by Josh Longino, Showroom Manager, Stewart Lighting
It’s your dream home. It’s gorgeous. You love everything about it...except the lighting. Maybe you’re not satisfied with the quality of your new home’s builder grade lighting, or perhaps the style and design of your light fixtures does not match your taste. Stewart Lighting in Jacksonville has been helping local families find the perfect lighting for their homes since 1975.
"We know that lighting can set the tone for a space with one quick glance, and we upgrade lighting and fans for homeowners each and every day," says our owner, Greg Stewart. "One of the greatest benefits we offer is our ALA certified design consultants who are trained and experienced in creating stylish spaces with an appropriate lighting scale.”
Listed below is a guide to help you decide on the perfect interior and exterior lighting to allow your personality to shine through and transform your space.
Lighting Fixtures - Lighting has become an integral part of designing a home. Whether your home’s design is coastal, rustic or modern, it’s important to select a fixture that fits into your design. Choosing the right size fixture for your home can be challenging, so be sure to consider the room size and ceiling height when making your selection. The function of a room will determine the amount of light you need. Some rooms require task lighting and others need ambient lighting so think about how you will be using the light in each space. Selecting fixtures that flow and coordinate throughout each room will result in a truly personalized dream space.
Ceiling Fans - Living in Florida, quality fans are a must have in our homes. Technology in fans has improved drastically in recent years. Using the latest in DC motor technology, fans are running quieter and more efficiently than ever. These motors allow fans to move more air and use less energy than previous models. Manufacturers have begun to incorporate WiFi technology to allow seamless integration with home automation. Ceiling fans, like lighting, range in style from contemporary to farmhouse and are available in indoor and outdoor models. Exterior fans are UL rated for damp or wet locations. With the harsh Florida climate, a wet-rated fan is going to perform better and last longer.
LED - Using LED technology is a great way to cut down on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. LED bulbs last up to 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb and consume a quarter of the energy. And unlike compact fluorescents, LEDs do not contain harmful mercury. All LED fixtures are not created equally. Check the warranty and rated life to ensure that you’re getting the best product available. The color scheme in your home should also be considered when selecting the color temperature and lumens of your LED recessed cans and under-cabinet lighting.
Outdoor Lighting - Choosing correctly sized outdoor lanterns can seem difficult. Homeowners tend to worry about lanterns being too big, but actually slightly over scaling is better. It’s also important to consider quality of materials when selecting outdoor lighting. Aluminum and resin are great affordable options, but copper and brass are the most sustainable as they will age naturally and weather well in our climate.
Whether you prefer in-home or in-store consultation, Stewart Lighting will provide assistance in fixture selection, placement, sizing and performance. Our experts can help you determine the right products for your home and we pride ourselves on quality customer service. We look forward to helping you light a space you’ll love.
Remember, it’s your dream home and it’s gorgeous. You should love everything about it, including the lighting.
For more information visit http://stewartlighting.com/