“You can never be too rich, too thin,…….or have too many lumens” Wallis Simpson.
Coming up with a method of lighting the LAJ proved to be more challenging than expected. Since this was in a finished room, with decorative track lighting already in place, the biggest obstacle was coming up with something that would bath the layout in light and yet be unobtrusive enough as to not compete with the other fixture. I’ve always liked the look of drum pendant lights. I first noticed this form of lighting when I visited my friend one day and I couldn’t stop looking at it. It really was beautiful, and I always had the dream of incorporating it into my own space at some point or another. But I still wasn’t quite sure if this would work in this particular room, or if it should be incorporated elsewhere instead. The way my home was built, installing recessed can lights wasn’t an option due to the difficulty in running the power feeds. Believe me, I tried. I ended up having to find more info on lighting fixtures from a local electrician so that I could finally find a light for this space. It certainly wasn’t an easy task to complete, but nonetheless, here we are. If it wasn’t for a wise electrician, I’m not sure I would have gotten this far! After literally months of head scratching, a trip to The Home Depot turned up the solution; high quality, ultra thin, high power, LED strips by Lithonia. I bet they sell these lights everywhere but because I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for, I kept missing it! It’s amazing what they’re coming out with these days as far as lighting options go, perhaps a more popular option is the hanging lights everyone is raving about, such a modern touch to the home. And no doubt they will continue to bring out lots of different styles too. Although light in weight, it’s an awkward size, so if you’re thinking of putting one of these in, I would recommend having help. Alternatively, get an electrician to install it for you to ensure it’s secure. The specs. of these units are also pretty impressive:
- They put out a whopping 3200 lumens per fixture!
- Color temperature is a warm 3,000 degrees
- Power consumption is a low 36 watts
- They are “linkable” meaning you can string them end to end.
- The design is very thin and clean making them suitable for living areas
- They are surface mount and power is fed in via a plug in chord. Each unit also has an on/off switch