Lighting Choices

Proper lighting not only carries a functional load, it also works as an art form and adds a psychological effect.

Lighting is an important part of home design.

Art Lighting

Art Lighting

Art in your home can be lit by several options:
1) “Eye balls” in recessed cans
2) If in a niche, low voltage “down lights” or perimeter tape LED lighting
3) Linear picture lamps on the top side of the picture

Fun Lighting

Fun Lighting

New materials have allowed for unexpected and fun ways to light your home. “Tape lights” are LEDs on flexible strips that can be twisted around the center pole of a spiral staircase, lined along step edges on stairways, or used to outline the countertop of a bar top. These lights also fit nicely inside cabinets with glass doors and shelving. For more fun, certain styles can be programmed to change color with the click of a button.

Task Lighting

Task Lighting

For a kitchen, one of the most effective lighting is the “counter light” mounted below a cabinet. It provides ample illumination for working with minimal glare.
Another currently popular option for task lighting is the suspended decorative light. We recommend models that do not emit light from the sides, again to reduce glare.

Indirect Lighting

Indirect Lighting

The “cove lighting” concept is a great way to reduce light glare from a direct light source. Cove lighting can be used in a number of different ways and for different purposes. For example, Cove lighting is excellent for a bedroom with a raised ceiling. It is good for general lighting and is soft and glare reduced. Kitchen Counter lighting is another good use of indirect lighting. Above the cabinets to light “funk” is a fun use of indirect lighting. Also a “funk” shelf is a good use of indirect lighting.
Indirect lighting is an excellent choice for home theaters. Using LED dimmable lighting tape strips, one can dim, change colors, and even have it moving.

Natural Light

Natural Light

Sometimes the best lighting option is natural lighting. This can be designed for via windows, doors, skylights, and sun tunnels. Clerestory windows can be very effective without causing significant heat gain when properly placed.

Vanity Lighting

Vanity Lighting

We typically see one of these types of makeup lighting:
1) A decorative fixture above the mirror
2) A multiple-bulb strip on each side of the mirror
3) Recessed “down lights” in the ceiling
Another style becoming popular is a window with a suspended mirror with makeup lights built in. This arrangement allows for “daylight” makeup.

Wall Sconces

Wall Sconces

Installing these “up and down” fixtures on a stone wall or column accomplishes several purposes:
1) Cuts glare
2) Accents the architectural feature
3) Enhances the texture of the stone or brick veneer

General Lighting

General Lighting

When lighting large areas, the recessed can with “down light” is a favorite way to minimize glare from the light source. A good option for high ceilings is the dropped cylinder light. It maintains the glare-reducing quality while bringing the light source closer to the target area.
General lighting can be extremely effective in lighting the exterior of a home. It can be used to accent massing as well as paths.