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3 Reasons to Install Track Lighting

Track lighting is a modern way to save room, while providing the additional illumination needed. It is a popular option for kitchens, living and entertainment rooms – areas that tend to lack extra space. Instead of cluttering tables and countertops with lamps, a track can be installed along the ceiling. These fixtures come in a variety of sizes, styles and colors, so first-time buyers and current homeowners can use them in lighting design. We list 3 reasons why you should consider track lighting for your home.

A Contemporary Trend

Although track lighting is a modern trend, it is versatile enough to be used in any age and style home. Whether your house was built in 1960 or 2010, track lighting can be used in hallways to highlight pictures or installed outdoors to illuminate a new porch. If you are a new homeowner in an older house, add some young flair with these trendy tracks. However, you do not have to feel restricted by design preferences; track lighting will not clash with vintage decor the way a modern lamp might.

Easy Installation

Rather than a bulky floor lamp that you may have to put together yourself, track lighting can be easily installed – especially near an existing power source. Even ceilings that have an electrical box for wiring fixtures may need more lighting in certain areas of the room. Once the track is installed, you can angle the heads in directions that need light the most. For instance, if you want to display a favorite painting or have a spotlight on your desk.

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Lighting Your Indoor & Outdoor Entryways

Autumn is the perfect time to transform your home’s entryway. With an abundance of holidays in the final months of the year, many homeowners decorate their property in celebration. Proper lighting can add safety, while further enhancing the fall and winter displays you create. We offer tips to illuminate your outdoor and indoor entrances.

Find a Balance Outside

Chandelier in entrywayWhen it comes to lighting your outdoor entryway, safety should come first. Although you may find the most intriguing antique wall lanterns, these alone may not throw enough light to prevent tripping at night.

For both safety and style, outdoor lighting should start at the beginning of your drive or walkway with sufficient path lighting. As a general rule of thumb, place each path light six to eight feet apart. Stepping stones and stairs should be illuminated especially well to avoid falls and subsequent injuries.

Once a guest has made it to your front porch, flush mounts are a great choice to provide general lighting for the surrounding space. Pendant lights can also be used as a welcome fixture for homeowners who want to make a bolder statement.

Then, the antique wall lanterns you found at a local garage sale can be used on either side of the front door to provide additional ambience. No matter the styles you select, make sure your outdoor lighting design avoids glares and shadows. Lights that are too big or bright for a space can lead to these issues.

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How to Add Natural Lighting & Design Elements

“Be one with nature” is a common mantra that helps many people find balance in their lives. What if you could bring the relaxing elements of the outdoors inside your home? A growing trend in home design, more and more natural components can be found in lighting and furniture showrooms. This summer, bring the outdoors in with natural lighting and home décor from Connecticut Lighting Centers! We offer 3 tips to get you started.

Choose a Focal Point

Natural interior roomIf you’re not quite ready to take the leap to a completely natural-themed room design, consider choosing one central piece to highlight. Many homeowners start with a natural backdrop to bring the organic theme into their rooms, then draw attention to it with strategic accent lighting. For example, a wooden wall panel can add texture and fun, but still pairs well with traditional lighting and furniture.

Pair Lighting Fixtures with Home Accents

This may seem like common sense to some homeowners, but the natural theme works best when all aspects of a room follow the trend. Complete the rustic look with wall décor and accent furniture that add texture and lighting that adds depth.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have pendants with branch detailing etched into stainless steel and wooden wall sconces that give rooms a luxurious lodge feel. Paired with a driftwood glass top cocktail table and silver wall leaflets, you can create the calming ambiance you desire.

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Create a Backyard Oasis with Lighting

Summers in New England are the best time to be outside enjoying the sunshine, warm breezes and cool nights. Many of us love to host get-togethers with our family and friends, but if your outdoor patio, deck or backyard pool area is dimly lit, it’s not the best entertaining space. Whether you’re hosting a casual party or major social event, rather than gathering everyone inside on a nice evening or renting an expensive banquet room, transform your outdoor space with the right lighting. What steps can you take?

Add Layers of Light

pool and outdoor patio lightingThe simplest way to add a soft glow to your backyard without the glare of too many bright lights is to layer with ambient, task and accent lighting. What’s the difference between each?

Ambient Lighting

This is your main source of lighting for the space. An ambient fixture should bathe the backyard in gentle light that is not too dim or harsh. Depending on the size of your yard, this could be a large chandelier over the dining table or spotlights attached to the home.

Task Lighting

What will guests be doing in the backyard? If you have activities or an outdoor bar set up across the grass, people should be able to see what they’re doing while they’re doing it. A table lamp or under-cabinet lighting can help you safely accomplish these tasks.

Accent Lighting

Finally, accent lighting can create depth and highlights the aesthetic features of your space. When you want to show off your manicured lawn and shrubbery or your favorite garden gnomes, post and path lights help illuminate these characteristics of your landscape.

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Energy-Saving Tips to Light Your Home This Summer

Summers in New England can be hot and humid, but many of us prefer the heat over bitter cold winter weather. When we see these extreme temperatures, we often also see extreme increases on our HVAC bills. When you’re planning lighting design for the upcoming summer, consider these 3 easy tips to light your home and save energy.

Landscape Lighting: Less Is More

exterior lighting and greeneryLighting the outside of your home at night is about safety and aesthetics. A sufficiently lit pathway prevents guests from falling and can help deter intruders, but also creates a beautiful scene of illuminated shrubbery.

We like to say that less is more with landscape lighting, especially during the summer, because homeowners want to keep the ambience of a warm summer night when daylight lingers until after 8pm.

It also lowers your energy costs to strategically place lighting fixtures around the yard, rather than several groups near each other. We recommend using energy-efficient LED bulbs, so you do not have to worry about the cost of keeping outside lights on all night long.

Indoor Lighting: Be in Control

There are two surefire ways to run up your electricity bill inside the home: over-lighting rooms and failing to turn the lights off when you leave. Too much light can be harsh, depending on the time of day.

Five fixtures brightening a single room at night can have the opposite effect of relaxation after a long day at work! We suggest having multiple switches with dimmers for each light source, so you can be in complete control of which lights are on and how bright they are.

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