American Lighting Association

Issue No. 13, November 2010

Photo courtesy of  Alico Industries, Inc.

Learn more about:
The Power of Portables
Sconces Make a Statement
Get Answers to Your Questions

Make Small Spaces Seem Larger
When it comes to selecting fixtures for a scaled-down space, proportion is everything.

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BRIGHT TIPS: The Power of Portables 

Choosing the right kind of lighting and paying attention to its placement can instantly make small rooms look more spacious. A dark or poorly lighted home will always feel smaller.

For small spaces, it's best to incorporate accent lighting with functional lighting. A multi-lamp approach is very effective in helping to visually enlarge a living room or bedroom. Place several table lamps and small accent lamps throughout the room. Having multiple points of lighting dramatically increases the psychological perception of the space. Torchieres, which direct light upward, can add dramatic ambient lighting to smaller spaces with vaulted ceilings.

When using portables, the lights should not be bright and should actually have relatively low wattage or dimmers. For lamps without built-in dimmers, look for table-top dimmers, available through most ALA-member lighting showrooms.

For professional advice and the best selection of portable lighting fixtures, visit an ALA-member showroom.

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Murray Feiss Lighting

The Uttermost Company

RIGHT LIGHT: Sconces Make a Statement 

Wall sconces are particularly good choices for areas without a lot of floor or counter space for portables. Sconces are capable of providing functional as well as ambient light. They are available as fixtures that can be either hardwired into the wall or plugged into an outlet.

A technique called "wall washing" is effective in making spaces appear larger. It involves positioning one or more sconces so that the light grazes the wall, drawing attention outward. The effect can be very dramatic and create a different awareness of a room's scale

To learn more about selecting and installing sconces for your space, talk to a professionally trained lighting specialist at an ALA-member showroom.

Visit an ALA-member showroom to see a variety of wall sconces for every kind of space in your home.

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EXPERT ADVICE: Get Answers to Your Questions 

What kind of lighting do you recommend for a small, 30-inch x 6-foot bathroom with no window?

Such a small space can be effectively illuminated with a single fixture mounted above the vanity. The choices available are quite diverse, and in this case, the professional recommendation is for a fixture with two or three shades. Use either incandescent lighting, preferably with a dimmer, or compact fluorescent lighting

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To get answers to all your home lighting questions, contact an ALA-member showroom.

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