Providing ample lighting over a kitchen island is a necessity in modern kitchens. A well-lit kitchen island can act as a workspace while cooking, a place for friends and family to gather or simply a functional element of the kitchen. From a cluster of contemporary mini pendants to an energy efficient LED fixture, you are sure to love these five options for your kitchen island.
Larmes Collection by ET2
The Larmes collection from ET2 Lighting is an assortment of ceiling fixtures that take their name from the French word for teardrops. These decorative teardrop fixtures are available as a linear suspension, a multi-pendant cluster or a single glass pendant and they are guaranteed to make a statement in modern kitchens.
Flute 3 Pendant by FontanaArte
Designed in 1999 by Franco Raggi for FontanaArte, the Flute 3 Pendant has been one of our favorite fixtures for kitchen islands for over a decade. This 3-light design features polished chrome reflectors cloaked by clear borosilicate shades that can fit into any style of kitchen.
Long & Hard by Flos Lighting
From acclaimed designer Philippe Starck comes the Long & Hard Suspension for Flos Lighting. Designed in Italy, this 58.5″ linear fixture is constructed from a durable, die-cast aluminum frame and features bright-white LED as its light source. It’s fit for modern spaces and adds an eye-catching element to kitchen islands.
Brevis LED Linear Pendant by Cerno
For the energy efficient kitchen, look to the Brevis LED Linear Pendant by Cerno. Designed by Nick Sheridan, this minimalist, clean-lined suspension packs a lot of light output into a thin linear frame. It features five integrated LEDs and is available in black anodized or brushed aluminum finishes to fit contemporary settings.
Bling Linear Suspension by LBL Lighting
The LBL Bling Linear Suspension makes a dramatic statement with a series of transparent crystals hanging at varying heights and angles. Composed of 26 round crystals with sandblasted interiors and decorative metal accents, this suspension is sure to add a bit of bling to your kitchen island.
These are just five of our favorites to hang over the kitchen island. Be sure to shop the complete kitchen lighting selection for more options.
Modern ceiling fan designs offer an option to spin the blades clockwise or counter-clockwise through the use of a small directional switch located near the fan motor housing. By choosing to spin a fan’s blades in a specific direction, you will ensure the fan is operating as efficiently as possible for a given time of year.
Depending on the type of fan design you have, you may find it useful to have the fan running year-round to move air throughout your home during all four seasons. Take a look at the tips below to learn how to use your ceiling fan’s direction to your advantage.
Using Ceiling Fans in the Summer
The use of a ceiling fan is most popular during the warmer months of the summer and you will want to set its direction to spin counter-clockwise to operate at its highest efficiency. When a fan’s blades spin counter-clockwise, they will blow air downward to create a cooling effect and will complement the efforts of your air conditioning system. Not only will this help keep your house cool, it allows you to raise your thermostat by 2 degrees and save close to 15% in energy costs (estimated by the EPA).
Larger Fans, Larger Savings
In living rooms and great rooms, you will want to consider a large ceiling fan. A fan with a blade span of 60″ or more moves a lot of air and will help you save a significant amount of money when it’s set to spin counter-clockwise during the summer.
Using Ceiling Fans in the Winter
Why would I use a ceiling fan in the winter?
It’s a common misconception that you cannot use your ceiling fan during the winter. As long as the blades are spinning in the recommended direction, you will find your ceiling fan to be exceptionally helpful in circulating warm air throughout the house. Plus, with heating bills that can add up during the colder months, using a ceiling fan in the winter can help you save money.
In the winter, you will want your fan blades to spin clockwise and operate the fan at its lowest setting. Reversing the direction of your fan’s blades is especially useful in rooms with high ceilings where a significant amount of cool air is lingering. By setting your fan’s blades to spin clockwise, you can turn down the thermostat and effectively move warm air in the space.
Find more helpful tips with our Fan Buyer’s Guide and for any questions about ceiling fan direction, call us at 877.445.4486.
Lighting from England’s Original BTC has just arrived at Lumens and we are excited about these decorative fixtures. Here’s a few new products from Original BTC that have immediately caught our attention.
Diner Linear Pendant
Merging a contemporary personality with a traditional ceiling light design, the Original BTC Diner Linear Pendant is the ideal fixture for rustic and modern dining rooms. Handmade in the heart of England, the Diner Linear Pendant features a solid brass frame surrounded by tapered glass planes and is illuminated with four exposed light bulbs. For a truly traditional aesthetic, you’ll want to pair this fixture with vintage reproduction light bulbs.
Task Table Lamp
Original BTC’s Task Table Lamp is a classic task lamp shape that features a hand-spun aluminum shade with a polished chrome body. It’s nostalgic of 1940s design and appears as if it could have come straight from a WWII bunker. The Original BTC Task Table Lamp includes a switch for your convenience and it is offered in putty grey, black or polished aluminum finishes.
Hector 21 Table Lamp
Practical and sophisticated British design is easily found in the Original BTC Hector 21 Table Lamp. This decorative table lamp is molded by hand in England with a clay base and shade that is stamped with a textured grid pattern. It’s also accompanied by an aluminum body that can be adjusted to direct its light.
Classic 1940s industrial British design is brought back to life in the Original BTC Titan Pendant by Peter Bowles. This hand-spun metal pendant light is another familiar design that allows you to fulfill an industrial aesthetic in your home with its metal shade and soft task lighting. It is offered in a small and large size, as well as putty grey, black or polished aluminum finishes.
Rise & Fall School Light Pendant
If you love the look of copper in lighting design, you will want to see the Original BTC Rise & Fall School Light Pendant. Designed by Peter Bowles for Original BTC, the Rise & Fall School Light Pendant is a brilliantly finished copper fixture that with a design that feels familiar. It features an adjustable suspension with a matching copper counterweight that allows you to raise and lower it wherever you need it, making it the perfect pendant for modern kitchens and dining rooms.
These are just a few of the eye-catching British designs we have seen so far from Original BTC. Head over to Lumens.com/Original-BTC to browse the full collection.
With one of our favorite design studios being on sale this month, we wanted to take a minute to highlight our favorite new products.
About Rich Brilliant Willing
This design studio was started in 2007 by design enthusiasts and friends Theo Richardson, Charles Brill and Alexander Williams. The team creates modern furniture pieces, home accessories and decorative light fixtures that have been featured in residential and commercial spaces all over the world. Lighting from Rich Brilliant Williant goes beyond interesting; they create innovative fixtures that are contemporary, eye-catching and often energy efficient through the use of LED.
Gala 2-Light LED Chandelier
The Gala 2-Light LED Chandelier is a unique chandelier design featuring hand-blown glass globes of warm LED light. Each globe attaches to a black aluminum frame and can be arranged symmetrically or asymmetrically. We’re loving the 2-light configuration, but the Gala design is also offered as a single pendant, a 3-light chandelier or a 5-light chandelier.
Mori Squash Pendant
As part of the new Mori collection from RBW, the Mori Squash Pendant captures our attention with its warm light from an integrated LED module. Its shape, as well as other products in the same collection, is inspired by the silk cocoons spun by the Bombyx mori moth. Its size allows it to work well on its own or it can be grouped together with other pendants of the Mori collection.
Palindrome 6-Series LED Suspension
Rich Brilliant Willing explores the irregular side of lighting design with its Palindrome series of adjustable suspension lights. The Palindrome 6-Series LED Suspension is an awe-inspiring fixture that will have you gazing at the ceiling due to its mysterious shape. The fixture is made from bendable industrial steel tubes capped off with six points of warm LED light that can be rotated to fit your fashion. Each bend of Palindrome can be customized to your liking and it is also offered in a 2-light, 4-light and 8-light configuration.
Akoya LED Pendant
We introduced the Akoya LED Pendant from Rich Brilliant Willing in February through our New Products segment and it has quickly become of one our favorite pendant designs. Akoya’s design is shaped and inspired by a Japanese fresh-water pearl and it is made from hand-blown opal glass featuring a perforated metal shade in army green, dark blue, light blue, off white and red finishes. It is available in a small size (14″ diameter) or a large size (28″ diameter) and works well in modern kitchens and dining rooms or commercial spaces.
Who said design always had to be perfect? Imperfect glass and metal creations from Tom Dixon, Caleb Siemon and Terzani impress us with their unique shapes and unstructured forms, as well as their ability to make a statement in modern spaces. Check out five of our favorites fitting this design style in today’s Fave 5.
Happy Kiss Pendant
by Siemon & Salazar
The Happy Kiss Pendant by Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar is the prime example of this design trend. With the reflective and malleable qualities of glass, this design duo is able create an illustrious pendant that resembles a piece of suspended rock candy.
When lit, the hand-formed ripples in the glass create an attractive display of refractive light that is ideal over the kitchen table, in the living room or in the entryway. Each Happy Kiss Pendant is approximately 4″ round by 4″ tall and it is available in amber, aubergine, clear, gold topaz, lime green, opaline, sargasso and steel grey glass colors.
by LBL Lighting
The Zuri Pendant by LBL Lighting is another unique glass-blown design fitting this fashion. Zuri displays a wrinkled appearance from its glossy Italian glass being meshed with thin coatings of metal. Its wrinkled shape makes a stunning statement and when lit, it appears translucent with the bulb fully visible. Zuri is offered in black, copper or silver glass with bronze or satin nickel hardware finishes.
Mizu Pendant by Terzani
Make a luxurious statement with the Mizu Pendant from Terzani. The handmade design of Mizu was inspired by the way sunlight reflects off of water and it shimmers over kitchen islands, dining tables and entryways. On its own or grouped into a cluster, each Mizu Pendant is handmade in Italy and no two pieces are ever the same.
It is available as a single light, 3-light, 5-light, 7-light, 15-light or 26-light configuration in clear or gold glass colors.
Spore S Pendant by Leucos
Also made in Italy, the Spore S Pendant by Iosa Ghini for Leucos is another glass-blown fixture that takes on a distinctly imperfect shape. Adding to its already unique appearance are small etched elements inside of the clear glass shade that stand out when the fixture is lit. Spore S is the perfect decorative pendant over the dining table, in modern kitchens or in commercial spaces.
by Tom Dixon
The Melt Pendant by Tom Dixon was a conversation piece at this year’s Salone del Mobile for its exquisite shape and eye-catching design. Melt appears as if it is suspended in a molten hot state, giving it a stunning distorted form.
When lit, the Melt Pendant takes on another appearance by refracting light from each bend and fold. It is offered in a small version (10″ by 10″) or a large version (19″ by 19″) and is available in chrome, gold or copper metallic finishes.
If you are investing in a new ceiling fan for your home, you will want to find a design that operates efficiently and conserves as much energy as possible. In this week’s Fan Facts with our resident fan expert, Hugh Prosser, we give you tips to find an energy efficient fan by understanding different fan motor types, looking out for the Energy Star label and properly acknowledging a fan’s airflow metrics.
DC Motor Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans with a Direct Current (DC) motor are the most efficient type of fans available today. In opposition to AC powered ceiling fans, DC ceiling fans require less energy to operate — up to 70% less energy — by only requiring electricity to start up the motor of the fan while a magnetic drive keeps it spinning. DC powered fans also offer up to six fan speeds compared to the common three speeds found in AC ceiling fans.
DC motor ceiling fans like the Skylon Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans appeal to a contemporary aesthetic, while also providing escalated efficiency to help you conserve electricity. In addition to Monte Carlo Fans, manufacturers like Emerson and Casablanca Fans also offer noteworthy fan designs with DC motors.
Energy Star Ceiling Fans
Instead of guessing at the efficiency of a fan design you like, you can look to the official Energy Star label to know with certainty that it operates as efficiently as possible. Ceiling fans with an Energy Star Qualified label are guaranteed to be efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to earn the label, each fan must pass a series of rigorous performance tests.
Additionally, Energy Star ceiling fans must come with a minimum 30-year motor warranty, a one-year component(s) warranty and a 2-year lighting kit warranty.
Energy Star fans make it easy for you, the consumer, to identify a ceiling fan design that is built to reduce its impact on the environment while simultaneously reducing your energy bill.
Understanding CFM & Airflow Efficiency
We covered how to understand Airflow Efficiency in our guide on How To Choose a New Ceiling Fan with the key points being the following:
When shopping for a new ceiling fan at Lumens, you will want to compare and contrast the energy consumption differences by viewing the Energy Guide information for each fan. This helpful information will provide you with the fan’s airflow (by cubic feet) and electricity use (in watts) to give you a calculated airflow efficiency. By properly determining a fan’s airflow efficiency, you will be able to make a well-informed decision when buying your new ceiling fan.
For any questions about understanding the energy efficiency of a ceiling fan to make sure you choose the best option, please call us at 877.445.4486.
With Tech Lighting being on sale now through the end of June at Lumens, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite new products you’ll want to check out.
Quinton LED Pendant
The Quinton LED Pendant is a modern design composed of handblown glass by skilled artisans from Poland. It’s offered in clear, smoke or surf green glass colors and features an energy efficient LED as its light source.
The Palestra Pendant from Tech Lighting is a sophisticated light fixture designed with meticulous attention to its details. Designed by Venetian artisans, Palestra puts intricacy and delicacy on display in modern dining rooms, living rooms and entryways.
Spire Monorail Kit
The Spire Monorail Kit is the ideal monorail fixture for the contemporary living room or kitchen. In addition to being a clean design, Spire is versatile and adjustable to adapt to your lighting needs wherever it is placed.
Alva LED Pendant
For an elegant mini pendant design, look to the Alva LED Pendant. Tech Lighting revives the classic Edison-style cage lamp in this exposed bulb pendant that is offered in multiple color finishes and an energy efficient LED.
Tekla LED Pendant
The Tekla LED Pendant helps accomplish an industrial aesthetic with its thick pressed crystal clear glass shade and sandblasted housing. Tekla is best in multiples, grouped together from a multi-point canopy in the kitchen, dining room or living room. It features an LED light source and is offered in antique bronze, chrome or satin nickel finishes.
The Karam Pendant offers a significant amount of textured appearance as it is made from hand-painted ceramic material. It makes a statement in modern kitchens and also works well in commercial spaces. Karam is offered in two distinct sizes and concrete or black finishes, as well as a flushmount option.
With today’s constantly evolving technology, ceiling fan design has grown to include more elements than just the fan itself. From energy efficiency to remote technology, there are a few ways to ensure your fan is as up-to-date as the rest of your home. In this week’s Fan Facts, let’s take a look at 3 great ways to “tech-ify” your fans.
fanSync by Fanimation
Smart devices are ubiquitous nowadays and home automation is becoming a popular trend, and fans should be no exception (pull chains, be gone!) If you want the smartest fan in your neighborhood, look no further than your smart phone to make your fans smarter than ever. The fanSync app from Fanimation was actually introduced last year, but underwent a recent upgrade to include more features and fan compatibility.
This ingenious app lets you control your different components of the fan through your Apple or Andriod device. It uses Bluetooth technology to change the speed, the direction and the light. It can also set fans on a timer, or adjust lights to simulate someone being at home as part of the “home away” feature. Here’s a look at how it works:
Fanimation’s fanSync is available on the App Store or Google Play, is compatible with nearly all smart devices and will work on almost any manufacturer’s fan (Fanimation, Minka Aire, Modern Fan Company, Emerson Fans, Matthews Fan Company, Craftmade Fans, etc.).
To see if your ceiling fan will work with the app, take a look at your fan’s compatibility here.
Using LED Technology
Ceiling fans with integrated light kits often use common incandescent bulbs. However, technology in newer ceiling fan designs allows you to use an LED filament bulb as the fan’s light source.
Ceiling fans like the Fredericksburg Ceiling Fan by Craftmade Fans can be upgraded to use the latest LED technology available and they will offer a similar Lumen output as a regular incandescent light bulb.
In addition to providing ample downlight for a space, a ceiling fan with an LED bulb is energy efficient and will help save you money on electricity over time. Plus, LED bulbs are rated to last much longer than standard incandescent bulbs. To identify exactly how long a bulb is supposed to last, you will want to look to the Lighting Facts label on the bulb’s packaging.
Remote Controls for Fans
While the fanSync app from Fanimation is cutting edge technology we love, you may want a wall control or remote as another option to be able to conveniently control the operations of your fan. If your ceiling fan does not already come with a remote or wall control, you can easily find a compatible remote control and install a receiver to the fan for the remote to communicate with.
When shopping for a ceiling fan at Lumens, check out the Related Items section below each item to see if a remote or wall control option is available for the fan you are interested in.
Fan Facts is a weekly series brought to you by Lumens’ resident fan expert Hugh Prosser. With 20 years of experience in the lighting and fan industries, he’s our go-to guy for fan-related questions.
For any questions about how to tech-ify your ceiling fan with any of the options discussed here, please call us at 877.445.4486.
As a customer favorite at Lumens, Hinkley Lighting is responsible for a variety of stylish indoor and outdoor lighting including decorative wall sconces, landscape lighting, bathroom lighting and chandeliers. In today’s design spotlight, we take a look at five of our favorite chandelier and linear suspension designs offered by Hinkley.
Mondrian Linear Suspension
Of the popular Mondrian collection from Hinkley Lighting, the Mondrian Linear Suspension is a clean-lined chandelier that fits perfect in craftsman-styled kitchens and dining rooms. It features a stained glass design surrounded by a Buckeye Bronze finish and is suspended from a rectangular ceiling canopy.
Karma Chandelier by Fredrick Ramond
The Karma Chandelier is a piece in the Fredrick Ramond collection from Hinkley that is reminiscent of retro-inspired European lighting. With a number of exposed bulbs on the fixture, the Karma Chandelier brightly illuminates modern dining rooms, kitchens and entryways. It is finished in polished aluminum and is available in 6-light, 12-light, 18-light and 24-light configurations.
Gatsby 5-Light Linear Suspension
To fit a restoration aesthetic, look to the Hinkley Lighting Gatsby Linear Suspension. This 5-light, linear fixture offers a vintage look for dining rooms and kitchens with its antique structure and exposed bulb design. Gatsby is offered in a Heritage Brass or Polished Antique Nickel finish to fit your existing color scheme.
Xanadu Chandelier by Fredrick Ramond
Also in the Fredrick Ramond collection, the Xanadu Chandelier is a delectable design that exudes luxury in modern entryways, foyers, kitchens and dining rooms. It features multi-facted clear crystal accents on a stainless steel frame with its light source coming from the center of the piece. The Xanadu Chandelier is guaranteed to impress and is available in 6-light and 12-light configurations.
For a transitional lighting piece, look to the Sloan Chandelier. The Hinkley Lighting Sloan Chandelier marries clean lines and decorative style with rich, natural-looking materials including linen shades and an illustrious bronze finish. It is a sophisticated chandelier, fit for an entryway or dining room and pairs well with other fixtures of the same family like the Sloan Wall Sconce or the Sloan Drum Pendant.
Katie Lesh, a #LumensHuman and designer, recently dressed up the exterior of her Sacramento home with a variety of products from Lumens. We were so impressed with the outcome that we wanted to get Katie’s take on decorating outdoor spaces with a modern touch.
What do you consider “essentials” for hosting a summer backyard dinner party?
A relaxing setting is important – comfortable seating, great music, shade for those hot afternoons and pleasant lighting, when the sun goes down. It is nice to have a few light throws, available for guests, on chilly nights and gas lanterns can provide additional lighting as well as a source of heat. It is also important to have food and beverages easily accessible for the host and guests so one does not have to go inside to replenish. The key is to create an exterior environment that is just as comfortable as being indoors.
The Hot Mesh Chair by Blu Dot is available in Black, Green, Humble Red, Natural Yellow, Off White and Simple Blue finishes.
Take your music outside with the Native Union Switch Portable Speaker. It’s Bluetooth-enabled for wireless enjoyment anywhere you need a little music. Find this speaker and more in our outdoor entertaining accessories assortment.
What is your favorite outdoor decor in your backyard? Why?
I love our lounge chairs by Loll. They are really comfortable and have a simple design that blends with any style of landscape and architecture. The white color allows us to add decorative pillows to coordinate with whatever the party theme or color scheme may be.
Loll Designs prides itself on offering eco-friendly outdoor furniture as each piece in the collection is manufactured from multiple recycled plastic milk jugs.
What role does lighting play in your outdoor “scene”?
Lighting is one of the most important factors when entertaining outdoors. Having sufficient and flattering lighting around the dining table gives everyone confidence and encourages guests to stay well after the sun has gone down.
Landscape lighting will enhance the surrounding hardscape and plant material, which draws ones eye to different areas of the backyard and gives the illusion of a larger space. Exterior fixtures can contribute ambient lighting as well as add visual interest to architectural features of the home. I love creating a scene, by adding layers of light from the walls, overhead, near the ground and even on the table.
See more accenting spotlights like the above from Kichler here.
In addition to providing guiding light, pathway lighting has been said to be the mark of a good host.
Mounted near the backdoor, a decorative fixture like the Minka-Lavery Irvington Manor Outdoor Sconce provides the perfect touch for your patio lighting.
What do you love most about hosting in your backyard?
I love the way natural elements can add to the ambience of the party. In the background, we can hear the sounds of water softly splashing in our fountain, birds singing on the power lines, squirrels taunting our little pup from the fence, and the leaves brushing against one another as the breeze blows through. Entertaining outdoors also brings a casual element to the party that allows people to feel more comfortable and relaxed.
What are your tips for someone trying to create a modern space for outdoor parties?
Monochromatic color schemes give the space a more modern look. For the dining table, use linens and flowers, all in the same color family. Incorporate accent pieces throughout the space that are functional and simple in design and allow the natural elements to stand out.
Anything on your “wishlist” at Lumens to make your outdoor space even better?
I think an outdoor fireplace or fire pit would be awesome. People love to gather and get cozy around a fire and on chilly nights it would be ideal!
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