5 Types of Illuminating Living Room Lighting

Your living room is the center of life at home. The living room is where we gather with friends or family. It is where we exercise, watch television, fold laundry, and relax before bed. It is where we play games and watch movies with homemade popcorn in-hand. When your living room is not a home cinema, it helps to have clear, illuminating lighting. But what type of living room lighting should you choose?

We’re here with five great living room lighting styles for you to choose from for your perfect living room.

1. Classic Ceiling Fan Light

The most common and classic style of living room lighting is the ceiling fan light. This dual-purpose fixture provides both comfortable airflow and a centralized point of illumination in the living room. If you want a simple, functional design, you can’t go wrong with the ceiling fan light.

2. Pendant Light or Dual Pendant Light Designs

Don’t need a ceiling fan? Want a design with a little more elegance? Try pendant lights. Pendant lights hang from the ceiling and create an artistic piece in any room they are hung. Smaller living rooms can be illuminated by a single pendant in the center, preferably with a frosted cover to gently disperse the light. Larger living rooms might benefit from two pendants, each centered in one half of the room for more complete light.

3. Recessed Canister Lights

Canister lights are the best way to light an entire room brilliantly. They are usually recessed into the ceiling and paired with other, more elegant or mood-appropriate lighting like pendants or lamps.

4. Standing Floor and Table Lamps

Many people prefer standing lamps for their living room illumination. Tall floor lamps with elegant covers or multiple heads can give both flexibility and formality to a room. Tabletop lamps can be placed anywhere, often focused on providing a pool of reading light for each chair.

5. Wall Sconce Lighting

Lastly, you have the option of sconce wall lighting. In living rooms designed for ambiance, sconce lighting offers a sense fo style and history and creates an opportunity for a line of attractively illuminating works of art.

Looking for the perfect new lighting solution for your living room? Check out our living room lighting options or contact us for more ideas today!

6 Simple DIY Home Improvement Projects

During the coronavirus lockdown, we are all spending more time at home. It’s only natural to look for projects and useful ways to improve your home experience. There are many easy home projects that you can have fun doing alone or with your family. Today, we have six interesting and very approachable home projects that you can try.

Repaint a Bedroom 

Painting a bedroom is a wonderful way to personalize your space. Whether you are painting your own room or a child’s room, the whole family can enjoy putting down drop-cloths, taping the molding, and weildinig paint brushes. You can even add attractive stencils or children’s pictures to the design.

Replace a Shower Head

You never realize the difference a shower head makes until you change one. Pick a luxurious shower head with a rainwater head or massage settings, and replace the shower head that came with your house. Not only is this an incredibly easy project, but your body will be thanking you for years every time you take a shower.

Upgrade a Light Fixture

Your home light fixtures could likely use a little improvement. You may have blinding pendants, a creaky ceiling fan light, or not enough light in larger rooms. A new light fixture or changing the features of a current light fixture can transform the look and feel of any room in your home.

Plant New Flower Beds

Spending more time in your backyard these days? Make the yard more beautiful and interactive for the whole family by planting new flower beds. Make flower beds if there aren’t any or repurpose old under-used or weed-filled flower beds. Invite your kids to choose flowers or even plant an edible garden.

Light the Garage

Most garages are not well-lit, but they can be. Now is the perfect time to investigate what it would take to hang a new ceiling light in your garage or add wall-mounted lights in the workshop space where you need lighting the most.

Hang Wall Decorations

During the lockdown, you finally have enough time to measure, anchor, and hang wall art in your home. Choose new art to hang or dig up those old pictures and artwork that you never got around to hanging before. Your home could be beautifully decorated by the time the quarantine lifts.

Ready to try a few DIY home improvements to make your home a nicer place to lockdown in? SO are we! Contact us today for the supplies, ideas, and advice you need for home DIY projects.

Choosing the Perfect Lighting Color Temperature

There once was a time, not so long ago, when the notion of fine-tuning color temperature was an impossible dream for the average consumer. However, as the cost of LED lighting continues to fall annually, choosing a specific color temperature has never been easier or more accessible. Changing color temperature can radically change the ambiance of a space, bringing unprecedented levels of interior design control to homes and businesses everywhere. But surprisingly, this new-found power can seem more like a burden for some. Whereas traditional bulbs typically provided little in way of light color options, LEDs can overwhelm the senses with a dazzling array of temperature colors to choose from. While ultimately much of one’s decisions for color temperature will come down to personal preference, there are several guidelines for when and where different temperatures are often used.

2700K-3000K “WARM WHITE”

Similar in coloration to traditional incandescent bulb lighting, this range of color temperatures exudes a comfy, warm aesthetic. Evoking subconscious comparisons to a warm fire, 2700-3000K lighting is perfect for environments designated for relaxation and entertainment. Warm white light perfectly compliments traditional materials, such as wood and brick, and blends well with warmly colored furniture and decorations.

3500K-4500K “COOL WHITE”

In contrast to warm white, cool white lighting does not appear similar to traditional yellow incandescent lighting. Instead, cool white lighting bathes its surroundings in a simple and neutral white light, with little in way of warm or cold colors. While warm white is reminiscent of evening, cool white light is more comparable to the lighting provided at midday. Appearing very modern and clean, this color is perfect for spaces wishing to appear productive and hygienic, such as offices and kitchens, but may trend a bit too sterile for environments designed to be more comforting.

4900K AND ABOVE “DAYLIGHT”

Above 4900K, lighting will begin to display hints of a blue undertone, similar to the sky. It is from this comparison that daylight receives its popular name. Lighting in this range can be energizing and much like cool white lighting, is well suited for office spaces. Additionally, this color temperature is commonly used for places such as bathrooms, workshops, and industrial environments. Unlike warm white light which smooths and calms a space, daylight accentuates and sharpens details. Like cool white lighting, color temperatures in this range may be too harsh for areas meant for relaxation.

While there are other details and subtler aspects of lighting color temperature, these categories cover the basics and encapsulate the usage for three commonly used color temperature ranges.

Here at Yale Lighting, we understand that quality lighting design is important to create welcoming and functional spaces, both indoors and outdoors. That’s why we strive to provide our customers with the lighting of their dreams.  If you have any additional questions, or are interested in professional lighting design, feel free to contact us.

Kitchen Lighting: 4 Ideas to Consider for Best Results

Your kitchen is a central point of your house, and as such, its appearance says a lot about your home. Lighting your kitchen demands you to consider two main things; one, creating enough lighting to make it possible to prepare meals and two, making it aesthetically appealing and welcoming without being too formal.  

Here are a few things you should consider when lighting up your kitchen.  

Layer the look 

Practically speaking, no single light can provide all the light needed for all tasks, a reason you should consider layering. You can choose to use a single main overhead with small layers placed strategically to light up specific areas.

For instance, you can have the layers above the kitchen sink, over the stove, and at the food preparation station. This will allow you to have enough light in the kitchen while still making it visually appealing. 

Add depth with accents    

Adding accent to your kitchen helps to introduce a dimension that enhances the beauty of your space. Here you need to have unique lighting in specific places; for example, you can use LED lighting to illuminate your decorative glassware or your kitchen cabinets. Ensure that your choice of lights complements the color and the room in general. 

Use sconce 

Sconces come in handy in adding to the beauty of your kitchen. They are mainly used to highlight important features, such as a piece of art. Additionally, they add to the ambiance of the room, especially if they blend well with the main lights. For pleasant results, go for low voltage fixtures to balance your lighting. 

Be careful with heights     

While installing your lighting, it is essential that you watch the heights to avoid having your fixtures too high or too low. The standard measurements are 30 to 32 inches of space between the fixture and the counter. 

Kitchen lighting is as important as the kitchen itself, a reason you should invest in good lighting. The tips mentioned here will go a long way in helping you illuminate your kitchen to make it warm and inviting. 

Yale Lighting provides a broad selection of home lighting features to help you light up your indoor and outdoor spaces. For more information on our services and products, please contact us today.   

Garage Lighting for Security and Style

Garages are places where we park our cars. Sometimes we store things there. Sometimes we have a place to pursue our hobbies. Rarely do we think about changing the lighting that came with the garage.

The lighting in your garage is important. It welcomes you home. It safeguards your treasures and it allows you to concentrate on the things that mean a lot to you. 

The lighting you need depends on how you use your garage. No matter how you use your garage, Yale Lighting has you covered. 

You no longer need glaring and ugly fluorescent lights in your garage. Overhead lighting will illuminate your garage. Not only will it light your way safely from your car to your home but it will do it in style. With lighting sensors your lights can turn on automatically so that you can keep your hands free to carry in groceries or other items from your car.

Sconces can compliment overhead lighting on the inside of your garage. They can also highlight architectural features on the outside of your garage, provide security and ambient lighting. 

Spotlights and other area lighting can highlight storage areas so that you can easily find what you need. You no longer need to fumble around to lay your hands on the things you have stored in your garage.

The right lighting can make all the difference for a work area. Using a combination of overhead lights and directional lighting you can make a corner of your garage a great place to devote yourself to your favorite pass times.

Your garage no longer needs to be harshly lit or under lighted. Yale Lighting can help you find the right lighting for what you want. Our experienced designers can assist the homeowner and contractor alike. Contact us today!

3 Tips to Consider when Decorating with a Chandelier

No doubt, chandeliers are some of the most sophisticated interior decorations you can have in your house. Their elegance notwithstanding, choosing the light chandelier for a specific space can be a daunting task, more so because there are a lot of factors to consider in order to get the best results. 

The following ideas will make it easier for you when shopping for your next chandelier. 

Pick the correct size for the room 

When it comes to chandeliers, size really matters. Before buying one, you should know exactly where you are going to place it. For instance, your living room might require a different size from your bedroom and kitchen. Having an oversized chandelier for a small room can be overwhelming, and similarly, having a small one for a big room can be underwhelming.

To ensure that you get the perfect one for a specific room, consult an expert who can assess the space and advise you on the ideal size to buy. 

Complement colors

As one of the most outstanding features in your house, you do not want to buy a chandelier that appears out of place. As such, you should aspire to have one that complements the room you intend to place it in. Here you ought to consider the prominent colors in your space and the materials that stand out. This will guide you when choosing among metal, wood, beaded, or crystal chandeliers. 

Hang chandelier correctly  

There are guidelines that you should follow to ensure you hang your chandelier correctly. Experts agree on standard heights that chandeliers should hang, which is informed by where it is being placed. 

For instance, if being placed above a dining room table, the ideal height is 30 to 36 inches above the table. If on an entryway, it should hang about 7 feet. Hanging chandeliers correctly makes the space brighter and more appealing. 

While shopping for a chandelier, it is advisable to familiarize yourself with all the important details to make sure you pick the right one for your space. 

At Yale Lighting, we strive to offer you various home lighting selections to brighten up your home. Contact us to learn more about our chandelier options and other products under our brand. 

Task and Accent Lighting 101

Lighting is about so much more than mere illumination. Lighting sets the atmosphere, creates elevated design and draws attention to whatever you choose all while being functional and purposeful. Two brilliant types of lighting that do just that are task and accent lighting. 

WHAT IS TASK LIGHTING?

Task lighting is concentrated lighting that does just what the name suggests, provides lights for tasks. Task lighting is also often called office lighting. This can be used in multiples as the primary light in a room or used as secondary lighting. Task lighting is very versatile. 

How to Use Task Lighting?

The concentrated light provided by task lighting allows you to focus on whatever it is shedding light on. Thus, creating a focal point. 

Task lighting can be used in a number of ways, including:

  • Swing-arm lamps
  • Pendants
  • Vanity lights
  • Under cabinets
  • Kitchen stove/extractor light
  • Table-top lamps
  • Desk lamps
  • Under-the-counter lights
  • Recessed lights
  • Floor lamps

A good tip for choosing task lighting for your space is to make a list of all the tasks this light is aimed at shedding light on. 

WHAT IS ACCENT LIGHTING?

It is commonly believed that accent lighting is simply mood lighting. This is far from the truth. While accent lighting does set the atmosphere and mood of a room, it also draws attention to the intended highlights of a space, such as decorative objects or focal point furniture. It also distracts from things in the room that are less aesthetically pleasing, thus elevating the quality of whatever room it is used in.

How to Use Accent Lighting?

Accent lighting easily adds an air of sophistication to whatever room it exists in. It is feeling-evoking and is used quite often in public space such as galleries and museums, where lighting is a key element. 

Examples of accent lighting include:

  • Wall Lighting
  • Recessed lights
  • Landscape lights
  • Track lighting
  • Up-lights
  • Picture lights
  • Candles
  • Niche lights
  • Chandeliers on dimmer switches
  • Wall sconces
  • Lighting inside cabinets
  • Light bridges 

Questions that you must ask when picking out your lighting is how you want to feel in the room, what you would like to highlight in said room and what you would like to be hidden in the room. Consider the lighting’s placement in relation to other nearby objects such as paintings and decorative objects or even furniture and walking room. This give you the opportunity to view your home as more than just a space, but as art that require the appropriate illumination to be properly enjoyed. 

Regardless of the type of lighting you need, you can contact us to talk with our team of professionals and find the right lighting solutions for you.