Getting to Know You: Lighting Basics
Light is one of those things: when it’s right, you may not even notice its brilliance, but when it’s wrong, there’s little else you can focus on (literally).
Watt Are You Talking About: A Guide to Light Bulbs
The light bulb has long been known as a great idea—in fact, we even use its image to symbolize… wait for it… a great idea.
Fixture Upper: Types of Lighting Fixtures
Blow minds at your next dinner party with your encyclopedic knowledge of different lighting fixture styles.
Control Freak: How to Control Your Lighting
There are plenty of good reasons to have more control over your lighting. It’s energy efficient, it’s cost saving.
Efficiency Expert: Benefits of Energy Saving Lights
The latest innovations in lighting have made it easier than ever to save energy and, by proxy, money.
Not the Brightest Bulb: Wattage vs. Lumens
It seems simple enough: You want brighter light, you buy a higher wattage bulb, right? Wrong. It’s time for a lesson on watts vs. lumens
Flip Your Switch: Choosing Dimmers vs. Switches
When it comes to controlling light flow, you’ve got options—and both have benefits that are worth considering.
Dimmer switches allow you to control how much light output you experience, giving you the chance to increase the flow as daylight wanes or decrease it to set a more relaxing mood. Instead of just “on” or “off,” you’ve got options. You’ll save energy—and money—so, dimmers all the way! It seems like a no-brainer, right? Of course there’s a catch. If you’re using “smart” bulbs, you’ll need a smart dimmer. In addition, you want to be sure you don’t use a dimmer with anything that has a motor, like a ceiling fan. Even some fluorescent lights shouldn’t be used with dimmer switches, because of the way in which they draw current.
A budgetary note: Dimmers are more expensive than regular switches, so to cut costs, don’t use them in areas that don’t require lighting adjustment. And, as with anything, check your FLOS manual before installing an external dimmer to a light source.
Your LED IQ: How to Avoid Mistakes When Buying LED Lights
You’ve bought light bulbs before—is it really so different when you’re buying LED lights? Yes, obviously. Why else would we bring it up?
For Your Consideration: What to Consider Before Buying Designer Lights
Buying a designer light is no small decision: It’s a financial investment, and it impacts the look and experience of your home.
Hang On: 5 Things You Should Know Before Hanging a Pendant Light
Pendant lights are one of our favorites: They create a pleasant ambience, they provide task lighting—basically, they’re always right.
LED 101: Facts About LED Lights
What do you need to know about LEDs? Everything. LED lights—or Light Emitting Diodes.
Light-Headed: How Your Light Affects Your Moods
Sure, candlelight is romantic—but the true effect of light on our emotions and moods goes far deeper than you may expect.
Tough Choice: How to Choose LED vs Halogen Lights
You’ve found the perfect lamp—so, do you put an LED or Halogen bulb in it?
CRI: What is the Color Rendering Index?
The CRI—or Color Rendering Index—is a measure of how well a light reveals the true colors of the objects it illuminates, especially in comparison to the way a natural light source would. In plain language, does a light make an object look orange when it’s generally red? The CRI would be low.
The index ranges from 0-100 and indicates a more “true” rendering the higher the number will be. Natural light, for example, would be 100 CRI. Shopping for light? CRI values are often listed as CIE Ra values on commercially available lighting products.
Safety Dance: What’s a UL Certification
A UL Certification or the UL Listing Mark, usually denoted by a red circle with the letters “UL” inside of it, indicates that a product has been tested and that it meets the UL’s requirements and standards of safety.
So what’s the UL, you ask? Great question. UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, an organization that is considered the world leader in product safety testing and certification. So, in short, the UL Certification is a good sign on any product.
Light It Up: Light and Safety
From your porch light to the pendant over your kitchen counter, lights lend to the overall safety within and around your home.
Act Natural: How to Integrate Natural Light into Your Space
The use of natural light in building conception doesn’t just create a beautiful result—it’s smart and a step towards sustainability, since illuminating interiors naturally can reduce lighting electricity consumption significantly. Known as “daylighting,” it’s the controlled admission of natural daylight, direct sunlight, and diffused skylight into a space. Architects and builders work more and more to allow for free-flowing daylight in new construction, and to add light to existing spaces in a few key ways:
- Use of larger windows
- Incorporation of skylights
- Raising ceilings
- Strategic use of mirrors
- Opting for glass surfaces (reflective) instead of wood or brick, which can absorb light
LED Manufacturing/LED Binning: How Does It Work?
To understand the basics of LED manufacturing, it’s best to get familiar with a process called “LED Binning.”
LED binning is the technique that manufacturers have developed to classify their LEDs. How’d it get that name? It’s actually pretty simple: LEDs are placed into similar categories, or “bins,” with the category/bin defined by the similarity in lumens, color, and voltage.
Lumens and color are the most important parameters in LED variability, and, luckily, binning according to lumens is a relatively straightforward way to define and measure. Binning by color is more complex.
FLOS purchases LEDs for specific products through microbinning to ensure the utmost consistency with a certain product range. For example, the Kelvin LED Green Mode and its earlier versions all use the 30 top LEDs, so if you had several lamps grouped together in an office, you’d have an identical color and lumen output.
2018: What are the biggest trends in lighting?
The future is bright when it comes to lighting trends—literally. Here’s what is just ahead in the world of lighting technology.
You’re So Smart: Forecasting Lighting Trends
Lighting has never been so smart: In the last two years, experts have noticed a significant upswing in the availability and use of smart lighting solutions.
Learn about lighting material and finishes
Luxury lighting designs make your spaces, whether homes or offices, appealing and sumptuous. The type of materials and finishes that go into the lighting fixtures make all the difference. This is why interior designers and architects spend time and effort planning the appropriate look and feel – so, to help ease your journey, here’s an insight into what these special materials and finishes are.
Lamp & Shade Materials
The classic combination of a lamp and its shade adds the right amount of magnificence and styling touch to a room. Let’s look at some of the most popular finishes for the lamp’s body, design, and its shade.
- Lamp Body Materials
- Metals: bronze, gold, nickel, steel, stainless steel, and chrome
- Powder coats
- Wood-based finishes such as walnut, mahogany, oak, and more
- Other materials such as glass, ceramic, resin, leather, hemp, crystal, and marble
- Design Finishes – There is an array of designs for lighting finishes to choose from – be it for a floor light or a ceiling lamp, a table fixture, or a pendant.
- Painted finishes
- Alternative materials such as bronze, nickel, chrome, brass, pewter, stainless steel, etc.
- Wood finishes such as cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany
- Acrylic finishes
- Shade Materials - Linen, textures, silk, pleated finish, burlap, flax, parchment
Mixing and Matching Different Finishes
There are no specific rules for creating lighting fixtures and, a contemporary lighting provider will typically offer fixtures that will have common combinations of -
- Wood & Metal
- Wood & Fabric
- Metal & Cement
- Stainless Steel & Glass
Tips for Selecting a Lighting Finish
- Build your fixtures to match one prominent light
- Layer up the lights by using accents, ambient lighting, and focused fixtures
- Add contrast in moderation
- Metals work well with wood
- Don’t add too many distinctive design elements
- Find a theme and follow it
Latest Trends in Lighting Finishes
Modern and contemporary lighting is all about minimalist designs, clean finishes, and pleasant colors. Some of the popular trends in modern lighting design are as follows:
- Matte black is in vogue– In the world of contemporary lights, matte is all in. Discover a new range of pendant lights in a bold matte black finish.
- Clean metals are the go-to– The new-age style is all about keeping the body of the fixture clean and minimalist.
- Wood never goes out of style– Wooden fixtures add a measure of calmness and charm to your room. They provide an earthy, natural, and pleasant vibe to the aesthetics and are still a popular form of finish.
- Acrylic– Acrylic may not be the most popular material for lighting fixtures, but it is steadily gaining attention. It is lightweight, highly pliable, and looks neat – no wonder, the modern designers love it!
Whether you are looking to renovate or re-decorate a space with new lighting, take materials into great consideration. It should not only match the color palette and suit its purpose, but also elevate its visual appeal.