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Tip: Proper Vanity Lighting
Proper vanity lighting is something that we feel a lot of people don’t thoroughly think about and understand. So many bathroom mirrors get adorned with a single fixture above it. While this is adequate for possibly a guest bath or commercial spaces, the space that is used to prepare ourselves for the day should not be lit in this manner.
A single light above the mirror is not ideal for applying make-up, shaving, or any of the other tasks that require good lighting on your face. When the light source is above you, it casts unwanted shadows on your face.
To achieve good lighting for your vanity space, there should be a fixture on both sides of the mirror. The fixtures should also have a decent diffuser to soften the light. This helps prevent glare and harsh light. With a light source on both sides of the face, you can be sure that your whole face is well lit without shadows!
Take a look at some examples. A few companies we carry even offer mirrors with built-in lights!
Inspiration: Over the Dining Room Table
Today we’re sharing some ideas for lighting over your dining room table! Whether your style is more classic, or you want something more fun and exciting, these photos should get you inspired!
Lilith by Leucos
Ge by Kartell
Pangen by Fontana Arte
Canal by Leucos
Discoco by Marset
Fl/y by Kartell
Pirce by Artemide
Muse by Axo
Using Multiple Pendants:
Seguro by LBL
Fire by Tech Lighting
Kube by Tech Lighting
Briolette by LBL
Beacon by Tech Lighting
Inspiration: Lighting the Outdoors
Today we are sharing some inspiration for lighting your outdoor space! If you’re thinking of getting some lighting for outside, but aren’t sure what you want, take a look at some of these photos and get some ideas!
Our Top 5 Desk Lamps for Your Office
Today we’re here to share with you our top 5 picks for the best desk lamps for your office! The fixtures we chose for this (exclusive) list were chosen because they are all the most functional and classic fixtures that would fit into any space nicely. These aren’t really in any particular order (we could never settle on an absolute favorite)!
The first fixture on our list is the Tolomeo Table by Artemide. We love this fixture for its classic design and maximum flexibility. Tolomeo Table features an arm with a joint in the middle, and the ability to rotate 360 degrees. The head also rotates 360 degrees, so we aren’t kidding when we say this fixture is flexible! Tolomeo also has the option to come as an LED with a setting in which you can adjust the color temperature from cool to warm. That’s pretty amazing. To top it all off, it’s available in multiple colors and sizes, so it can easily be incorporated into any design style!
Artemide really knows their stuff. Our second fixture is their Tizio Lamp.
Tizio is also well know for its timeless design (it was first designed by Richard Sapper is 1972!) and functionality. The lamp features two arms with counter weights you can adjust to fit your lighting needs. It uses a halogen light source, and is available in a classic or mini version.
Next up is Marset’s Polo Lamp. Designed by Joan Gaspar in 2012, we enjoy the clean minimalism of this lamp! It’s LED and provides a wonderful, direct light for a workspace. Polo is available in white or black matte.
If you visit our blog regularly, then you already know of our love for the Pablo Pixo Lamp! This little lamp has great versatility with an arm that both tilts 180 degrees and rotates a full 360 degrees! The head can also do a full rotation. Pixo is an LED that has two brightness settings, and it even showcases a USB charging port right on the fixture!
Five: Anglepoise Original 1227
Our final product for this list is the Original 1227 from Anglepoise. If the Tizio is an old, yet classic design, then the Original 1227 is an ancient classic design! This collection was originally designed by George Carwadine in 1934! How is that for standing the test of time? The Original 1227 uses spring technology to accomplish ultimate flexibility and balance, plus it comes in a wide array of colors!
Want to learn more about any of the products we’ve mentioned? Contact us!
Tip: Using Layered Lighting
If there is one thing that all lighting designers agree on, it is that the key to good lighting is the use of layered lighting. Using layers of light not only allows for maximum functionality and flexibility out of a space, but can also be used to create a variety of moods.
There are three layers that should be considered and included in every lighting design: general (or ambient) lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
General lighting is typically the first layer to take into consideration. It consists of ceiling mounts, down lights, pendants, and cove lighting (like above cabinet lighting). General lighting is used to uniformly light a space, and tends to be a soft light.
Task lighting is used to provide extra light needed to perform specific activities. Examples of task lighting may be a desk lamp a student uses for homework, or under cabinet lighting that helps you see when chopping vegetables! These usually consist of table and floor lamps.
Accent lighting is used to draw attention to something using a brighter contrast. In a lot of cases, it is used to highlight artwork or architectural details. A lot of accent lighting is usually used in landscape architecture to highlight a specific tree or textured wall. These usually consist of track lighting, down lights, and decorative lamps.
Dimming and controls:
A good thing to consider when using layered lighting is the controls. It is especially helpful to have each layer on separate switching and dimming. This allows for the widest variety of moods and functions available to the user!
Still have some questions about using layered lighting? Come in or schedule a consultation with us! We’d love to answer any questions!
The Disapearing Act: Using Minimal Lighting
Not all fantastic lighting needs to be the center of attention. Sometimes the fact that it’s not the center of attention is part of what makes it so fantastic. Maybe you have a wonderful view or a great architectural space, and you don’t want to draw attention away from those details.
Here are some of our favorite products that seem to ‘disappear’ into their surroundings. They don’t draw your eye away from the rest of the space, but they do add a subtle design element that will enhance it.