Home Lighting Ideas For Adding Illumination To A Room

Home lighting ideas vary greatly and can help add a specific style to a room, whether warm and rustic, or cool and modern. Fixtures that focus on art displays, clean lines, or compliment the colors of the room will provide a professional finish. Continue reading “Home Lighting Ideas For Adding Illumination To A Room”

How Is Valance Lighting Techniques Similiar To Cove Lighting?

When adding decorative light to a room, concealment is the key and something Phantom considers in its valance lighting techniques. Valences make the perfect platform for custom made strip fixtures as they can provide this concealment easily. In fact, placing the fixture on top of the overhang is all that is usually necessary to conceal it. There is more to the installation, however than just placing the fixture on top of the overhang and plugging it in. To ensure the best look and fit, the size of the room, the design of the fixtures, and the homeowner’s preferences all have to be taken into account.

How are Phantom’s cove lighting and valance lighting techniques similar?

No matter where the fixtures are placed, the principles behind their design and setup are generally the same. Whether installed around a cabinet, in a cove, near the ceiling, or on top of an overhang, Phantom’s Classic, Elite and Ultra strip fixtures are the superior choice.

These forms of illumination are primarily decorative and are meant to act as subtle accents in the room. They can provide additional color, extra warmth, or a touch of light that creates a cozier feel. Direct illumination is limited at evoking these feelings, which is why concealment is so important when setting up the fixtures.

How do Phantom’s valance lighting techniques ensure a beautiful look?

There is no such thing as a one size fits all solution when it comes to setting up illumination. Fixtures that cannot be modified or customized to every setting will be a liability during installation as the installer will have to work around them instead of molding them to the space. Phantom’s strip fixtures are designed to be as flexible as possible and are custom made for every job. Prior to placement, the installer will provide Phantom with the details of the installation. In response, Phantom will build every strip fixture to an exact set of dimensions. This ensures a perfect fit on the overhang, which makes concealment and metering the illumination much easier.

Phantom’s strip fixtures are made from premium materials and the highest quality lamps in the industry. Unlike direct fixtures, which are designed to produce a concentrated beam of radiance, Phantom’s strip fixtures are intentionally designed to provide soft, diffused light.

Any homeowner who wants a little more sophistication or cohesion in their home will find these fixtures to be an ideal solution. With their beautiful illumination, ease of installation, efficiency and reliability, Phantom’s strip fixtures are a favored choice among homeowners and professionals alike.

Bathroom Lighting Fixtures Create Ambiance

A combination of bathroom lighting options makes the room truly yours.Bathroom lighting projects allow decorators to unleash all their stored-up creativity. Working with lights and mirrors at the same time can sometimes present a challenge, but it also offers a myriad of ways to achieve unique effects and impressions.

The first step is choosing a primary source for general illumination. This can be a chandelier, a ceiling-mounted pendant, or recessed lamps, for example. Strategically placed strip lamps mounted to the ceiling can also be used.

Next, decorative, ambient, and task lighting can be added. Most bathroom lighting fixtures incorporate illumination sources around the vanity, and possibly above the shower and/or bathtub. A fixture above a tub generally serves a decorative purpose or as a way to create mood and ambiance. Ribbon or linear display strip lamps are a splendid option for arched or curved ceilings. They are also an alluring solution for confined spaces and illumination of cabinets.

Vanities generally require a form of task lamp to enhance visibility for grooming purposes such as shaving or applying makeup. For this purpose, ceiling or wall-mounted globes are a popular choice, or even fixtures that attach directly to the mirror. Behind-the-mirror fixtures are also a possibility, one that creates an extravagant and glamorous look.

The placement of home accent lighting fixtures is extremely important in brightening vanity areas. Shadows are particularly undesirable to achieve a flattering appearance for a person standing in front of the mirror. Cross-illumination – i.e. balancing above-vanity lamps with sources on either side of the mirror – is one way to eliminate shadows. Another technique is to ensure that pools from overhead lamps overlap for even brightness.

Contemporary Dining Room Lighting Is Beautiful Yet Functional

Dining room lighting supports multiple tasks beautifully. Dining room lighting can be functional and attractive when chosen carefully for the space and its contents. Once a formal area with a standard chandelier saved for holiday meals, it is finding more purpose through such activities as playing games, completing a puzzle, and working on paperwork. When looking for the most effective illumination source it is important to be aware of what the space will be used for, and how many layers of light will be necessary to create the desired mood and functionality.

As this part of a home has evolved in its use, the traditional decor has become less common. Consumers are instead looking at all types and styles of fixtures in order to determine what will achieve personal satisfaction, visual appeal, and maximized purpose.

There are three main types of dining room lighting that can accomplish this feat. Ambient fixtures include wall sconces, torchieres, and cove or hidden ceiling fixtures. The brightness is toned down and is utilized to create a mood rather than to accentuate a specific display piece.

Phantom Lighting is an excellent producer of many types including cove units. They come in linear and ribbon styles depending on the dimensions of the mountable surface and ability to conceal the equipment. Task illuminators are placed for short term use. While most are portable many times they are easily adjusted and rather versatile. The traditional chandelier can remain a focal point hanging over the table or with a mixture of various styles. Free standing lamps and pendent fixtures are common as well.

Consideration of the desired preferences and quality of product are all part of the design process. When the ideal home accent pieces have been selected the final product should set a mood, provide a decor boost, and offer a comfortable space to those that utilize it.

Home Accent Lighting

Home accent lighting is now a popular way to add a touch of warmth and beauty to any room. At first, this technology was impractical and expensive to maintain, but today’s options are more energy efficient and compact. As a result, it is a viable option for anyone, even those on a tight budget. While they are primarily used for decorative purposes, they can also provide some modest functionality. For instance, their extremely low energy expenditure means they can be kept on around the clock, even at night. This improves safety and security in the house while also providing some needed illumination for people who stay up late.

The vast majority of these fixtures are placed in the kitchen. Home accent lighting has long been centered in this room, where it is typically installed under cabinets. This is still a popular place for these fixtures because they can provide added illumination in a food preparation area. Modern fixtures, though, can also be placed inside cabinets, in coves, or in display cases. They can generally be placed anywhere a person wants them. Their low operating expense and impressive output have made them extremely versatile.

Phantom produces a number of LED and xenon fixtures that can fit just about anywhere. LED ribbons can be shaped into circular or serpentine patterns. Both LED and xenon fixtures can be measured for any surface and installed with a profile so low that no one will be able to see the bulb. Instead, they’ll be able to simply appreciate the soft, warm glow.

Mounted projectors are also a popular option, particularly for people with art hanging that they would like to showcase.  These devices are designed to stay out of sight, producing a contoured beam that makes the subject appear as if it is glowing.

With the many forms of home accent lighting available, a house can be transformed into a peaceful haven with a beautiful glow.

Decorative Accent Lighting for Striking Ambience

Decorative accent lighting is easy with Phantom cove lighting that can be  bent as needed.Decorative accent lighting for ceilings and foyers is very important in today’s living spaces. It fills the room with a sense of dimension by highlighting interior architecture in high places. General room lighting often misses these spots, leaving them in shadows. With custom linear strips, decorative accent lighting along ceiling coves dispels these shadows with a layer of decorative lighting that adds vertical impact to walls and dimension to the entire room.

But why use linear strips for decorative accent cove lighting? Why not use rope lighting? There are reasons for this. Rope lights are series lights, meaning each bulb depends on the preceding bulb in the series for electrical current. When a bulb fails, every bulb past that point goes off. This creates unattractive gaps in the distribution of light. What you need instead is a contiguous glow that emanates up from the ceiling cove and bathes the upper wall and roof in a gentle wash of ambient light.

You do not want bright spots in your decorative accent lighting. Some of the very cheap rope lights use bulbs with uncontrolled light distribution that will create visibly brighter emanations of light along the wall and ceiling. This, too, looks unattractive from an interior decor perspective in kitchen cove lighting.

Custom LED strip lighting fixtures save energy and overcome these barriers in a number of ways. The festoon lamps used by Phantom, for example, are focused by reflectors designed to even the wash of light contiguously along wall or ceiling surfaces. While there are many festoon lamps on each strip, what you end up seeing looks like light coming from a single, linear source.

You can not even see  the fixtures themselves. Our engineers have developed our custom decorative accent lighting technology to such a fine level of precision that it literally looks like light is coming out of the top of your ceiling cove from a mysterious, unseen source.

In the residential world, our luxury lighting products are used in custom home living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and foyer entrances. Low voltage dimmers allow these lights to be lowered and raised at homeowner will so multiple moods for different occasions can be established by adjusting a few simple controls.

In the commercial world, restaurants, hotels, and casinos are using Phantom cove lights to fill large rooms with a sense of life, décor, vibrancy, and radiant light. These applications are highly cost effective thanks to Phantom Lighting’s LED festoon lamp technology. Now operating at only .6 watt per festoon, a Phantom LED strip light represents virtually no additional costs to an establishment’s lighting budge and practically no radiant heat output.

Our lighting fixture manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas. A network of nationwide lighting distributors and interior designers are located throughout all 50 states into cities like Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Orlando, Florida (MCO), Santa Monica, CA, (LAX) Columbus, Ohio (CMH), (LGA) New York, NY, (JKF), St. Louis, MO, Detroit, Michigan (DTW), Madison, WI (MSN), San Francisco, California (SFO), and Omaha, Nebraska (OMA). We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

We invite you to contact us direct at 800-863-1184 to obtain more information on all of these cove lighting options. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed, request literature on our main website, visit our Phantom Lighting mobile website, or read through the many informative summaries and FAQs located on our Phantom Lighting blog.

Decorative Accent Lighting

disc_jacket_200You must do more with your expensive collection of fine art than just make it visible. You must illuminate it with decorative home accent lighting that will support the tone of the piece without clashing with its expressiveness in any way. This is not easy to do for do-it-yourselfers even if they do stumble upon the right type of art projector lighting fixtures.

Too much light tends to flatten a painting’s sense of perspective and wash out its colors. Too little light, on the other hand, makes the whole picture look gloomy. Too tight light will shine like tunnel vision on the center of the painting only. Too much light splashes onto the wall.

None of this is good.

What is needed instead for fine art displays is a source of decorative accent lighting that can be aimed from precisely the right angle and fine-tuned to illuminate the entirety of the painting, yet stay within the borders of the frame. You need a recessed picture light that will emphasize the relationship of light and shadow that the artist intended for the work to portray. You must also make sure that the light draws attention only to the painting and not to itself or to its mechanical source.

Unfortunately, there are many manufacturers of decorative accent art lighting fixtures that often seem oblivious to the need to fulfill all of these client desires with a single piece of equipment. They seem to prefer to specialize in meeting one or two of these desires, but hesitant to meet them all. Perhaps this is a reflection of our contemporary society’s fascination with micro-management and overspecialization. No matter. As art lighting experts, it’s not the way we operate at Phantom.

What we do is combine precision technology that targets specific needs with a multi-dimensional platform that can deliver the anticipated results. This, in a nutshell, is the guiding force behind the engineering of a Phantom Contour Projector.

Available in five basic models suitable to any type of commercial or residential art lighting environment, every Phantom Contour Projector is further customized at the time of installation to the specific ceiling, room, and work of art it lights. We can even adjust it to create the supple and complex interplay of light and shadow necessary for lighting sculpture – a job that normally requires many different types of fixtures and more than just a few lamps or accent lighting tools to pull off.

The Contour Projector is filtered and easy to adjust – making it both safe and adaptable. Finally, the Contour Projector is a professional lighting fixture you won’t see it hugging the contour of your ceiling, and you won’t notice the light beam until it reaches your painting and gives off that magic lighted from within effect that is unique even to the world of luxury lighting.

All things considered, it is easy to see why our motto has always been, See the Light, Not the Fixture.

Our decorative residential lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas. A network of nationwide lighting distributors and interior designers are located throughout all 50 states into cities like Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Orlando, Florida (MCO), Santa Monica, CA, (LAX) Columbus, Ohio (CMH), (LGA) New York, NY, (JKF), St. Louis, MO, Detroit, Michigan (DTW), Madison, WI (MSN), San Francisco, California (SFO), and Omaha, Nebraska (OMA). We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

We invite you to contact us direct at 800-863-1184 to obtain more information on all of these options. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed, request literature on our main website, visit our Phantom Lighting mobile website, or read through the many informative summaries and FAQs located on our Phantom Lighting blog.

Home Accent Lighting Fixtures

Phantom home accent lights have never shined brighter. Our linear lighting strips are capable of affordably powering incandescent and xenon lamps with dimmer controls that give homeowners direct control over brightness, voltage, and heat output. Phantom Contour Projectors are available in both new construction and retrofit models that allow private art collectors to illuminate their favorite pieces of art regardless of the interior architecture or age of the dwelling they reside in.
Cove lights are integral to custom home accent lighting.
Custom homes have high ceilings and exquisite interior architecture. This sophistication demands linear lighting strips that are energy efficient and that minimize thermal output. Phantom linear lighting strips are ideal for these requirements. With new LED cabinet lighting, these home accent lights can be left on throughout the day and night with practically no heat or noticeable increase in power costs.
A single LED festoon lamp uses only .6 watts of power. Its heat output is less than one BTU and therefore does not heat the room enough to put extra stress on the AC. This, combined with the fact that LEDs by nature use 60 percent less energy than other light sources, makes the cost effectiveness of Phantom technology readily apparent.
Keep in mind too, please, that other LED cove lights on the market never produce more than 10 lumens of light output per lamp. Our new festoon design, however, combines 6 LEDs into a single lamp to produce a combined lumens output of over 40. This makes them equivalent to incandescent and xenon bulbs in brightness—but far more cost effective to run in operating costs and lamp life expectancy.
Cabinet and under cabinet lighting are also very important to home accent lighting.
Phantom low voltage lighting systems can also be custom manufactured to fit any custom kitchen cabinet, display cabinet, or bookcase. Due to the fact that our strips are smaller than those made by other manufacturers, Phantom technology can be completely concealed beneath the front reveal of a kitchen cabinet or interior display cabinet shelf. Vertically mounted cabinet lights can also be wired to fit the interior doors and vertical styles of antique reproduction cabinets. Shelf lighting strips also be manufactured to fit the shelves of custom bookcases and private home libraries.
Fine art lighting is the most demanding kind of home accent lighting that requires specialize equipment to do effectively.
Owners of custom homes like to decorate their dwellings with fine art that include professional quality photography, fine oils, and statuary. Standard home accent lighting is not enough to do justice to these pieces. Light has be filtered, first of all, in order to remove all the ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths that can damage sensitive materials.
Lighting control is also required to adjust light levels to appropriate degrees. Dimmability is an ideal way for the end-user to control lighting levels. Phantom recessed lighting projectors feature all of these advantages by projecting a beam of precisely focused, adjustable light that remains invisible until it strikes the canvas or sculpture. It then begins to glow with a special aura of its own known as the “lighted from within” effect, which makes the piece appear to be giving off its own light.Contact us now at 1-800-863-1184 to learn more about private library shelf lights or curio cabinet lighting. These concealed adjustable lighting strips can beautify a home or office with an entirely new aesthetic with apparently sourceless ambient lighting. Mobile phone customers can also find us at http://www.phantomlighting.mobi/.

Our cabinet lighting installation facility is located in Houston, Texas. Phantom Lighting a network of nationwide lighting agents and professional lighting sales representatives that fan out throughout all 50 states into cities like Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Orlando, Florida (MCO), Santa Monica, CA, (LAX) Columbus, Ohio (CMH), (LGA) New York, NY, (JKF), St. Louis, MO, Detroit, Michigan (DTW), Madison, WI (MSN), San Francisco, California (SFO), and Omaha, Nebraska (OMA). We also service clients internationally, with lighting manufacturer representatives working out of Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Wine Cellar Lighting Fixtures

Phantom_wine_cellarWhat fixtures provide the best wine cellar lighting?

Due to both their flexibility and concealment, Phantom linear cove lighting strips make ideal wine cellar lights as both direct and indirect sources of luminance. In closed, very small environments, they perform very well as the primary light source. In larger cellars where people gather together for conversation and wine tasting, they provide excellent accent lighting that emanates from an apparently invisible source.

What is the best way to light a walk in wine cellar that resembles a long closet more than a room?

The best way to light this type of wine cellar is to mount vertical strip lights on either side of the rear interior of the door frame. The light will shine backward and light up the wine racks and bottles displayed along the back wall.

This completely conceals the LED strip lights themselves, and it creates something of a mystical effect because the light seems to come out of the darkness itself and grow stronger as it moves toward the wine.

What is the best way to light a larger wine cellar designed for small gatherings?

That really depends upon the architecture and the style of your wine racks and cabinets. Because of the customized manufacture of Phantom low voltage lighting strips, the possibilities for wine cellar lighting with Phantom custom lighting strips are as many and varied as wine cellars themselves. Xenon linear lighting strips are often mounted along the tops of cabinets to shine light up the wall and onto the ceiling. They can also be used for silhouette lighting by installing them at that back of wine racks, or showcase lighting within the racks to emphasize the wine label.

What type of lamps should we use for our wine cellar light strips?

Your best option is to go with LED 2800K festoon lamps. These make ideal sources of both direct and indirect wine cellar lighting for a number of reasons. 2800K festoons emanate the warmest possible colour temperature available in LED, making them a viable replacement for incandescent and xenon accent lighting sources. It is very important to use LED lights in any wine cellar if at all possible. LED’s do not emit harmful UV radiation, and they do not produce heat which can interfere with refrigeration. This makes them harmless to even the oldest and most sensitive of wines in your cellar.

The actual light produced by the 2800K LED replacement festoon lamp is indistinguishable from that of previous, more primitive technologies. It is much more energy efficient, and it is perfect for creating an atmosphere of warmth, colour, and comfort.

How many strip light models does Phantom manufacture?

We make six basic strip light models in total—all of which are intended to be customized to the specific horizontal or vertical specifications of the surface to which they are mounted. The best to order light strips is to contact our main office and send us blueprints of your wine cellar (if available), along with a series of photographs that will help us manufacture linear lighting strips specific to the dimensions, floor plan, ceiling height, racks, and cabinetry of your wine cellar.

How can we learn more about Phantom Lighting products?

Call us toll free 800-863-1184 to request a CD Catalog, or contact one of our lighting agents today and come see what magic we have in store for you. You can now view Phantom Lighting products on your hand held device such as a cell phone, blackberry, iPhone or PDA by visiting http://www.phantomlighting.mobi/.

Our lighting manufacturing facility is located in Houston, Texas with salesmen located throughout the United States that enable us to service all of Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the United States including Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, Reno Nevada. Portland Oregon, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, Tucson Arizona, Los Angeles California, Atlanta Georgia. Austin Texas, Dallas Texas and Palm Springs California.

Interior Designers

Thomas_1-781996Lighting equipment and lighting design services are very important to Houston decorators. In many cases, the secondary services a decorator brings in under his or her invoice adds a certain specialized expertise decor. With the right levels of light, both glare and shadow are dispelled, and the texture and color of artwork springs to light.

Phantom Lighting Agents are available to help the Houston interior designer utilize some of the world’s most unique and aesthetically superb lighting equipment on the market. While a great many Texas designers are already working with Phantom display lighting products, many are still discovering us for the first time.

If you are currently working with an interior decorator or design firm, we recommend you point them in our direction if they encounter any of the following scenarios relative to fine art and display lighting systems.

Your interior designer will most likely recommend new artwork as part of his or her overall plan for creating a new look within your home.

Private art collections very often transform an interior from plain and livable into a realm of true sophistication. The key is to find lighting equipment that will maximize the impact of your new artwork without damaging the artwork itself or interfering with general room lighting. Any Houston interior designer will tell you that the two biggest challenges encountered in artwork lighting are shadows and glare.

A professional art collector will also add that the greatest technological threat to art lighting is ultraviolet radiation and infrared heat. Incandescent lights tend to produce a great deal of heat, and as energy efficient as fluorescent are, they cannot be used for art lighting.

This is why retail grade art lights of any kind are almost never recommended. Instead, specialized equipment is needed to maximize the presentation of your pieces and prolong the life of the pieces themselves. Phantom Contour Projectors offers your interior design specialist(s) a sophisticated, low profile light source that will both protect and magnify the handwork of its specialists. Consisting of a low profile fixture that hugs the ceiling unobtrusively out of the viewer’s line of site, the Contour art projector lights direct a tightly focused beam of light from a halogen lamp whose luminance has been filtered and stripped of UV an IR radiation. This light remains hidden from view until it strikes the object and causes it to glow with an aura soft, ambient light.

Your interior designer can install one or more Contour Projector models (we have six different lines to choose from) to illuminate oils, acrylics, lithographs, prints, professional photography, and 3-dimensional artwork and statuary.

Your interior designer may also install one or more displays in your home.

These display cases might contain anything from antiques to contemporary collectibles. Puck lights and standard linear strip lights often do not work in these environments due to their large physical size they are too difficult to conceal. Linear lighting strips are much better. These lights are easy to control because they are come equipped with dimmers, and often used to evenly distribute illumination and create unattractive combinations of light and shadows to collectibles, and displays.

If your interior designer is facing such a challenge, he or she can contact our Houston headquarters and speak with one of our linear display lighting experts about custom lighting strips.

Phantom shelf lighting strips feature panted glare shields that prevents excessive spill light from dominating the interiors of shelving and cabinets. Festoon lamps housing incandescent, xenon, or led lamps create an ambient glow within displays that enshrouds contents in a radiant luminance. Because each Phantom linear LED light strip is custom fitted to a specific set of dimensions in a shelf, case, valance, or cove, many areas in your home where your interior designer will be working can be showcased magnificently with our linear strips. Their inherently smaller design, combined with our custom manufacturing process, make Phantom display, cabinet, and cove lighting strips virtually undetectable to the naked eye.

Your Houston area designer can apply our linear strips in any number of applications. It is not so much a matter of what you can do with our lighting products, but rather a matter of how the flexibility of our engineering and control mechanisms can function as a direct extension of your interior design consultant’s creativity and sense of aesthetics.

Call us toll free 800-863-1184 to request a CD Catalog, or contact one of our lighting agents today and come see what magic we have in store for you. You can now view Phantom Lighting products on your hand held device such as a cell phone, blackberry, iPhone or PDA by visiting http://www.phantomlighting.mobi/.