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8 Ways to Get Ambient Lighting Just Right

See clearly, boost energy and create the mood you want with these tips for harnessing natural and artificial light Full Story
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labrody
Sometimes I like warm light and sometimes I like cool light. I use the Philips Hue bulbs so I can change the color temp to whatever I desire. I can also change the hue but I mostly use it to change the temperature. During the day I got for cooler and as the day winds down I go warm to very warm.
February 7, 2014 at 5:37AM     
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April 21, 2014 at 10:21AM   
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How to Get the Pendant Light Right

Guide: Where and how high should your hanging lights be? Full Story
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Tara Abraham
I need a pendant light for a small dining room that has virtually no natural light. We found one with a steel above-shade that is a nightmare: lots of "below" light but overall the room is dark. We find some of the lantern/drum pendants too opaque. Can anyone suggest a dining room light that will give enough overall light without being glaring?
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olldroo
Tara, I know exactly what you mean about your light, mine is similar and definitely not the best choice I made. The metal shade also confines the arc of light over the table and I am seriously thinking of raising the light for this reason, although I hate looking up at bare globes. I am really doubting the practicability of a pendant over a dining table as nice as they look as I find I also have to work around the light when I am setting the table or working in the room. My old light was a ceiling light that gave out good light when needed and I used a dimmer switch when I wanted softer light for eating. I now think I prefer the table setting to be the focal point rather than a light fitting.
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Get Turned On to a Lighting Plan

Coordinate your layers of lighting to help each one of your rooms look its best and work well for you Full Story
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julleah - try to make the process as organic as possible - don't decide what needs to happen til you have to. One step at a time. Get the samples - maybe even a six foot piece to start. Accent lights are usually point source - I have a 300 watt halogen up light (modified torchere) in my kitchen that goes from mood light to task light with the setting of the dimmer. Everything is relative, try not to pre-conceive what it OK and what is not - light is light you decide how to use it. What we want to accomplish with the linear light source at the top of the cabinets is (ambient) sun light/day sky. you can put the cool and warm test strips on one transformer - then try one then the other and you'll get an idea of what it will look like. The light color (in kelvin) is partially a matter of preference and partly a matter of aesthetics. A modern/Euro kitchen would probably be more appropriate with cool light, a more "traditional" kitchen (wood/brass) with warm. I would put in both (not a very big investment) on different circuits - probably use the cool for food prep and the warm or combination of the two for ambient the rest of the time. Once again, I'd have to see the test fixtures in place and know your preferences which you may not even know until you try them.

As an aside - color temperature has a psycho-physical response associated with it. Cooler light colors (which are hotter light temperatures - this gets confusing) such as white and bluer colors tend to wake you up while warmer light colors (cooler light temperatures) such as yellow. orange and red tend to help you get to sleep or stay sleepy - so if you are going to go to the kitchen at night to make sure the chocolate cake is OK you may want to have the option of a (very) warm light so you don't wake up too much. This is why I put in the three bulb, amber step lights (Innovative Lighting Technologies/Roland Iowa) in the house - so I can walk around at night and not have the light wake me up but still provide enough light to navigate.

If the lighting works great there was a fair amount of thought that went into it.
September 3, 2014 at 6:56AM   
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Gemma McLuckie
I wish one of the lighting experts would do an ideabook about bathroom lighting, other than sconces and chandeliers. I have not seen one on lighting in the rest of the bath or tips on usefulness, including making sure fixtures provide enough light to keep folks from falling, etc. Thanks!
September 6, 2014 at 6:09PM     
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8 Things Successful Architects and Designers Do

Good architects tell a story and engage the senses. They understand the rules — and know when to break them Full Story
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frenchdecor
I use this article to give other point of view, those who trapped in bad design circle. Professionals seems pat each other's back and sure that rules (or breaking them), concepts and guide lines are excellent and novice are eager to follow them, too. Here some pictures my husband took for me, later I checked and I didn't like them, nether our daughter. The prices between 500-700k, rare house cost less around here. Who thinks they are for poor people? Or who think they were not designed by architect? And who think there school for bad architect (for poor folks) and school for good architect (custom) for 10% of population? I believe they are universal professionals in first place, then they have different work places and experience.
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outofplumb
I would add a ninth idea except it rarely happens: “They see how the design worked out and learn from it”. Steward Brand’s excellent book, How Buildings Learn, talks at length about how architects rarely if ever actually evaluate the use of a building once completed much to the chagrin of those that have to live and/or work in the buildings. Similar points in Michael Pollan’s also excellent book, A Place of My Own
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