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What Size Chandelier Do I Need?

Size 1A chandelier doesn’t only bring general lighting to a room, but it also adds ambiance and style. However, choosing the right chandelier can be quite tricky. Installing a small chandelier may not deliver a powerful design element, whilst a huge chandelier can as well overwhelm a small living space. A good chandelier should be proportional to your room’s height and width. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that other factors, such as light layering from adjacent light sources as well as personal taste, will also have a significant impact on your choice.

This article will help you to easily determine the appropriate chandelier sizing and placement for your kitchen, breakfast nook or dining room based on your furniture or living space.

Chandeliers above the Tables

Size 2 tablesWhen installing chandeliers over your dining room table, there are two important aspects that you should take into consideration: ceiling height plus table size. Ensure that the lighting fixture is proportional to the size of your table, and shouldn’t overwhelm it. A very large chandelier might obstruct the table’s view. The best way to choose the right chandelier size for your dining room is to install a fixture whose diameter is between ½ and ¾ of the tabletop’s diameter or width. For instance, if the table is rectangular in shape, and measuring 50 inches (wide) x 72 inches (long), a chandelier that’s 25 inches to 37.5 inches in diameter would perfectly compliment the dining table.

The chandelier height should usually be determined by your room’s ceiling height. Based on the thumb rule, an allowance of approximately 2 ½” to 3” should be given for each foot of the room’s height. A room with an 8-inch ceiling, for instance, can conveniently support a fixture that’s approximately 20 to 24 inches in height. So, before purchasing a chandelier, be keen to measure the distance between the ceiling and your tabletop.

Hallways, Living Rooms, plus Entry Ways

Size4If you want to generate an exciting statement as well uplift the ambiance to your space, place your chandeliers in the hallway and the big rooms. To determine the right fixture size, consider adding the room’s length and width (measured in feet), then change this value into inches. If the room measures 18” x 22”, get a chandelier that measures 40 inches in diameter.

Size 2 Entry WayIn open walking areas, the lowest point of the chandelier shouldn’t be lower than 6 ½ feet (78 inches). Tall ceilings provide you with a great opportunity to choose a chandelier featuring multiple tiers or levels.

The bottom-line

Size5Chandeliers are some of the best ways you can use to breathe life into your home. When done right, they can uplift your home or office. They are powerful in adding class and re-uplifting the environment around your home. What’s more, they make homes or offices fresher. However, before installing your chandeliers, ensure that you get the correct size. So, when shopping around for a chandelier that will impact on your home or office, consider the above helpful tips. Good luck!

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Light Fixtures for Low Ceilings

LOW1Looking for an innovative way to light your low ceilings home? While lower ceiling heights may pose a dilemma in terms of design, don’t think that you aren’t going to have an elegant lighting anymore. You’ve just landed at the right place. This article will walk you through excellent tips on how you can still install stylish lighting even though your ceilings aren’t that high.

High vs. low ceilings

Ceilings measuring about 8 feet (ft.) are usually considered as low ceilings, whilst high ceilings are those that are between 10-12 feet tall. First, you’ll need to determine the height of your ceiling then you can proceed to decide how low or high the chandelier should hang. If it’s going over a place where people walk under, consider using a semi-flush mount fixture. But if it’s going to be suspended over a table, island, or sink, a chandelier will work like magic.

It Starts With Choosing the Shape of Your Light

LOW2With the help of existing design elements available in your space, you can select your preferred shape and layout. If you’re more enticed by curved/smooth edges, go for a round shape. But if you prefer glossy edges, a rectangular or square shape might be a better lighting option for your space. You can even choose a non-conventional shape, like clover or starburst.

Semi-Flush Mount Type of S Types and Shapes

Semi-flush mounts create the impression of an exquisite chandelier and will add a more ornate & decorative feel to your home. Drum shades plus bowl shapes are some of the most popular choices due to their sophisticated look. These lights’ low profile & flair would look amazing in your modern living room or bedroom.

What about Flush Mounts?

LOW3Flush mounts are another great lighting option for low ceilings. With a blend of classic vintage bulbs, these lighting fixtures are sure to satisfy your taste! Modern & with their powerful abilities to alter their linear shapes when commanded/programmed, these ceiling lighting fixtures bring a unique sculptural element to any low ceiling.

Key Takeaway……………

In order to create a lighting design that’s both dramatic and attractive, you’ll need to install a low profile chandelier that’s bigger in diameter. You can also utilize wallpapers on certain sections of the ceiling together with a classic chandelier that perfectly brings out the wallpaper’s colors on the ceiling. If you’ve a long hallway featuring a low ceiling, you can install multiple chandeliers to create a repetitive pattern. This won’t only create drama but will also make space exceptional and interesting. Flame fixtures, resin bowl designs, flush mounts, and sunburst fixtures are some of the most attractive designs for low ceilings.

Don’t Forget Those Elegant Recessed Lights

LOW4Another way to achieve creative lighting for your low ceilings is by using recessed lights both in your home’s ceilings and walls. With low ceilings, you’ll basically need lighting designs that’ll maximize on diameter/width rather than height. This will still create that eye-popping drama you’re looking for without losing the allure!

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Top 10 Lighting Design Tips

Top1There’s a lot more to creating attractive lighting in your space /home than simply fixing light bulbs into the sockets and flicking a wall switch. To achieve optimal results, you need to get the right bulb designs positioned correctly, and controlled with a smart lighting system. Getting an expert lighting designer can guarantee that your home’s lighting is fully functional and beautiful, however, you might be able to employ the following techniques on your own.

Hide the Source & Go for the Ceiling Height

Great light isn’t seen. Hide all the light sources using architectural coves, niches, and trays to remove glare and add more definition to your lighting design. Knowing the height of your ceiling is equally important when choosing hanging light fixtures. There are certain lights that come with adaptable cables or rods, while others don’t. So, ensure that your light doesn’t hang very low or very high. Generally, the bottoms of any lighting fixture should be suspended about 20 inches below an 8-foot ceiling. And for each extra foot of your ceiling height, three inches will be perfect.

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Natural Light

Always consider the effect of the sun in rooms while installing your lights. Incorporate fabric window treatments into your design to filter light, remove reflections, and invoke color as well as stylishness in rooms.

Add Shadow

The space that lies between lit surfaces and behind areas adds depth to your rooms. Ensure to increase the spacing between hallway recess lights and irradiate free-standing elements from a single direction.

Table Hopping

Top 3When installing a light over your kitchen’s island or table, maintain a separation distance of about 28 to 34 inches between the table/island surface and the bottom of the fixture. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t ignore the size of lighting element as it also makes a big difference. Generally, a larger light could be moved a bit higher and a smaller light could be moved a little lower.

What about Asymmetrical Patterns?

Asymmetrical PatternSurfaces usually reflect light within space. So, concentrate on architectural elements, furnishings, decorative fixtures, work areas, and art. Check out for hidden spaces underneath cabinets stairs which might be blocked from getting direct light.

Once furnished, rooms tend to lose their symmetrical layout and flow. Therefore, consider placing lighting for finished rooms, not empty spaces.

Indirect Light

Indirect light is more like the day’s natural light. Emphasize your lights on ceilings & walls instead of lighting the floors.

Luminaire Types

Ensure to choose the light that’s suitable for your application. LEDs are versatile and can be used to achieve dimming, color rendering, optics, as well as color temperature.

Elegance

Elegance is a key player when it comes to lighting. To achieve high levels of elegance, start by raising up accent lights. Then proceed to raise up the ambient lights. You can then create movement—alter the window treatment positions and turn on nice water fountains.

Controls

controlssIntegrate innovative controls to manage multiple lighting layers and luminaire types in addition to room scenes. Advanced controls will help realize superior energy efficiency.

Program

Go for a lighting expert who possesses immense experience when it comes to using light & programming controls. He/she should know how to put elegance and drama with light. The expert should also factor in convenience plus safety when installing your lighting fixture.

 

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Bathroom Lighting Zones

Zones1When combined together, water and electricity can really be dangerous. So, when choosing your bathroom lights, it is important to acquaint yourself with the following terms; IP ratings & Bathroom Zones. You should ensure that the lighting fixture you select has the right IP rating for the specific Zone in which it’s going to be installed.

Wondering what these Bathroom Zones and IP Ratings are? Don’t worry! Let’s get down and try to understand them.

Understanding IP Ratings

Light fittings come with an IP (ingress protection) rating that indicates their aptness for a particular environment (indoors or outdoors).  The IP is usually followed by a two-digit number which pinpoints its protection level against intrusion by certain objects like dust ( digit 1) and waterproofing level (digit 2).

What are Bathroom Zones?

Zones2When choosing your lighting, always remember to establish the specific area of your bathroom where it will be fitted and its exposure to water. The bathroom area has been broken down into clear zones by the electrical safety regulations to assist you to choose the right fitting that corresponds to the specified IP rating for the amount of protection needed.

Bathroom Zone 0: The Ideal Type of Light

Zone 0 includes the areas around the bath and shower tray. If you’re planning to brighten up this area, ensure that the fittings bear low voltage levels and must have a rating of IP67 or more. This will help make them immersion proof. You can dot nice bathroom lights across the floor. But, ensure you get waterproof ones. Such lights can create a dramatic effect, especially under-water & under-foot.

Lights for Bathroom Zone 1

Zones4Zone 1 is the area that’s right above the bath/ shower tray (i.e. 2.25m from the ground). According to experts, this area requires a light with at least IP44 rating. An IP44 rating protects the fittings against water spray. If your light consumes a 240V supply, use a 30ma RCD (an abbreviation for residual current device) to protect this zone’s circuit.

To create a contemporary vibe, use classic wall lights in this zone. You can either position these lights horizontally or vertically.

Lights for Bathroom Zone 2

The area 0.6M outside your bath’s perimeter and 2.25M above the floor is referred to as Zone 2. Just like for Zone 1, the minimum required rating for this area is IP644.

Position your lighting fixture on the outer walls for a sophisticated bathroom look or install them on both sides of the mirror.  An IP44 rated razor light is multi-functional and an incredible fitting for your bathroom.

Outside Zones

Outside zones are those areas which don’t fall within Zones 0, 1, and 2. They’re always far from any water source/contact. No IP ratings are needed for light fixtures in this region.

Zones5Recessed downlights can cast an even spread of light through your bathroom and can easily be integrated with other light fittings for an attractive layering effect. It’s always advisable to hire an electrician to help install the bathroom lighting for you.

 

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Maria Theresa Chandeliers

Maria Theresa 1Maria Theresa chandeliers, which were named after Austria’s Empress Maria Theresa, are antique crystal lighting fixtures that are popular worldwide for their outstanding beauty, baroque styling, and exquisite crystals. These chandeliers feature elegantly curved classy glass arms plus metal accents.  The intricate crystal trim & draping is one of the best things about these European-inspired lighting fixture design.

Maria Teresa Chandeliers: Brief History

In 1746, an opulent, lyre-shaped chandelier was supplied to Maria Theresa’s palace and she was bedazzled. Since then, these types of chandeliers have boasted her name. They come with flat steel arms vanished in silver bronze or golden. Fitted with elegant crystal strips, each arm is also covered with crystal rosettes and offers unique brilliance. Even more, the steel frame is creatively designed so that it’s able to withstand huge dimensions with several pendants. You’ll evoke the serene atmosphere of royal palaces in any of your interior spaces with these chandeliers.

Types of Maria Teresa Chandeliers

Maria Theresa 2To fit in today’s contemporary décor, designers have taken the Maria Teresa‘s basic idea and injected a modern spin to it.  To achieve this, special trimming methods are applied. There are 4 different types of Maria Teresa crystal trimming, each of which help creates the Glow versions of these chandeliers. They include:

The traditional styling

This is usually trimmed using an elusive faceted leaf, almond accents, and nice elements of octagon crystal swags. The traditional crystal chandelier trimmings rely on a lead-free glass found in Bohemian chandeliers. They are ideal for almost all customers, including the most discriminating ones. These types of lighting fixtures are ideal for period interiors. They create a thrilling counterpoint for modern interiors.

The contemporary styling

The contemporary styling is achieved through trimming the Maria Teresa pieces with delicate faceted balls and fibers of octagon swags.

The modern style

Maria Theresa 5As the name suggests, the modern style is fashioned using impeccable crystal kites, pears, and daintily beaded swags.

Premium crystal

The premium crystal comes from luxurious chandelier trimmings. Main features in this type of trimming include the rainbow spectrum fire, cool brilliance, limpidity, sparkle and faultless scattering plus dispersion of light. All these attributes result from a precise cutting with the help of electronically controlled machines. What’s more, they are made of superior quality crystals featuring more than 30% lead.

Select Crystal

The select crystal, also known as standard crystal, is partly hand-cut and machine-cut using careful chandelier trimmings. Motivated by the rich glassmaking tradition and modern trends, the select crystal comes with distinct purity in terms of shape, and a rainbow sparkle.

Whichever your choice, the Theresa Chandelier can be a perfect addition to any room. It will elevate your space and add that missing extra knack.

Maria Teresa Chandeliers are 90% Hand-Completed

To manufacture the Maria Teresa chandeliers, about 90% were hand-completed. This involved mind-blowing cutting, and the use of other refined techniques on the glass & metals. Machine-cut crystal trimmings & artistically fabricated metal parts offer a real stamp of luxury.

The Bottom-Line

chandeliersBring the exquisiteness and passion of chandeliers to your home with the graceful Maria Theresa chandeliers. They have delicate glass arms that have been draped with copious amounts of classic pieces, something which guarantees class and elegance.

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Buyers Guide on Chandeliers for your Home

Buyers Guide 1Some spaces just require a taciturn trio of adornment lights, quietly going about their thing. And, others call for lanterns of pouring exquisite gold-like lights over cozy corners. But at times, only statement eye-popping, attention-grabbing, crystal-seeping chandeliers will inject that missing knack into your room.

So, if you are looking to inject some wham-bam beauty, class, and glamour into those interiors of yours with nice chandeliers, there is something extra you need to know to land your golden deal—the tricks of choosing the best chandelier for your home.

Get them into your bathroom, laundry area, or the nursery/backyard. They’ll work magic. They’re pieces of pendant jewels for any home and will divulge your individual style. In fact, chandeliers are the easiest way of transforming any home.

 

Understanding the Types of Chandeliers

 

Chandeliers aren’t anything close to basic in style. You’ll find some that are classy, like those accentuating a palace ballroom, some which offer a modern but simpler style, and others that provide an old-fashioned appearance. In other words, you have got several options to choose from. Here are common designs to consider:

·         Mini and Tiered chandeliers

·         Drum and Candelabra chandeliers

·         Crystal chandeliers

Consider Your Personal Style

Buyers Guide 2Chandeliers are available in numerous looks to fit your home’s décor or your taste preference.  Many replicate a flamboyant historic look. But if you’re so much into modern styles and you want something a little more sophisticated than pendant lights, you can opt for contemporary chandeliers.

The best way to identify a lighting fixture that perfectly matches your style is to look for your preferred choice at the decorating shops you already frequent. Once you have a clue of what you gravitate towards, your next trips to lighting superstores won’t be hectic anymore.

Pricing is Important

Over the past few years, major retailers have rocked the market by offering quality, affordable, and stylish chandeliers. True, well-priced and environment-friendly pieces can readily be found online or at flea markets. However, exquisitely revamped antique designs can command prices higher going up to thousands of dollars!

 

What about the Required Amount of LIghting

The best thing about chandeliers is that they are highly attractive and at the same time they have a practical task to perform. The amount of light is dependent on your specific needs; whether you’d like the chandelier to emit lots of light or simply deliver a little decorative, ambient lighting to space.

Consider Your Room’s Size

A large lighting fixture in a small room is an overstatement and appears too plain. But one mini-chandelier can’t do much for bigger spaces like the living rooms. So, ensure that you get the right size for every space you intend to light.

While these aspects will limit your options a little bit, don’t panic- you will still have plenty of chandeliers to select from even after the restrictions on style, intensity of emitted light, and size.

Ease of Installation

Buyers Guide 3Whether you intend to do the installation yourself or hiring someone to help out, a chandelier that is difficult to fix will cost you in terms of money or time. A big, expensive chandelier that’s heavy to carry needs to be handled with great care, so for certain types of lighting fixtures, you may need to call a professional instead of using your normal DIY techniques just to be safe. They should be installed more carefully to ensure they will never fall down and break. This is something you shouldn’t ignore, so make sure the procedure is done well to avoid running into huge losses.

Ease of Care and Maintenance

Let’s be frank here, cleaning chandeliers can be a daunting task. How regularly they should be cleaned and how complex it’s to clean them properly will depend on several factors, including the type of material used and the intricacy of its design. If you purchase a chandelier with loads of small pieces, be ready to pay for that elegance in cleaning time.

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The Beauty of Bohemian Chandeliers

Bohemian Chandelier 1Bohemian chandeliers, beautiful lighting additions to any space, are famous for their undisputable twinkling beauty. Featuring perfectly hand-made crystal glass, these chandeliers are capable of reflecting a maximum amount of light, making them among the most luxurious on the market today.

Creating stunning bespoke spaces Made Possible

With Bohemian chandeliers, you can achieve a myriad of styles, ranging from classic lines to the famous basket shapes. These chandeliers, which come in different sizes, are all you need to create stunning bespoke spaces featuring high-class sophistication plus elegance. Ideal for restaurants, business places, and homes, these lighting options will perfectly outline those unique features and breathe life into your space. When combined together, they’ll create a dramatic effect & light up your space with a vivid sparkle which is impossible to achieve with other lighting options.

Bohemian: Brief History

The origin of Bohemian chandeliers can be traced to the European country known as the Czech Republic. They (Bohemian chandeliers) utilize crystals primarily produced in Silesia, Bohemia, and other regions.

They are essentially hand-cut, painted, engraved, or blown to fabricate pieces in form of a long-winded web of voguish sophistication.

Research shows that Bohemian crystals were already being used during the 14th century. Northern Bohemia was widely known as a great center for crystal glass manufacturing during the 16th and 17th centuries. However, it was only until 1724 when the first Bohemian chandeliers were created by Josef Palme.

These beautiful lighting fixtures remained very prevalent throughout the 1800s. And up to date, they still have the biggest influence on the production and style of chandeliers across the whole world. Among the legendary historical personalities who loved the style were Austrian empress Maria Theresa, King Louis XV, and Czarina Elizabeth.

Today, the authentic Bohemian crystal chandeliers are featured in the St. Petersburg Heritage Museum, King Ibn Saud’s residence, and in Rome’s Royal Opera.

Bohemian Chandeliers: Their Applications

Bohemian Chandelier2These chandeliers were previously regarded as prestigious and exquisite ornaments. Today, while genuinely pure Bohemian crystals are still existent, more affordable options have been introduced into the market with the use of materials such as glass and metals.

Bohemian crystal chandeliers are generally available in two sizes; small and large.

Mini Sizes

These mini chandeliers are extremely magnificent that even the tiniest piece is enough to bring that unique feel of luxury to your space.  Small Bohemian chandeliers are perfect for studio rooms, small lofts, over dining tables, and cozy living rooms.

Since they’re often placed close together, they provide a classic, lavish feel that transforms any ordinary space.

Large Sizes

Big spaces require big chandeliers. Though they aren’t exactly ideal for small homes, they’re entirely perfect for grand homes with huge open spaces, luxury hotel lobbies, or hanging over a large Ballroom.

Installing Bohemian crystal chandeliers in your interior space brings grandeur and decadence to your home. Highly sought-after and exceptionally elegant, they are the best option for anyone who’s looking to add that extra that touch of class and stylishness to their home or commercial space.

A Masterpiece of Art and Superior Workmanship

Serving crystal authenticity through poetry in motion, Bohemian chandeliers combine basic ideologies of mechanical movement with the 4 basic elements of Air, Water, Fire, and Earth. Reflecting the cyclical nature of all these contrivances, the fixtures pay tribute to the intricacy and perfection in an incessant motion that’s ever-changing and never stops.

A Zest of Tradition That Weds With Innovation

Bohemian Chandelier3Bohemian chandeliers come as a great compliment to the passion of those who fancy beauty and luxury. They’re a typical representation of superb craftsmanship and contemporary contexts, which combine traditional techniques and state-of-the-art technology to give increasingly cutting-edge lighting designs. With a sense of good taste, high-quality, as well as prestige, Bohemian chandeliers undeniably perfect for those who want to add an aspect of elegance to those living spaces like beautiful hallways, up-scale living rooms, and many more. So, whether you are looking to revamp your living room, kitchen, main entrance, bedroom, or even bathroom with crystal lighting, think Bohemian chandeliers. They’ll elevate your space, creating a unique ambiance difficult to achieve with other lighting options on the market today.

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Hotel Lighting Design 101

Hotel Lighting Design3Your hotel lighting should mimic modern bedroom design featuring luxurious illumination in addition to contemporary furniture pieces.  From spectacular hallway chandeliers to trendy boudoir wall lamps, everything should be planned and created judiciously by a dependable interior designer. This should make your lighting unique and noticeable. So, if you have been looking to add that extra knack to your hotel, here is all you need to know. Keep reading and turn your hotel into a fashionable and luxury spot for your guests.

Get the Essentials Right

Improper hotel lighting can cause your interior spaces to become stark, gaudy, and inhospitable. But with the right light fixtures, professional lighting design, and bulbs, you can easily achieve your goals where both aesthetics and function of lighting are prioritized. Here are important tips to help you brighten up the public cosmoses in your hotel.

What You Should Highlight

The check-in desk is one of the major focal points in a hotel lobby. So you need to ensure that this space is well-lit to enable your guests to enjoy adequate illumination when walking, reading, or signing any of their paperwork. Besides, you should consider adding lamps to the seating areas where guests might want to socialize or launch a book.

Wowing Your Lighting Design: The Secrets

When lighting your spaces, you shouldn’t just think about functionality. Once you’re done evaluating logistics such as placement, brightness, and energy saving, it’s time to bring in aesthetics.

Golden Lighting Design Ideas

When it comes to creating unique lighting displays that are meant to smash your visitors with visual appeal as well as even artistry, the sky is the limit. You should always understand that utility and style in your lighting are not mutually exclusive. With the following ideas, you’ll add that extra knack to your lighting experience.

1. Let the Washes of Light Do the Talking

Hotel Lighting Design1Utility is a key element when it comes to lighting. Thus, ensure that your hotel lighting design suits your personal and functional needs. For instance, you should prioritize providing adequate illumination in your hotel’s public areas to help guest move around without difficulty. Moreover, dimly lit hallways are likely to result in accidents which might be a liability on your side.

2. Highlight the Focal Points

Some spots will certainly require additional illumination. For instance, you should invest in bright, directional-type of lighting especially on your hotel’s front desk area.

Also, light up the lobby area by adding lamps. Place your lighting along the doorways of the hallway to allow guest find their room number, account for kids and open doors when juggling their luggage.

3. Aesthetics

Making your guest relaxed and comfortable should be your number one priority in the hotel industry. Whether you are dealing with business tourists or holidaying families, you’ll have to consider making them feel at home, sans those life stresses. Thus, your hotel lighting design should house elements such as relative brightness as well as a color-temperature type of lighting.

4. Artistry: Make It an Art

There is no single formula when it comes to hotel lighting, so do not be afraid to try new things. Let your lighting compliment the decor. Things like a cluster of hanging LED bulbs, nicely lit curtains and massive, artistic, contemporary art chandeliers are just going to do you justice. These additions can inject more glamour plus character into the lobby areas and other public spaces.

5. The Power of Modern LED Lighting Design

If the hotel structure is designed to radiate an explicit era and style, you might want to reserve that vintage feel and let class ooze out of it by getting suitable LED light fixtures plus bulbs. However, newer hotels will benefit more from upgrades to lighting that impresses guests and answer the question of how to save energy with efficient lighting products.

The Bottom-Line

Hotel Lighting Design2Your lighting shouldn’t downgrade your ratings. Thus, before investing on any lighting design consult with a light planner, adapt to modern hotel lighting layouts stuck to your concept, make it simple but classy, invest in high-quality lighting,  keep it flexible, go for natural lighting, and think about the LED’s efficiency.

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Lighting Design for Hotels

HOTEL 1The bucolic-hewn, Anthropologie-inspired eon of hotel design is gone, as lighting designers turn to lustrous surfaces, richly-designed woods, as well as greenery for adorning the hotel spaces!

Yes, the food and drinks can be super. However, if your lighting is not right, customers won’t bite. So, don’t let poor lighting taint your ratings! The following lighting design ideas plus pro tips are all you need to stand out from the rest.

Bespoke lighting

Go for the lighting that makes your guests look good. Technology is one of the biggest influence as far as hotel lighting is concerned. It helps users to have ultimate control.

Utilize designs featuring remote controls plus advanced apps to help you control singular LED bulbs such as switching on/off, dimming, as well as changing color.”

Retro finishes

Retro finishes HOTEK 2Chrome was the talk of the day during the ‘60s & ‘70s and is making a comeback in form of Gucci. Now, you can let your splashy retro metals make a bold statement in your trendy hotel interiors.

Just go green.

There has been an infusion of greenery—including live walls—in hotels for years now, and the trend looks set to stamp its authority in this industry. This brings the positive health benefits of greenery. So, consider integrating ornamental plants into your hotel’s interior design.

The power of Instagrammability

Let your hotel offer more than foods and drinks. Think vibrant, moiré floor tiles, the inescapable neon sign, plus photogenic vintage oddities.

The trend will create a fresh, robust, and bright design, that’s focused around natural materials for an incredible Instagram moment.

Midcentury modern is key

If you thought that the midcentury modern was over, think again! Midcentury furniture, lighting, plus color palettes used to dominate the industry, but designers are now embracing the wood paneling trend. Gone are the days when artists used to craft rustic redecorated industrial looks; they’re now designing fresh & warm settings using natural textures-the wood paneling.
Go for LED retrofits-they are energy-saving

Decorative incandescent (of course) are being used, but most venues are not going the halogen way. Big hotel chains and cafes alike are replacing the GU10 & MR16 halogen bulb lamps with energy-efficient LEDs. So, don’t be stuck in the past. Go for the LEDs since they offer high-quality light in addition to energy saving. Moreover, they are robust and assures hotel users of high aesthetics.

Brand with light

Brand with light HOTEL 3With the competition out there, it’s time to seriously consider upping your branding game. To survive, use branded interiors and make a statement to your competitors. Use light to create a unique and recognizable hotel environment for your diners.

Pro tips

  • Centralize the lighting of your hotel design
  • Design different light layers
  • The light should guide diners around the hotel
  • Carefully and sparingly apply color
  • Familywise yourself with the latest lighting trends

Bottom-line

Before you light up your hotel, look for a lighting planner, stick to your concepts, consider the trends on the market today, ensure that all areas possess good lighting, keep it simple but classy, invest in quality lighting, offer lighting for  different events, think natural light, and finally consider the efficiency of the LEDs.

 

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Stairwell Chandeliers: Light Your Staircases Like A Pro

Stairwell Chandelir IMAGE 1A stairway is like a central spine and focal point of any home. It can make your home functional and sculptural, so it shouldn’t be overlooked. With all interior developments, good lighting is essential in achieving unique styles and ambience.

 

Anyone can redefine their own staircase into an attractive lighting feature with nice chandeliers, whilst providing warmth to the hallway or living room. So, if you want to breathe life into your home and amplify its novelty value in terms of lighting, think about design, construction as well as desired effect. Stairwell chandeliers (when done right) can be melodramatic, subtle, functional, and effective – or even all of them.

The power of planning ahead

If you are installing a new stairway, consider planning your lighting system at an early stage, especially if you need the lights to be unobtrusive, since trim-less styles shouldn’t be installed after plastering. Whether you intend to light from above, in the wall, or at tread level, factoring the fixing positions into your strategies is really important in attaining the desired effect. This LED feature is convenient for brightening up dim hallways and providing illusion to confined areas.

Think style & function

 Stairwell Chandelier IMAGE 3Determine whether the lighting is meant for decorative definition or for correct illumination of your staircase. If it is for the former, be keen not to overdo it- you really don’t want your staircase to look like a runway.

Install recesses

Stairwell chandelier lighting is increasingly becoming popular and 1w fittings mean that they are now more energy efficient. Consider using small fixtures on every stair for effect.

Avoid glare at all costs

Don’t forget about the potential glare that’ll be caused when moving up the stairs. Well-crafted marker lights will help avoid this by being tactically recessed into the wall.

Guide your way

The staircase shouldn’t lack natural light. Bring the LED lighting into the equation and breathe some freshness into your stairwell.

Be practical

Think about the practicalities of lighting staircases and the “wow” factor as well. A golden LED fitting below each tread keeps the oak warm and provides brilliant no-glare lighting. Fixtures are invisible from every angle, yet easily detachable for maintenance, if need be.

Think outside the staircase

Don’t forget to light the underside of your staircase. For instance, incorporate a sense of space to a narrow entrance room. To do this, light the area beneath the staircase and reflect the light rays back into the room.

Color

Color is a critical element in any staircase, especially when it comes to stairwell lighting. Use the correct combination of color and you’ll get it right in terms of the value and look of your house. So, it’s vital to choose carefully or co9nslt an expert.

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Stairwell Chandelier- Executive Homen Image 2Colored lighting is the greatest way to add personality to your space. Have those conspicuous concrete & marble clad stairways of yours lit by little LED ‘mushrooms’ positioned on each tread and watch your home turn into a gathering zone. They can also be complemented with back-lit chandeliers and hot-pink lighting fixtures on the landing.