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Lighting Design

Lighting is an integral part of how a work of art tells its story.  Light is the supporting cast member to the art which is the star of the show.  The relationship between these two elements has a profound effect on how the art is experienced by the viewer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           There are many factors to consider when designing a lighting scheme for a collection.

  • Conservation
  • Flexibility
  • Style
  • Color
  • Budget
  • Energy

Conservation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Certain materials are more susceptible to degradation, such as wood, textiles, leather and works on paper.  Light damage is irreversible and cumulative so if conservation is an issue, it is important to design the lighting to the recommended light levels thereby eliminating UV light and reducing exposure to lighting related heat emissions.

Flexibility                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ideally, the fixture selection should offer options to adapt to changing artwork.  The ability to fine-tune the lighting after it is installed is almost always required, even after extensive planning.  Track lighting offers the ultimate flexibility since track heads can be moved, added or removed from the track.  For a less obtrusive lighting system, we recommend a good quality recessed adjustable fixture that allows for the addition of accessories.  Some of these accessories can include glare reducing louvers and a variety of lenses that can soften or reshape the spread of light.

Style                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             In general, the best lighting for art should not be noticed; it should be transparent by drawing ones complete attention to the art.  But depending on the architectural surroundings, the addition of decorative light fixtures such as wall sconces or picture lights would be considered highly appropriate.  Aesthetics and scale of lighting equipment can either support or detract from the overall design of the space.

Color                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The incandescent / halogen light bulb is still the ‘gold standard’ in its ability to render colors to what we perceive as true.  The crisp, warm tone of this light source is still the preference.  As improvements are steadily made in lighting technology, especially LED’s, there is a growing acceptance in the use of slightly cooler, more neutral color of light.  In my experience, there are certain collections, typically modern works that are visually enhanced by using this neutral colored light source.

Budget                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When it comes to design, there are no hard and fast rules.  It is not a question of right or wrong but more a question of the appropriateness of the design to achieve your goal.   Our experience in lighting design can offer guidance in finding the right solutions that match your expectations to your budget.  We can offer services from consultation to developing a comprehensive lighting and electrical plan.

Energy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We believe that you do not need to sacrifice the quality of light to be energy efficient.  At my design firm, we have our finger on the pulse of the rapid changes in lighting technologies and the products available on the market.  A good lighting design is inherently energy efficient because it puts the light, precisely where you need it with the proper degree of brightness to bring out the beauty of your artwork.

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I am thrilled to have a “Guest Blogger”  today.  This post on Lighting for Dark Corners has been written specifically for my blog: Smart Design for Inner Spaces. I have read many of the blogs written by the staff at Design Shuffle and have found them to be highly informative.  I hope you enjoy this post….Robin

Almost every home has a room with a dark corner. These spaces might be tucked in a living room or entry, part of a dining room or hall.  Finding a lighting solution for dark corners takes some clever interior design ideas and sometimes ingenuity, but luckily there are some simple solutions. Here are some of the simple and clever ideas we found for lighting those dark corners.

Pinterest via

From Design House Stockholm, this corner lamp is literally a wedge shaped shade that perfectly fits a corner. Ingenious design for a tight space.

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Small sculptural pendant lights bring interest and light to a dark corner. A single pendant light or a small grouping will illuminate a corner.

Whole Living via

Diminutive lights or candles on a small side table or shelf work to brighten a dark corner or tight space. Wall mounted or shelf mounted task lights are great ideas as well for any den design.

Studioist via

From CB2, simple can lights placed on the floor are an easy solution to brighten a dark corner. Placed behind a piece of furniture, these little lights can create a dramatic effect especially for your bedroom design.

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Found this photo in Bibidream’s stream over on Flickr. The shiny silver table lamp and mirror add light and sparkle to this dark corner. A mirror is a great way to enhance the effect of a lamp or natural light.

Roadside Scholar via

The Tazana foliage pendant lamp adds not only light but a bit of color to a dark corner.  These pendant lights are small enough to be hung in a group—for terrific decorating ideas, group them in odd numbers.

Platforma Design via

The Established & Sons Corner Light by Peter Bristol would work for a contemporary space. Its minimal lines create a glowing triangle when illuminated.

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And lastly, don’t forget those dark corners outside your home. Simple barn lights can add light to a porch or garage to light the way.

This post comes courtesy of Design Shuffle, where you can find top tier interior designs from around the world – from New York interior designers, Los Angeles interior designers, and more, check out the latest at Design Shuffle.

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The Perfect Shade

May 14, 2011

Lamps are not only functional lighting, but also an important interior accessory.  They provide a sense of character that can set the mood for any room.  Lamps and lampshades come in so many styles and materials that it quickly allows for personalization.  Though trends come and go, well chosen lamps will remain a timeless piece […]

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LightenUp – The Facts of Light: Banning of the Incandescent Lamp

March 22, 2011

There is rumor spreading that our beloved warm glowing incandescent light bulbs are being banished from earth.  They try to convince us that CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps) are a good replacement.  The current buzzword is LED (AKA Solid State Lighting) but is this just a fad? Well the fact is that incandescent bulbs are not […]

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Five Cool Things – Cool Store of the Year

August 8, 2010

1: Take-Your-Breath-Away Entrance On entering Cornell’s, customers pass through a small antechamber that leads to the main showroom — an airy chapel-like space with a soaring double-height ceiling and huge suspended light so!t. Olivia says the dramatic transition still takes her breath away and validates their decision to invest in the complex engineering that was […]

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Cool Store of the Year Award

August 1, 2010

A two-year remodeling mission results in one of the most jaw-dropping stores in America. There are remodels that are a little like a scheduled maintenance upgrade. And then there are those that go far beyond a lick of fresh paint or a new coffee corner and become an all-consuming life-changing adventure. The two-year renovation of […]

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When Only The Finest Will Do

June 1, 2010

A visit to Cornell’s jewelers has always been a magical, wonderful experience. Expect it to be even more so now, thanks to a grand renovation completed in the Fall of 2009, just in time for the holidays. David and Olivia Cornell welcome you to their brand-new showroom at 3100 Monroe Avenue, in suburban Rochester. As […]

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Sparkle & Glow-Lighting a Jewelry Store

November 27, 2009

~Part Three~ Lighting  Cornell’s Jewelers was a great opportunity to use many lighting techniques because the Cornell’s were willing to experiment with the latest lighting technologies.  Working with Kovalsky Carr and technical departments of several lighting manufacturers, we was able to borrow light fixtures to create a variety of mock-ups. To help decide on the […]

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Show & Tell: Lighting a Jewelry Store

October 17, 2009

~Part Two~ I finally had my opportunity to meet with David and Olivia Cornell.  The three main criteria for lighting the new store was: make it brighter, make it bluer (which showed off the diamonds better) and decrease the amount of heat generated by the light fixtures.  I presented my ideas to create a successful […]

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Setting the Stage: Lighting a Jewelry Store

September 28, 2009

~Part One~ I had noticed the dust and rubble surrounding Cornell’s Jewelers for several months so it came as quite a surprise when the Cornells called me to discuss their project.   They informed me that their store fixture designer had provided them with a lighting plan but  they weren’t convinced it would remedy their […]

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