Overheard in the Showroom…

“Lighting defines your personality.”

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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.

Emma’s Highlight Of The Week!

Each Saturday at 9am, one of our delightful team members will feature their favourite showroom piece.  You will be able to purchase it for 20% off, until the following Friday at 5pm!  Subscribe to our blog, so that you don’t miss the action.  Who knows, you may find that absolutely perfect light fixture or accessory!

everly pendant

I love the simple lines of this lovely Kichler chrome pendant, the clear glass is beautifully shaped and showcases the wonderful retro bulb.   Yours for one week only at $160.00 (regular price $$200).

Emma’s Highlight Of The Week!

Each Saturday at 9am, one of our delightful team members will feature their favourite showroom piece.  You will be able to purchase it for 20% off, until the following Friday at 5pm!  Subscribe to our blog, so that you don’t miss the action.  Who knows, you may find that absolutely perfect light fixture or accessory!

anvil lantern

New to the showroom, this wonderful Mission Style exterior lantern will look fabulous brightening your front entrance from either the inside or the out.  A quality Kichler pendant, 18.75″ H x 9″D, with easy-on-the-eyes-frosted glass.  Yours for $248.80 this week only (regular price $311).

Cheers!

Emma

Create an Outdoor Resort in Your Backyard

Lighting a beautiful landscape does not have to be expensive. A few well-placed low-voltage path or accent lights can have a huge impact. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • No space is too small. Even modest homes or those with limited yards or gardens can benefit.
  • Low-voltage outdoor lighting is safe and relatively easy to install. A handy homeowner can put in a low-voltage lighting system over a weekend. All you need are basic tools, a transformer (to reduce standard 120-volt household current to the safe 12-volt level), outdoor low-voltage copper cable and low-voltage light fixtures.
  • It is not necessary to light your entire outdoor space at once. For your initial phase, buy a transformer that will meet the wattage requirements of your future phases. The larger capacity transformer will already be in place when you add additional fixtures.
  • Buy well-constructed fixtures. They will last decades longer than cheap fixtures. Find high-quality fixtures at your local American Lighting Association-member showroom. (We’re proud to be an ALA-member showroom!)
  • Remember that a little light goes a long way outdoors. For example, a 50 to 60 foot pathway can be adequately illuminated with three to four high-quality lights.
  • Save electricity by using a timer and/or photo cell. A photocell automatically turns the lights on at dusk and off at dawn. A timer will allow you to choose when the lights turn on and off.

This information is courtesy of the American Lighting Association

To learn more about lighting your outdoor space, call 1-866-542-3431 or email us at info@atlanticlightingstudio.com.