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L&L Cool Lighting Fixtures Round Up: From Magnetic to Brazilian Hand Hammered Lamps

Here is a collection of the top cool lighting fixtures that we have featured here on Lights and Lights:

The Solar Eclipse Light

The Nissyoku lamp takes its inspiration from solar eclipses. The magic behind the lamp comes from the side panels which are held to the middle part by magnets. These side panels can be adjusted to angle the light, and also adjust the brightness –  The Magical Nissyoku Mood Lamp.

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The Magnetic Crystal Light

In the world of magnetic lamps, there are a lot of cool lighting fixtures. Here is just one example from our L&L Look Book: The World Of Floating Magnetic Lamp Designs post. The Crystal Light is an 8 piece lamp that you can take apart and rearrange. The magnets inside the blocks conduct the electricity around the blocks from the base unit – so there are no wires connecting all the lights together.

The Magnetic Crystal Light

Wooden Art: The Lumitourni Lamp

The Lumitourni Lamp is a piece of art. The amount of effort that went into creating the shape is incredible. You can find out more about the light and the work it took to turn scrap pieces of wood into this sculptural light here: The Lumitourni Pendant Light: An Egg Shaped Wooden Lamp Shade.

The Lumitourni wooden shade

The Zhu Guang Bamboo Floor Lamp

The Zhu Guang acts as décor during the day, and at night it lights up. Made from a single shoot of bamboo, it houses a thin CCFL light tube. For more bamboo light fixtures have a look at our post here: L&L LOOK BOOK: Creative Bamboo Lamps and Lighting Designs.

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The Beluga Lighting Collection

Designed by Marc Sadler, the Beluga lights are bold yet sleek lighting fixtures – Italian Designer Lighting Profile: The Beluga Collection.

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Beluga Steel Designer Lighting

The Batucada Collection

From Italy we now go to Brazil to see the Batucada lighting collection. “Batucada stands for a percussion rhythm of Brazilian carnival parties, where many instruments are made of cans or tin pots.” – Brunno Jahara. Each piece is a one of a kind as they are hand hammered – Sleek Brazilian Design: A Modern Designer Desk Lamp.

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Kozo Desk Lamps

Made from reused industrial piping, the Kozo desk lamps have a lifelike feel to them. Each lamp is turned on and off via the tap knob – Profile on Kozo Lamp: The Desk Collection.

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DIY Ribbon Light

Using scrap felt and 50 LED lights, Sara Bergano and Giusy Arciresi created this amazing lighting fixture. It is flexible so it can be turned into a desk lamp, or wall feature – DIY Flexible Light Ribbon Using Reused Materials and LEDs.

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L&L Design Guide: Laundry Room Lighting Ideas

Adding the right kind of lighting to a laundry room will help make the space more usable. Here are the best laundry room lighting ideas, from installing solar tubes to quick installing battery powered motion sensor lights.

A florescent light strip might not sound like the most decorative type of light fixture to use, but there are a number of benefits with this type of lighting. The reason why this is the best lighting for a laundry room is because of the white light it gives off. Under white light, you can see true colors (those nice halogen lights give off a slight orange tint, distorting colors around it). You’ll be able to see clearly if there are any stains or marks left on the clothing. Alternatives to those long florescent light strips include using florescent flush mount lights or just compact florescent light bulbs.

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A laundry room using a flush mount light

Recessed lighting is a popular choice in modern homes. This is when the light fixtures are installed within the ceiling, hiding all the parts. One or two of these in a laundry room should be enough. You can even use the compact florescent light bulbs here. Other common lighting options for a laundry room are: flush mount lights, pendant lights if you have a tall room (they help bring the light down), and track lights if you have a wide room (they can be angled to different parts of the room).

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A solar tube installed in a closet - by solatube.com

If your laundry room is on the top floor of the house (which is a good idea as the bedrooms will also be on the same level, making it easier carrying all the laundry around), one unique lighting option would to use solar tubes. These are tubes that are fitted into the ceiling – they go all the way to the top of the roof outside, and bring light inside during the day. There are options to have a light fitted within the solar tube so it can be used at night – a unique and green laundry lighting option.

If you have a small laundry room that just stores the washing machine, then there are simple and inexpensive lighting options that can be installed within minutes. Quick and simple laundry room lighting fixtures would include using battery powered LED lights. These come in the form of little pucks or light strips. You can even choose from motion sensing ones, or push on/off ones.

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Tap and motion sensor puck lights

image credits: Amber


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Restaurant Lighting: The Lighting Design Guide

Opening and running a restaurant is an exciting way to make a living and create a business that can be passed down from generation to generation. There are many considerations to take into account before opening a restaurant that are crucial to ensuring your success. Making sure the location is convenient and has the clientele you want to target, creating a delicious and varied menu and securing competent, professional staff are key components you must get into place before your grand opening.

The Importance Of A Restaurants Ambiance

While menu, staff and location are all important factors in the success of an eating establishment, they are not the only factors that matter. The ambiance and environment of your restaurant will make customers feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable so they stay and spend time and money, or it will drive them away and keep them from coming back. Make sure the environment you create is as inviting as possible with proper ambient and task restaurant lighting.

The 3 Types of Restaurant Lighting: Task, Ambient and Accent

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The right lighting design will create and inviting space, which will capitalize on the foot traffic outside the restaurant

Task lighting is used for areas where a certain task is being performed. Good restaurant lighting design will take into account the different tasks being performed in every area of your restaurant. Bright, direct overhead lighting is critical in the kitchen where chefs need to see every ingredient and visibility needs to be high. Task lighting in salad preparation areas, dishwashing areas and sanitation stations are critical components to running a smooth and sanitary kitchen and these areas can be illuminated efficiently and easily with inexpensive fluorescent lighting.

photo: Alex Akopyan

Taking advantage of natural light is a great way of providing ambient lighting in a restaurant

Ambient lighting in a restaurant is what sets the tone and feel of the place. A brightly lit, restaurant with neon beer signs will work well for a sports restaurant while, a lighting design that uses softer tones, candle light and designer light fixtures will create the sophisticated tone needed for an upscale establishment. When it comes to ambient lighting here are some things to consider: Lighting over bar areas should be lower and more ambient than in dining areas to create a cozy, relaxed feel. Pendant lighting and track lighting with interesting designs and touches are perfect for bar areas. Lighting in restaurant restrooms should be bright enough to allow easy make up touches or personal grooming without eyestrain or hassle, but not so bright that the return to the dining area seems dim. Burning scented candles in a tinted glass votive in restaurant restrooms is a great way to add ambient lighting and perfume the air at the same time. A proper balance of soft light, task lighting, ambient lighting, and even fun lighting like neon signs or special bar lights can add a comfortable and inviting to a restaurant that makes customers stay longer and spend more with every visit.

Accent lighting is used to highlight certain items or areas in a restaurant. For example if you have artwork that you are displaying on the walls, small spotlights that point up and onto the art pieces are used as accent lighting. Sculptures, flower arrangements, or special decor pieces would require accent lighting to highlight the piece in their full glory.

The Different Types of Restaurant Lighting Fixtures

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From candle lighting, to pendant and chandelier lighting, using different types of light fixtures in a restaurant creates a range of light effects – avoiding a monotone, bland ambiance.

Restaurant lighting fixtures come in a variety of sizes, styles, colors and fabrications. Whether you run an Italian restaurant that calls for pole lighting and classic candle sconces on the wall or an old-fashioned soda shop that need pendant lights over the soda fountain, you can find what you are looking for in any restaurant supply catalog. Look online or contact your local restaurant supply representative to talk about the lighting options available to you. Hire a designer to help you make smart choices about lighting and placement of lights that will enhance your atmosphere and increase your chances of success. Spending a few dollars in the planning phase of your restaurant on expert advice for lighting and other design considerations can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your restaurant and save you time, money and hassle of having to redo things. Visit your local lighting showroom as well. Your local lighting showroom will have numerous ideas and inspiration for your restaurant lighting plans. Consult with the local experts to see what they recommend and how they can help you create the look and feel you want in your space.

Restaurants provide the backdrop for so many family and individual celebrations they are a common destination for get together and events. Make sure your restaurant is top of mind when people are planning or hosting a celebration dinner or party by creating a warm and inviting space with the restaurant lighting design you chose. Make sure spaces are well lit but not glaringly bright, the parking lot has lighting after dark, bathrooms have lights over mirrors and stalls and are well lit and the kitchen should be bright, photo: Stuck In Customs cheery and illuminated so customers see the sparkling gleam the kitchen crew works hard to maintain. Creating a delicious menu, hiring professional staff, securing a prime location and incorporating restaurant lighting ideas that keep customers and their comfort in mind can help make sure your restaurant succeeds and gives you the financial security to live the lifestyle you want and deserve.

Restaurant lighting ideas that work incorporate all aspects of the dining experience, from the moment the customer walks in the door to the moment they leave,  from lighting in entrance ways and parking lots, enhances the customers comfort and safety. Making sure your lighting is ample, soft, and bright enough to read and eat comfortably. Consult with a restaurant design professional to create a restaurant lighting design that works for you.