Experts Can Help When Designing Cove Lighting In Kitchens

There are some established ideas for designing cove lighting in kitchens, and an experienced fixture expert can provide a unique, sophisticated look without having to do much work in the space. It just so happens that these rooms offer a lot of spots to set up a run of LED strips, and they can even be placed under cabinets and above countertops, adding functionality as well as aesthetics to the room. In most cases, though, an installer will choose to place the strips near the ceiling, either on top of cabinets, molding, or soffits.

When designing cove lighting in kitchens, the most important consideration is the color and shape of the room. Kitchens usually have distinct color schemes that can play well with fixtures that are configured to the scheme. For example, the room might be filled with blues, greens and other cooler colors. These colors may be represented in the backsplash, the flooring, and in decorations spread throughout the space. With fixtures configured on the cooler side, they can enhance the color scheme in the room and make the space feel more vivid and better put together.

The shape of the room will dictate how the fixtures are placed and metered. Phantom, for example, offers several trim options that can change up the angle at which the fixtures emit, and this can be used to illuminate tough corners or curves.

For many families, this room is the most important and with some smart additions, such as decorative fixtures, it can bring people together better and brighten the mood.

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Eliminating Glare From Art With Glass

Using Traditional Picture Lights Fo Illuminating Fine ArtAlthough tough, eliminating the glare from art made with glass is possible. It does take some careful planning and installing, along with fixtures that are flexible enough to customize, but with these in place, a lighting expert can mitigate nearly all of the annoying reflections. In general, the same principles that an expert would use with glass are the same that an expert would use with varnished paintings or other reflective surfaces. However, with reflective surfaces that are also transparent, the light can be scattered, so careful light positioning is essential.

If eliminating the glare from art that comes with glass is the goal, then it starts with picking out the right fixtures. This can be tough for a homeowner to do on their own, but a lighting expert can make the process a lot easier. An expert may choose, for instance, to light the subject from either directly above or below, using a diffused light. Sculptures, in particular, can look striking if lit while sitting on a pedestal, but this clearly won’t work with subjects that are mounted to the wall.

A lighting expert may also use an optical framing projector to get the desired effect, and this can be a highly effective way to control reflections. That’s because projectors offer total control over positioning and aiming, so a lighting expert can pick a spot that will allow for the most control over reflections. With careful positioning, any reflections can be aimed toward the ceiling or floor, or off to the side, ensuring that they don’t bother anyone observing the subject from the front.

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Get The Best Illumination With Modern Lighting Fixtures

Choosing The Best Option Of Modern Art Picture LightsArmed with modern lighting fixtures, an illumination designer can do some amazing things in any space. Cutting-edge illumination technology is highly precise and versatile, but it’s not only the superior choice in terms of aesthetics, it is also much more efficient and reliable compared to older systems. But it can only be executed optimally by experts who have experience with it.

For Phantom, modern lighting fixtures typically refers to its cabinet and cove LED strips. Both the Elite and Ultra make use of the latest in LED technology, and they are among the most powerful LEDs on the market. They provide this power for about 50,000 hours, which is several times longer than what incandescent and xenon systems are graded for. LEDs are superbly efficient, so much so that they produce almost no radiant heat, and are much safer as a result. And because they can be attached to dimmer controls, they offer unparalleled power conservation. Just as important, Phantom’s LEDs are customizable to a great extent, so they can be run to any length and can produce any color a homeowner would like to see.

This highly flexible approach is also part of Phantom’s optical framing projectors, which are designed for use with artwork. Optical framing projectors make use of advanced lensing arrangements and masking attachments to shape a beam of illumination and get a unique glow-like effect.

These advanced fixtures can form the backbone of an aesthetic display, and allow for some impressive effects.

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Adding Cove Lighting Using Standard Cove Molding

It is entirely possible to execute high-quality cove lighting while using standard cove molding, and even when the architectural feature is not present, a fixture expert can install it as well. In fact, it can be beneficial for a fixture expert to install a concealing surface, as it ensures that the fixtures will be arranged and metered optimally. In short, homeowners should consider the project a major upgrade to a room’s look, and one that can be put together in short order by an experienced installer.

An installer can execute cove lighting while using standard cove molding, as this decorative surface provides an ideal spot to place and conceal the fixtures. It is placed near the top of the room, and is built with a narrow shelf that perfectly accommodates the LED strips. When switched on, the strips will bounce soft illumination off the top of the wall and off the ceiling, providing an interesting visual accent to the space.

A few infrastructure additions do need to be made to integrate the system into a space, but an installer can take of this. For example, an electrical box and outlet will need to be installed close to where the fixtures will be placed, but the outlet can be concealed as well, so it won’t affect the system’s appearance. In fact, all extra components, such as dimmers and drivers, are concealed from view, so all that is visible is the beautiful illumination that the fixtures will add to the space.

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Achieving Mood Lighting In Your Rooms

Homeowners often want more than a particular look from their rooms – they want the rooms to evoke a certain feeling, and that’s where mood lighting comes in. Decorative fixtures are especially effective at creating atmosphere in a space, and they can serve as the lynchpin in this regard. However, a homeowner will need highly customizable fixtures to get the most from their system, as the fixtures will need to work with the home’s colors and dimensions to produce the desired effect.

Phantom’s mood lighting is usually delivered through its LED strip fixtures. Both the Elite and Ultra are designed to emit soft illumination that is ideal for aesthetic purposes, and both can be configured to produce nearly any color and spread pattern a homeowner may need. People are accustomed to the warm, cozy hues of incandescent fixtures, but LEDs can also provide warm illumination, and do it with much more efficiency and reliability. In commercial settings, a business may want the sophisticated and clean feeling that comes with neutral white fixtures, and LED strips can also be configured in this way.

Dimmer controls are the other major factor involved, as they can let a user raise or lower the output level of the system with little effort. If a homeowner wants to enhance a comfortable, cozy feeling, they can drop the system’s output level. If a company wants to deliver a strong impression, it can pump up the illumination output.

Illumination, like no other design mark, is something that people are drawn to, and with measured use of it, a home or business owner can evoke any feeling they want in a space.

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Does Non Glare Glass Really Eliminate The Glare?

Homeowners who want to put their artwork up for display might want to know: Does non-glare glass really eliminate the glare? Yes, anti-reflective surfaces can assist in the removal of reflections and hotspots. However, there are some disadvantages to anti-reflective surfaces:

  • It can dull the artwork. Since anti-reflective surfaces are layered with an additional surface to prevent glares, it often means that it won’t work for certain types of art.
  • The reflections are gone, but the clear quality of the artwork is disturbed. This can diminish the appeal of more intricate and finely detailed pieces of art.
  • It is more expensive.

 

The disadvantages don’t necessarily mean that anti-reflective surfaces aren’t the right way to go. They can and do offer a variety of benefits as well, including:

  • If the room that the artwork is housed in is very brightly lit, anti-reflective methods are a great tool. Instead of seeing a reflection, the art is able to stand out.
  • While it can somewhat dull the artwork in one situation, it can make it stand out in another. It all depends on the type of art and the room it is in.
  • Not only can it prevent reflections, but it can protect the art from damaging UV rays as well.

 

Does non-glare glass really eliminate the glare? While the answer can be yes, it can also be no. For the best results when displaying art, consider speaking with a lighting professional because there are alternative ways to display art. A professional can help determine the best way to showcase the piece, taking all things into consideration, from the size and shape of the room, the art, and any existing lighting.

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What Are The Advantages Of Under The Cabinet LED Lights?

Undercabinet Lights Can Be Used In A Kitchen Or WorkspaceFew fixtures can provide aesthetics and functionality in a single package, but that’s what under the cabinet LED lights can do. These fixtures are usually installed in the kitchen, though they can also be effective in work areas, such as garages. What makes them so effective is their quality design, as they are unobtrusive yet an effective addition to the space at the same time. And when set up right, they can provide an extra layer of color and visual interest to a room.

When setting up under the cabinet LED lights, the fixtures have to be concealed from view and metered properly to get the most out of the system. From a concealed position, the fixtures can produce a glow like effect that is soft and sophisticated. This effect is enhanced with the presence of glare shields built into the fixtures, and by softening the illumination, there is no chance of hotspots or sharp light contrasts taking away from the display. Still, because the fixtures are placed in close proximity to countertops, they make it easier for people to prepare food and clean with the added brightness. These systems are called task fixtures for a reason.

Phantom can execute such a system with its aiming trims and with dimmer controls, which allow homeowners to set the system’s output level and get the look they prefer. In short, Phantom has a number of tools and customization options to optimize a system, and they can be used in an endless number of combinations to produce just as many looks.

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Choosing The Right Lighting Fixture Systems For A Display

The key to a great design is choosing from the best lighting fixture systems, and the key to finding them is through professional guidance. Illumination designers can do nearly anything with the right technology, and often have several proprietary products to choose from. The truth is, a homeowner isn’t likely going to get what they want from a display using nothing but off the shelf, big brand technology. These products are standard issue and mass produced, which helps the company save money. It also ensures a product that is likely difficult to work with.

Customizable lighting fixture systems are much more versatile and robust, and normally consist of specialty technology that is unique to an illumination designer. Optical framing projectors, for example, are offered by a handful of companies, but only Phantom’s come with a special lensing apparatus that can be arranged to produce one of several beam spread options. This provides additional flexibility when installing the projector and when matching the projector’s beam to the subject.

Cove and cabinet illumination products have to be flexible as well, as they are typically placed in tight spaces where they must be entirely concealed. This is something an illumination specialist should be called on to offer, as it takes precision to get the right effect.

These are just a couple of examples, but the essential point is that an illumination expert has more than just advice to offer a homeowner. They also have superior products that are ideal for aesthetic purposes.

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What Are The Cabinet Light Components For A Display?

Showcase-Adjustable-LED-LightingTo get the most out of a display system, it takes the right cabinet light components. There are many, many fixture technologies on the market, and there are many ways to customize these fixtures. With so many decisions to make, it’s best to leave the technical and creative details to an experienced professional. Phantom, for example, can provide an array of options to a homeowner or business, and make every system a unique one.

Phantom accomplishes this by combining the best cabinet light components in the industry. They include high quality lamps, which may be powered by xenon or LED technology. Each fixture is customizable in different ways, but all of them can be configured to produce several colors. This includes warm and cool color temperatures, as well as several monochromatic color options, like blue, green, red or amber. Color is essential to creating a cohesive display, and with the right setup, the fixtures can intensify a display’s best features.

Aiming trims and glare shields are additional elements that help control the flow of illumination from the display, and ensure proper metering. Aiming trims conceal the fixtures from view and only allow them to emit into predetermined angles, keeping the illumination from going where it shouldn’t. Glare shields scatter and soften the illumination so that it is evenly dispersed throughout the display and eliminates the possible of hotspots or distracting shadows.

Drivers, dimmer controls, and several more elements are also present in every system, and they all play an important part in a high-quality display.

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Getting Technical Lighting Assistance Makes A Difference

The right technical lighting assistance can make all the difference when planning and installing a display. There are many factors to consider when looking for the right fixture, configuring it, installing it, and ensuring it’s operating correctly after installation. And support personnel can help a professional or homeowner out during every stage, preventing any obstacles from delaying the process. Phantom Lighting’s support personnel are responsive and knowledgeable, and act like a comprehensive resource for experts and beginners alike.

Phantom’s technical lighting assistance can help guide a professional through the entire process when working with Phantom products. Phantom’s support team can explain different fixture products and their specifications, provide relevant documentation, and offer fixture suggestions for a professional’s display. Once an architect, designer, or installer has settled on a fixture, support personnel can explain various customization options to better configure the system to their needs.

This support is also there as the project is installed and after it has been set up. Invariably, there will be an issue or two that needs to be hammered out, and Phantom’s support team can provide the answers. And if major alterations need to be made to the system, Phantom’s factory support professionals can offer additional insight, so clients are never left without a solution.

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