Design Tips

Lighting Basics

General Lighting provides an area with overall illumination. Also known as ambient lighting, general lighting radiates a comfortable level of brightness, enabling one to see and walk about safely. It can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights, and with lanterns outside your home. A basic form of lighting that…

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Lighting Controls

Everyone wants their home to be a pleasant space. If your only choice is to live with harsh lighting, on or off, you will never achieve the atmosphere you want. Home designers agree that 90% of the time we are in our homes we do not need full lighting. Lighting controls provide the aesthetics you…

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Lighting Shapes & Forms

Once you’ve selected what you want to light, you’ll have to decide how you’re going to light it. Your local ALA showroom is the best place to view the many different styles, sizes and shapes of lighting fixtures that are available to deliver the general, task, and accent light you need. Hall/Foyer Fixtures can create…

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Outdoors

Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your home safer and more secure, and increases the number of pleasurable hours you spend outdoors. And it is an investment that pays off handsomely in the value it adds to your home. A well-lighted front entrance enables you to greet guests and identify visitors. Outdoor…

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Kitchen

The kitchen is primarily a work area, but it is also a gathering place for family and friends. Kitchen Lighting that is comfortable as well as functional is required. A large kitchen ceiling fixture, equipped with energy-efficient fluorescent tubes will supply plenty of well-diffused general lighting (see light sources), but it may leave you working…

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Bathroom

In the bathroom, you need plenty of even, shadow-free lighting for shaving, grooming, and applying makeup. In a small bathroom, mirror lights will illuminate the entire room, but in a larger bathroom, an additional ceiling fixture is needed for general lighting. A recessed infrared heat lamp will give you added warmth on chilly mornings. For…

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Dining Room

Dining room lighting should be both beautiful and functional. This requires a mix of general, task, and accent lighting that can set the mood for a number of functions, including a formal dinner, a family get-together, and other activities such as homework, hobbies, or family bookkeeping. Dimming controls will enable you to vary the light…

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Lighting Sources

The performance of any light fixture depends very much on the light source (bulb) used. Different sources produce different effects. Light is measured in terms of: Wattage The amount of electricity consumed by a bulb. Lumens The amount of light that a bulb produces. Footcandles The amount of light reaching a subject. Incandescent General Service…

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