With Christmas just around the corner and homes lit with sparkling lights all around, I thought it would be fitting to share my process on creating the lighting scheme for the new house. I love lighting and the way it can transform a space. Lighting plays a huge role in every project of mine and my philosophy is "Do it right!"
THE RECESSED CANS
When I purchased the house, each room had one fixture at best and there were a few scattered wall sconces. So to say the least... I had my work cut out for me. With 8-ft ceilings, I knew that it would be important to maximize the lighting to help make the space feel larger. I scoured the internet researching all different kinds of recessed cans and finally landed on one that was simple and clean. I really wanted to stay away from the larger cans, so I kept my search queries to 3–4 inch recessed housing kits. Super clean, adjustable head to redirect lighting, and a simple white trim that would mount flush to my ceiling is what I found!
Now, these cans are typically meant for halogen bulbs. I love the look and feel of halogen bulbs, but energy efficiency wise, not so gouda. Also, something to keep in mind... smaller recessed cans require more of them to light an area. All that points to more money spent on replacement bulbs and higher energy bills. Thus began the research on the perfect LED bulb replacement. I'm super thankful that technology has brought us LED bulbs and in recent years, comparable bulbs to the incandescent and halogen family.
Here's a fun bulb buying guide from CNET for some light reading.
For residential projects, I'm a strong advocate for the warm whites. I typically avoid the cool whites and the daylights. There's something about not looking like a blue smurf that keeps me operating in the 0-3000 Kelvin range. You can learn more about color temperature here.
My bulb criteria for this project were (1) LED, (2) Warm White, (3) Bright, (4) Dimmable. And here they are!
THE LIGHTING PLAN
After choosing my recessed cans and bulbs, I moved onto the lighting layout. The goal was impact and proper lighting throughout each of the spaces. When dealing with floor joists and old home construction, you should plan on making adjustments on the exact location of the cans and how many you'll need. I ran into a few issues with joists but all in all, I was able to get it close to the plans I've included below.
I enjoyed picking out the pendants that would eventually go over the kitchen island. I knew that I wanted the space to feel industrial yet inviting and in order to achieve that, it would be important to pair classic with modern elements. These pendants are the perfect combination of both. Introducing the Clemson Classic Single Pendant in Polished Nickel from Restoration Hardware!
Here's a drawing of the pendants in the kitchen at eye-level. I decided on two of the Clemson pendants to properly light the countertop space of the kitchen island.
The Lighting UPDATE
And now for the progress photos from the lighting installation! You can also see that the asbestos and popcorn ceiling are gone and the drywall repairs well underway. Check it out!
Thanks for reading! Hope you are enjoying this Christmas season and are looking forward to good food and good times. More to come on the blog, but if you don't hear from me before the end of the year... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!