“How To” Guidelines
Care & Cleaning
An investment in quality lighting for your home can be better served if these products are maintained properly. In order to get the most out of your lighting fixtures, follow these simple care and cleaning guidelines:
Your investment in the sophistication and beauty of a crystal chandelier will last for generations, if cared for properly. Each crystal deserves careful handling during maintenance. Apply a water-dampened soft cloth to the crystals and the frame, or if needed, use commercially sold, non-abrasive, liquid crystal cleaning solution. Never wash crystals in the dishwasher, which causes permanent damage to the crystal components. If you have removed the crystals from the fixture for cleaning, avoid smudging during reinstallation by wearing cotton gloves.
Interior and Exterior Fixtures
Whether inside or outside the home, pollutants can damage your lighting fixtures. Although these damaging effects cannot be eliminated, preventive measures will help reduce them. For interior fixtures, common sense is a good rule. Weekly dusting will help preserve the finish and beautiful characteristics of your products. Polished brass finishes weather more quickly than other metals, but a specially treated brass finish is available through your local Lighting One showroom. Powder-coated cast aluminum materials also offer a durable construction to withstand the elements. For glass accents, clean only with a water-dampened cloth. We discourage using a commercial glass cleaner unless the solution absolutely will not touch the metal frame. Always check the recommendations of the manufacturer before performing any of these maintenance and care guidelines.
Every U.L. approved light fixture advises the consumer about the maximum allowable wattage of lightbulb(s) for that particular fixture. These guidelines are set to avoid fire and must be followed to ensure safety.
Also, consider the combined wattage of all sockets for the safety of both the fixture and the supporting household circuit. In general terms, try to keep the wattage of a single fixture to a maximum of 480 to 500 watts. So, for example, if you have a 12-light chandelier, use 40-watt or lower bulbs, even if each socket is rated for 60-watt bulbs. Your Lighting One consultant can “enlighten” you on any of these tips.
Ask about our Lighting One branded lightbulbs in 120V and 130V for maximum efficiency in your home.
Disconnect the electrical source from any fixture you are cleaning. The cleaning tips above also apply to the lighting fixtures throughout your home. Use commercial cleaners only when they state they are specifically made for lighting fixtures. Active cleaning agents and abrasive cleaning agents from non-lighting-specific cleaners can rapidly remove protective coatings from your fixture, resulting in color changes or other damage to base metals. When removing glass globes, hold them securely while removing thumbscrews or finials. Wash the globes by hand, avoiding contact with items that can cause breakage.
Choosing the appropriate lighting for your home can be an arduous task, but well worth it when you see the final result. Your home communicates your taste and style, and taking the proper time in advance can help you best achieve this goal.
Choose from the links below to determine which lighting works for you!
- Fundamentals of Residential Lighting
- Bathroom Lighting
- Ceiling Fixtures — Pendants and Chandeliers
- Decorative Accent Lighting
- Dining Room Lighting
- Foyer Lighting
- Kitchen Lighting
- Lamps – Accent, Table and Floor Lamps
- Outdoor Lights – Landscape
- Outdoor Lights – General
- Outdoor Lights – Utility
- Recessed Lighting
- Wall-Mounted Lights
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Lighting designers and manufacturers proudly combine fashion and function in their designs, creating compelling decorative lamps and fixtures that do more than simply illuminate – they beautify a home.
Lighting products including chandeliers, table lamps, wall sconces, and floor lamps are available in a variety of shapes, styles, and finishes to help change the look and function of a room. Although common and traditional polished brass fixtures remain popular to this day, a variety of other finishes are now available and have increasingly gained popularity with consumers in recent years.
Decorative lighting is used for style, as well as function. Many homeowners today are focusing on using coordinated families of lamps and fixtures for each room, thereby creating a look that matches their personal style preferences.
Decorative lighting manufacturers design their products based on the diversity of their customers. For example, a homeowner in a rustic, wooded area may select lamps embellished with pine-needle filigree. The ability to incorporate special design elements such as these provides homeowners with more opportunity to personalize their homes to match their environment.
When shopping for decorative lighting, always select the highest quality lighting that fits within your budget. Lighting One offers a variety of brand levels that will help you select the products that best meet your needs and budget. And always consider your lighting an investment in your home. Therefore, an investment in quality will certainly provide you with longer-life products that will beautify your home for many years to come. And don’t forget to ask your design consultant about Lighting One’s financing options!
Changing lampshades is an effective way to freshen up or update a room’s décor. Lampshade fashions are all about using beautiful materials and combining them with unique treatments. The fabric choices for shades are much more decorative and refined, such as shantung silks and crinkled oiled papers. Decorative trim on lampshades has become very popular. Have fun selecting a lampshade dressed up with a row of glass beads, pearls, rhinestones, tassels, or even feathers to complement a setting in your home. Selecting the right shade is an easy way to dress up an area of your home with functional accessories.
Decide what to light by analyzing the space in terms of:
- Function – activities that will be performed in this area
- Mood – to create an appropriate atmosphere
- Style – contemporary, traditional, etc.
- Tasks – consideration to the tasks to be performed
- Special Objects – items to accent such as paintings or sculptures
- Seating Areas – consider results based on where people will sit
- Architectural Features – special features to be emphasized
Once you’ve thought about what type of lighting effects you would like to create for a particular room, you will need to find the right assortment of lighting products to create the desired effect. When considering lighting, take these things into account:
- General lighting – replaces daylight
- Accent lighting – to highlight and accentuate
- Task lighting – for work areas
Below are the different types of lighting and a description of whether they are general, accent, or task lighting.
- Ceiling fixtures are best used for general lighting.
- Chandeliers also create a general lighting atmosphere.
- Dimmers can add drama to any room featuring a chandelier. Don’t be restricted to using this feature in the dining room.
- Hanging fixtures, such as those used in a foyer, will offer general lighting that will create a comfortable level of lighting.
- Pendants are a versatile way to create task or general lighting. Consider hanging several pendants at various heights over your favorite reading chair for a stylish accent.
- Portable lamps will create general, task, and accent lighting, but have the added bonus of being mobile.
- Table lamps, floor lamps, and torchieres come in a variety of shapes and sizes to complement any style.
- Recessed lighting hides away in your ceiling while offering general, task, and accent lighting.
- Track lighting is flexible enough to offer each form of lighting and has become a very stylish choice.
- Wall-mounted fixtures will provide general, task, and accent lighting.