General Lighting Tips

Modern Lighting – Lighting Tips (Provided By Hinkley Lighting)

1. “When choosing decorative fixtures, consider the architectural style of your home an the interior design elements you wish to complement. Fixtures should be appropriate to the time period the house was built and its overall styling, whether Arts & Crafts or Colonial or Modern. Consider scale as well, making sure that the fixture is in proper proportion to the space it is illuminating and nearby architectural elements such as corbels and doors. “ – Amy Elbert, Senior Architect Editor, Traditional Home

2. Sconce Savvy – Creating a space in your bath that feels comfortable and imparts a feeling that’s fresh and inviting can set the right mood for a spa-like retreat. Be sure to consider the specific tasks that will take place and then select the right lighting for your daily routing.

Sconces are the ideal way to achieve the even, shadow-free light that’s desirable near the vanity. Depending on the fixture type, you can mount lights on the wall flanking the mirror, or even ON the mirror. Choose sconces with light-filtering material, shades or opal glass that help to minimize glare.


3. Dim Some – Insider Tip! Installing dimmers gives your bathroom lighting flexibility by allowing you to control the mood of the space, which increases the luxury quotient.

“Dimmers! They are your best friend. When you have the option of dimming the lights, it is easy to get a spa feel in the bath. It’s also all about feeling clean and relaxed in a spa bathroom so polished chrome and nickel alongside crisp white are often finishes that will help accomplish this feel.” – Ryan Korban

4. When installing fixtures on either side of the mirror is not optimal due to size and installation constraints, mount a fixture directly above the vanity for horizontal illumination. Ideally fixtures will run the width of the mirror and should be installed approximately 75”-80” above the floor. Another helpful tip: a light, bright vanity top will bounce light upward and further reduce shadows.

5. One of the most important considerations when selecting a chandelier for a specific space is its size and placement. Since chandeliers are designed to command attention or be a focal point, it’s important to get it right. Here are some simple guidelines used by the pros:


Sizing Guidelines:


Dining Room – To size a chandelier for your dining room, or to be the focal point of your space, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter that you can use as a guideline when selecting the size of your chandelier.


Example: 14’ + 20’ = 34’

Converted to inches = 34”

Correct Size Chandelier = 34” Diameter


If the resulting measurement (room length +width, converted to inches) seems inappropriate due to the size of your table, size your chandelier three quarters the width of your table.


In most cases, the bottom of your chandelier should sit approximately 30”-32” above the table top.


Foyer – When determining whether to hang a flush, semi-flush, or multi-tiered chandelier in your foyer, be advised that the bottom of the fixture should be at least 7’ from the floor.


For two-story foyers, if there is a window above the front door, center the chandelier so it can ben seen from outside.


If your foyer is extra large, you may also want add sconces. Sconces should be installed 60” from the floor and 6’-8’ apart.


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