Lighting Your Dining Room

The dining room is often the place where families gather to enjoy meals, discuss their days and make holiday memories. However, this room is multifunctional; it can be used for entertaining guests, studying or a romantic dinner. As a result, each use requires a different type of lighting. How can you properly light your dining room to capture the necessary mood for each and every occasion?

Create a Focal Point

traditional dining room with large chandelier Your dining room is likely furnished with a table, chairs and possibly a China cabinet or bar. This space has much less furniture than the other rooms in your home, so the main lighting source should be eye-catching. Keep in mind that for the best distribution of light, the bottom of a fixture should be about 36 inches above the table. How do you decide if that fixture should be a chandelier or a pendant?

When to Choose a Chandelier

As a general rule of thumb, select a chandelier if your dining room table is round. The spherical shapes will complement each other and any traditional décor in the room.

When to Choose a Pendant

Linear suspension fixtures are a more modern take on dining room lighting. With a linear pendant, light will be spread across to each end of your dining room table.

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Lighting Your Pathway

Landscape lighting is practical, visually appealing and oftentimes necessary to see. It can highlight the best features of your home’s exterior, which increases curb appeal and creates a welcoming atmosphere. When the sun goes down and you have guests over, is the path from your driveway to the front door illuminated? To get started, consider these pathway lighting ideas.

Explore Landscape Lighting Fixtures

Kichler Design Pro LED Accent Light

Kichler Design Pro LED Accent Light

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we carry a vast inventory of landscape lighting fixtures in all different styles and capabilities. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, let your landscape help guide your decisions. For example, if your pathway has a staircase, consider step or wall lights. Other options include:

Accent Lights

We carry Kichler products, a leader in the lighting industry. Their Radiax™ products use exclusively engineered technology to focus light more precisely. Design Pro LED accent lights can be used to highlight one particular spot or spread light across an entire area.

LED Step Lights

The first benefit of these products is their LED capability. LED bulbs use less energy and produce brighter light than standard incandescent bulbs. Second, they are easily installed and take up virtually no space on your steps. The area beneath each step is lit, so you can clearly see the next step.

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How to Light Your Home Office

In a house with children and pets, it can be difficult to find a quiet spot to work. Home offices and studies are the most common places to find some peace. Yet, with back to school upon us, your home office could be doubling as a homework spot. Is the room properly lit for everyone’s use? Follow these tips to avoid common issues.

Avoid Eye Strain

desk lamp pointing to a laptopWhether you work from home or your child needs to use the Internet for homework, computer eye strain is a serious concern. This type of eye strain occurs when the lighting in a room is too bright or too dim. Eye strain can be avoided with the proper balance of natural and artificial light in your home office. The main goal is to reduce squinting due to glare.

The Dangers of Glare

Glare is the result of too much contrast between light and dark areas. It often occurs when too much natural sunlight is competing with your lighting fixtures, or vice versa. Again, finding a balance between these two sources of light is critical to reduce glare. Lighting placement can also cause a glare in your home office. Fixtures should be placed in front or to the side of your desk and computer screen, rather than behind.

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Lighting Your Hallway

The hallways in our home help us get from one room to another. Although not the most glamorous spaces, they serve an important purpose. As a result, hallways should be properly lit to promote a safe transition between rooms. Hallways can be dark, especially late at night. Unless you rely on day and moonlight to provide illumination, it becomes necessary to create artificial light. The following tips help you light your hallways correctly.

Lighting the Hallway to See

bright hallway lighting It is crucial for you and your family to be able to see when moving around your home. Just as you wouldn’t want them to get hurt, you also wouldn’t want a guest to trip in your dark hallway. Yet, you don’t always want the lights to be on or too bright. What can you do?

Install Lighting Controls

People spend very little time in the hallways of their homes. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be lit. The solution? Lighting controls with motion sensor technology. When an occupant enters the hallway, the sensor will acknowledge it by activating the light.

Invest in Light Dimmers

When you’re getting the kids ready for school in the morning, turning the lights on can help get them moving. When you get up at night, a subtle amount of light is just enough to get from the bathroom and back. Dimmers allow you to control how bright the lights are at any time of day.

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Proper Bedroom Lighting Tips

Some homeowners think the darker the bedroom, the better. They need to block the sun and moonlight out in order to get a good night’s sleep. However, have you ever thought about the other uses of your bedroom? From dressing, grooming and folding laundry to completing a late-night work project or reading a book, the bedroom is used for much more than sleeping. If you’ve been living in the dark, we have a few tips to help brighten your bedroom.

Have a Central Light Source

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Dainolite Double Wall Swing Arm Lamp

Your main light source, whether it be a chandelier, pendant or flush mount, should be placed in the center of the room. When you place a general lighting source in the corner of a room, it only reaches so far across the space. A centrally hung fixture will provide all-around illumination.

Decide Between Lamps and Sconces

Your bedside lighting is very important, especially if you like to read a magazine, search the internet or watch television in bed. A light source will be needed to see the task at hand. Generally speaking, you have a choice between lamps or wall sconces. To save space, sconces are the stylish solution. However, swing arm lamps are the best of both worlds. They are attached to the wall like sconces, but allow you direct the stream of light wherever you want.

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