Lighting Tips & Trends

Lighting Tips - Accent Lighting

Accent Lighting is used to emphasize a certain subject or characteristic in a room. Perhaps you have a fireplace mantel, artwork, or a family photograph that you'd like to highlight. Recessed lighting can accent these items without taking away from the highlighted area. There is special low voltage accent lighting that can be used to highlight certain woods, granite, marble or stone work. As well as certain accent lights that can highlight a certain area that has UV protection shields to protects the color in panting or even a quilt. Accent lighting is important to remember when adding additional colors into rooms. Pendants and wall sconces can also act as great accent lights. Pendants and wall sconces can be used to create dramatic effects of key visual points in a room. Imagine mini tiffany pendants over an island as your accent lights, this could add a dramatic colorful feel to a very dark area. If you have any questions or need suggestions for you accent lighting needs please call a Lamp and Shade Works customer service representative.

Lighting Tips - Task Lighting

Task Lighting is used to help illuminate areas where you spend a lot of time doing an activity. Task lighting could be used to provide extra accent lighting under the cabinet in the kitchen for cooking, in a den or study for reading, or above a pool table for entertainment. Pendant fixtures, portable lamps and under cabinet lights can provide bright, non-glaring illumination for task lighting, while adding beauty to your home. Tiffany lamps and fixtures are good examples that provide ample light for a task, but also serve as decorative accessories.

Lighting Tips - General Lighting

General Lighting sets the mood of a room and provides basic illumination over a broad area, while adding a decorative touch. This aspect of lighting is important to your overall lighting plan and will be used in combination with both task and accent lighting. Chandeliers, flushmounts, or other ceiling fixtures can provide general lighting and become the focal point of your room.

Low Voltage Lighting

The main problem with low-voltage lighting is the noise that is created by the transformer. What causes the noise is the transformation of line voltage to low-voltage lighting. The key thing to be aware of with low voltage lighting is the sound factor. Where there is ambient noise coming from conversation, music, appliance, pets and under-medicated family members the slight inherent noise coming from light fixture is not a big factor. In rooms such as library, studies, or bedroom where complete quite is expected, humming or buzzing becomes an issue. For these quite zones, you want fixtures that produce no sound. Normally the culprits are low voltage fixtures with integral magnetic transformer or line voltage fixture using A-lamps (household bulbs) or R-lamps (reflector bulbs). Low voltage fixtures offer greater energy efficiency, a wider variety of beam spreads and a smaller aperture in the ceiling, which cuts down on glare. However, many low voltage fixtures on the market use a magnetic transformer that does emit an audible sound in a quiet setting. One possible solution to cut down the noise is to specifying a remote magnetic transformer, the other alternative is to use a fixture with an electronic transformer, and these are virtually silent. Also remember to get a compatible dimmer when selecting your low voltage fixtures. Sing the wrong type of dimmer can cause humming problems, as well.


    1. In the past, Asian style dominated in that capacity. Today, although Asian influences continue to appeal to consumers, they are now established enough that their transition from trend status to basic staples has already taken place. At the same time, tropical look, popular for so many reasons, has saturated the market, it still sells, but no like it did in the past. So what is next? Look for an evolution that forms a seamless transition from tropical. The National Geographic license has breathed new life into a primitive look in which African, Indonesian and South American inspiration mingle into create a trend called Southern Hemisphere. Colors inherent to this trend are being referred to as “earth tones” from the 1980’s that indicates brown, beiges, tans, off-whites, rusts and black. These colors are expressed not only in natural materials, but also in surface designs.



2. Glamour can be found everywhere, in upholstery, case goods, lighting, textiles, dinnerware and decorative accessories. Representing an important opportunity with great style, this chic, urban trend paradoxically feels both restrained and over-the-top. Filled with luxe and luster, glamour finds expression in a feminine point of view that speaks to fine quality. Polished granite, lime stone, mirror and diamond-beveled glass accent woods like swirl mahogany, ash veneer and walnut. Glamour takes the lighting market where it has gone before. With 1940s Hollywood overtones making consumers feel like starlets or tycoons. The look can go sleek and contemporary to formal and ornate. Expect growth well into 2007.


3. Christmas Colors: while holiday hues are limited to red and green 30 years ago, palettes have expanded beyond this classic combination, affirming a relationship with home décor trends. In 2004, red established its dominance. While holiday green have declined over the years, red has only grown stronger, partnering best most recently with white. The cherry hue primarily stood a lone this year. Still, for all of its popularity, red obviously does not represent newness.

  4. The holiday’s newest hue is brown, especially milk chocolate has been featured every where this Christmas holiday. Snowmen had brown hats, Santa wore brown suits, brown beads dangled from angels’ wings. Brown worked well with gold and copper and of course red. Why brown now? According to Gunnar Frank, creator of this year’s trend show at Christmas world, home decor provides more aspirations for holiday than ever before. As interiors gravitate toward warm tones, brown sits at the center of that shift

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