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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.
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.
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.
This 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!
This puffy, donutty shape was little pricy for the budget, but it did inspire the hall and bedroom lights.
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.
This 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.
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.
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!
Wall-mounted, puffy, cloud-like fixtures light the way in the short bedroom hall, rather than the usual ceiling lights.I 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
“Thank you! This was Fun!”
“We wanted to bring in our friend so she can see how wonderful this place is!”
“They’ve helped us sooo much with our lighting! They even let us bring our dog in!”
“The Lighting Specialists are not afraid to say no, that won’t work for your lighting situation.”
“Everyone we asked said that Atlantic Lighting Studio is the best place to go for lights!”
“Lighting defines your personality.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Lighting is the most important thing in a house.”