Lighting & Fundamentals
Let’s start with the basics shall we? This list will compile almost everything you need to know about lighting so you can come in and make an informed decision about the light and style you want.
Light Bulbs & LED
Types Of Bulbs
CFL (Compact Flurorescent)
What Should I Look For In A Light Bulb?
Check light bulb packaging for the following:
– Lumens: How bright is the bulb?
– Color: Is the light from the bulb a warm 2700K or a cool 4000K?
– CRI: Does the bulb render colors beautifully? 80+ is good, 90+ is great!
– Dimmable: Can I use teh bulb with a dimmer switch? What type of dimmer is compatible?
Watts, Lumens & LED
Lumens & Watts
What Color Bulb Is The Best?
LED & Dimmers
Light Bulb Efficiency
Efficiency (or efficacy) is the light output of the bulb (lumens) divided by its power input (watts), i.e. lumens per watt. The standard household bulb of a few years ago rated for 60 watts generated 800 lumens and had an efficacy of about 13 lumens/watt. Today, and LED bulb rated for 800 lumens would draw about 8 watts, for an efficacy of 100 lumens/watt, making it significantly more efficient! 10x-50x more efficient.
The short answer is 10 – 20 years for home applications where the LED bulb is normally burned for the typical 1 – 3 hours/day. The rated life of an LED bulb is based upon burning hours, and typically life ratings for LED household bulbs are 10,000 hours or more, with some rating as long as 40,000 – 50,000 hours starting in 2017. However, LED bulbs are not likely to fail by simply burning out. It is more likely that they will just gradually get dimmer over time. To claim a rated life of 15,000 hours, for example, Energy Star-qualified bulbs must pass sample tests that require they produce no less than 93.1 percent of their initial light output after they have been burning for 3,000 hours.
Traditional Chandeliers • Classic Elegance
Chandeliers are decorative fixtures, hung from the ceiling. They are usually designed to be a focal point of a room. Traditional chandeliers are typically ornate.
Modern Chandeliers • Creativity & Form
Pendants • Style under any condition and any setting
The use of a dimmer provides you with the flexibility to vary the light to suit the occasion.
Hall and Foyer • Welcome people into your home
The ceiling height of the space will determine the type of fixture that you should use. In taller ceilings and over stairways, large chandeliers and chain-hung foyer fixtures are most appropriate. Use surface-mounted and close-to-ceiling fixtures in foyers with lower ceilings and in hallways.
Ceiling Mounts • Smaller rooms, same impact
Wall Mount • Versatility in any room
They are excellent sources of light in foyers, hallways, bedrooms, living rooms, home offices and home theaters. Outdoor wall-mounted fixtures can ad welcoming light and style to any home. Wall brackets also are often used for task lighting at the sides of bathroom mirrors.
Bath & Vanity • Set the mood or task.
Portable • Floor lamps & task lamps.
Portable lighting can deliver ambient, task and accent lighting while giving you the flexibility to move the light wherever you want. Table lamps, floor lamps and torchieres (floor lamps with an uplight component) are available in a variety of styles to complement your interior design. Small specialty lamps, such as clip-on-lights, adjustable task lights and desk and accent lamps, fill a variety of task, ambient and accent lighting needs.
Track Lighting • Direct, indirect and versatile.
Track lighting has undergone many changes in recent years. The trend in track lighting has been toward smaller fixtures, which are much less noticeable in the space. Track lighting is excellent for its flexibility and can provide ambient, task or accent lighting.
Recessed Lighting • Small lighting that performs big tasks
Recessed lighting can provide general, task and ambient lighting in a very subtle manner.
Undercabinet - See more in your cabinets or counters
Undercabinet fixtures offer both task and accent lighting. Mounted under kitchen wall cabinets, they provide excellent task lighting at the countertop. Used in display cabinets, they provide accent lighting for three-dimensional art and sculpture. In workshops or laundry rooms, they are an ideal source of task and ambient lighting.