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Install automatic timers that are set to turn the lights on and off at a certain time every day, or photovoltaic sensors that turn the lights on and off when it gets dark or light out. Use warm Edison style LED bulbs instead of harsh fluorescents or inefficient incandescents.
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I have been looking for a chandelier for my dining room since we moved in 1 1/2 years ago in May. After going through all the possibilities and shopping the lighting stores in town off and on for all this time, I finally settled on a lantern chandelier and could not find one locally. One day I came across this dining room by Samantha Pynn.
Okay, so my entry hall is double story height and does not have art in it, and would look the best taken without the lights on, but I don’t have a skylight for much natural light. As for the 70s railing, I rent, so it’s staying.
If your front entry lacks space or requires the fixtures be placed close to the door, opt for a low profile flush mount instead of an arm mount. If the entryway is covered, but too low to comfortably hang a pendant, a flush mounted ceiling fixture can be substituted.
I am kind of a virgin when it comes to shopping on-line. I pretty much have only ever bought books. Every time I have found something great that I wanted, by the time I get to the check-out and they add in the Canadian dollar exchange with the exorbitant shipping costs to get it across the border, well, it’s just not worth it anymore.
Top Lighting Mistakes Series: Front Door or Entryway top lighting mistakes series Completed: November 16, 2015
So there is my first on-line shopping story, do you have any good ones to share?
Despite the style, size or location, all houses generally have a main front door; the focal point that welcomes us to enter. Extra emphasis should always be put on this space as it is seen both from a distance as well as up close.
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I am quite envious of all you Americans who have such easy shopping for you and your clients from the comfort of your PJs. Anyway, here is my first on-line purchase story (which I am embarrassed to tell you I should mention):
So, as luck turns out, it was perfect for my entry (and replaced this hideous gold one) so it all ended well. Except I’m still at square one for my dining room chandelier.
Choose a glass or bulb wattage that gives the just the right amount of light. If there is an overhead pendant as well as two lanterns flanking the front door, opt for dimmer bulbs. To soften the light, go for an opaque glass, like our Etched or Iced glasses.
Ensuring security while at the same time creating an inviting entryway is a balancing act.
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Eclectic can be good, but maybe not at the front door. Keep a cohesive exterior look and save your experimenting for inside. At the same time, don’t feel the need to over do it. A Spanish style home doesn’t require a typical Spanish Lantern.
Sometimes laying it on too thick can make your home look like a play set. Try using a classic lantern, like our Biltmore or Miramar Clara (as seen above), to tone down an over-the-top style.
I spent over an hour looking at lighting sites trying to find this lantern and then thought, “This is a needle in a haystack and I don’t have time for this.” So I posted the image on my Facebook Fan Page and within minutes, someone said, “It’s Robert Abby” (thank you so much!)
The number one mistake people make when choosing a front door fixture is size, namely going too small. As a rule of thumb, a single fixture should be approximately 1/3 the total height of the door. If there are two fixtures, one on each side, they should be slightly smaller, around ¼ of the height.
Of course the style and specifics of the fixture may dictate some variance.
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It came in three sizes and this one was 16″ wide. The smaller one was 10″ and that was too small and 16″ wide for a regular chandelier is not very big, right? But when you measure 16″ SQUARE, (which is what I should have done) that is a BIG chandelier. As I discovered when opened the very large box after it arrived. My face turned flaming red as I opened it, I was so embarrassed (Irene was with me).
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Casa de Ana Karina: DLG Lighting Completed: February 01, 2017
Taken during the day (ignore the colour, entry not painted yet!)
So I found the chandelier and miraculously, free shipping to Canada.