Direct Bathroom Lighting for Eye Shadow, Shower and Shave

Since the bathroom is the area most used for primping and grooming, it makes sense to have adequate lighting for such detailed tasks. However, many times we will go for long periods of time straining and struggling to see ourselves sufficiently, pressing ever closer to the mirror or squinting our eyes, before realizing that we […]

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Creating Effective Ambient Lighting in the Bathroom

The bathroom is often considered unimportant on our list of rooms that require creative lighting. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This is the room where most of our grooming occurs, not to mention bathing, adjustment of clothing and the occasional reading of a magazine. Therefore, a good deal more attention should be directed to providing appropriate lighting which will accommodate this variety of tasks and activities…

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Properly Planning Bathroom Lighting

Even though most people don’t give it the attention it deserves, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home for lighting. It is also a space which requires the big three in lighting strategy: ambient, task and accent. Therefore, properly planning bathroom lighting is essential before renovating or improving the area…

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Deck Your Home with Holiday Lighting

The holidays are a joyous time of the year when many of the burdens of life can be temporarily set aside and focus can be turned more to family, friends and a spirit of celebration. The holiday season is a therapy for many as folks set out to walk or drive around neighborhoods to enjoy homes that are decked out with colorful holiday lighting. Even though the current economic pressures are burdening, there are various ways to join in this wonderful time and express your own holiday cheer for the world to see…

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Alternatives & Additions to Overhead Dining Room Light

Normally, an overhead light fixture is positioned over the table in a dining room. However, sometimes situations dictate the need for alternative or additional lighting. Perhaps the design of the room doesn’t allow for proper center light placement over the table, or the center source of light is not sufficient to brighten the room for dining or other activities for which the room is used…

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Creative Lighting Ideas for a Versatile Dining Room

In the not-so-distant past, many families used the dining room much more than people do today. However, even then, many meals were eaten in front of the television and, actually, as time went by more and more meals left the family aura of the dining room and shifted to the den where broadcast entertainment substituted for family chatter. So, what has become of the dining room?

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Proper Task Lighting for Important Kitchen Work Areas

We’ve discussed using under cabinet lighting fixtures to illuminate a kitchen countertop or island where a great deal of detailed work is carried out. However, there are other important kitchen work areas to be considered which require proper task lighting…

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Xenon Lighting for Kitchen Color Enhancement

Depending on color, fabric and material selections, some kitchens can appear a bit dull under normal overhead lighting, or even with fluorescent under cabinet lighting. This especially can be a problem for those who have decorated with deep colors, rich textures, or who have marble or granite countertops which contain intricate patterns within the stone…

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Layered Lighting Tips for the Breakfast Nook

If you have extra space in a corner of your large kitchen, creating a breakfast nook is an excellent idea. It provides a place of solace for kids to eat breakfast before school and to do homework after school, for a cup of coffee while chatting with friends, for a quiet morning newspaper read, or for a family evening of discussion or board games…

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More Creative Lighting Ideas for Your Kitchen Island

Ok. You’ve got your new overhead light fixture up and your kitchen island now sits beautifully under its radiating glow. Although this helps to illuminate and highlight the center island, there are still some creative ways to add more pleasant touches that strike even greater oohs and aahs from visitors and keep family members happily nestled in the area…

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Creating a Kitchen Island Oasis

Kitchen islands have become a common site in many homes. Not only are they a beautiful accentuation, but they make excellent usage of the extra space in the center of a larger kitchen. And because a kitchen island is usually centrally located and the first thing that catches the eye upon entering, it should be elegantly decorated and highlighted…

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Illuminating Kitchen Counter Tops

The kitchen is where the majority of family time is spent, as well as a popular area for social gathering and interaction. Providing the proper lighting is essential, not only to safely and effectively prepare the many appetizers and meals, but also to create an aesthetically appealing place where you are proud to invite family and friends…

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Light: The Energy That Creates Our World

We have a tendency to take for granted that the beautiful colors, styles, textures and arrangements which we see in our homes is due to the wonderful substance of light. Without the emanating and reflecting energy of light, our world would be colorless and dark, without form and void…

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