Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Bright Shining New Year ~ Entryway and Stairs

Perhaps with a new year you have decided to update, rearrange and renew your home! While decluttering, arranging and decorating, do not neglect your lighting. While you may not be aware of lighting each time you enter a room, it will certainly be obvious if it is dark or shadowed.

An entryway may have natural light coming in from windows in the area. There may be an overhead light in a small entry, however a double height entry requires a chandelier with lighting controls at both the bottom and top of the stairs. Stairways should be brightly lit for safety, but can be beautiful at the same time. Recessed fixturesceiling-mounted fixtures or wall sconces provide ambient lighting in hallways and staircases.

Position directional fixtures if displaying paintings or photographs in a hall or stairway. Accent lighting is an excellent way to to feature artwork.

The professionals at Lighting and Lamp will provide skill and experience in locating and aiming proper bulbs and lumens to avoid glare and ensure that artwork is not damaged.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rearing Children and Loving Family

Ruth and Charles Wright were very conscious of how they spent their time as well as their money. They decided to go into business for a second time in 1947, opening a restaurant in Crestline Village, Patty's Eat Shop. The business was successful, but the hours were too long for parents of a nine year old, so they decided to sell the business. Charles said he had never had this much money at one time, and Ruth's reply was "and I have never worked 20 out of 24 hours either."

"Mother loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. It was important to her to build memories. Not long before her death, she said that memories are what you will live on in your elder years." ~ Patsy Wright Burks

Being a family owned and operated business, Randy Calhoun and the "family" at Lighting & Lamp, Pelham, AL are anxious to assist with needs in your home to make you and your family more comfortable, safe and encourage "together time" making memories. Having a family game night in the new media room, or a cookout in the back yard that is lit with energy efficient lighting encourages togetherness and will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Ephesians 6:4: And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Bright Shining New Year ~ For Your Kitchen...

It is the beginning of a new year!  Many of us have made New Year's resolutions to clean out and clean up our houses! While decorating and decluttering, remember to evaluate your lighting throughout your home. When appropriate lighting is in place, it may not gain attention, but if it is poor it will certainly be noticeable. Take into consideration the activities that will happen in each room when deciding on lighting options.
Kitchen by SWAG Home Staging
Our kitchens are practically the most important room in our home! Since it is January, kitchens bring to mind comfort food by the crock pot full, delicious aromas wafting from that direction, homework being worked on, chatter from little ones, and lively conversations as everyone catches up on each other's day. Kitchens need task lighting directly over counter tops and the sink area. Under cabinet lighting is a great option as it lights the direct area with no shadows from the person working. 

A casual chandelier over the table will allow bright light for homework, bill paying as well as enjoying a family dinner. Chandeliers are a delightful way to add personality to your kitchen. Adding a dimmer to the switch can allow softer light when desired. Pendant lights are a beautiful way to provide adequate lighting over an island.

The experienced team at Lighting and Lamp is excited to combine their knowledge with your ideas and needs to make your kitchen shine! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Bright Shining New Year ~ For Your Living Room...

With a new year comes the effort of getting organized. In order to complete a feel of organization, lighting in a home is necessary to consider.  When appropriate lighting is in place, it might not gain great attention, but if lighting is poor, even the smallest task can be frustrating. While contemplating light choices, take into account several items before making those decisions. The purpose of your room, multiple light sources and comfort.
Our living rooms and family rooms are exactly what they say they are! Rooms to live in and celebrate being a family! When decorating, and thinking of activities that take place in the most popular space in our home, lighting may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but if lighting is not “right”, it will certainly be noticed! Proper lighting is one of the things that you may not realize, unless it is not right!

To accommodate reading, watching television, playing board games, conversation and entertaining, layered lighting is important. Task lighting is absolutely necessary for reading. There are many varieties of lamps, all shapes, colors and sizes from table top to floor lamps. Floor lamp torchieres with translucent globes facing upward provide soft light with no shadows. Lamps are great for board games, visiting, and laptop use as well.

What is ambient lighting? Rather than recessed downlights, ambient lighting bounces from the ceiling creating brightness in the room without shadows. Wash your walls with light using valance lighting or track lighting that is directed toward the walls. If there is an entertainment center, bookcase or curio cabinet, adding a piece of millwork and a slim linear fluorescent with good color rendering will add instant warmness. Dimmers allow flexibility in amount of light depending on the current activity.

Accenting artwork, a beautiful fireplace or plant is a great way to add warm light, as well as show off your favorite prize!

It is a new year! Take a look around your family room and make it Shine! Lighting and Lamp's experts are happy to guide you in your new adventure.