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Lighting 2016

Filled with inspiring examples of stunning lighting fixtures, this magazine helps readers envision how lighting can change and update a home’s style. A room-by-room section showcases fixtures in every part of the house and offers lessons on how to layer lights to create the right effect. The magazine’s products guide features hundreds of inspiring lights, fans, and components for enhancing any home’s design. Plus, you’ll find a guide to purchasing the newest bulbs.

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Meredith Corporation
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in praise of invention

baywood, boxwood, hickory, cedar, and flax: Those were just a few of the more than 6,000 materials that Thomas Edison is said to have tried—and failed—to use as a filament. His quest was to locate a material that was both effective and efficient, one that would light well and light long. The ultimate winner in his first successful incandescent lightbulb? Bamboo. Tenacity, the willingness to try, to fail, and to keep trying: It’s a testament not only to Edison but to inventors, designers, and creators throughout time. To masterfully frame, shape, and develop things of beauty, things of usefulness, things that will last, is a powerful impulse. It’s one that continues to influence lighting designers and manufacturers today. Take the LED lightbulb: Just a few short years ago, this advanced technology was…

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all about lighting

IS YOUR LIGHT MAKING YOU TIRED? IF YOU HAVE THE WRONG color lightbulbs in your sleeping spaces, the answer might be yes. Blue light has long been shown to suppress our levels of melatonin, which in turn can affect our circadian rhythms—our sleep cycle. Harvard researchers compared blue light exposure to green light and found that the former suppressed melatonin for about twice as long and shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much. When you choose bulbs for restful spaces, it's important to consider more than just life span and efficiency. Here are some options to light your bedroom the right way: » Choose a color temperature for bulbs less than 3000K. » Put your bedroom lights on dimmers so you can lower the light, even when reading. » Don’t forget about those portable but always-present…

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Light Smarter Dimmers make it easier to compensate for varying degrees of natural light, particularly in rooms that have a profusion of windows. Newer options have more flexible and precise controls, and wireless capabilities put you in command with smart devices. Say “modern style” to one fan of contemporary design and you might get a discussion of the virtues of earlyto-mid-20th-century home design superstars such as Saarinen and Knoll. But to others, modern style means both feet firmly planted in this decade, with an eye toward advanced means of fabrication as well as carefully considered and pared-down aesthetics. Whatever the appeal contemporary design holds for you, contemporary lighting can and should play an integral part in how you create and live in your home’s spaces. As with any style, contemporary lighting holds potential…

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What does traditional mean to you? For some people, traditional style may mean something straight out of New England-Colonial times—heavy wood beams, low ceilings, and minimal ornamentation. For others, traditional style inspires a far different aesthetic, one that may feature intricate woodwork, coffered ceilings, and a more stately setup. Therein lies the contradiction and the possibilities inherent in traditional home style and traditional home lighting. In general, classic shapes and materials provide a framework for lights that can be used to decorate and brighten everything, including 1700s restoration projects and brand-new, 2016 family digs. It’s all in what you like and how you approach the artistry of your home. In this section, you’ll find inspiring rooms as well as light-it-right ideas to help you improve your traditional lighting—whatever that may mean…

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There’s an everyday ease that marks cottage decorating—an ordinariness that's anything but plain and simple. There’s comfort in cottage-style spaces, which lends itself well to very personalized lighting choices. For cottage lighting, this welcoming aesthetic equals a refreshing decorating latitude: Lamps needn’t match if you don’t want them to. Pendants may be the same—or they might not. Chandeliers and sconces can come from different families. That freedom translates to materials as well: While contemporary-styled spaces may make homeowners feel as if a rigorous approach is necessary, cottage style loosens those strictures. Use the inspiring rooms and expert tips on these pages as a guide for creating your own well-lit cottagestyle spaces. Cottage Industrial Pulleys and wiring, exposed bulbs and controls: Extra details add character to industrial-inspired lighting. 1. Stripped-down sconce Incandescentlike bulbs put function…

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Mix and match, and what do you get? In design speak, it’s called transitional style, and it’s an ever-popular, ever-adaptable way to integrate bold, beautiful lighting into your home. That combination of old and new is what makes transitional lighting feel a bit like every other style—but at the same time, not. The sweet spot accommodates the personalization that has become such a driving force in home decorating. For transitional lighting, that may mean a mix of product families in one room, or a fixture that makes its own statement. On these pages, the lighting fixtures, finishes, and tips will help you effortlessly achieve transitional spaces that make you and your home look beautiful and of-the-moment, too. Drum Shades SURE, THEY’VE BEEN AROUND for a few years, but drum shades keep getting better, which…