such as when hosting a dinner party where a darker setting is favored.

Task Lighting

This is exactly how it sounds like: it is directional lights used for doing specific tasks such as eating or reading. When creating task lighting, it is important to position the light fixtures to create more contrast. If poorly positioned, this could cause contrast reduction which results in a loss of visibility. You want to use task lighting over kitchen counters where food will be prepared; seating areas such as the dining room table where food will be eaten or living room couches where books will be read; and home offices where paperwork will be done. Pendant lights are great for achieving this such as the 6″ Convex Cylinder Pendant Light with Vertical Lines Pattern.

Accent Lighting

Accent is used to draw your attention to a particular, noteworthy object, such as artwork, plants, or bookcases. If you have a large painting or mirror, frame it with two wall sconces. You can never go wrong with the 12″ Contemporary Cylinder Wall Sconce which fits any room’s style and decor.

Consider yourself enlightened.

Are you more enlightened now? Consider all three types of lighting when planning the layers of light in your room lighting. Usually, you want to start with the ambient lighting first, and then build up the task and accent lighting. For rooms that are heavily task-oriented, however, you can focus on the task lighting focus, and then build the ambient and accent lighting. Similarly, for rooms that are used like an art gallery, such as hallways, you may want to consider accent lighting first.

Ceramic Pendant Lighting Ideas

Whether putting together a design plan for a new home, commercial space, or just a room to be remodeled, lighting design must be carefully considered.  Properly lighting a space helps a designer create a desired mood in a room by highlighting shapes, textures, and focal points.

Designing a lighting plan is harder than ever these days with hundreds if not thousands of options to choose from when it comes to light fixtures.  To narrow it down a little, let’s talk about pendant lighting.

Ceramic Pendant Lights by Fabby Lighting

Ceramic Pendant Lights by Fabby Lighting is offered in 13 standard designs and unlimited customizations! Click to shop~

When it comes to indoor light fixtures, pendant lights have a long history, and in recent years have seen a surge in their popularity.  Contemporary designers are using these fixtures in a wide variety of applications both residential and commercial.  From general kitchen lighting in a remodel to providing funky atmosphere hanging over tables in a new local restaurant, pendants lights are the answer to many lighting design problems.

Even within the narrowed category of pendant lights there are hundreds of options to consider such as style, materials, and design.  FABBY, an American lighting manufacturer is offering an interesting line of handcrafted ceramic pendant lights that may be just what designers are looking for.

The contemporary interior designer has one thing in mind when searching for indoor light fixtures, uniqueness.  Something like the 6″ Progressive Cylinder Pendant Light gives the designer the one of a kind look that is so sought after.  Perfect in its standard bisque finish, this material may also be painted any color of the rainbow using water-based paints.

Laid Back Modern Style

The modern look of pendant lights can be enhanced by the design of the fixture.  The 6.5″ Block Pendant Light with Square Light Windows achieves this feeling by drawing on the art deco style of the mid-20th century.  The style of this piece makes it the perfect fit for the urban loft or business.  This piece, like all fixtures in the line, contains standard hardware UL-approved “damp” making it suitable for all indoor applications, as well as sheltered outdoor areas.

The process of manufacturing this line is the real driver of its quality and variety.  The clay mixture used in the molding of these ceramic pendant lights is hand poured into molds then individually cut by local artisans.  This hands on process produces designs created with love, like the 9.5″ Tumbler Ceramic Pendant Light with Seashells.  This fixture would make a perfect choice for a seaside home, or any location with a beach theme.

Ceramic Pendant Lighting for Commercial Spaces

Many designers outfitting a commercial location have come to appreciate the value of pendant lighting.  Most prominently, the bar and restaurant industry has taken to using this style of fixture.  Designers have long used drop lights for kitchen lighting.  A restaurant or bar is really just a public kitchen, making ceramic pendant lights a natural fit.  Imagine this 6″ Convex Cylinder Pendant Light with Vertical Line Pattern providing the perfect atmosphere for a modern lounge.

When it comes to indoor light fixtures, it’s all about the right product used in the right place.  The next time you need to add accent pieces to a modern design consider ceramic pendant lights.  Their versatility and beauty may be the perfect fit.

What is a Wallchiere?

A burnt orange midcentury sofa with two wallchieres.

Wallchieres offer a fresh approach to lighting, combining the vertical lines of a torchiere lamp and the wall-mounted convenience of a sconce.

“Wallchiere” is the clever term for a wall-mounted lamp that resembles a free-standing torchiere lamp. Attached to a wall like a sconce, it usually has one of two functions: spreading light out or directing light upwards. Like a torchiere, it is usually tall and slender, like a torch.

Wallchiere with a twig and vine pattern

The Twigs Wallchiere has a vine shape that adds style to any decor.

 

Why Choose a Wallchiere?

A wallchiere combines the best features of a wall sconce and a torchiere floor lamp. This combination of features can be advantageous. Choose a wallchiere instead of a torchiere if you want a light attached to the wall, and choose it over a wall sconce if you want soft shadows or upward lighting.

A wallchiere is a good addition to a room that would otherwise lack intricate design. There are modern and vintage styled wallchieres available. Try the Dekora style two-lamp wallchiere for a perfect solution for any lighting dilemma. A wallchiere’s shade is often made of ceramic, as this material type is a good choice as a light diffuser. The Diploma style wallchiere is perfect for formal settings. Combine two with a dimmer for a perfect dining room experience. For a more traditional one-lamp experience, the Twigs style is a good choice. It wholly diffuses light, warming the atmosphere with the deep color of the lampshade.

Keep an eye out for wallchieres with additional features. Our Studio and Gallery Style wallchieres include picture frames, so you know your beloved photos will get the spotlight they deserve. The Loft Wallchiere includes shelves, perfect for holding keepsakes or even books.

Wallchiere with picture frames

The Gallery Style Wallchiere holds three photos, as well.

 

Where Should You Use a Wallchiere?

Use a wallchiere wherever you would use a wall sconce. Convert a plain bathroom into a more fancy one by attaching small wallchieres near the vanity to warm up the view in the mirror. Add two wallchieres (with a dimmer) around a fireplace to focus attention on it. Dim the light to a level comparable to the fire to intensify the aesthetics of the heat.

Instead of a corner torchiere, attach a wallchiere to all corners of a room to avoid pesky shadows and to allow space for furniture and decor. Use it instead of a corner wall sconce to direct light away from the middle, instead of towards it. This could come in handy when hosting an event with a larger audience. The diffused light will remove any unnecessary spotlight from individual people and avoid harsh glare.

You can use wallchieres outdoors, too. Using a torchiere in an outdoor situation isn’t practical, and might be a liability because of wires and wind. Instead, attach a wallchiere to an outside patio — one that looks like a torch or a candle — to add more exotic flavor. They’re also dramatic on the façade of a retail business or restaurant.

Wallchieres are relatively new on the design scene. Because of their versatility and fresh look, they should be a top choice when planning a room’s lighting.

What is a Wall Sconce?

A living room with couch and wall sconces

Clean, contemporary sconces can add dramatic light to any room. Consider pairing them on either side of a couch or bed.

Vintage two bulb wall sconce

This traditional wall sconce resembles two candles.

A wall sconce is a light fixture that is attached to a way that it only requires the wall for support. Wall sconces serve both aesthetic and utilitarian purposes. They are used very widely, and hallways, bathrooms, living rooms, and patios are among the countless places to add a wall sconce. There are various options to choose from when deciding to use a wall sconce. Some wall sconces have candles, while some are bulb based. Some are plugged into an outlet, while some are are battery operated.

There are, of course, pros and cons for each different kind of wall sconce. Some look like lamps, with an arm coming out from the wall and an attractive shade. They are very traditional and suit most applications. Lamp style sconces work well with pull chains and switches. They use bulbs with shades that can project the light evenly throughout the room, especially if there are a lot of them set up in the room’s perimeter. Other, fancier wall sconces might have replaceable covers. Some people may want to be able to replace the design of the sconce without touching any of the circuitry or the light sources. Some sconces resemble torches or candles, providing a more natural feel. Homes and restaurants with patios and outdoor areas compliment the outdoor aspect of a torch-like sconce. Some sconces lie flat against the wall, with light seeping out around the edges, while others direct light up with a bowl shape.

Ceramic wall sconce in a ribbon shape

This ribbon wall sconce is made from ceramic and has a classic look.

Sconces suit many different environments, including but not limited to offices, hallways, and indoor environments. Most sconces are wired to a switch, but there are some benefits to having battery-powered sconces. Unlike sconces that are hooked into your home’s wiring, battery-powered wall sconces can be more portable and may save energy. Also, a battery-operated sconce is much easier to install! Keeping a sconce separate from the room’s other light sources can be useful and stylish. It’s nice to be able to have light in just one area of the room as needed.

When buying sconce lights, it is important to have an aesthetic goal in mind. Sconce size can impact the mood of the room, and have practical considerations as well. A two-bulb wall sconce could illuminate a room in less space than two separate one-bulb sconces. This can save space in a small room and avoid cluttering the walls.

Wall sconces can be made of many different kinds of materials: Ceramic, plastic, glass, wood, and even metal. Choosing the right material for your situation is incredibly important to a room’s lighting. A blue ceramic sconce, for example, would highlight cool tones in a room, and a clear glass sconce could allow the warm light of the bulb inside to dominate the color emitted. Metal sconces offer defined, clear-cut shadows and focus light towards a certain area, while ceramic sconces dampen shadows and illuminate more spherically.

Most designers combine overhead lighting, lamps, and wall lighting to create a rich atmosphere throughout a room. For help choosing sconces, call our design consultants at 1-888-320-0630.