Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Something to Celebrate


"There are two ways of spreading light: 
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."


Something to Celebrate!


Celeste Jackson Interiors is celebrating
20 years in business and we're looking
forward to serving our customers for
many years to come!


Because of human nature, we are inclined
to take light for granted;
particularly during the long days of summer.
Light is all around us,
shaping our lives and enabling us to see. 
When we learn of advancement in technology,
it is frequently
associated with computers or entertainment.
Who hasn't
heard of the Apple watch? Remember
when only the Jetsons could carry technology
on their wrists? And yet here we are on the brink
of drones and self-driving
cars becoming the norm! 

With advancements in lighting being made
continually, why do so many homes still
use lighting from 20, 30 or even
40 years ago? All too often poor lighting
is addressed by using a higher watt bulb.
While this solution may work fora small
area such as a desk top, the solution for an entire
room or home requires more thought and planning.

Light Bulb
Every good lighting plan begins with these questions: 

  • What kinds of activity will this room be used for
  • and what light will be required for that activity?
  • How is the light we use in a room being distributed?
  • Will it be critical to how we feel in a space, how
  • our eyes see the colors of our fabrics and
  • furniture or how well we are able do the things
  • we want to in a given space? 
In new construction or remodel projects, it can be easier
to plan for lighting needs by reviewing the blue prints
to see how many overhead light fixtures have been
planned, how many outlets around the room for
lamps and possibly addressing the need for floor
outlets to bring light to the center of large room
where seating is in the center of the room. Kitchens
and bathrooms are critical spaces where you don't
want to be working in your own shadow because
there's overhead lighting only. Adding under-cabinet
lighting makes food prep easier and more enjoyable.
Having face height lighting in bathrooms provides
prettier results for make application and less blood
shed when shaving.

There are also a number of lighting improvements
that can be made without major remodeling. Sometimes
it's just understanding what the correct amount of
light should be. 
Lighting needs also change with age and need to be
updated accordingly. Today's lighting solutions go far
beyond the incandescent vs. florescent light bulbs
of the past. They require a careful assessment of the
occupants' needs to identify the best quantity,
placement and lighting source combination. Also,
the selection of the correct light bulb with the
correct light fixture can be very confusing since
they are not as  interchangeable as they first
appear and the results can be most unappealing.
Complex lighting solutions are often best left to
experts: a professional interior designer or a
lighting specialist.
As we are better able to control light, we are
also better able to control our environments
by the way light is distributed through our
homes and the feeling it creates. 

Cultivating Individuality in Your Unique Home
Celeste Jackson Interiors