Lighting Trends: Spring and Summer 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Today we would like to share a collection of the latest light fixtures and lighting trends for Spring and Summer 2012. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do!

Lighting Trends

Unique, unexpected shapes are becoming more and more popular when it comes to lighting. This stunning custom made ceiling light picks up on the geometric shapes in the abstract paintings.

Lighting Trends

Not only is this amazing cascading chandelier eye-catching and unexpected, but its highly reflective quality represents another popular trend for this year. It’s easy to see why!

Lighting Trends

This cool, modern kitchen features plenty of lighting, from recessed lights to brilliantly reflective pendant lights over the island. This is perfect expert lighting.

Lighting Trends

Kitchen lighting is a vital element to your design. Rustic, contemporary interiors are incredibly popular, and it’s no different when it comes to lighting. This re-purposed whisk light shade gives new life to an old kitchen item and makes a wonderful decoration.

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 Organic shapes inspired by nature are increasingly popular in home designs. This lovely pendant light is inspired by the bulbous shape of dandelions, and makes a striking focal point in this room.

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While dark, matte paint colors become more common, contrasting contemporary lighting fixtures provide a wonderful accent piece, like this kitchen pendant light.

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These Pyrex glass bowls have been transformed into charming pendant lights, perfect for any kitchen. Recycling ordinary items into functional, fun accent pieces is a major trend for this year.

Lighting Trends

The bold color trend of the season is, of course, tangerine. This simple pendant lights show off the beautiful hue and add a bright pop of color to this fairly monochrome living room. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Which of these trends is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to stop by Arcadian Lighting for a brilliant contemporary light fixture to complement your kitchen lighting scheme! 

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Tips for Designing a Lighting Scheme

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Remodeling can be fun or it can be downright stressful. However, proper planning and budgeting can make a remodeling less stressful. Planning should always include researching tips and tricks on certain tasks in the home, such as creating a lighting scheme using different lighting fixtures. Here are a few tips and tricks for doing exactly that.

Consider the Lighting Formula

Light Fixture

Few people are aware that an actual “lighting formula” exists for determining exactly how much light a space really needs. This light formula multiples the square footage (length times width of the room) by 1.5 to get the necessary wattage for a space. For example, a 12 foot by 12 foot room is 144 square feet. 144 multiplied by 1.5 equals 216, which is how many watts are necessary to light the room.

Lighting Fixtures

This could translate into one overhead ceiling fixture at 60 watts, two lamps at 40 watts each and 3 recessed lights at 25 watts each. It could also mean four recessed lights at 25 watts each and one floor lamp at 70 watts. Though the lighting formula itself is fixed, the combination of light fixtures used to achieve the total wattage is completely versatile.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Light Fixture

The lighting formula works for every room in the home, including the kitchen or bathroom. However, additional thought on placement and light fixture type is necessary to ensure these particular spaces are lit properly.

Both spaces often have a number of tasks that are performed in them, from doing your hair and makeup to cooking dinner. Therefore, light placement should reflect these tasks. For example, pendant lights could hang over the stove or island for preparing dinner; and large bathroom lights could be installed over the mirror to help highlight the person using the mirror.

Spacing Light Fixtures

Lamps

The spacing for different light fixtures can vary greatly depending on the space itself as well as the size and type of the light fixture. However, certain light fixtures have set spacing requirements. This particularly applies to recessed lights, which should be a minimum of four feet apart but should not be any further than five feet apart. Too close can create harsh light, whereas too far apart may result in inadequate lighting.

For other light fixtures, such as lamps, the spacing should be done based on eye. Two lamps too close together may create harsh light and you may need to play around with their placement to determine the best location for each lamp when lighting the space.

Hire a Professional

Light Fixture

Last but not least, it is never too late to hire a professional if you are struggling with creating a lighting scheme. If you’ve already purchased the light fixtures, you will typically only being paying for their time and consultation process. This means it generally won’t cost a huge chunk out of your remodeling budget. You may even be able to work with some lighting designers and bring them a floor plan of your space and have them map out where the best locations are for lights to be placed. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Want to add even more light to your space? Then put up a beautiful wall sconce or ceiling light for more luminosity!

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Brighten up your Bathroom

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Brightening up your bathroom space is more than just adding a few extra light fixtures and bulbs. Knowing what type of lighting source you need and exactly where it’s best to put it can be tough. Use this guide to brightening up your bathroom and you’ll be sure to have a bright and lively space that’s a perfect fit for your bathroom.

Location, Location, Location

Bathroom Lighting

Just like in real estate, the location is the key to success. The location of your bathroom lights is critical to getting a well-lit space. Knowing exactly what type of lighting you need, correct wattage and how close or far they should be apart can be difficult at best. That’s where visiting an electrical supply store for some help comes in handy. More often than not, big box stores have an in house lighting CAD program that can help you to find the correct lighting, wattage and distances apart for optimal light conditions, and all with a few keystrokes and mouse clicks. When you’re buying lighting fixtures in house, the help is always free!

Lighting Types

Task Light Bathroom Design

Choosing light fixtures can be one thing; choosing the right ones is a whole other story. There are primarily two types of lighting you need in any bathroom to keep it well-lit and efficient. The first and primary sources for bathroom lights are task lights. These lights help you to perform everyday duties like brushing your teeth and taking a shower. Task lighting solutions come in a wide variety of light fixtures, so be sure to get plenty of these for each work area of the bathroom.

Transitional Bathroom

The other most important source of lighting in the bathroom is an ambient light source. These lighting fixtures help to tone task lighting down by creating an ambient glow that fills the room. This prevents task lighting from casting odd shadows and also helps to keep dark spots from corners and other hard to light spaces. An ambient light source can range from fluorescents to LED’s to natural light.

Colors

Neutral Colored Bathroom

Even with all of the lighting fixtures in the world, if your bathroom space is dark because of the accessories, décor or wall paint, changing the colors to a more neutral tone can help to brighten up your bathroom. Eggshell, beach sand and doily are all neutral colors that are bright and white; without actually being white. When darker colors are desired, accent lighting can help to brighten walls enough to reflect light off of their surface and seem to glow. Accessories like a clear shower curtain or enclosure can add light to otherwise dark shower areas without the need for extra lighting. [ Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

To see some of the products you can use for lighting your bathroom, click here.

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Salamander Glass Studio by Quoizel Lighting Bellissimo – Desert Sunrise Traditional Bathroom Light

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Question:

Can this Salamander Glass Studio by Quoizel Lighting Bellissimo – Desert Sunrise Traditional Bathroom Light – QZ-BLDS8602IB be installed with the lights in the down position?

Answer:

Salamander Glass Studio by Quoizel Lighting Bellissimo – Desert Sunrise Traditional Wall Sconce
Salamander Glass Studio by Quoizel Lighting Bellissimo – Desert Sunrise Traditional Wall Sconce
Yes, this wall sconce from Quoizel Lighting can be installed either upward or downward.

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Hinkley Lighting Gramercy Transitional Bathroom / Vanity Light

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Question:

Can this Hinkley Lighting Gramercy Transitional Bathroom / Vanity Light – HK-5513-CM be hung up or down? It’s to be hung on a marble wall with a 5″ square back plate. Is there a trim that can be used to fill the 1/2 inch on the height of the backplate?

Answer:

Gramercy Transitional Bathroom / Vanity Light by Hinkley Lighting
Gramercy Transitional Bathroom / Vanity Light by Hinkley Lighting

Hinkley Lighting (the manufacturer), advised that this bathroom light can be hung up or down. However, the manufacturer advised that they do not have a trim to fill that 1/2 inch on the height of the backplate.

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Access Lighting Metis Modern / Contemporary Vanity Bathroom Light

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Question:

This Access Lighting Metis Modern / Contemporary Vanity Bathroom Light – AC-62028 shows the back plate towards the left. Is it possible to have the backplate centered?

Answer:

Access Lighting Metis Modern / Contemporary Vanity / Bathroom Light

This bathroom light from Access Lighting (the manufacturer) comes with a floating canopy. Meaning that the backplate you see pictured to the left of center on this lighting fixture is movable and can be mounted on any location or orientation along the length of the light.

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Quoizel Lighting Tritan Transitional 2-Bathroom Light

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Question:

Can this Quoizel Lighting Tritan Transitional 2-Bathroom Light – QZ-TT8742BN be mounted to light down instead of light up toward the ceiling?

Answer:

Quoizel Tritan Transitional Wall Sconce
Quoizel Tritan Transitional Wall Sconce


Quoizel Lighting (the manufacturer), advised that this bathroom light can be hung upside down or light shades pointing downward. They still do have this item in stock if you should still be interested.

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Access Lighting Boron Modern / Contemporary Bathroom / Vanity Light

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Question:

Are the bulbs exposed from either the top, side, or bottom of the glass of this Access Lighting Boron Modern / Contemporary Bathroom / Vanity Light – AC-62223-BS-OPL? How does one replace a burned out bulb?
Is this lighting fixture available in polished chrome finish as well?

Answer:

Access Lighting Boron Modern / Contemporary Bathroom / Vanity Light
Access Lighting Boron Modern / Contemporary Bathroom / Vanity Light

The bulbs for this bathroom lighting from Access Lighting are very small 60W 120V JCD G9 base halogen bulbs. They are regularly about 2″ in length so they do not stick out from any end of this fixture but are completely encased by the glass shade.

These light bulbs can be changed by removing the shade covering and then replacing the bulb. The shade is attached to the fixture by a sent of tension rods that keep it in place. This fixture is only available in the pictured brushed steel finish.

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