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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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2017 Lighting Trends

Predicted trends for 2017 include virtual reality, artificial intelligence and neon clothing; but what about lighting? The lighting industry is constantly changing and adapting to new technology. Let’s explore six of the top trends in 2017 for fixtures and lighting design.

1. Chandeliers in Non-Traditional Rooms

Tetra 1-Light LED Pendant in Polished Chrome with White Tiffany Glass

Tetra LED Pendant with White Tiffany Glass

Upon entering a home, you often see a chandelier hanging in the foyer or the dining room. As two of the most popular spaces for chandeliers, you likely haven’t seen them in many other rooms. However, in 2017 it is on-trend to place chandeliers in rooms like the master bedroom, bathroom or kitchen. It adds a little design flair where guests least expect it!

2. Decorative Wall Plates

Colored and patterned wall plates turn an otherwise bland part of your home design into something extraordinary. Legrand adorne® wall plates are stylish, hide the screws and come in vibrant colors like plum, cherry red and turquoise. They’re also easy to install, with simple snap-in assembly for a style transformation in no time!

3. Geometric Shapes

In interior design, geometric shapes will be very popular in 2017. When it comes to lighting, you can bring this trend to life in your home with fixtures that have geometric elements. Whether it’s a pendant with glass triangles or a geometric frame around a bulb, you’ll find plenty of geometric inspiration at our showrooms.

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Tips to Improve the Ambience of Your Home

Lighting design has advanced dramatically over the past decade. The introduction of home automation allows ordinary homeowners to control the mood of every room! If you’re looking to enhance the ambience of your home, we offer five quick tips.

1. Layered Lighting and Dimmers

Chandelier in entryway The three layers of light are ambient, accent and task. Ambient lighting is your general illumination, accent highlights certain features of a room and task provides the right amount of light to complete chores. Dimmers help you control the balance of these three layers with a touch of your finger! Whether you’re hosting a big party or planning a romantic evening, proper illumination is a big factor in creating the atmosphere you want.

2. Under-Cabinet Lighting

The kitchen is arguably the most lit room in a home; we need sufficient light for meal prep, entertaining or doing homework. When you want less harsh light, under-cabinet lighting is a great feature that also saves space. It is essentially track lighting that runs the length of your cabinets, eliminating the need for bulky fixtures. Under-cabinet lighting can be used in tangent with general illumination or on its own for a more relaxing ambience.

3. Focal Points

Any room can benefit from a central focus! Large lighting fixtures enhance the atmosphere of your home for guests and allow you to show off your personal style. For example, a chandelier as the focal point in your entryway sets the mood for guests as soon as they walk in the door. Focal points throughout other rooms create a different feel in each space and can help tie a room together.

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How to Light a Finished Basement

If your basement is finished, it should be anything but a bat cave! However, lighting is not the first thing we think of when redesigning a living space. Luckily, our tips for lighting a finished basement can be applied before or after the room has been fully furnished.

What’s the Purpose of the Room?

finished basement First, it’s important to decide how you’re using the basement. Whether the room is an office, exercise space or entertainment room, the lighting design will differ. There are three main types of lighting: ambient, accent and task.

Ambient Lighting for All Rooms

Every room needs a source of general illumination. Recessed cans are popular for basements because they throw focused, bright light and eliminate shadows. Chandeliers and pendant lighting can also be used for ambience and make nice accents over tables.

Accent Lighting for an Entertainment Room

Accent lights focus on particular objects in a room, like artwork and other wall hangings. Not only does accent lighting highlight your favorite accessories, but can spread light across a room when fixtures are placed high on the wall. Track and undercabinet lighting are two additional options for an entertainment room that save space and eliminate your need to worry about someone knocking over a floor lamp!

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Choosing the Right Light Bulbs

Home lighting design changes based upon our mood. In the early morning, we prefer less light because we’ve just woken up. At night, we require more light to prepare dinner, but may want minimal light when watching a movie. Lighting is thus tailored for relaxation and productivity. We rely on the light bulb as opposed to the type of fixture to control ambiance. What should you know about bulbs to light your rooms to their fullest potential?

Common Types of Bulbs

Bulbrite bulbHomeowners typically use four different types of bulbs: incandescent, compact fluorescent, halogen and light-emitting diodes.

  • Incandescent: These bulbs are lit by an electric current through a filament, which produces a warm glow.
  • CFL: Compact fluorescent light bulbs are lit by an electric current sent through a tube with argon and mercury vapor, which produces cool light.
  • Halogen: These bulbs are lit by thermal radiation from a hot tungsten filament, which produces a white light that resembles natural daylight.
  • LED: Light-emitting diode bulbs, three times more efficient than CFLs, produce blue light when a voltage is applied to negatively charged semiconductors.

There are many more types of light bulbs and subcategories within each variety, but these four are most commonly used in modern home construction.

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