In lighting news…
Vancouver is setting the stage for more eco-friendly Olympics in the future by using LEED-certified buildings, energy-saving light bulbs, and hydrogen-fueled buses during the events.
In lighting tips…
These seven design decorating tips reveal how to make your home look expensive without a huge budget. Lighting is one of the essential factors: “your furnishings will look brighter and bolder in appropriate lighting, giving you a richer look home-wide.”
If you’re curious about current home design trends, check out this article on the top 50 features that home buyers love. Under cabinet lighting, wall sconces, and dimmers all made the list.
Designers often choose lighting products for the “wow-factor” without considering Department of Energy standards. This helpful post explains how to read product labels to choose an adequate light for your client’s needs.
The top five current kitchen design trends include salvaged materials, eco-friendly products, eclectic designs, specialized work zones, and mixed lighting. Check out this article for more details.
The Washington Post had a great article this week called “Is your kitchen glaring at you?” The point is that fluorescent lighting fixtures can create a morgue-like effect. Layers of light are essential for kitchens. Under-cabinet LEDs, pendant lights, and track lights also create a more pleasant environment.
The first thing you notice when you walk into someone’s kitchen is the lighting. This article, complete with striking photos that will convince anyone of the impact of well-placed lighting, gives suggestions for creating the style that you want.
As much as 20% of your electric bill comes from lighting. Making small changes in energy-efficiency choices can yield major savings.
Lighting consultant Edwardo Rosso shares his insights into design and notes that lighting is as important to overall appearance of a room as furniture and art. Rosso says he translates creative visions (such as “wow”, “warm and cozy”, or “exciting and alive”) into lighting for his clients.