Getting the right look, set the right mood, and find the right size chandelier is more than just picking a design you are immediately drawn to. True, that may be exactly the chandelier you end up getting, and it may work perfectly in your space—but why take the risk when you can know for sure? […]
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 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.
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 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.
Pendant light fixtures are truly universal because they are easy to install and can be used virtually anywhere. They come in various shapes and sizes, but you know them by their one similarity: They hang like a pendant from the ceiling. The kitchen is a common place to hang pendant lights, especially over the kitchen island or for use as modern lighting by hanging them over the kitchen table. How many lights should hang over a kitchen island? Take a look at this guide to help you decide how many to purchase.
The number of island pendants that one kitchen should have is wholly dependent on the size of your kitchen island. There is no set rule for island sizes, but generally the smaller start at 24″ x 48″, while some go up to as many as 10′. For your buying convenience, we will start with smaller islands first and then move onto the more common sizes of six and eight feet.
Does my kitchen need a single pendant?
The 16.5″ Heirloom Scalloped Radial Shade Pendant Light is a great choice for a smaller island. It is rather large in diameter, which would light up a 24″ area easily. These pendant lights are great because they are wired for service with compact fluorescent and HID bulbs, creating a clean and bright kitchen area to work with. Pendant light fixtures can be ordered with accessories such as cast or wire guards. In addition, their shade design comes in multiple colors to match any color scheme in your home or professional kitchen area. These details can be handled when you call customer service to place your orders.
What to Do When Your Island is Longer
Six and eight feet are common sizes for kitchen islands, but many people have trouble with placing the light fixtures. It is a good idea that if you’re willing to hang pendant lighting, then you’d want to divide your island into smaller sections and hang more than one pendant. For example, if your island is six feet long, you can easily divide it into two sections by hanging two pendant lights. You need to order larger light fixtures for such a situation, like the 14″ Heirloom Opal Shade Pendant Light, so that your kitchen island is well lit. While you’re searching for the right look, consider dividing your six foot or eight foot kitchen island into thirds and hang smaller pendant lights instead. For modern lighting, take a look at the 8″ x 7″ Prairie Barn Pendant Light.
These are the perfect match for those polished stainless steel kitchens that are popular today, especially if you have a metal or concrete-industrial kitchen island. Just divide your six foot island into three equal sections and hang one of our pendant lights in the direct center above each section. If you order with us, your cookery will be stylish and complete! Eight foot kitchen islands are a bit trickier, because you don’t want to divide them into threes – however, we offer the Topeka Ribbed Glass Antique Pendant Light just for this occasion. This pretty pendant light has a rustic feel to it and a sturdy 10″ glass shade – it even has an antique vintage key on the light itself and is still designed for control by a wall switch. Once you get your kitchen island divided, make your lighting choices from our vast array of pendant lights, and get started remodeling today!
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.
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.
In need of an interior design upgrade? You’re in luck. Father’s Day 2014 is the perfect time to give your dad the gift of a beautiful home and the chance to get his hands dirty with a little home renovation. And there’s nothing easier than hanging pendant lights to add character, style, and function to a space.
Before you set your dad off on his big home lighting project, you might need to rein him in a little. Begin by choosing where the pendant lighting will hang. Pendant lights are designed to highlight certain aspects of a room, and should be placed accordingly. Pendant lights are perfect for hanging over a table, in a home’s entryway, or above a kitchen island. Choose a few places in your home to place the lights and determine the lighting needs of each space. Knowing how much light you want to shine on an area will help in choosing the perfect pendant light.
Next, it’s time to go shopping. Choose a pendant light that will provide enough light for your space. Consider also the style of the room and how large you would like the pendant to be. This bowl shaped pendant light is small enough to work well when used in multiples, such as a row of two or three above the kitchen island. Use this cranberry vintage pendant light as a way to add a pop of color and style to a space, or go for its steel version for a modern and sleek look. If you want to highlight the details of a small space, look for small pendant lights, such as this mini warehouse pendant light. There isn’t a set formula for choosing the right formula as long as it fits in the space and with your style.
Now it’s time for Dad to have his real fun-installation. First, determine how low you want the pendant light to hang. The typical guide is to have a light hang 28-34 inches over a table or countertop, and 72 inches above the floor. This guideline can be customized to fit the needs and style of your home, just make sure the lights aren’t hanging somewhere where people will bump their heads or get light shone in their eyes. Pendant lights are fairly easy to install. If hanging a pendant light in the place of a recessed light, all you need is a simple conversion kit and less than an hour.
The gift of light is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. Bring some extra style into your home and give your dad a chance to show off his handyman skills with this gorgeous indoor lighting.