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Lighting Ideas for Stairs

Indoors or outdoors, lighting a stairway improves safety and adds an inviting glow to your space. LED step lights can be used to enhance your landscape, to amplify your deck lighting when entertaining, for commercial exterior lighting, or simply to feel more secure knowing your staircase is brightly lit.

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One option would be to have some lights built into the wall adjacent to the staircase. Depending on the size of your staircase, 3 or 4 lights should be enough. In this case, the rectangular shape of the lights matches the design of the staircase and integrates seamlessly into the whole décor.

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The design and construction of the stair detailing was quite complex; fittings had to be invisible from any angle, yet easily removable for maintenance if required.  We liaised closely with the staircase providers to define exactly how the risers, nosing and cable access were constructed.  The end result has worked perfectly and transforms what could be a plain corner of a games room into a welcoming, visual link between the main entertaining space and the mezzanine above.  Again the key to delivering this level of finish is integrating the lighting design into the wider build plans at an early stage.

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There are many ways to light staircases with treatments suitable for all styles and periods of houses.  The consistent theme running these sample solutions is the importance of integrating the lighting design with the architecture and the interior treatment.  Involving your lighting designer early in the design process means the cabling, fixing locations and fixture specifications for your staircase lighting can be incorporated at the correct stages of your build.

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Lighting Ideas for Nursery Room

I love how people are thinking outside the box when it comes to their nursery design. Not only do you see bold, fun trends in colors, wallpaper, seating and artwork, lighting choices have become another cool way to express your style.

Put up ceiling fixtures. Overhead fixtures are the safest light source in a nursery since the wiring is behind walls and the fixture itself is well out of the baby’s reach. Choose a fixture style with a shade that covers the bulb and softens the light; babies spend a lot of time staring at the ceiling, and untamed bulbs can be harsh on young eyes. Some shades have glow-in-the-dark designs that linger long after lights-out, giving the baby something to gaze at.

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If you are having several recessed lights installed, consider having several switches so that the lights can be operated independently. And whether you have one overhead light or several, be sure to install a dimmer switch to make it easy to check on the baby at night without rousing him.

Have a lamp with a really low wattage bulb. It’s a little like the light you get from behind the curtains just as the sun is rising. If need to, Blinds are a great way to alter the amount of light in your baby’s nursery during the day.

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Table lamps come in a wide range of nursery-appropriate styles; many are designed to match bedding sets or have juvenile themes. Some are made of ceramic, others of painted wood, and still others are crafted from antique toys. In some cases, the lamp base is the decorative centerpiece, while other lamps feature a clever shade. However, try to avoid putting table lamps near the edges of shelves or tables. These are likely to get pulled over when your baby starts crawling.

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Basement Lighting Ideas

If you’re looking for extra space to expand your home and haven’t considered the basement, you’re missing out on the possibilities of this perennially underrated room. Long relegated to use as little more than laundry rooms and storage areas, basement remodeling can enable everything from guest suites to media rooms.

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If your goal is to make your basement a place for recreation or living, then lighting is one of the most important aspects to consider. When it comes to lighting a basement properly, the necessary steps differ from other rooms in a house because the structure of a basement is inherently different–e.g., few or no windows. However, once you’ve learned how to choose the proper lighting for a basement, you will be able to perfect the lighting in a way that suits your preferences.

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Track lighting can be a remodeled basement’s best friend. It is easy to install, doesn’t take up floor or wall space, and is remarkably flexible. Many systems, such as the one shown here, combine both spot fixtures for accent lighting and pendant or flood fixtures for ambient lighting. Track lighting also allows you to easily change the room lighting when you rearrange the room’s furnishings or design–without having to change the fixtures

One of the most commonly cited problems in basement spaces is the lack of natural light. But with some careful planning and creative lighting design, even this seemingly fatal flaw can be corrected.

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A basement with nothing more than overall lighting can feel very artificial and empty due to the harshness of the lights. Lamps can improve a harshly lit environment by introducing soft, ambient lighting. This type of lighting works by accenting certain zones of the room. For example, a lamp on a table by a couch can make the area around the couch feel more lively. Where to place accent lighting is up to your personal preference, but in most cases you would want to place them in areas that you want to emphasize, such as a desk or a media corner.

Lighting Ideas for Dark Room

The level of natural light in your rooms can really affect your mood. Those blessed rays, filled with sunlight and vitamin D make you feel positive. So, its natural that bright rooms make us feel happier, more alive and vibrant.

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If there’s a room in your house that’s a bit dim, there are many tricks you can use to brighten it up right away. Changing the lighting and color will make a dramatic difference, and choosing lighter furniture and decorations can also help a room feel spacious and bright. If you want to make a bigger investment, adding windows and replacing the flooring will change your room from a cave to a haven.

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If you’ve been living in your home for a while, most likely you are used to its dark areas. Closets, living and family rooms that don’t bring in enough natural light, or possibly the current paint color scheme and dark furniture is making your interiors feel like a black hole. Before you can brighten your interiors, you will need to discover what factors are creating the dark feeling. Do you need better windows in your interiors or lighter colors on your walls or possibly less bulky and dark furniture in your spaces?

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For many homes dark painted ceilings or even wood paneled ceiling applications are common. While the darker ceilings create a dramatic mood within the room, they can also leave the room feeling like a cave. Recessed lighting fixtures or commonly referred to as “can lights” can brighten up the ceiling without being obtrusive to the eye. Consider installing a dimmer switch to have versatile lighting control.

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Lighting Ideas for Home Swimming Pool

Adding lighting to your pool and its surroundings will allow you to use the pool and your outdoor living spaces at night. It is also a safety measure so you can see where you are walking when the sun goes down.

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Low-voltage lighting that saves energy and softly lights up your yard is still the best way to enhance your outdoor living spaces. Strategically placed lights that shine into the branches of trees gives them a sculptural quality. Soft but effective light splashing on the pathways leading to your pool, on steps and near your patio will allow you to safely maneuver around your yard without tripping over things such as planter boxes, shrubs and furniture.

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Color-changing pool and spa lights that feature LED technology is used in this pool. This certainly give you the feeling of luxury and sophistication. A Mediterranean pool that utilized not just electrical lights but even candle lights, giving it a resort-like feel.

A well-lit yard is enjoyable to look at from inside the house and makes it look better overall. Consider lighting specimen plantings, pergolas, pathways, patios and decks when you plan your outdoor lighting. Low-voltage lighting is easy to install yourself since it comes in kits that can be added to later on as you continue to develop your outdoor living spaces.

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