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How To Size Your Chandelier
The sparkle and dazzle of a well-placed chandelier defines and enhances the mood of any room. A chandelier that is too large can easily overpower a room and its inhabitants; one that is too small becomes insignificant and decreases the perceived value of the entire space. By following a few interior design guidelines for choosing the correct size, you will maximize the impact of the fixture. Room size affects chandelier size, but the type of space also affects the size.
1. Measure the width and length of the room. Add these two numbers together and consider the resulting figure as inches rather than feet. This is the diameter of the chandelier that will best suit the room. Allow 2 to 3 inches of chandelier length per foot of wall height. For example a dining room with 10-foot ceilings, 16 feet wide and 18 feet long, can accommodate a chandelier 34 inches in diameter and 20 to 30 inches in length. This calculation is particularly well-suited to a chandelier hanging in the center of the room and over the major piece of furniture or focal point, as in a dining room.
2. Define the area in a large room of several conversation areas or functions with a table or area rug. Use half the table width as the diameter guideline for the chandelier over a focal point table. Use the length and width of the area rug added together and called inches as the chandelier diameter over a conversation area rug.
3. Calculate the diameter of multiple chandeliers over a focal point by dividing the diameter of the table by the number of hanging chandeliers plus 1. For example, a table 54 inches wide would be best partnered with two chandeliers 18 inches in diameter, hung 18 inches apart over the center of the table.
4. Choose a rectangular chandelier for a rectangular table that is in keeping with the proportions of the table. For example, for a table that is 54 inches wide and 72 inches long, the diameter should be 27 inches. Subtract 27 inches from the length of the table for the result of a length of 45 inches. The rectangular chandelier best proportioned to this table would be 27 inches wide and 45 inches long.
5. Consider that a stairwell has a perceived wall height of two stories and calculate the length of the chandelier accordingly. Two-story entries should be treated similarly.
6. Hang the chandelier so the bottom is no less than 30 inches from the table surface in a dining room and no less than 7 feet from the floor in a hallway or stairwell. These guidelines will affect the length of the piece, so adjust accordingly.
Outdoor Lighting – The New Statement Spotlight
2020 has been the year to elevate the standards of your residence, and what a great way to start if not by the shine that surrounds your beloved patrimony.
Outdoor lighting has expanded beyond the front door. Homeowners are now designing their lighting plans to expand their space, creating a balance between the inside and outside of their homes. Rather than seeing a dark wall through a window at night, homeowners are now creating beautifully lit exteriors with a variety of lighting fixtures that are glamorous and stylish. If you are thinking about adding outdoor lighting to your home or updating your existing setup, there are some things you need to consider.
Choosing the Right Size of Fixtures for Your Home:
If your yard is a large space, it will be very tempting to choose large, flashy light fixtures to post around your property to bring in as much light as possible. However, doing so can ruin the look of your house and destroy the gorgeous balance between light and dark. To choose light fixtures that will work well together and won’t overpower the natural beauty of your property, here are a few tips:
Don’t choose light fixtures that block the doorway. An open doorway is welcoming and looks nice.
Choose just enough lighting to get your particular job done, not more. For example, if you are looking to brighten up your front lawn to chase off the shadows, some floodlights will do the trick. If you are just looking to light a pathway in your garden, a floodlight might be too much but some path lights will look a lot better.
Choosing the Color of Your Fixtures:
The light itself is important during the night, but remember, your light fixtures will also be visible during the day. Choosing the right colored fixtures to match your home or to blend in with the style you are looking for goes a long way. For example, if you have lighter colored material for your home, such as white brick or siding, then darker colored fixtures will pop.
Durability of the Lights and Fixtures:
When it comes to outdoor lighting, you want both your lights and the fixtures to last. For lights, LED lights do not consume as much energy as incandescent bulbs and provide a long-lasting, gorgeous light. This means you will spend less money and less time replacing them than you would with either fluorescent and incandescent bulbs.
To make sure your fixtures last, it is important to keep in mind what type of weather is in your area. This will help you pick the material that is best suited for your climate and will be able to withstand the elements.
Know the Areas You Want to Accent:
Knowing what areas of your yard you are going to accent can help you choose the right type of lighting fixture. For example, spotlighting is great for fountains and statues while well-lighting is good for trees and bushes. Having this fundamental idea about your yard will help you choose the perfect lighting fixtures, allowing you to create a gorgeous night-time landscape.
Now that you got some time to think and consider that our home could look so much better with some improvement, give us a call. Our team has a unique eye for detail and can help create an outdoor lighting design that wows your neighbors. Fight away the shadows and fall in love with your property all over again with immaculate outdoor lighting design from our team! Call us today to schedule a consultation.
THE TOP 5 MATERIALS USED IN CONTEMPORARY LIGHTING DESIGN IN 2020
Materiality is important, especially when it applies to lighting. As trends change and tastes develop over time, it’s important to choose timeless lighting that fits your space. Above all, we recommend light fixtures with long lifespans, made of high-quality materials.
Known for its longevity and durable sustainability, brass has become a top material used in contemporary lighting design in 2019. Brass has actually been at the top of this list for a few years now, but in 2019, new brass finishes are rising in popularity. Brass requires minimal upkeep and cleaning needs, with environmentally friendly recyclability. Our THIN System is known for it’s minimal, yet luxurious brass tubing in various finishes.
Perhaps one of the most common materials in lighting, glass emphasizes luxury and crystal-like extravagance. With such versatility, glass can be textured or smooth, transparent or opaque, colored or clear. Glass lighting is easy to clean and displays a beautifully diffused aura.
Acrylic sometimes gets a bad wrap as a cheap material, however it’s important to note there is a whole range of quality in acrylic out there. High-quality acrylic, such as the Evonik Satinice Acrylic used to product the Love Me Not Pendant, is used to create porcelain-like finishes, with a much higher flexibility than ceramic material. Acrylic’s durability and lightweight body even tops glass as a diffuser of light. Offering a delicate softness with moldable and durable attributes, frosted acrylic becomes a luxurious material for lighting.
WHICH COLOR TEMPERATURE DO I NEED FOR MY SPACE?
Aluminum is best used for outdoor lighting and high-output fixtures, which is why this material made our top 5 list of contemporary lighting materials for 2019. As outdoor lighting becomes more curated and developed in the high-end design world, like our Rail Outdoor Lighting System, aluminum’s demand continues to rise. Aluminum can be anodized for outdoor durability and waterproofing. Aluminum is also a fantastic heat absorber for high-output light fixtures, like the Metropolis Collection. Naturally drawing heat out of the core of the fixture, aluminum serves as the best vehicle in keeping fixtures at manageable temperatures.
As one of this list’s most wide-ranging and versatile materials, using fabric with lighting is becoming undeniably popular. As markets begin integrating sound-proofing capabilities with lighting, fabric naturally serves as the variable in color palette. By utilizing high textures, and bright colors and patterns, fabric can be a playful solution to designs.
A common question is, “Which color temperature do I need for my space?” To determine this, you will need to understand the difference in color temperature options. The easy answer is, the lower the number, the more yellow the light output will be, the higher the number, the bluer the light output will be. Candlelight falls at 1000K, whereas daylight sits upwards of 10000K. Here is a scale to show where other sources of light fall on the Kelvin Temperature Chart.
Depending on which product you are inquiring about, Juniper may be able to offer custom light outputs. After choosing other options such as fixture size, metal finish, and lens finish, you may be prompted to choose a lens color temperature. For some products, we offer three temperature options; 2700K, 3000K, and 4000K. Although these temperatures are fairly close together, there are minor differences that could help warm or cool your space to the desired temperature. Here are some suggestions for color temperature and brightness by the type of space.
Bedrooms may very well be the most intimate space in your home. We recommend keeping the lights low and warm for a soothing mood that reduces anxiety and high-energy.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 1,500 to 4,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 2700-3000K.
Warmer light can keep your appetite up and your dining room inviting. Keeping your dining room lighting on the brighter side will enable guests to see what they’re eating, but we recommend installing a dimmer to set the right mood for your dining space.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 2200-3000K
We recommend bathroom spaces to be cooler and brighter so they remain functional for your morning routine. A clean, fresh setting can be achieved through cooler light temperatures.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 3000-4000K.
Brighter lighting for a kitchen is ideal to cast enough light for food prep and maneuvering around your space. The color temperature recommendation is wide open, since kitchens can be so versatile. Let the color palette in your space determine how warm or cool to make your lighting. Still can’t decide? A safe option would be our standard 3000K temperature, which casts a warm white light and looks great in any space.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 2700-5000K.
LIVING ROOM OR LOUNGE
Keep a living room or lounge dim and warm for a cozy and inviting mood, perfect for entertaining or relaxing after a long day.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 1,500 to 3,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 2200-3000K.
OFFICE OR WORKSPACE
To be productive, you’ll need some functional lighting. Keeping your lighting cooler and brighter can keep you alert and productive.
Suggested Total Brightness Level – 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens
Suggested Color Temperature: 3000-5000K.
Still need help determining the right lamping settings for your space? Contact our helpful sales team with any product, design, or price questions, and together we’ll find a perfect light solution to that special place.