Is it Time for My Business to Upgrade to LED Lights?

Government Incentives to Upgrade to Energy Efficient Lighting

When it comes to embracing new technology, businesses owners often feel hesitant to take the plunge and upgrade. Sometimes, there are good reasons to be reluctant:

  • The upfront cost can be more expensive than what you’re used to paying
  • The products are unproven in the market in the early stages
  • The specifications may not be quite right for your business
  • The options and features you desire aren’t available yet
  • The current product you’re using is more than sufficient

There are myriad reasons to stick with your current set up, especially when you’re happy with what you have and you don’t feel a pressing need to make a change. However, with LED lighting upgrades, making the switch isn’t so much a matter of if you’ll change, but when. We’ve already looked at why you should switch, but now we will answer when you should upgrade your business to LED lighting.

Option 1: Upgrading right now

There’s no time like the present to start looking at your options when it comes to LEDs and energy efficient lighting design, especially if your electrical bill is high or you’re unhappy with your current lighting plan. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Discuss lighting options with your team. Talk about what’s possible, what’s necessary, and what does and doesn’t make sense for your business:
  • Do your employees need better task lighting? Bright, white lighting at their desks and other task-oriented stations will help them see what they are doing and stay focused.

PRO TIP: To make things even easier on your employees, make task lighting bulbs directional and the lamp adjustable so they can easily control where the light is going. Bonus points for making it dimmable so they can also adjust the brightness to their specific needs for any given task.

  • Could your shop displays use improved illumination? LEDs are highly directional, making the light easy to control and adjust. Their beam also doesn’t give off any heat, making them ideal for displaying even heat-sensitive products. Plus, they are available in a wide array of colour temperatures and brightness levels, so it’s easy to find something that suits your store’s needs.
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  • Is your warehouse underlit or too bright and full of shadows? Thanks to their low energy use, you can have more LED light bulbs at less cost, making it easier to space out the lumens and create an even layer of lighting that doesn’t cause harsh shadows or headaches, and doesn’t make it harder to see.
  • Do you waste a lot of man hours changing light bulbs? LEDs are notoriously long-lived, saving you the hassle of replacing them regularly.
  • Are your energy expenses high? The sooner you upgrade to LEDs, the sooner you’ll start seeing a reduction in your energy consumption and costs.
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  1. Reach out to lighting experts to learn more about lighting retrofits and get quotes.
  2. Vet LED light bulbs to see which ones you like and which ones you don’t—there are lots of brands, colour temperatures, and lumen levels to decide between.
  3. Select the type of LEDs you want and that work with your current setup and budget.
  4. Investigate any government reliefs and tax exemptions that your business may qualify for to help mitigate the upfront cost of LEDs.

If you do decide to upgrade immediately, be sure to dispose of your old light bulbs responsibly—especially fluorescents and compact fluorescents (CFLs), which contain mercury and need to be disposed of with hazardous waste.

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Option 2: Upgrading in the near future

Do you still have a lot of incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs in supply in your storeroom? Even if you don’t want to fully commit to LED lighting upgrades just yet, it’s time to start making a plan for the day your stock runs out and you can’t reorder your go-to light bulbs. You don’t want to get stuck with the first available option—researching your new bulbs ahead of time ensures that the light bulbs you select are well-suited to the tasks your employees need to complete, and that your new energy efficient lighting design will replicate or even improve upon the lighting currently in place.

The process of selecting LED bulbs needn’t feel like a daunting task. While there are some differences between LEDs and other types of light bulbs, LED lighting retrofits are very straightforward, and much of what matters when it comes to choosing light bulbs is the same. There are four simple steps you can follow to find the light bulb you’re looking for:

1. Determine the type of base and bulb each fixture needs.
2. Select the style of LED light bulb you want.
3. Select the lumen level (how bright you need it to be).
4. Choose your correlated colour temperature (CCT).
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Option 3: Waiting for your old light bulbs to burn out

If your current bulbs are starting to burn out, it’s definitely time to start upgrading to LEDs. Waiting until your bulbs burn out is a slower process, but replacing the bulbs this way offers a few advantages:

  • You can take the opportunity to test out different light bulbs before you fully commit to a correlated colour temperature and lumen level you’re not sure about.
  • You can lower the upfront cost of your replacement bulbs.

Option 4: When you can no longer buy the light bulbs you currently favour

If your current supply is dwindling, stores are no longer carrying your light bulb of choice, and you’ve put off selecting an LED replacement, the time has come—you are officially unable to put off upgrading. There’s no avoiding it any longer—you’ll have to embrace either the “replace them all now” or “replace them gradually as your bulbs burn out” approach to upgrading your lighting. You can save yourself time and stress by doing some research before your favourite bulbs burn out so that you know what LED lighting upgrades are ideal for your business. If you’ve left it a little too late, our lighting experts can help you find the right bulbs.

Conclusion

There are a few different tacks you can take when upgrading to energy efficient lighting design, but ultimately, when to switch to LEDs will depend on what timeline is best for you and your business:

  • As soon as possible
  • In the near future, but start planning now
  • Slowly as your current light bulbs burn out
  • When you have no other alternative
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Beyond Batteries: Wired and Solar-Powered Lighting Solutions from Mr Beams

Mr Beams Wedge & String Lights

Mr Beams Wedge & String Lights

 

It’s no secret, we think batteries are pretty neat here at Mr Beams. For the last 13 years, we’ve been growing and expanding our line of battery-powered lights to provide solutions for our customers’ lighting challenges. Our passion for all things lighting has only grown throughout our history, and now we want to provide even more solutions to our customers—regardless of power type. Which is why we’re adding wired and solar-powered options to our robust portfolio of lighting solutions.

 

Sustainability is a big topic right now, one that’s very important to our customers. Our seven new models of solar-powered wall lights offer sustainable, wireless options that provide versatile lighting and peace of mind. Install on a wall that receives direct sunlight, then relax in knowing your home is going to be well-lit throughout the night. In typical Mr Beams fashion, all wall lights are easy to install anywhere in under five minutes. Learn more >

 

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Mr Beams is also adding a family of string lights for a more grounded option—you won’t have to remember to change batteries or watch the weather. Don’t worry about the wires, either, because we’ve made sure they’ll add a tasteful, decorative touch to wherever you hang them. Just plug them into your outlet and watch as they brighten up any dark space. Like our other products, our string lights will instantly transform any living space. Learn more >

 

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However, we’re still committed to bringing innovative battery-powered lighting solutions to our customers. Mr Beams has the best indoor and outdoor battery-operated lights. Because LEDs are the most efficient light source, batteries provide more than enough power to keep them going. You don’t have to worry about wires or electricians, just set ’em and forget ’em. Our battery-powered options can be installed in any dark place where wired lighting can’t reach. Most of all, we design and test each light to get one year of light on each set of batteries, reducing the burden of having to constantly change them.

 

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At Mr Beams, we are committed to bringing our customers a variety of lighting solutions—regardless of power type. Whether its wired, battery or solar-powered, our products bring light to any dark space.

 

 

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Top Deals for Black Friday 2018

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Thanksgiving will pass in a haze of family, turkey, and pumpkin pie. Once the food coma has worn off, it will be time to get down to Black Friday business. Shopping online from home is the smart way to avoid the lines and 1000Bulbs.com has a plethora of lighting deals and discounts awaiting you. Our massive Black Friday event kicks off November 19th with additional Cyber Monday sales beginning November 26th. Here is a quick look at our top deals and steals:

15% Off All Christmas Lights

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Now that the holiday season has officially started, it’s time to bring out the Christmas decorations. Whether you go simple or have a full out light war with the neighbors, 1000Bulbs.com has you covered with 15% off all Christmas lights when you use code BF2018. Swap out old C7 or C9 bulbs on your stringers with incandescent or LED replacement bulbs. Mini lights too tangled to mess with? Replace them with our classic mini lights or upgrade to LED mini lights. Don’t forget to grab extension cords or this outdoor timer on sale for $17.99!

Your Choice of Four A19 Bulbs for Only $1.35

Now is the time to stock up on LED A19 bulbs! Select 9-Watt LED A19s are on sale for $1.35 each. These LED bulbs are Energy Star certified and offer superior energy savings. Choose from 60-Watt equivalent bulbs emitting a 2700 Kelvin light that matches of warm color of incandescents to 5000 Kelvin bulbs that are ideal task lighting for desks and craft rooms.

15% Off All LED Downlights

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If you are considering adding or replacing downlights in your home, don’t miss our 15% off sale on all LED downlights. Use code BF2018 at checkout. With prices starting as low as $5.09, you are sure to find the right downlight. Love holiday music? Install a few Bluetooth speaker downlights and sync them to your Christmas playlist. If you want to install downlights but don’t have the ceiling space for recessed cans, we have just the lights for you. Lithonia ultra thin LED downlights skip the traditional metal housing requirement and install quickly, needing only a hole and a bit of wiring. Rated for direct contact with insulation, these downlights are available in round or square options.

4 ft. LED Shop Light For $22.99

Looking for a great gift for the guy in your life? Pick up this 4-foot LED shop light for only $22.99. Featuring industrial-style wings, this pull chain shop light directs 5000 Lumens of cool white light down towards work surfaces for improved visibility and reduced eye strain. This shop light installs in a matter of minutes with no wiring required. Simply hang using the included s-hooks and chains then use the 5-foot power cord to reach the nearest outlet.

15% Off All Antique Bulbs and Accessories

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Love the timeless look of antique bulbs? Buy some today to add extra layers of warm decorative light around your home. All incandescent and LED antique bulbs are on sale for an additional 15% off already low prices with promo code BF2018. Keep an eye out for special savings such as our 60-Watt equivalent TCP LED Victorian bulb on sale for just $2.99 after coupon. Accessories like cloth-covered wire, cages, and antique plugs are also 15% off, giving you the perfect opportunity to restore your antique lamps.

Cyber Monday Deals

Make sure to come back for our Cyber Monday sale. While supplies last, select PLT LED A19s are selling for the astonishing price of $0.89 each! Select LED wall packs are also marked down, with prices starting at $65.99 for fixtures producing 6000 Lumens.

Honorable Mention – Pack of Rayovac AA Batteries for $5.99

It’s always a good idea to keep batteries on hand during the holidays, especially if Santa forgets to leave some for the children’s toys. You can’t beat this deal on Rayovac AA batteries. Get a pack of 24 batteries for the super low price of only $5.99.

Want to see what other deals are available? Visit our Black Friday page for a full list of discounts and sales on top lighting brands, Christmas decorations, and more.

Energy Efficient Lighting Design for New Businesses

Whether you’re opening an office or store in an already-built space, are renovating an existing space to suit your new venture, or you’re building from scratch, as a new business, you are in a prime position to start things off right and set your company up for big energy savings with LED lighting. Here’s how to get your business off to a good start with an energy efficient lighting design:

Consult interior lighting design experts

Early on in your quest for energy efficient lighting, you should consider consulting with lighting and interior design experts, especially if you are planning your interior lighting design from scratch and have the blank canvas of a brand new building to work with. Lighting design experts can help you realize and articulate what it is you are looking for in your lighting, give you guidance on what energy efficient lighting will work best for your business and your space, and help direct you toward what’s possible. They’ll also be knowledgeable about the various schemes and rebates your company may be eligible for through the government by selecting energy efficient options such as LEDs.

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Assess the situation

With an expert on hand to offer guidance, one of the first things you need to do is figure out what type of lighting is possible for your business. For example:

  • If you are moving into an existing location, you will need to take a look at the current lighting plan to see where the fixtures and electrical outlets are, as well as sort out what is possible and what might need to be changed in order to achieve the look you want.
  • If you are building your location, you will have a bit more freedom and control over the type and position of your lighting fixtures. Work with your contractor and lighting design team to build the space you want.

Questions to ask when assessing your lighting needs

Will your employees need good task lighting? Modern office lighting, for example, calls for bright, white lighting at their desks and other task-oriented stations to help employees see what they are doing and stay focused. To make things even easier on your employees, make the light bulb directional and the lamp adjustable so they can easily control where the light is going. Bonus points for making it dimmable so they can adjust the brightness to their specific needs for any given task.
Will you have shop displays in need of good illumination? LEDs are highly directional, making the light easy to control and adjust. Their beam also doesn’t give off any heat, making them ideal for displaying even heat-sensitive products. Plus, they are available in a wide array of colour temperatures and brightness levels, so it’s easy to find something that suits your retail lighting needs.
Will you have a warehouse or storeroom that needs to be well lit? Thanks to their low energy use, you can have more LED light bulbs at less cost, making it easier to space out the lumens and create an even layer of lighting that doesn’t cause harsh shadows or headaches, and doesn’t make it harder to see.
Are you interested in avoiding wasted man hours changing light bulbs? LEDs are notoriously long-lived, saving you the hassle of replacing them regularly.
Do you want to keep your energy expenses low? LEDs use significantly less energy than other types of light bulbs, cutting your energy consumption and costs.

Start by looking at light bulbs and testing them out. Many people have strong feelings about how their light—and by extension, their light bulbs—should look. What is ideal illumination for you may be different from others, as well as from government workplace recommendations, so remember to consider the needs of your workers and customers when making your selections.

When weighing your options, you’ll want to look at the following areas:

Type of lighting

Ask yourself, what am I or my employees trying to accomplish in this area? What type of lighting will they need to accomplish that task easily? Then consider the three basic types of lighting:

  • Ambient – also called “general” lighting because it provides a general level of illumination throughout a room or area so its inhabitants can see well enough to move about freely.
  • Task – a brighter, more concentrated level of lighting that can be adjusted and directed easily so that workers can perform detailed tasks without straining their eyes.
  • Accent – a focused light ideal for highlighting promotional signage, product displays, artwork, architectural details, and other important branding elements.

These three types of lighting should be layered around the workplace to create a functional, well-lit space that is both aesthetically appealing and comfortable to work in.

Types of lighting for your business

Office With modern office lighting, your focus should be on providing an even level of general lighting throughout the office, as well as good task lighting at desks and other task-oriented areas.
Restaurant or pub Ambient and accent lighting are top priority front of house where patrons will be dining. Good task lighting is essential in the kitchen and in other spaces where your staff will need good lighting, such as cash registers and the hostess stand.
Retail Much like a restaurant, retail lighting design should prioritize ambient and accent lighting wherever customers are going to be to help create an on-brand atmosphere. Good task lighting is necessary around cash registers, fitting room desks, and other detailed-work areas.
Warehouse General lighting that doesn’t cast shadows is essential, as well as task lighting wherever workers need high visibility to complete detailed tasks and fill out paperwork, such as prep tables and desks.

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Colour Temperature (CCT)

CCT is measured in kelvins. The lower the number, the warmer the light. For example, candlelight is around 2,200k—very warm—whereas daylight is a much cooler 6,500k.

Very or “extra” warm white
2,200-2,700k
Warm or “soft” white
2,700-3,000k
Cool or “bright” white
3,000-5,000k
Daylight
5,000-6,000

Lighting has an impact on both mood, productivity levels and purchase behaviour. The colour temperature and brightness of the light bulb you select will affect how workers and customers move throughout a space.

  • Warm, low lighting helps boost creativity, perfect for collaborative spaces where employees will be brainstorming, and other creative areas.
  • Bright, cool lighting helps workers stay alert and focused.

Colour temperature for your business

Office Daylight CCT light bulbs will help mimic outdoor light conditions, keeping office workers from feeling fatigued, developing eye strain, and helping them stay on their circadian rhythm so they get better sleep at night.
Restaurant or pub In a food and beverage service setting, you’re concerned with providing lighting that creates a comfortable environment for patrons, but that is also easy for your employees to work in.

  • Very warm white lighting is reminiscent of candlelight, lending a cozy and friendly ambience to any space and creating a relaxing environment for employees and patrons alike. It also encourages creative thinking, a valuable tool for waitstaff. Lighting that gets warmer as dimmed is ideal.
  • Bright white or daylight temperature lighting suggest “natural” and “healthy” to patrons, so if your restaurant sells vegan fare or specializes in healthy food, cooler lighting is what you should aim for. Daylight CCT light bulbs will also keep employees more alert, making it ideal in kitchen settings.
Retail With retail lighting, your goal is to strike a balance between creating an inviting ambience for customers that fits with brand aesthetic, and a proper work environment for employees. With LEDs, it’s easy to create different zones to achieve these optimal lighting conditions.

  • In fitting rooms, you want warm, flattering lighting to make customers look and feel their best.
  • In stock rooms, look for something in the daylight range.
  • On the sales floor, the colour temperature you select will depend on your product offering and what suits your shop’s brand identity. Warm lighting creates a cozy, friendly, familiar, relaxing, vintage, or luxurious feeling in a space. A cooler or daylight CCT bulb gives an impression of natural, clean, fresh, low cost, modern, open or airy.
  • Around checkout areas, a daylight bulb will help keep employees alert.
Warehouse When lighting a warehouse, your main goal is safety. Daylight rated light bulbs will help keep workers alert and energized throughout their shift.

Lumens

LEDs are so energy efficient that you can no longer rely on watts to guide you in terms of light bulb brightness. Instead, you’ll need to look at lumen levels:

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How bright you want your light bulbs to be depends on a number of factors, including:

  • How many lights there will be in the same area
  • What type of work is being done
  • What type of light fixture it’s going to be
  • The age of your employees
  • Factors such as paint colour, which can impact how light spreads—the darker the paint, the brighter the light will need to be. For example, a task lamp for reading should have at least 800 – 1,100 lumens.

LIGHTING TIP: The age of your employees will affect how many lumens the light should have. Age impacts how bright someone needs a light to be in order to easily see. Children need hardly any lumens to read clearly, whereas someone in their 60s typically needs a minimum of 1,300 lumens. In an office setting, consider letting your workers select light bulbs in their own task lamps to help them avoid eye strain and remain productive.

Selecting the proper lumen level for your business

Office For general lighting, you want an even level of lighting throughout the entire space. Not too bright—just bright enough that employees can move about and perform simple tasks. The number of lumens needed for each bulb or panel will depend on the size of the space and number of fixtures, so consult with your contractor or lighting expert. Brighter, more focused lighting should be left to dedicated task lamps—about 800-1,300 lumens.
Restaurant or pub How bright you want the lighting to be depends on the type of food you serve, the brand identity of your restaurant, and the area you’re lighting. In kitchens, opt for bright lighting to help workers see clearly and remain alert, as well as task lighting at workstations in case your overhead lighting creates shadows. In the dining area, however, you can adjust the lighting to suit your needs:

  • Dimmer lighting is ideal for conversation and encourages customers to make more indulgent choices, perfect for rich cuisines and decadent desserts.
  • Brighter lighting encourages customers to be more mindful and make healthier choices, ideal for vegan or vegetarian restaurants and health food bars that sell items like smoothies.
  • To accommodate both bright and dim lighting options and keep things flexible, most restaurants include dimmer switches as part of their interior lighting design, allowing them to dim lighting throughout the day to set the mood and encourage more indulgent behaviour and imbibing throughout the evening.
Retail The level of brightness you need depends on the product or service you are offering and your store’s branding. After all, lighting can signal a lot to customers about your brand and what you are selling. Obviously, you will want it to be brighter in areas where your workers need to see, such as cash registers and stockrooms, but there is lots of opportunity to play around with light levels in other areas of the store:

  • Dimmer lighting suggests a cozy and more luxurious environment, and—as we mentioned for restaurants—encourages customers to make more indulgent choices. Ideal for higher end products and services, and items that people want but don’t necessarily need.
  • Brighter retail lighting gives an impression of natural, low-cost, healthy, clean, and modern. In a brightly lit setting, customers are more likely to make responsible choices. This makes it perfect for stores and services that offer practical purchases and things people need.
Warehouse In a warehouse, visibility and worker safety are your primary concerns. Even, bright lighting that isn’t overpowering is the goal. You want the light to be bright enough that workers can see what they are doing and move around freely, but not so bright that it creates shadows or causes squinting and eye strain. Again, the size of your space and number of fixtures will affect how many lumens each light needs, so consult with your building team.

To ensure maximum flexibility in your lighting, consider installing dimmer switches so you can adjust the lighting as needed.

1 X 400w Trailing Push On And Off 2-Way Mirror Chrome Varilight Dimmer Switch

3 X 300w Trailing Push On And Off 2-Way Twin Plate White Varilight Dimmer Switch

2 X 250w Trailing Push On And Off 2-Way White Varilight Dimmer Switch

1 X 400w Trailing Push On And Off 2-Way White Varilight Dimmer Switch

Learn more about lumens or how lighting impacts consumer behaviour.

Style of bulb and fixture

The type of light bulb and fixture you select will be dictated by the function of the space and the work being done there. For instance:

  • Is it a dedicated task area, such as an office desk? A directional light bulb such as a GU10 might be exactly what the reading lamp calls for.
  • Is it an area of relaxation, such as an employee lounge? The classic, standard GLS light bulb is an easy way to add lighting anywhere.
  • Is it functional, general lighting that employees need to see what they are doing? Overhead lighting like LED panels might be what you are looking for.

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  • Is it fun, decorative lighting that helps enhance the ambience of the store or restaurant? If the bulb is going to be exposed, then you might want to consider something a little more decorative, such as an LED filament bulb.

Elliptical LED Filament Bulbs

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Globe LED Filament Bulbs

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Candle LED Filament Bulbs

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Filament light bulbs offer the same energy savings as a regular LED bulb, but they have a unique look that can enhance ambience and signal aesthetic cues about your brand. They’re also available in a variety of colours:

Colour Rendering Index (CRI)

If colour accuracy is important to your work or the work your employees are doing, such as colour matching paint or fabrics, photography, or printing graphics or artwork, you will want to get a bulb with a high colour rendering index (80 or higher) to ensure you are getting an accurate read of the colours:

CRI: 97

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CRI: >80

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Conclusion

There are so many decisions to be made and options to choose from when starting out as a new business, and trying to find the right lighting that meets your needs and fits your vision can feel overwhelming. Make the process a little (or a lot) easier by:

  • Speaking to lighting experts—they will be happy to answer your questions and make suggestions.
  • Honestly assessing the situation and being realistic about what is possible and what needs to be changed in the space you have to work with.
  • Thoroughly vetting your lighting options to find the right interior lighting design for your business—LEDs can last upwards of 35 years, so you’ll want to make sure you are happy with what you’ve selected.

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The Story Behind the Mr Beams Slim Safety Light

Mr Beams MB970 Slim Safety Light for above doorways

Have you checked out our new MB970 Slim Safety Light? It’s a pretty special lighting solution – not quite a spotlight or a ceiling light, but a little bit of both to create a new way to add safety in and around the home.

 

Its design is probably the first thing to grab your attention, which is good because it has a very specific purpose behind it.

 

“Its slim shape is its reason for being,” says Ryan Hruska, Mr Beams senior product manager. “We wanted to design a sleek light that would enable our customers to install it in new places, like above a door where it can blend in seamlessly to the wall above the door frame.”

 

We sat down with Ryan to get more details about the Slim Safety Light, including the main lighting gap this light fills, how he realized a solution needed to be made and three things he wants you to know about the light.

 

MB: What lighting gap does the Slim Safety Light fill?

Mr Beams MB970 Slim Safety Light for above doorwaysRYAN: We get a lot of valuable feedback from customers about how great the MB980 Ceiling Light works, but that light only works if you have a ceiling you can install it on. The MB970 Slim Safety Light serves a similar application, but installs on a vertical wall and can then be adjusted to a position that works best for the customer, similar to our spotlights.

 

MB: How did you realize there was a lighting problem that needed this solution?

RYAN: We were working closely with our customers to see all the different ways they find to use Mr Beams lights and saw so many improvised solutions to get light in dark stairwells, patios and doorways that we knew there was a place for a light that could be installed above a door or in a corner. That’s how the Slim Safety Light was born.

 

MB: What do you want customers to know about this new light?

RYAN: There are three things that stick out to me about the Slim Safety Light – and its appearance when it’s installed isn’t one of them!

 

1. It’s versatile. The slim profile provides a clean look after installation and its feature to rotate 60 degrees along the base adds the ability to perfectly adjust the light beam for most applications.

 

2. The light is IP44 rated for weatherproofing and can be used outdoors, but like many other Mr Beams lights you don’t need any tools to change the batteries.

 

3. Under normal usage conditions, the batteries will last about a year, making this a very convenient and inconspicuous way to add light to a dark world.

 

Ready to add safety lighting to your doorways?

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5 Best LED Lights for Reading

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When you were a kid you probably got caught on more than one occasion reading in the dark under a blanket. While the old adage that reading in the dark will hurt your eyes isn’t true, poor lighting can cause your eyes to become fatigued and strained. To avoid this, you need the right light. Here are 5 of the best LED lights for illuminating your reading spot.

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Desk, Table, and Floor Lamps

Whether you are using the floor lamp next to your favorite chair or the goose neck lamp on your desk, color temperature plays an important factor when selecting the right LED light bulb. Measured in degrees Kelvin, color temperature describes the color of the light produced by a light source. Bulbs with a higher Kelvin will have a cooler light while lower Kelvin bulbs will have a warmer light. Color temperature will ultimately depend on your own personal preference, though we do not recommend going over 4000 Kelvin when lighting personal living spaces like dorm rooms and home offices. A 4000 Kelvin LED A19 bulb produces a cool white light that is neutral in color and preferred by those who really need a bright light to see by. This light is also suitable for tasks requiring attention to detail such as art work and jewelry making. If that is too bright, we recommend choosing a bulb with a lower Kelvin in the 3000 Kelvin range. A bulb with this color temperature produces a slightly warmer with reduced glare. This is especially helpful if your pages are glossy.

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Multipurpose Areas

If your reading spot is used for more than just reading, you will need different color temperatures depending on the task at hand. Color tunable LED smart bulbs, such as Euri Lighting’s A19 bulb, offer a more customizable light. The Euri bulb connects to your WiFi and is controlled by your smartphone or tablet using the Life in Sync app. Once paired you can adjust the color temperature from 2000 Kelvin up to 5000 Kelvin with just the swipe of your finder or voice command. A more low-tech option is to use warm dimming LED bulbs. These bulbs change color temperatures as they are dimmed using compatible dimmers and are available in a variety of Kelvin ranges, including 3200 Kelvin to 1800 Kelvin.

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Desks with Overhead Cabinets

For desks with shelves or cabinets overhead, LED under cabinet fixtures may be more practical than a lamp. By either hard wiring to the main power or plugging directly into an outlet, these lights are available in a variety of lengths and color temperatures. Some fixtures allow you to switch between Kelvin settings with a toggle switch. Many LED under cabinet fixtures are interconnectable, allowing you to create longer runs of light without needing to power each fixture individually.

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Reading in Bed

Curling up in bed with a good book is a satisfying way to relax at the end of the day. If there are times when you have trouble falling asleep easily, it could be due to blue light wavelengths. This light is produced by electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, and eReaders, and can affect your body’s natural sleep rhythm. Reduce your exposure to blue light by using Soraa Healthy bulbs in your bedside lamps. Using patented technology, these bulbs produce a warm 2700 Kelvin light similar to incandescent bulbs with zero blue wavelengths. 

Need help find the right light for your desk or reading nook? Call 1-800-624-4488 today to get expert advice from one of our lighting professionals.

Energy Efficient Outdoor Lighting for Your Business

When making the switch to energy efficient lighting for your business, exterior lighting is just as important as your interior lighting design—especially if you are responsible for your own landscaping and outdoor lighting. A well-lit facade, garden, or car park signals to shoppers and the public that you care about the safety and security of your business, employees, and customers, as well as:

  • The environment
  • Your business’s impact on the environment
  • Reducing that impact wherever possible

By integrating energy efficient LEDs into your commercial outdoor lighting design, you can also achieve a greater degree of control over the appearance and impression your business gives.

Let’s take a look at some of the considerations you’ll need to make when selecting your outdoor lighting.

Outdoor areas to illuminate

The location of your outdoor lighting will depend on your goals. Are you focused on aesthetics and ambience, or safety and security, or a balance of both?

Type of Space

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Office In an office setting, safety and security are usually top priority, with aesthetics being a secondary goal. If appearances are important to your company, make an effort to include some nice ambient lighting that can be easily turned off or scheduled to turn off once everyone has gone home for the day.
Restaurant or Pub As restaurants and pubs typically keep late hours and want to create a welcoming environment to attract customers, some warm-yet-dim ambient lighting on switches and security lighting with dusk-dawn sensors should suffice.
Retail Shop lighting usually calls for a combination of aesthetics and safety. To increase your savings, set your ambient lighting on different switches than any security lighting and turn it off after your shop closes for the day, whilst leaving security lighting on motion sensors overnight.
Warehouse The primary focus in warehouse settings is typically safety and security, so look for lighting equipped with motion detectors and dusk-dawn sensors to really cut down on energy waste. If you are concerned about not having any light when there’s no movement, there are motion detecting lights that simply dim the lighting when they don’t sense any motion, rather than turning it off entirely.
Car parks Safety and security are paramount in car parks. Evenly spaced, moderately bright lighting on dusk-dawn sensors and motion detectors that dim and brighten the light as needed will help people using this space.

Where you place the lighting will also be impacted by where fixtures and outlets are already located, as well as what your neighbours and local council might classify as an artificial light nuisance. It’s important to keep aesthetics and environmental impact in mind as well—you don’t need to light every square inch of the property. Often, less is more when it comes to commercial outdoor lighting. Try to limit outdoor lighting to areas that absolutely need it, such as:

  • Architectural details or other aspects of the building exterior you want to highlight
  • Doorways
  • Walkways
  • Loading docks
  • Patios or other outdoor break areas
  • Car parks

Be sure to consult with your lighting designer or electrician, as they can direct you to the best customized lighting solutions to suit the exterior of your business.

Light bulbs for commercial outdoor lighting

When selecting light bulbs for outdoor LED commercial lighting, there are several things you should consider:

  • IP ratings should be a minimum of 65 for all outdoor light fixtures. A bulb can have a lower rating as long as it is completely enclosed and protected from the elements, but if it will be exposed it should have an IP rating of at least 65.
  • Fixture-size and fitting type – Before you buy light bulbs, take a look at what size bulb the fixture will accommodate and what type of light bulb base is required.
  • Correlated colour temperature (CCT) – Which colour is best for outdoor lighting at night is up for debate, with scientists continually researching the side effects or impacts of different colour temperatures. However, experts largely agree that cool white and daylight coloured lights at night can be detrimental to wildlife because they replicate daylight conditions and disrupt natural circadian rhythms. To avoid this, look for something on the lower end of the CCT scale, such as a warm or very warm</a
  • Lumen level – Very bright lighting can actually create light pools and harsh shadows that make it more difficult for people to see—something you may be familiar with if you’ve ever tried to look out into the darkness from a brightly lit area, such as whilst sitting around a bonfire. To combat this effect in areas like car parks, you can use more evenly spaced fixtures with lower lumen levels to make the change in light less dramatic and easier on the eyes.
  • Light and motion sensitivity – Lights that automatically detect darkness, such as those withdusk to dawn sensors, can be hugely beneficial in outdoor settings, especially those that are motion sensitive. This way, you waste as little energy as possible by only lighting an area when it’s actually dark and when there is someone there who requires light to see.
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Limiting light pollution

Light trespass and skyglow have become hot topics in recent years. Whilst properly illuminating the outside of your business is important for a number of reasons, you should always be mindful of how it impacts nocturnal wildlife, the circadian rhythms of passersby, and any neighbours your business might have. According to the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), lighting should:

  • Only be switched on when needed
  • Only light the area that needs it
  • Be no brighter than necessary
  • Minimize blue light emissions
  • Be fully shielded (pointing downward)

And they recommend that you:

  • Don’t light an area if it’s not needed.
  • Turn off the lights when not in use.
  • To save energy, don’t use excessive amounts of illumination.
  • Use timers, dimmers and motions sensors whenever possible.
  • Use only “full cut-off” or “fully shielded” lighting fixtures. That means no light is emitted above the 90-degree angle. Fully shielded lighting can be purchased or retrofitted.
  • Use energy-efficient lighting sources and fixtures.
  • Only use lighting sources with correlated color temperature (CCT) no higher than 3000K.

For more tips about reducing light pollution, check out the IDA website.

Conclusion

If your business is in a standalone building, has an outdoor entrance, or includes a car park, making the switch to exterior commercial LED lighting or encouraging your landlord to upgrade can provide you with increased foot traffic, a greater sense of safety for employees and, if you have them, customers, on top of reduced energy usage and costs.

When lighting the exterior of your business with energy efficient lighting, it’s important to strike a balance between style, safety and security, and the impact it can have on others. By only lighting areas where it’s necessary when it’s necessary, selecting the correct light bulbs for your needs, and limiting light pollution wherever possible, your business can reap the rewards of energy efficient lighting.


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2016 Year in Review

Mr Beams 2016 Awards

As we near the end of 2016, we’re getting excited to wrap up our biggest year yet! This year we’ve launched seven of our most innovative, user-friendly lights, been nationally and regionally recognized for our significant growth and celebrated our 10th anniversary. We’re sending a big thanks to all of our customers who helped us get to this point and looking forward to 2017.

 

Mr Beams 2016 Awards

 

Wireless Environment (makers of Mr Beams) made the Inc. 5000 and Crain’s 52 lists for the third and second time respectively. The Inc. 5000 list recognizes the fastest-growing companies in the United States; Crain’s 52 recognizes the fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

 

We celebrated our 10th anniversary on November 28. We’re thrilled to make our 10th year our biggest yet and continue to provide simple, affordable lighting solutions.

 

Mr Beams lights became available through Lowe’s stores and BestBuy.com.

 

Our patent portfolio grew to 25 issued and 13 pending patents for our products and technology.

 

Seven new products launched, which contain our most advanced features and technology:

 

Mr Beams Amber Stick Anywhere Light

-the MB720A Amber Stick Anywhere Light – an adaptation of our original and customer-favorite MB720 Stick Anywhere Light – provides amber light, which has been shown to be less disruptive to sleep than traditional white night lights.

 

-the MB990 UltraBright Ceiling Light provides 300 lumens of light (making it our brightest indoor light!) with a unique diffuser that adds to the light’s modern design and spreads the light for a wider coverage area.

 

-we took the customer favorite and best-selling MB360 LED Spotlight and made it better with the MB360XT Next Generation LED Spotlight. The MB360XT is brighter (200 lumens) with a bold new design and reflective face to create a wider coverage area.

 

Mr Beams High Performance Security Light-the MB3000 High Performance Security Light quickly became a customer favorite and even earned the #1 New Release in its category on Amazon.com. Its 500 lumens make it the brightest light in the Mr Beams line.

 

-the MBN3000 NetBright High Performance Security Light takes everything in the original MB3000 High Performance Security Light and adds NetBright technology, which allows networked lights to communicate with each other.

 

-the MB750 Stand Anywhere Light provides a new take on night lighting, providing 20 lumens in a convenient standing design for no-installation lighting.

 

Mr Beams Slim Safety Light

-the MB970 Slim Safety Light combines the convenience of a ceiling light with the security of a spotlight. Its slim profile allows it to be used in small, cramped areas for automatic safety lighting.

 

How did we do in 2015?

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The Ultimate Christmas Decorating Checklist Part 1 – Indoor Locations

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Now that the holidays are here, Christmas decorating is in fully swing. We know from personal experience how easy it is to lose track of everything between wrestling trees around, replacing bulbs on light strings, and bringing countless boxes down from storage. But it doesn’t have to be all frustration and tangled wires. Let us give you a helping hand this year with the ultimate checklist of all things Christmas decorating related. In this first part, also available as a printer friendly PDF, we’ll cover everything need to get the inside of your house in the holiday spirit.

Living Rooms

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Living rooms are the main focal point of Christmas decorations in the home. It’s where everyone gathers on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought. The Christmas tree will be center of attention. If you don’t have the space for a tree, there are several alternative ways you can decorate.

  • Greenery

    • Christmas Trees

      • Ornaments

      • Ornament Hooks

      • Beaded Garland

      • Tinsel Garland

      • Tinsel

      • Tree skirt

      • Snow Blanket

      • Tree flocking

      • Candy Canes

      • Tree Topper

    • Christmas Teardrops Swag

  • Props

    • Christmas-themed Canvas Prints

    • Holiday Wall Stickers

    • Advent Calendar

    • Christmas Card Holder or Display

    • Decorative Pillows

    • Decorative Throws

    • Cardboard Painted Fireplace

  • Lights

    • LED Mini Lights

    • Incandescent Mini Strings

    • C6, C7, and C9 Christmas Light Strings

    • Novelty Light Strings

    • Commercial Stringers

      • LED C7 and C9 Replacement Bulbs

      • Incandescent C7 and C9 Replacement Bulbs

    • Battery Operated Christmas Lights

    • Micro Light Stringers

    • Rope Light

Helpful Tip – If you have decided to flock your tree this year, set up outside or in a space that is large enough to allow you to easily move around the tree. Work from top to bottom, coating small sections at the time to ensure a more natural looking appearance.

Mantels

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After the Christmas tree, mantels are the next focal-point of a room. If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry. Mount garland to the wall to hang stockings from or decorate floating shelves.  If you don’t have outlets nearby, take advantage of battery operated lights. 

  • Greenery

    • Christmas Garland

      • Bows

      • Ornaments

      • Poinsettias

      • Bells

      • Candy Canes

      • Holly Branches

      • Pine Cones

    • Wreaths

      • Wreath Hanger

      • Bows

      • Ornaments

      • Bells

      • Holly Branches

      • Candy Canes

      • Pine Cones

      • Lighted Ribbon

  • Props

    • Stockings

    • Decorative Stocking Hooks

    • Mantle Scarfs

    • Ceramic Christmas Village

    • Nutcrackers and Soldiers

    • Snow Globes

    • LED Pillar Candles

    • Candle Holders

    • Candle Lanterns and Cages

  • Lights

    • LED or Incandescent Mini Lights

    • C6 or C7 Christmas Light Strings

    • Battery Operated Christmas Lights

    • Lighted Ribbon

    • Micro Light Stringers

  • Snow Flakes

  • Snow Blankets

Helpful Tip – Ornament hooks aren’t just for trees. These hooks can be used to secure ornaments and other decorations to wreaths and garland. Just make sure you hang from the greenery and not the string lights’ wire.

Stairs

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Another beautiful focal point is your stairs. Garland and lights draped along banisters brings out a timeless look that makes an excellent backdrop for family photos. Reduce tripping hazards by limiting the number of decorations sitting on the steps. Incorporate larger decorations by setting them off to the sides of the stairs or hanging them on the wall.

  • Greenery

    • Christmas Garland

    • Christmas Teardrops Swag

    • Small Decorative Trees or Topiaries

  • Props

    • Christmas Bows

    • Candle Lanterns and Cages

    • Potted Poinsettias

    • Stockings

  • Lights

    • LED or Incandescent Mini Lights

    • C6 or C7 Christmas Light Strings

    • Commercial Stringers

    • LED or Incandescent C7 Replacement Bulbs

    • Battery Operated Lights

    • Lighted Ribbon

    • Micro Light Stringers

    • Rope Light

    • Spheres

  • Snow Blanket

Fun Tip – Look for festive stair stickers (a variation on wall stickers) to attach to your stair risers. These stickers can have joyful words or create holiday images.

Tables

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Coffee tables provide additional surfaces that can be decorated in your living room. Avoid placing bulky decorations on tables that get a lot of use. End tables are good spots for ceramic villages, and other tabletop decorations that would be in the way on other tables.

  • Greenery

    • Small Wreaths

    • Miniature Decorative Trees

  • Props

    • Ceramic Christmas Village

    • Tabletop Decorative Figurines

    • Snow Globes

    • Candy Bowls

    • LED Pillar Candles

    • LED Tea Lights

    • Candle Holders

    • Candle Lanterns and Cages

  • Lights

    • Battery Operated Christmas Lights

    • Micro Light Stringers

    • Lighted Ribbon

  • Snow Blanket

  • Table Cloths

  • Table Runners

  • Centerpiece

Fun Craft Idea – Create a lovely centerpiece using a small wreath, battery operated Christmas lights, lighted ribbon, and battery operated candles.

Doorways, Entryways, and Lobbies

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Decorated doors and entryways provide a welcoming feel during the holidays and can give visitors a small preview of your decorations inside. Mistletoe and holly make great additions to greenery. Tie cinnamon sticks or vanilla beans into garland and wreaths for a delightful smell. Hang sleigh bells to door handles to jingle whenever someone enters.

  • Greenery

    • Wreaths

    • Christmas Garland

    • Christmas Trees

    • Mistletoe

    • Poinsettias

  • Props

    • Nutcracker and Toy Soldier Props

    • Sleigh Bells

  • Lights

    • LED Mini Lights

    • Incandescent Mini Strings

    • C6, C7, and C9 Christmas Light Strings

    • Novelty Light Strings

    • Commercial Stringers

      • LED or Incandescent C7 and C9 Replacement Bulbs

    • Battery Operated Christmas Lights

    • Micro Light Stringers

    • Rope Light

    • Light Curtain Strands

Helpful Tip – Not sure which lights to use with your tree, wreath or mantle? Read through our six-part Ultimate Christmas Light Guide!

Windows, French Doors, and Sliding Glass Doors

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Decorating windows and glass doors can be a lot of fun. Mount garland over the top or place on outdoor sills and windows boxes. If you have over-the-window shelves or an enclosed valance, place smaller props like nutcrackers along with your regular decorations. Window clings and other decorations can be attached to directly to the glass. Another quick decorating idea is to use ribbon to hang ornaments or snowflakes from your curtain rods.

  • Greenery

    • Wreaths

    • Christmas Garland

  • Props

    • LED or Incandescent Window Silhouettes

    • Window Candles

    • LED Pillar Candles

    • Candle Holders

    • LED Cages and Lantern

    • Window Projectors

    • Christmas Bows

    • Nutcrackers and Soldiers

  • Lights

    • LED or Incandescent Mini Lights

    • C6, C7, and C9 Christmas Light Strings

    • Novelty Light Strings

    • Commercial Stringers

      • LED or Incandescent C7 and C9 Replacement Bulbs

    • Battery Operated Christmas Lights

    • Micro Light Stringers

    • Rope Light

  • Spray Snow

  • Spray Ice

  • Window Clings

  • Window Covers

Helpful Tip – Take some of the mess out of spray snow by using stencils. After the holidays, use a windows scraper to remove as much of the snow as possible before spraying glass cleaner. Soapy water and a bristle brush will help remove any snow stuck to concrete and other surfaces.

Kitchens and Dining Rooms

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Kitchens and dining rooms are fun areas to decorate since you are most likely creating a beautiful table display with the centerpiece as the focus. For an extra splash of holiday cheer, decorate around your cabinets. Go for a quirky look by hanging chili pepper lights or try the more traditional route with garland.

  • Greenery

    • Christmas Garland

    • Wreaths

  • Props

    • Tinsel Garland

    • LED Pillar Candles

    • Candle Holders

    • Candle Lanterns and Cages

    • Centerpieces

  • Lights

    • LED Mini Lights

    • Incandescent Mini Strings

    • C6, C7, and C9 Christmas Light Strings

    • Novelty Light Strings

    • Commercial Stringers

      • LED or Incandescent C7 and C9 Replacement Bulbs

    • Battery Operated Christmas Lights

    • Micro Light Stringers

    • Rope Light

  • Table cloths

  • Table runners

  • Placements

  • Napkins

  • Decorative Napkin Rings

  • Chair Covers

Fun Tip – Decorate your boats, campers, and cars too with 12 Volt LED Christmas lights! These lights plug into a 12V DC power outlet or cigarette lighter.

Accessories

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Now that you have all of the lights and decorations out of the way, make sure you have the clips, timers, and cords to make them work. These are all the little items that you don’t realize you’ve forgotten at the very last minute.

  • Lights

    • Indoor Timers

    • Extension Cords

    • Indoor Power Strips

    • Batteries

    • Mounting Clips

    • Christmas Light Testers

    • Christmas Light Controllers

    • Rope Light Accessories

    • Christmas Wire

    • C7 and C9 Sockets

    • Plugs

  • Miscellaneous Accessories

    • Christmas Storage

    • Storage Spools for Lights

    • Artificial Tree Stand

    • Tree Stand for Real Tree

    • Floral Wire

    • Zip Ties

Are there decorations that we left off the list? Leave your suggestions and tips in the comments below. Find more Christmas decorating tips by following our Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, or Pinterest pages.

How To Choose a Kitchen Light Fixture

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The kitchen is often the heart of a home. It’s not just where you come together to prepare and eat meals—it sometimes pulls double duty as a schoolwork station, or it can serve as a place to complete work projects or crafts.

To accommodate all of these needs, your kitchen needs to have good, adaptable lighting. That means selecting the right lighting fixtures that both suit the space and provide the amount of light you need, where you need it.

So, how do you choose the right kitchen light fixture(s)?

Consider the kitchen

When selecting a new lamp or lamps for your kitchen, it is important to consider the design of the kitchen itself. Whether you are updating an existing design or completely renovating the space, factor in the existing design or the new plan accordingly.

The details and elements of your kitchen as it exists or will exist when renovations are done will impact the type, size, style, and number of light fixtures—both hardwired and plug-in—that can be installed. Consider these factors:

  • Size of the kitchen – Dictates the number and size of fixtures you can fit.
  • Current number and style of fixtures – Unless you are renovating, this guides where new fixtures can go and what style they’ll need to be to match any you plan on keeping.
  • Natural and artificial light levels – Informs the amount and type of light needed.
  • Layout of the kitchen – This factor helps to dictate fixture placement and style, especially if it has an open plan and connects with other rooms.
  • Style of the kitchen – Impacts the style of the fixture you should select.

With these details settled, you can more easily determine the style and number of fixtures you need to purchase and install.

Selecting the fixture

Keeping the appearance or would-be appearance of your kitchen in your mind’s eye, you can begin to browse for the ideal fixture(s). When selecting fixtures, consider how they will look and what they will add to the room, focusing on their:

  • Style and aesthetics
  • Size and placement
  • Atmospherics

1. Style and aesthetics

When it comes to lamps, there are a few different options for where they can be mounted and how they will take up space in the room:

  • Wall- or ceiling-mounted
  • Flush with the ceiling or suspended, like pendants
  • Stationary, like recessed lamps, or adjustable, like track lighting
  • Floor or table standing
  • Concealed in, under, or on top of furniture

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Armed with the knowledge of how you’d like your kitchen to look and the type of lamp you want, you can hone in on the finish and overall look of the lamp—the most fun part of fixture selection in our opinion.

When it comes to this facet of lamp selection, you’ll want to consider the materials, finishes, and overall aesthetics of the lamp. Do you want your lamp(s) to be:

  • Metal, wood, glass, concrete, plastic, or fabric?
  • Exposed or shielded?
  • Sheer or opaque?
  • Matte, glossy, iridescent, or flat?
  • Classic and traditional or bold statement pieces?
  • Colourful or subdued tones?

PRO TIP: For a simple, minimalist kitchen, a light fixture is a great place to make a statement. If your kitchen design tends towards maximalism, you may want to select more subtle fixtures that don’t draw attention away from the other aspects of the room. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it is your kitchen! Don’t be afraid to ignore trends or mix and match—select the fixtures that will make you happiest.

2. Size and placement

The size of the light fixture you should get is wholly dependent on the number of fixtures you plan to install and the size and layout of the kitchen itself.

  • Is your kitchen an open concept space that is connected to other rooms? If so, you may want to carry on the size, style, and placement of these fixtures throughout both spaces to maintain a seamless flow.
  • Do you have a large amount of vertical space to work with? Or are you limited by low ceilings?
  • For smaller kitchens, stick to small fixtures or low-profile options, like recessed lamps or flush-mounts. One or two ceiling lamps should be all you need, unless you are opting for recessed or track lighting. Speak with an electrician, lighting or interior designer, or other lighting expert if you need advice for the number of recessed lamps you require. Track lamps are a little easier—they can be added or removed as needed so long as the fixture has the correct voltage to support them.

PRO TIP: If your kitchen is especially small, try these tips for lighting a small room.

  • For larger kitchens, consider installing a large statement piece along with smaller, more subtle complementary fixtures to help brighten the room—recessed lamps or cove lighting work well here. Avoid flush-mount lamps, which won’t light a large space as effectively.
  • Consider the placement—location dictates the size and style of lamp you can have:
  • Over the kitchen table – You can select something larger in size for this area, but make sure it doesn’t hang too low over the table. 35-40 inches above the kitchen table should make it easy to pass food without worrying about bashing utensils, bowls, or hands against the lamp.
  • Over kitchen islands – Long pendants make good use of vertical space and don’t get in the way. Place them 30-36 inches above the island countertop. If your kitchen island is used for meal prep, this is also a good place to incorporate task lighting in the form of recessed downlighting or track lamps.

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  • In work areas and walkways, low profile fixtures like track and recessed lights, or under cabinet lighting, keep the space uncluttered and easy to maneuver.

3. Atmospherics

Another important aspect to consider is the atmospherics of the light fixture. The materials, size, and shape that you select will alter the way the light is cast and affect the atmosphere created in the room. Do you want a warm, welcoming environment ideal for gathering, is your kitchen strictly a workspace, or both?

  • For warm, welcoming lighting, select fixtures that are made up of clear or sheer materials that will help diffuse the light. This is ideal for a smaller kitchen and helps keep the space from looking cluttered.

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PRO TIP: If you are opting for exposed bulb fixtures, select a light bulb that adds visual interest. If you’re concerned about glare from the bulb, opt for a crown mirrored silver top bulb that shields the light out from your eyes while still providing the optimal level of lighting.

  • For a touch of drama, select metal or concrete fixtures, which will create a more vertical column of light. This is great for breaking up large kitchens.

Regardless of the size of your space, you should install dimmer switches. These useful additions to your room will make your lighting more flexible so you can adjust light levels to suit the tasks or atmosphere you need at any given time.

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Conclusion

To make your kitchen the enjoyable, usable space of your dreams, select the right light fixture to suit your needs:

  • Pick fixtures that will match your kitchen as it is, or how it will be after renovating.
  • Choose something that you like the look of visually, regardless of trends.
  • Select a lamp size that is appropriate to the size of your kitchen and the location the fixture is going.
  • Look for a lamp that will provide the level of light appropriate to the desired type of atmosphere.

Learn more about how to properly light your kitchen in our Room by Room Guide to Lighting Your House.

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