The year has flown by and the holidays are almost upon us! It’s time to get your home ready for holiday entertaining. As you consider your holiday decor, be sure to think about your lighting! The right lighting creates a warm and hospitable welcome for your guests.
Photo courtesy of Kichler Lighting
Outdoor lighting becomes even more important with the shorter days in the fall and winter. Make sure your guests have the proper lighting as they approach your home at your main entrance. The facade of your home should have general illumination to highlight your home’s exterior and light up any dark areas that guests may need to pass through. Landscape lighting in and around trees, shrubs and walkways creates a welcoming effect. If possible, add path lighting to guide your guests to your front door.
The light in your foyer is also an important one for setting a warm and inviting mood. As your guests enter from a dark exterior, it is best not to have the foyer light too bright and intense, but to use a dimmer to control the light intensity. This will reduce glare and discomfort and will help make the transition from the darkness outside to the interior light of your home.
The color temperature of your lighting is also important to creating a warm and cozy feeling in your home. The most popular is the 2700 color temperature since it is the closest to outside lighting from the sun. Choosing light bulbs can be tricky, so let our lighting experts at Legend Lighting share our knowledge with you and assist you in selecting the best light bulbs for your lighting needs.
There is still plenty of time to spiff up your lighting for the holidays! We can help you with the best lighting solutions to get your home ready for holiday guests and entertaining. Call us today at 512-251-0000 or come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35.
Legend Lighting is excited to announce the addition of several new lighting lines over the last few months! When we visit the International Lighting Market each January and June we search high and low for lighting that we think will fit with Austin’s unique style and attitude. We are very happy to begin new partnerships with Fine Art Lamps, Nuevo Living, Light and Living, Van Teal and Surya. Items from all of these manufacturers are now on display in the Legend Lighting showroom.
Fine Art Lamps
Since 1940 Fine Art Lamps has been handcrafting original lighting designs that are made in America and specified worldwide. They create designs from beautifully handcrafted metal, hand-blown glass and other unique materials with exquisite hand applied finishes. There is no match for their high quality and unique designs. Their name reflects their commitment to lighting design as an art.
The following lighting fixtures from Fine Art Lamps are on display in the Legend Lighting showroom.
Nuevo Living has become one of the premier manufacturers of high quality modern furniture, lighting and decor. Starting in the early 2000′s, they now offer stylish products that are at home in both residential and commercial spaces. Their clean, contemporary designs, high quality along with excellent price points drew us to this line.
Light and Living
Light and Living got their start thirty-five years ago in the Netherlands and have provided beautiful lighting and home accessories to European retailers for years until expanding into the North American market in January of 2013. On-trend designs and excellent price points are the hallmark of this line.
The Van Teal family has been creating imaginative designs, innovative shade treatments and colorful acrylics that are equally works of art and functional lighting fixtures. Specializing in residential lighting and accessories in addition to hospitality lighting, if you want something truly unique, take a look at Van Teal.
Initially attracted to Surya because of their wide selection of lamps, we were also quickly taken by the rest of their product line, including rugs, poufs, throws and pillows. Surya is a huge line with something for everyone, in every style and budget.
We look forward to our partnership with all of these fine companies and can’t wait to show these great products to our homeowners, designers and builders! Come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35 to take a look and see all of our new displays!
Legend Lighting is proud to celebrate our fifth year in business in 2014! Five years ago we opened the doors with a couple of employees, a few lighting lines and a limited amount of lighting on display. In 2014 we have grown to a staff of 16 valued employees, we offer over 100 lighting lines and our showroom has an abundant display of beautiful decorative lighting, ceiling fans, outdoor lighting and includes a recessed lighting lab.
We would like to sincerely thank all of the customers and friends that have been a part of our growth and success so far. The future is bright and we look forward to illuminating Austin’s homes for many years to come!
Tyson Neal is the Associate Vice President of Legend Lighting and our showroom manager. We asked Tyson to reflect back on these first five years:
Tyson, as Legend Lighting celebrates its five year anniversary, how is the business different today than it was five years ago when we opened the doors in May of 2009?
There are many differences. We started with 8 lighting lines and now offer over 100 lines. We now have a professionally merchandised showroom that has our personal touch, making sure what we offer is right for Austin. And our strong growth has allowed us to build an outstanding team of lighting experts with design backgrounds.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Employee training-Lighting experts are not a dime-a-dozen, and we’ve worked hard to put together a training curriculum that incorporates resources provided by the American Lighting Association, along with our own experience.
What has been your most celebrated success?
Surviving the Great Recession as a new business and emerging as a thriving and vibrant business is something that both our family and our employees are extremely proud to have been a part. It gives us confidence going forward that great things are still to come.
What makes Legend Lighting special and why should builders, interior designers and homeowners come here to make lighting selections?
It’s a personal experience to do business with us, from the products we hand-pick to display for our Austin clientele, to the personalized attention that each of our lighting experts gives to every project they work on. We’re dedicated to not only finding the right solutions for our clients, but opening their eyes to new products and designs that they may not have even been aware of.
What are you most excited about going foward?
The LED lighting revolution that is changing the way we illuminate homes and making new design possibilities a reality.
One of the most talented designers that Legend Lighting has had the privilege to work with is Chelsea Bandy Kloss of Chelsea+Remy Design. When first meeting Chelsea, you immediately get a feel for her warm personality and her incomparable and unique style. Chelsea has experience in new home construction, remodels, small scale commercial projects and condo developments. By investing in lasting relationships with builders, clients and vendors, Chelsea has earned the reputation as one of the premier designers in the Austin area.
Austin Interior Designer Chelsea Bandy Kloss of Chelsea+Remy Design
For her formal education, Chelsea attended Texas State Univeristy in San Marcos, where she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, majoring in Interior Design and minoring in technology. For three years she worked as a partner at a local design firm before starting Chelsea+Remy Design. Her passion is being involved with a project through the entire construction and furnishings process, from a mere concept to a magazine ready space.
We interviewed Chelsea to get a glimpse into the world of Chelsea+Remy Design:
Where do you find design inspiration?
I find inspiration daily and in unexpected places, however, I specifically seek inspiration through nature and travel. I love to incorporate organic textures and materials into all genres of interior design and find that nature consistently works its way into each and every project I touch. Travel is also a very important source of inspiration in that I enjoy experiencing regional materials used in new applications. My ultimate guilty pleasure is seeking out boutique hotels for any trip and exploring the fixtures and finishes they choose to set themselves apart from the more corporate style hotels.
What is the most memorable design project you have ever worked on?
I was involved in an extensive remodel on Lake Travis where I was fortunate enough to work with clients who trusted my vision and allowed me the freedom to interject quirky elements into their home, such as the use of enormous reclaimed doors from India as their pantry doors. We were also able to resource local artisans for custom details like stained glass and decorative paint while interjecting the client’s collected antiques throughout.
When a project requires lighting, what do you enjoy most about specifying lighting? What do you find most challenging?
I feel that lighting can single handedly make or break a space, so that alone puts a little pressure on you as a designer! Over the years, lighting has become a part of the design process that truly allows you to express your own style while setting moods, defining spaces and filling volumes. I feel that the biggest challenge that people rely on their designers for in regards to lighting, is understanding scale. With extended ceilings and open floor plans it is imperative to use lighting to create a human scale within the home, define activities and areas within the shared plan and ultimately create functional and favorable lighting conditions. Dimmers are an absolute must and allow you to create the feeling once achieved only by table lamps.
What do you find most beneficial about working with a showroom lighting designer?
As designers, we try to know as much as we can about each facet of the design process, however working with a showroom lighting designer gives you the confidence that you are being exposed to all of the latest and greatest products while understanding the newest technology available to share with your clients. The combination of the specialized knowledge of the showroom lighting designer and the overall project vision by the interior designer creates a winning team.
What is your favorite color palette?
Currently my “go to” color palette is a combination of grey, white and walnut tones and then incorporating accent colors such as canary yellow or lime green to get a fabulous finished look.
Legend Lighting worked with Chelsea on a home built by Pillar Custom Homes and the dining room was featured in Austin Home Magazine, as shown below. Chelsea+Remy Design has won numerous design awards and has been published in many additional publications, such as, Urban Home Magazine, Design Guide-Austin/San Antonio and Luxe Magazine, among others.
Austin Home Magazine-Dining Rooms That We Love-Fall 2013
Builder-Pillar Custom Homes Interior Designer-Chelsea+Remy Design
Custom home kitchen built by Pillar Custom Homes and designed by Chelsea+Remy Design
Custom home master bath built by Pillar Custom Homes and designed by Chelsea+Remy Design
Chelsea+Remy Design won the award at Legend Lighting’s Red Carpet Crystal Event for Best Interior Lighting.
Chelsea+Remy Design also won the award for Brightest Luminary at Legend Lighting’s Red Carpet Crystal Event.
Contact Chelsea through her website at http://www.chelsearemy.com.
Have you tried the new vintage filament bulbs in any of your light fixtures or lamps yet? These fun light bulbs have become extremely popular and can add a touch of magic to your home decor and even your outdoor areas. Many of the light fixtures recently introduced by lighting manufacturers look especially beautiful with the vintage filament bulbs. Trendy restoration and industrial styles are perfect for this look.
While these bulbs do not produce as many lumens as regular light bulbs, they are most appreciated for the nostalgic, romantic ambiance that they create, in addition to their classic shapes and the beauty of the softly glowing filament. People tend to use them in specific applications, especially in lamps and fixtures designed to show the light bulb. Crystal chandeliers take on a uniquely elegant look when lighted by vintage filament bulbs.
Luminance Nostalgia Era Bulbs on display at Legend Lighting
Below are some photos from Kichler Lighting which feature the vintage filament bulbs.
The Everly collection from Kichler Lighting is a best seller and looks beautiful with the vintage filament bulbs.
The Braelyn collection from Kichler Lighting with its vintage industrial style is enhanced by the nostalgic era bulbs.
And we have the entire Congress collection from Hinkley Lighting on display and all of them look great with the nostalgic bulbs.
These string lights from Bulbrite are a best seller and look even more festive with the nostalgic bulbs. We have them on display in the outdoor area of our showroom and keep them in stock.
Legend Lighting stocks vintage filament bulbs from both Luminance and Bulbrite and we have many light fixtures on display which feature these bulbs. The warm illlumination and softly glowing filament will also add to the coziness of your home this fall and winter! Come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35 or call us today at 512-251-0000 to check out our selection!
Have you had a chance to take a look at the Legend Lighting professional profile on Houzz? We have over 200 photos in 27 projects for your lighting inspiration!
We think Houzz is a fabulous design inspiration tool. With over 4 million photos that have been uploaded by design professionals, it is the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Homeowners can browse and save photos with ideas to use in their own new construction or remodeling projects. Local design and construction professionals can also be searched and found on Houzz. Homeowners can also connect with others through discussions, stories and questions.
The photos below are our most popular on Houzz and have been added to over 100 idea books each. We were very honored to work with each of the professionals listed below as the lighting supplier for these projects.
Our most popular photo, by far, is the beautiful master bathroom in the photo below and has been added to 360 idea books. This home in Spicewood, Texas was built by Seven Custom Homes and the interior design was done by Jeannie Balsam, LLC. The Crystal Lights chandelier from Currey & Company is a lovely complement to the design.
The bar photo below is in the same home as above, built by Seven Custom Homes and designed by Jeannie Balsam, LLC and has been added to 270 idea books on Houzz. The mini chandeliers are from the Savoy House Boutique collection.
The media room shown below is in a home built by Kerry Martin with Enertech Builders and has been added to 195 idea books. The RGB tape light is a very fun addition to a media room!
This beautiful bar photo in a Lake Austin home built by John Davis with Timeless Construction Services, with interior design by JEI Design has been added to 178 idea books on Houzz. The lighting includes the Martini light from Elk Lighting, the Aris sconce from Hubbardton Forge and tape light in the glass cabinets.
The cozy, rustic living room photo below has been added to 136 idea books and is in the same home as the first two photos above. The home was built by Seven Custom Homes and the interior design was done by Jeannie Balsam, LLC. The Arte de Mexico antler chandelier completes this beautiful space.
We love sharing photos of our lighting projects on Houzz. Please visit our website to sign up for our newsletter by clicking HERE. Also, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. We look forward to connecting with you and helping you with your next project, whether it is a new home, remodel or a simple room re-do! Give us a call today at 512-251-0000 or visit our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35.
As LED technology continues to revolutionize the lighting industry, LED’s are finding their way into increasingly more decorative light fixtures. Designers and manufacturers are creating beautiful light fixtures using LED’s. Thus far, the most widely accepted uses of LED light sources have been recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, accent lighting, rope and tape light and landscape lighting. Design styles offered by contemporary lighting manufacturers have easily incorporated LED technology. As homeowners continue to look for ways to reduce energy consumption in their homes they are becoming more educated about the return on investment offered by LED technology. Every year at the lighting market we see more decorative interior lighting designed with LED’s. It is an exciting time for the lighting industry since designers are able to create fixtures without the constraint of a bulb. The possibilities are unlimited and we can’t wait to see the progress!
Today we want to highlight some of the decorative LED products from Hinkley Lighting. Hinkley is dedicated to staying at the forefront of technology by utilizing the latest in engineering expertise and cutting edge components.
Hinkley offers a great selection of ceiling mounts with integrated LED’s. These stylish semi-flush and flush mounts are an easy way to incorporate LED technology into your home. All of them offer the following features-
Energy Efficient-consume 85% less energy than incandescent
Fully Dimmable-with any standard dimmer
Long Life-rated at 100,000 hours of usage
80+ Color Rendering Index
Outstanding Light Distribution
Eco-Friendly-free of toxic materials
5 Year Warranty
Is there a place in your home where you could use these energy efficient AND stylish LED ceiling lights?
For more information on these or any lighting products, contact the Legend Lighting showroom at 512-251-0000 or come by to visit us at 15342 N. IH 35.
Legend Lighting is excited to announce the addition of Surya to our product offering. Surya is a leading manufacturer of high quality rugs and coordinating accessories. As a lighting showroom, their beautiful selection of lamps and mirrors first caught our attention, since these are product categories that we already have in place. However, after being introduced to their extensive selection of rugs, poufs, pillows, throws, accent furniture, art and decorative accents, we decided that a lighting showroom is a perfect place for all that Surya has to offer! When you learn more about Surya and their beautiful, colorful, affordable rugs and home accessories we think you will agree!
The Surya story is quite fascinating. Surya was founded in a small village in India by Surya Tiwari in 1976. The Federated Group, which is now Macy’s, visited India to acquire new products for their retail stores in the United States. They wanted local handmade products and invited interested local manufacturers to apply. The buyers agreed to take a look at Surya Tiwari’s products and he was able to convince them that his products were right for their market. A success story was born. Today Surya services over 5,000 retail, design and e-commerce accounts with over 20,000 products. They exhibit in Atlanta, Dallas, High Point, Las Vegas, New York, Tupelo and New Delhi.
Surya’s rug collection includes over 5,000 designs in a wide range of styles, sizes, textures and colors, from simple solids and bold geometrics to florals and highly detailed classic designs. Both hand crafted and machine made rugs are available, which offers a price point to meet a variety of styles and budgets. Over 75% of the rugs are available in custom sizes and the quote can be easily obtained. Samples are available for all rugs, allowing the customer to view the color, pattern and texture prior to making a purchase. The top 400 designs are guaranteed to be in stock and will ship within 48 hours. A wide selection of indoor/outdoor rugs are available, in addition to “Made in America” styles and rugs designed for kids. The beautiful images below will give you just a taste of what Surya has to offer!
Surya has partnered with leading designers such as Candace Olson, Beth Lacefield and Lotta Jansdotter, as seen in the images below.
Surya also offers MORE THAN 350 POUFS in a variety of styles, sizes and materials, including both solids and prints, all of which complement trending upholstery and paint colors, as well as the rugs, pillows and other accessories.
MORE THAN 150 LAMPS are offered by Surya in a full spectrum of rich tones and finishes, all of which coordinate with the rugs, pillows and the home accessories. Acrylic, ceramic, glass, metal, shell, wood, iron, bamboo, crystal and steel bases are complemented by shade materials of burlap, poly/cotton, silk, linen and seagrass.
Also available are more than 1,000 coordinating pillows, over 150 throws, more than 100 mirror designs, and over 900 pieces of in-stock art in addition to a collection of decorative accents. Additionally, over 100 benches, ottomans, footstools and chairs are available from Surya.
One last and very special thing to know about Surya is that they are a company that gives back. About 10% of their profits are spent on social causes, including education, nutrition and health care in both India and the United States. Surya rugs are made in rural India by voluntarily employed individuals of legal employment age who earn fair, predictable wages and work in a clean and safe environment. One of their core values is to treat all employees with equality, dignity and respect and particularly to empower women. Watch the fascinating video The Hands and Hearts of Surya to see for yourself. Surya also works hard to incorporate eco-friendly and sustainable materials such as natural and renewable products such as jute, hemp and bamboo silk. They also use upcycled materials such as plastic bottle, sari silk and newspaper in their products. To learn more, click here to watch the video Surya: Making a Difference.
We look forward to sharing all that Surya has to offer with our Legend Lighting customers! Call us at 512-251-0000 or come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35 to learn more!
As LED lighting technology continues to advance, we are seeing LED incorporated into more decorative light fixtures. One company leading the way in decorative, contemporary LED lighting is Elan. Elan is a Kichler Lighting company, combining the passion of art with the medium of light. Elan offers high end, energy efficient ceiling fixtures, chandeliers and bath lighting with a clean and modern style. Each piece in the Elan collection is a modern sculpture that defines a room and brings light to a space.
Legend Lighting recently received a display of beautiful lighting fixtures from Elan. If you have a passion for contemporary decor, you will want to learn more about Elan. Not only are their collections unique, as a Kichler Lighting company, they are backed by one of the strongest names in the lighting business.
All of the products shown below are LED and many of them are on display in the Legend Lighting showroom. Call us at 512-251-0000 or come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35, Austin, TX to see them in person. Regardless of your style, taste or budget, our lighting specialists would love to help you find the perfect light fixture for your home!
Many of today’s homes are built with tall ceilings, offering a feeling of openness and spaciousness. However, lighting for rooms with high ceilings can be a challenge. Too much lighting at eye level can result in a dark ceiling and make the ceiling seem even higher. If there are too many lights on the ceiling, your room can feel too much like a gym or commercial space. To get the lighting right in a space with tall ceilings, layering your lighting in a multi-level approach will work best.
Here are the types of lighting that you should consider for rooms with tall ceilings-
Chandeliers offer ambient lighting for the entire room and can use the ceiling as a reflective light source. Some chandeliers have lights that shine both upward and downward, casting light towards the ceiling and down into the room. Globe lights, candlestick lights and crystal prisms, in addition to polished metal finishes offer some reflective light. To get the correct size chandelier for your room, take the total of the length and width of the room in inches and that will determine the diameter. For example, for a 15 x 20 foot room, the minimum diameter for the chandelier would be 35 inches. Often, homeowners choose fixtures that are too small for their rooms. In a room with a high ceiling the depth must also be taken into consideration, so going even a little larger than this formula will give you the best results.
Hanging Ceiling Lights
An alternative to a single fixture would be one or more clusters of pendant lights in the room. This idea works especially well in great rooms and large living areas that include both a conversation area and a dining area. The placement of the lighting often is guided by the rule of thirds: the bottom third for furniture, the middle third for art and accents and the top third for lighting. The recommended height for a hanging light fixture is 70 inches above the floor. In a room with a 10 foot ceiling, for example, a chandelier or pendant would best be hung 6 2/3 feet from the floor, about 3 1/3 feet from the ceiling.
Track, strip, rope and tape lighting can be used based upon the details of the ceiling. Beams, rafters, angles and corners can be illuminated by track or strip lighting and LED rope or tape light can also be used to diffuse light over the ceiling while being concealed behind soffits or on the top of beams. Light reflected down from the ceiling reduces the height of the room and adds to the ambient light.
Recessed lighting is great for general lighting, but remember that all the light is directed downward. Spacing is important to prevent shadows and uneven lighting.
Wall scones fill in the gap between the ceiling lighting and portables. They should be positioned at eye level or higher on the middle third of the wall. Vertical, columnar sconces can accentuate ceiling height and round shapes can bring attention to furniture and art. A dimmer switch is a nice addition to sconce lighting, allowing you to vary the amount of ambient light based on the available light, activities and mood.
Lamps and Accent Lighting
Add table and floor lamps in addition to accent fixtures to vary the contours of a room with pools of directed light. Shades from lamps send small beams upward, creating shadows. Use drum shaped, translucent shades to create upward and downward streams of light and add interest with small accent lights.
Click here to read an excellent article about lighting a room with tall ceilings written by Randall Whitehead, acclaimed author, designer, innovator and lecturer and America’s top expert in residential lighting.
Another great resource is Houzz. Click here to see photos of high ceiling lighting ideas from Houzz.
If you have questions about lighting a room with tall ceilings, our lighting specialists would love to help! Please contact our showroom at 512-251-0000 or come by to see us at 15342 N. IH 35, Austin, TX.