FIND THE RIGHT LIGHT
There is no “one light fits all” solution when it comes to lighting a house. Each space can evoke a certain mood with its own unique style—and we’re here to help establish what works best in your home.
Do you feel most at home with a modern look or do you prefer a rustic farmhouse feel? We have a fixture for every style, even yours
Whether you need bright, focused lighting when preparing your favorite dish or a soft glow when lounging on the couch. Discover the lighting that can work in each space of your home.
With the right lighting approach, you can completely change the mood of a room. So, tell us, what mood are you going for?
LED and Recessed Lighting Solutions
you use your lights every day to provide safety, security, and convenience. Upgrading your lights to long-lasting LED bulbs requires an experienced electrician. The same goes for installing recessed LED lights. At Provident Electric, our trusted electrical contractors are proud to serve clients in Maryland. We offer recessed lighting installation, electrical repair, home, and commercial electrical wiring, and more so you can enjoy safe and effective electrical service for your property.
Top Benefits of Converting to LED Lighting
LED lighting technology offers residential and commercial properties many benefits, from improving the look and feel of your space to helping you save money and conserve valuable natural resources.
LED lights are known for their long lifetime. These lights are designed to last for 100,000 hours of use or more, which is 11 years of constant function or 22 years at half capacity. Plus, frequent switching on and off or extreme temperature changes don’t affect the lifetime of these lights.
LED lighting is the most efficient form of lighting. These lights convert approximately 80% to 90% of incoming energy into light, as opposed to incandescent bulbs, which are only 20% efficient.
LED lights emit little to no light in the UV spectrum, making them ideal for all types of lighting purposes, including illuminating products or artwork that may be sensitive to heat and UV light.
With LED, there’s no mercury involved, making them a cleaner alternative to fluorescent and CFL lamps with overall light quality that’s equal or superior to your traditional lighting products. There’s no downside to choosing a safer, more environmentally friendly option!
The Best Places for Converting to Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting provides full lighting coverage with a minimal ceiling footprint, helping to keep a room’s sleek, open look by hiding light fixtures within the ceiling itself. This form of lighting is both popular and versatile.
Recessed lighting is ideal for workspaces, whether you’re looking to install this form of lighting in a kitchen, a home office, or a commercial office or meeting space. Lights can be placed at intervals to provide clear illumination from overhead without the need for visible light fixtures.
You can use a line of recessed lights to highlight accent walls or special features, such as fireplaces, fountains, and artwork. Recessed lights place these features in the spotlight without infringing on the view from any angle.
Hallways are also an ideal location for recessed lighting, which can be spaced to provide consistent illumination for safety and convenience, whether at home or in a commercial workspace.
Getting your lighting just right can go a long way towards making your house feel like a home. It has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of any given room and is one of the easiest ways that you can set a certain mood so use lights to create an ambience in your home – maybe a comforting, warm glow or a clear and cold white light to work under? From ceiling lights to security lights and everything in-between – plus a wide range of crucial accessories – we have you covered. Perhaps you’re looking for a little inspiration before you decide on how you want to illuminate your home? Take a look at our lighting ideas to get started.
Modern Kitchen Lighting
Creating a liveable, modern-looking home is right at the top of lots of people’s lists when it comes to their interior decor – particularly in rooms such as the kitchen for an uncluttered appearance – and it’s vital that you create a well-lit space where you can enjoy cooking and easily see what you’re doing. Check out our kitchen lighting guide to find plenty of stylish ways to light up your kitchen. You might consider kitchen spotlights with a thoroughly contemporary sleek chrome finish. We have both circular cluster styles and linear options – and because they point in different directions they’re ideal for illuminating multiple worktops. You’ll even find flexible designs too
Lamps are the way to go for ambient lighting in your home – and they’re a brilliant way to add an extra layer of interest and character to a room. Be sure to check out our handy guide to choosing a lamp so you can achieve the exact look and feel you want. If you’re after something a little different then be bold and go for an unusual lamp that’ll really make a statement on your living room side tables; think quirky shapes, bright colours and exotic printed shades.
There are so many kinds of light bulbs out there, so if you’re not sure which type you need then browse our guide to the different light bulb types. Regardless of their type, all bulbs feature codes which correspond to specific light bulb fittings. Edison screw fittings are one of the most common types for use in the home, but our handy guide will take you through each and every type.
Getting your lighting right is just as crucial outside your home as it is inside, so browse our full range of outdoor lighting for plenty of options extending from the purely practical to the decorative. It’s important to feel secure in your home, and we have you covered with motion sensing security lights and floodlights that are brilliant a choice when it comes to protecting your property. Why not consider a floodlight and security camera all-in-one system with WiFi capabilities and two way audio? Should motion be detected, you’ll get a notification on your smart device so you can keep tabs on your home wherever you are.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR PROPERLY LIGHTING YOUR ARTWORK
Properly lighting a work of art can make all the difference in the world when it comes to displaying it. The painting that moved you to the tears in the gallery might not have the same effect if it’s always bathed in shadow or blasted with sunlight
Consider Lighting and Longevity
The main concern in choosing the proper lighting is determining what conditions will best preserve the artwork. Aesthetic preferences should be a secondary consideration
Aggressive lighting choices can often cause heat and light damage, often resulting in permanent color distortion and brittleness. Follow these rules to ensure the longevity of your collection:
Avoid displaying artwork in direct sunlight. Ultraviolet light and infrared radiation can cause fading.
Don’t allow light to directly face artwork. This will protect your artwork against heat damage.
Avoid fluorescent lighting. It emits a high level of ultraviolet energy, which accelerates color fading and distorts the color of the artwork
Pay Attention to Different Types of Lighting
In general, lighting for artwork should be three times brighter than the rest of the room’s lighting. This can be achieved by using the appropriate intensity or ambiance.
To ensure the artwork’s colors are portrayed accurately, seek out high CRI (Color Rendering Index) percentages in your lights. The closer they are to 100 percent, the more vibrant the colors will appear. Consider the following options when lighting artwork.
LED: LEDs boast a long lifespan and give off little ultraviolet radiation and heat. They are a good option if there is little space available between the art and the light source. They are available in warm and cool color temperatures.
Halogen: Halogen lights cast a cooler tone but generate higher levels of heat. Keep them at a safe distance from the artwork and consider UV filters.
Incandescent: Incandescent lights cast a comforting warm glow. That being said, traditional incandescent lighting should be avoided since it displays too much warm light. They are also comparatively inefficient when compared to LEDs
LIGHTING TIPS FROM PROS
The most aesthetically pleasing and effective way to light a room is to have three layers: overall, task and accent.
Overall lighting is the main illumination in a room. This will be the light above the main work or living space. The overall light could be from a chandelier, multiple pendants, recessed lights, a ceiling fan with a light, or some other main light source.
Task lighting is the light needed for specific tasks such as cooking, reading, applying make-up, etc. Examples of task lighting could be portable lamps, sconces next to a dressing area, and recessed lights or pendants directly over a work area.
Accent lighting could be toe-kick or in-cabinet lights, cove lighting, or small portable lamps
Depending on where and how some fixtures are used, they could be any type of lighting. For example, pendants might be considered overall lighting or task lighting, even accent if small and in a corner. The important thing is to layer the lighting so that appropriate illumination can be achieved for the activity taking place.
In most applications where pendants are placed above islands, it is more common to place the pendants in a symmetrical configuration centered directly on both the long and short sides. However, this is ultimately a personal decision that is dependent on your priorities and on the visual relationship of the pendants to the space.
If the island is going to be used for reading or working, then placing the pendants closer to the bar stools will be useful. However, if persons seated at the island will be there mostly for eating and conversation, it will be less important to move the pendants closer to the seating.