Holiday Feature: Halloween

Can you believe that Halloween is just around the corner? From ghosts and goblins to witches and scarecrows, the possibilities are endless when decorating your home for Halloween.  If you are planning on decorating or you are looking for some ideas on how to scarify your front yard and porch, you have come to the right place!

Creepy Crawlies

What’s spookier than a spider web? Use these fake webs on your outdoor wall light – allowing the light to shine through to achieve an eerie glow. You can also add these webs to bushes, trees, hand railings, brick walls to get your desired look! Consider adding some fake bugs to the web for an even scarier look.

 

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Spooky Lighting

Keep your trick-or-treaters safe with some haunting lighting choices. Set up your carved and lit pumpkins all around the yard to create lighted pathways. You can also add string lights or glow in the dark eyes to give an extra creepy touch.

Don’t forget – change out your light bulbs. The way you light the area will set the mood for the rest of your decorations. This is the easiest way to give your home that Halloween feel.  Use reds, oranges, purples, greens or blues to create that eerie glow. Use existing light fixtures or add some fun spot lights to complete the look. Plus – it’s an easy and inexpensive way to spookify your home.

Halloween Sounds

Would it even be Halloween without sound effects? Bubbling cauldrons, cackling  witches and moaning ghosts will easily have those trick-or-treaters applying caution to their every step! You can find tons of sounds online to suit whatever scene you have planned.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun, but stay safe. If you are taking children trick-or-treating, make sure they are supervised and visible in the dark. If you’re staying home to hand out some candy – be sure there aren’t any tripping hazards on your walkway. While fake injuries are a great addition to your costume – real ones are not. Be safe!

Extreme Makeover: Lighting Edition

Your home should be a reflection of you and your family and it’s fun to design and decorate your home to match you style. However, style can change and it can get costly to update your whole home or even just a room. A simple, and often inexpensive way to update your style is through your lighting choices. You’d be surprised by the impact a fixture can have on a space.

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It’s also a suitable way to update any home – whether you have a house in the suburbs, an apartment in the city, or a cottage by the lake. Lighting can transform any space!

Lighting Things to Consider

When changing the lighting in a space, there are some things you will need to consider. You want to make a statement, but one that works with the space, not against it. A fixture too big will dwarf your furnishings, but something too small will get lost in the space.

You also need to consider how much light your space needs. Does the room get morning light or afternoon light? Is there a lot of natural light, or do nearby buildings block the sun all day long? All these factors will influence what type of fixture will work in your space.

You will want the fixture to work with any existing elements in your space as well. Consider your new light fixture in relationship to your furniture, fabrics, colour palette and accessories. You don’t want it to stick out in a bad way.

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Be You!

When you are spending time and money for a new item for your home, you might be tempted to play it safe and go with something tame and expected. While this is a fine, why not let your style shine and take chances? Choose something unexpected. There are some many uniquely shaped light fixtures available. If you have a bold personality, chose a fixture with a personality.

Buying a fixture is an investment and not only monetary. Adding a fixture to your space can completely change it, so choose your favorite! Ensure that you’ll be happy in the long run with your selection.

You don’t always have to play it safe. It is good to break the rules every now and then and step out of your comfort zone. You might surprise yourself.

 

Looking for some inspiration – check out our Pinterest page!

Lighting Safety Tips

Adding or replacing a fixture in your home can be a great way to liven up a space, however it is important to consider the safety of yourself and your home when doing so. This blog is going to discuss some safety tips to consider.

Please note that these tips should not take the place of using a licensed electrician – they are trained to install and wire safely. Z-Lite recommends ALWAYS using a licensed electrician for installing new fixtures for your safety, and your home’s.

Safety Tip # 1: Turn off the Power

This should be self-explanatory, but if you are doing any work with a fixture, please ensure that the power is off. This could be anything from installing a new fixture to replacing the light bulb. This will reduce the risk of harm to yourself.

Safety Tip # 2: Use the Right Bulbs

If a fixture says to use a 60W bulb – use a 60W bulb. Using bulbs with higher than recommended wattage will cause the bulb to get hotter than normal. This can cause damage to the fixture or even start a fire. Always go with what is recommended. For more information regarding wattage, please see HERE!

Safety Tip # 3: Choose the Right Fixture

Before choosing a fixture, make sure that your space can handle the fixture. For example, if you have lower ceilings, you probably won’t be able to install large chandeliers or pendants, but you could install semi-flush or flush mounts. You don’t want to get a fixture that you’ll be bumping into, or one that will provide too much/not enough light to the space, which can cause eye strain. Z-Lite carries a variety of fixtures in many sizes. You can browse our catalogs HERE!

Safety Tip # 4: Hire a Licensed Electrician

This was already mentioned, however it is important that when working with light fixtures, there is a great risk to yourself and your home if installed incorrectly. They can cause electrocution, burns, or even start a fire. Z-Lite recommends that you ALWAYS hire a licensed electrician. Don’t be afraid to ask to see their license, or look on the internet for testimonials and reviews. You want to ensure you are getting a reputable electrician who will do the job right.

 

 

*Please note these safety tips are not coming from a licensed electrician, but common knowledge of lighting safety. When doing work with electricity, always use a licensed electrician. Z-Lite is not responsible for any harm or damage that comes from not using a licensed professional.

 

Pro Tip: Hanging Height for Dining Room Fixtures

It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp. Apples are fresh for the picking and those big family gatherings are right around the corner. Which means you might be ready to elevate your dining room decor. Light fixtures are not only  a great decor piece, but in a dining room – they are essential. However, it can be difficult to determine the right fixture for your dining area. Specifically, it can be difficult to determine the proper hanging height for above-table fixtures.

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The dining room is a beautiful place to let your design style run wild. Between all of the furnishings, textiles and accessories that bring your space to life – there are still technical requirements that need to be met. For example, the table needs to be the right size. This is not only for your family, but also for the room. The table cloths and napkins need to be durable to hold up against dinner messes. Most importantly, the chandelier needs to provide enough light to illuminate your meal. It needs to be hung at a perfect height – not obstructing your view, but not too high – as it can look odd and obscure the light.

The positioning of your chandelier over your dining room table has a few good rules of thumb to remember.

Dining Room Style

There are so many options to illuminate your dining room. Whether your style is contemporary, traditional or something in between, you want to ensure that your lighting choice reflects your taste.

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Width/Diameter:

You want to ensure that your chandelier is at least 12 inches narrower than the width of your table on each side. That way no one knocks their head reaching for turkey at Thanksgiving dinner.

Hanging Height:

In a room with an 8-foot ceiling, the rule of thumb is that the chandelier should be 30-34 inches from the table. For rooms with larger ceilings, the distance of the light from the table will increase by approximately 3 inches for every foot. Therefore, if the room has a 9-foot ceiling then the distance of the chandelier should be 33-37 inches.

Getting the Look:

If you have taken all of the above pointers in to consideration, then there is just one last tip to make sure you get the look you are going for.modern-crystal-dining-room

Check Your View Points:

When hanging your light, take a seat at the table and make sure it is hanging the way you want. Then, take another peek from the entry way of the room. Does your lighting choice add to the overall effect of the room? Is it positioning correctly? Also, make sure the fixture is secured to the ceiling properly – you don’t want it ruining your next dinner party!