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Creative Kitchen Lighting Options

Light your kitchen with fun fixtures and sleek LED strips to create a custom look.


Lighting can play a huge part in tying together a space. Particularly in the kitchen, which usually tends to be a main gathering space for most families, lighting can help to highlight special features, add practicality to the space and infuse the homeowner’s style into the design.

Here are some creative ways to light your kitchen.

LED lights inside cabinets
Many people are intrigued by long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lights and will use LEDs in their accent lighting. Using LED lights to highlight your kitchen cabinets can be a creative yet frugal way to add another dimension to your kitchen lighting, while adding a personal touch to the space.

Under-cabinet lighting
Oftentimes, it’s the subtle things that make lighting stand out in a kitchen. Adding under-cabinet lighting is not only practical for lighting areas in hard-to-reach places, but can accentuate areas of interest in the kitchen like the backsplash and countertops.

Why not shine a spotlight on the design and selections that make your kitchen beautiful?

 

Modern light fixtures
While practicality is usually the main goal when it comes to lighting, choosing lighting fixtures can allow customers to add their own style to a kitchen.

While some homeowners may not go as bold on the kitchen countertops or backsplash, adding modern lighting fixtures can be a good way to add the personal taste they crave — without the permanency of the other kitchen elements.

Current lighting trends
When in doubt, go with the trends. Opal rather than clear glass is gaining popularity due to it’s ability to diffuse light. Streamlined wall sconces can also play a part in lighting hard-to-reach areas, as well as add personal flair to the space.

For your fixtures, the ‘mixed metal’ look is very popular right now. Try a copper, gold and chrome combination when choosing your kitchen lighting.

Overall, there are many creative ways to light your kitchen without sacrificing practicality. Take the opportunity to let your style shine through and research the many different lighting options before starting your project.

What kind of lighting do you use in the kitchen?

 

Coronavirus ‘Light It Blue’ Campaign Gives Thanks To Essential Workers

Hundreds of businesses and venues nationwide express gratitude to the front liners

Last Thursday was the #Light It Blue campaign as communities across the country, and even the world, spotlighted historic buildings, major sports stadiums and event venues, national landmarks and even Niagara Falls in blue lighting as a show of gratitude for health care professionals, first responders and essential workers caring for people on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The #LightItBlue and #MakeItBlue movement began in the United Kingdom as major landmarks were lighted throughout the country in salute to health care providers. When introduced in the United States, support for the concept was impressive. The NFL joined the party. Mayors jumped on board. Major corporations lighted their headquarters.

Estimates are that more than 100 sites in New York City, home to the highest numbers of the coronavirus patients, and more than 400 other sites across America turned on the lights at 8 pm local time last Thursday. This age of LED lighting made the effort all the more dramatic.

“We hope it just creates this giant hug for all the health care workers and essential workers,” Michael Fiur, one of the Light It Blue campaign’s organizers and an internationally renowned entertainment producer, told CBS New York.

To name just a few prominent spots which embraced the group hug, let’s salute Arlington’s Globe Life Field, new home of the Texas Rangers whenever Major League Baseball resumes in its regular stadiums; Houston’s City Hall and all its major sports stadiums; Dallas’ Reunion Tower and Omni Hotel. And those are just some of the stunning shots corralled from Instagram.

Take a closer look at this new wave of blue, a symbol of heartfelt appreciation and thanks, that extended across the country to include Seattle’s Space Needle, Walt Disney World, Niagara Falls and more:

Lighting Tips For Open Floor Plans

Many home designs incorporate an open floor plan, where cooking, dining, and entertaining are enjoyed in the same space. Even a small space can feel bigger and brighter when walls are opened up, and the light is let in. Planning the right lighting is a crucial part of designing beautiful, light-filled, open-concept spaces.

Consider the architectural features of the open floor plan, such as high ceilings, lack of interior walls, and numerous windows, as all of these factors add to the overall light of the space. To avoid over-lighting an open floor plan, think in layers: ambient, task, and accent lighting. The first layer, ambient lighting, provides the general lighting for the space. Recessed, linear, flush mounts or similar fixtures are good choices here, serving an ambient source of light and helping to guide the flow from room to room.

Next, select task lighting. In the kitchen, choose fixtures that direct light onto countertops, islands, cooking surfaces, and other work areas. Undercabinet tape and puck lighting, track lighting, pendant lighting, and even recessed lighting are excellent selections, as they will give the ideal amount of light to complete tasks safely and
efficiently.

In the dining area, use pendants and chandeliers to provide light for dining, homework, and other tasks that take place at the table. Try large pendants or chandeliers to highlight the kitchen island or dining table and give vertical definition to those spaces. In the living area, choose statement-making fixtures to define the area, create
intimacy, and add drama.

Finally, add a layer of accent lighting, such as wall sconces in the dining area, and table and floor lamps in the living room to give comfort and a soft ambiance. Remember to take note of electrical outlets in the lighting plan for placing plug-in light fixtures.

Thoughtful lighting design is essential for every room, and especially in an open concept plan, where it’s all about visual flow. Achieve a cohesive look by selecting lighting finished in the same, or closely related, finishes as the kitchen faucets and appliances. Try mixed-metal light fixtures that add personality and interest to the space, or
stick with a limited color palette to keep the area feeling connected.

How To Upgrade Lighting For Multifamily Buildings

Whether your multifamily building is apartments, condos, or retirement homes, you’re probably facing a common problem: energy costs.

A lighting retrofit is a great way to decrease those electricity bills. Plus, with increasingly stringent building code, upgrading to LED might not be a choice for much longer.

Our goal is to make lighting easier, so we are offering you four steps on how to upgrade multifamily buildings.

1. Set your goals

Before you start any project, you need to set your final goal. A lighting retrofit is no different. Upgrading your lighting can be a big financial decision, and we want to make sure it’s one you’re comfortable with.
Here are some good questions to ask before you decide what your lighting retrofit should look like:

Is your primary goal energy efficiency?

What’s the biggest problem with your current lighting plan?

What does your budget look like? Can you retrofit all of your lighting at once or do you need to start with smaller projects?

Once you have the answer to these questions, you can move on to Step 2.

2. Use the lighting pyramid

To explain how much energy your lighting is using, we like to use what we call the lighting pyramid. Here’s how it works. The type of lighting at the bottom of the pyramid uses the most amount of energy. The lighting at the top uses the least amount of energy.

If you have a lot of incandescent light bulbs in apartments or condos, or in your lobby, consider replacing those with LED first. Then work your way up the pyramid.

By the way, did you know some states are banning incandescent light bulbs? You can check to see if your state is included here.

Or if you’re focusing on other ways to save energy, check out our blog on five strategies for multifamily buildings.

3. Focus on high-burn areas

You most likely have places on your property where lights are on at all times of the day.
Focusing on these areas that need to be well-lit at all times could be a good strategy for you:

  1. Parking garage or lot
  2. Stairwells
  3. Lobby
  4. Common areas

This is one of the strategies an Atlanta apartment building used to help achieve a payback in under six months. The initial interest was moving to more sustainable, energy-efficient lighting.

The end product was instant savings and more for years to come. You can read more about the solutions here.

4. Lighting controls

Adding lighting controls can help you save even more energy. The systems can be as simple or as complicated as you would like, and they may even be required in some jurisdictions.
As a basic start, try installing occupancy sensors in laundry rooms and meeting rooms that will not be occupied all the time.

Benefits of a lighting retrofit for multifamily buildings

The benefits from a lighting retrofit will go beyond a lower electricity bill. Here are a few other bonuses:
Safety – Safety is a feeling that residents should get when they step on your property. It can also be a deciding factor to stay there or look for another place to call home. Pay attention to your parking garage or parking lots and exterior lighting to make sure safety standards are met.
Attracting new tenants – If you’re struggling to retain and attract tenants, a lighting upgrade can become one of your selling points. Your lighting will look great, but it will also be more sustainable and greener.
Quality of life – Quality lighting can also enhance quality of life. We recommend choosing lighting with a high CRI in areas like a business room, office, or common area.
If you have questions about your next lighting project, or any lighting challenges you’re trying to solve, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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