The New TCP Connect

In store now!
TCP Connected is a technology that allows the user to control the lighting in their home from their computer or smartphone. By installing the “Smart Bulbs”, the TCP Connected system uses the internet to communicate with the energy efficient LED light bulbs. Just by downloading the TCP Lighting app, you can control your lighting as easy as 1, 2, 3. You can personalize your lighting controls on your app as well.

Here is a diagram that shows how the app works with the lighting system:

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See more about the TCP Connected system with the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ6nI17d7ok

The TCP Connected Starter Kit is available here at Atlantic Lighting Studio, so be sure to stop by and take a look at this cool system!

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Atlantic Lighting Studio in Fine Homes Halifax Fall 2014

We have exciting news! Fine Lifestyles has created a new magazine called “Fine Homes” (which is definitely a good read), and the second issue was just released this fall with a special surprise… Atlantic Lighting Studio is featured in the magazine with a three page article! Check us out on pages 50 – 52!

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Hyperbolic LED Recessed Lighting

Are you tired of having the glow of a recessed light distracting your eyes away from the wonderful space you are trying to light? We found an interesting article from Juno Lighting that introduces a new technology that makes recessed lighting more approachable.

In 2014, Juno Lighting released a technology called a hyperbolic LED trim, also known as “Silent Ceiling” for 4, 5, and 6 inch Juno LED luminaries that was crafted to reduce the glare of a recessed light and also maximize luminaire efficiency in your home.

This detailed diagram shows the difference between the hyperbolic reflector and the standard cone reflector.

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“The hyperbolic shape takes advantage of the directional nature of LED light sources, spreading and directing light down toward the work plane.” (Juno Lighting, 2014).

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The visual difference between the hyperbolic LED trim versus the standard trims is outstanding. Your eyes are drawn to the beautiful space being lit – instead of the glare of the recessed lighting. By changing the shape of the reflector from a cone to a hyperbolic style, it provides better light distribution for LED sources.

Lighting Styles

Is your home in desperate need of something unique? It’s hard to keep up to date with the modern trends of lighting in today’s society, but thinking “outside-the-box” can definitely give you an edge with style. Hanging just one fixture in a room is no longer the most popular style. Nancy McCoy (a lighting designer from San Francisco, USA) has shown a couple ways to make your home “pop” by using two different techniques of lighting.

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By having a cluster of lighting fixtures, it provides freedom to move furniture around in many areas of the room, but also adds a bold sophistication.

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Rail lighting is another designer trend. It is a unique way to pull electricity around the room, but it also stands out as a sculptural design.

Goode Fun

Creating a lighting plan and helping select lighting for Kerri and Jeff Goode was a blast! They walked into the showroom with open minds and good humour and it wasn’t long before I discovered their new home would be touched here and there with whimsy and imagination.  The lighting programme for their new ultra energy efficient home called for energy efficiency, uniqueness that reflected their taste and sense of fun, and as low budget as we could manage.

To meet the objectives of their programme, I focused on selecting fixtures and locations that would provide the maximum amount of light in the best possible locations.  I specified omnidirectional fixtures that would reflect additional light off the ceilings and used energy efficient LED and CFL bulbs throughout.   I made certain not to over light, but did ensure that the lighting plan provided a generous amount of light for tasks, accent and ambiance.

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Once we were all clear on the plan and the types of fixtures required at each location, we were free to have some fun, selecting from a mad array of lighting options.  We met in person, emailed and made full use of Pinterest to assemble all ideas.

Here’s a photo the Goodes presented early on which speaks volumes on how they envisioned the lighting for their new home.  It wasn’t necessarily to be taken literally, but it told me a great deal about the look and feel they were seeking.

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These curvy pendants were the catalyst that led the way to the choices of dining room chandelier, living room pendant, hall, bedroom and bathroom vanity lights.

LivingRoomThis gorgeous green pendant, nicknamed “Race Day Hat” by Kerri and Jeff, graces the coffered ceiling of their living room in the open plan.  The curved form works splendidly with the kitchen island that’s in full view and a few feet away.

The dining room, also in full view of the kitchen, livingroom and front entry, has windows on the south and east and Jeff really wanted the sunlight, streaming in, to dazzle and play off surfaces.  What better way to create movement and colour and sparkle than to add some crystal bling!

Dining RoomWe all agreed that this combination of chrome, rows of circles and the decidely modern form would present chandelier sparkle without looking too grown up.

This puffy, donutty shape was little pricy for the budget, but it did inspire the hall and bedroom lights.

inspiation3Inexpensive plug-in rope light went into the coffered ceilings in the livingroom, dining room and master bedroom, with the plan to switch it out for LED in a couple of years when budget allows.
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A row of these fun little ceiling lights, at $53 and only 5.75″ diameter, light up the galley kitchen as well as halls and doorways.

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MasterBathThis bathroom vanity light (one for either side of the mirror) picks up on the shapes of the lighting throughtout the home and provides just the right amount of sparkle to compliment the mini crystal chandelier over the tub.  Best of all, the frosted inside of the glass diffuses the light for good grooming.

Here are a few photos of the finshed results.

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Two small and one larger pendant provide ample task light over the island, while ceiling-mounted lights illuminate the cabinet faces and ceiling.  These were a more budget-conscious option compared to recessed lighting in this insulated ceiling.  There is undercabinet task lighting and a receptacle in place so Kerri and Jeff can add over-cabinet lighting when the budget allows.

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Notice how the curves in the chandelier over the bathtub mirror the curves of the faucet and even the tub!  Oh my! and the bathroom scales, as well!P1013466P1013469P1013472
Wall-mounted, puffy, cloud-like fixtures light the way in the short bedroom hall, rather than the usual ceiling lights.P1013478P1013473I feel a deep gratitude toward Kerri and Jeff who were delightfully fun to work with, but more importantly, invited me to share my lighting knowledge and considered all ideas.  I’m honoured to have had the privilege of getting to know them and seeing their dream home come to life.  Here are Jeff and Kerri’s thoughts on their experience which they so generously and thoughtfully recorded for me:

“The lighting in our home is a source of pleasure for us each and every day and we cannot begin to express our gratitude to all the staff at Atlantic Lighting Studio. We are now your biggest fans and cannot recommend or speak highly enough of you!  Thank you so much for all your help!”

Kerri and Jeff Goode

Overheard in the Showroom…

“The Lighting Specialists are not afraid to say no, that won’t work for your lighting situation.”

What Kind of Lighting is Right for Your Room?

Proper lighting in a home is extremely important because it adds personality, ambiance, and also highlights the best parts of the room. Many people have trouble trying to decide what type of lighting they need in their houses. Luckily for our customers, the professional lighting specialists here at Atlantic Lighting Studio can provide the right solutions! Kichler’s website has many great tips on proper lighting, especially for customers who need to understand the basics. Here is a quick article from Kichler on how to determine what kind of lighting is right for your home.

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Ambient Lighting
Ambient, or general, lighting is the most basic of the 3 types. It provides an area with overall illumination – a comfortable level of brightness without glare.

Ambient lighting can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mount fixtures, track or recessed lights, and even table and floor lamps.

Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan; it’s the base upon which you add all other layers of lighting.

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Task Lighting
Task lighting adds brightness to areas of a room where daily activities – like reading, studying, cooking or applying makeup – are performed.

To enhance visual clarity and prevent eyestrain, effective task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows.

Great task lighting can be achieved by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and specialty lighting, as well as vanity lights and floor, table, and desk lamps.

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Accent Lighting
Accent, or directional, lighting is typically used to highlight certain objects or architectural features, such houseplants, paintings, sculptures, a decorative range hood or carved cabinet doors.

It should always be about three times the general illumination level. Accent lighting should never be the focal point. In fact, it’s meant to work without being seen.

Accent lighting can be provided by recessed and track lighting, chandeliers with dimmer switches, over- and specialty lighting, and wall sconces.

Rooftight Design Centre Shines

We customize our relationships with builders, designers and architects to give them just what they need to meet their lighting goals. Some have resources to attend to all aspects of designing, specifying and sourcing lighting and simply ask us to fill their orders.  Others call on Atlantic Lighting Studio to handle the whole process – design lighting plans, determine the ideal fixtures and pull together cohesive, creative lighting that showcases their designs while keeping them on budget.

Between those two extremes, are clients like Rooftight Construction who rely on our expertise for parts of their process and have their own expertise to handle the rest. With this type of client, we mold ourselves to be what they need – sourcing when called upon, advising when asked and being a sounding board for new ideas.

Rooftight’s Michelle Reid is Director of Marketing and Design and columnist for the Homes Section of the Chronicle-Herald newspaper.  I recently visited Michelle and Director of Sales, Angie Garnier at Rooftight’s beautifully crafted Design Centre in Fall River.

It was so exciting to see their model home outfitted with well-chosen lighting that compliments the design and provides the right light for the family who will one day live in this stunning home.  Michelle, with her home-style-smarts and decerning eye for good, livable design, pulled together a well thought-out lighting plan, incorporating beautiful light fixtures.  Atlantic Lighting Studio supported her with exactly what she needed.  After all, Michelle’s goal and our’s is the same – to ensure that Rooftight homes shine!

Check out the lighting in the Rooftight Design Centre. Click on any image to start a full sized slideshow and see lighting design tips.

Photography by yours truly.

Until next time,
Deborah

Deborah Nicholson, LS

“a daunting and exhausting task turned out to be completely fun and fabulous!”

Often, our clients can say it better than we every can…

This, in praise of our very own, Mike Butler.  Way to go, Mike!

“Let me begin by saying thank you so much for your continued service and follow-up, almost a year after we’ve moved into our new home.  Amazing customer service is all I can say about that!

When it came time towards the end of the choosing phase for the interior finishes of our new home last year, I was overwhelmed with all the options I had available for lighting: ordering online, going with the builder’s recommended dealer, or dealing with the local studio down the street.

None of these choices appealed to me once I starting researching.  I did not want to take on one of the biggest design elements of my home without the guidance and expert eye of a trusted professional.

Then the most amazing thing happened: I was introduced to Mike Butler and Atlantic Lighting Studio and I instantly felt at ease and taken care of.  What potentially could have been a daunting and exhausting task, turned out to be completely fun and fabulous!

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Mike, you took my floor plans and studied them, looked at pictures I liked from my favourite design web sites, and sat with me for hours to choose the right fixture for each room, until I had the perfect pieces.

The greatest part of my experience with Atlantic Lighting Studio is actually seeing the finished product, and seeing that it’s even more beautiful than I had imagined. Mike, your experience and eye for what works and what doesn’t sets you apart, and the confidence with which you advise makes a client feel taken care and secure in his or her choices.

Besides the fact that I get complements every week on my lighting, I myself am still in awe of my favourites a year later!

Bravo to you and Atlantic Lighting Studio for making my experience an unforgettable one.  I can assure you, I will be a life-long client and I will recommend you to all my clients, friends and family!”

Thank you, Marilisa B. from Halifax, NS!