lighting accessories. When pur- chasing bulbs, shades or replace- ment glass for fixtures, there are a few pieces of information the showroom staff needs in order to help most effectively. Most showrooms carry a wide variety of bulbs. Buying bulbs at a showroom gives benefits well beyond simply replacing a bulb. Showrooms have invested in knowledgeable sales staff who truly care about educating their customers on light sources. When seeking a new shade for a table, floor lamp, chandelier or sconce, bring the measurements of the lighting fixture as well as the measurement of the current shade. If possible, bring a photo of your fixture and shade too. Or, even better, bring in the shade you want to replace. The same goes for replacement glass, and if you know the manufacturer and part num- ber, provide that information too. Above all, expect an enjoyable experience at a dedicated lighting showroom. The experts at ALA- member showrooms are the best resource to help with all lighting decisions. Editor’s Note: This article appears courtesy of the American Lighting Association, a trade association representing over 3,500 members in the residential lighting, ceiling fan and controls industries in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. To learn more, go online to ALALighting.com.
Want to make your home as cozy, calm and relaxing as possi- ble? Try hygge (pronounced: hue-gah), a Danish lifestyle trend that has captured the imagination of lighting and interior design- ers, as well as homeowners. More than just a décor trend, hygge is a state of mind—one of cozy contentment while appreciating the simple things that bring joy to your life. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), lighting is a key element in hygge, which takes a minimalist concept and punctuates it with warmth, texture and glow. One of the most effective ways to create a warm and cozy atmosphere is by the placement and adjustment of lighting in the home. The gentle glow of candles, which symbolizes the hygge trend, is complemented by soft, mood-provoking electric lighting. With hygge, interiors are lit to create a pleasant ambiance. Light and shadow are equally important elements, as they contribute to a feeling of warmth and naturalness. “Lighting is a critical element for a hygge atmosphere,” says Tim Stumm, creative director for Z-Lite. “Of course, there is the warm glow of candles, but make sure you incorporate the proper lighting design using Kelvin temperatures 2400K to 2700K. These temperatures are best to create intimate, calm and the most soothing lighting possible.” Using several light sources that scatter warm light throughout a space is the best way to create hygge. Table and floor lamps, wall sconces, and pendant lights provide light as well as a sooth- ing and inviting feel, giving plenty of options for different moods and settings. Transform space with shadow and light by placing lamps in spots chosen to highlight a room’s decorative elements. Adding a few softly lit pendant lights brings a serene, diffused glow that creates areas of darkness as well as light, increasing the sense of tranquility. Something that won’t be found in hygge décor is harsh over- head lighting. To quote the Swedish fashion and lifestyle Youtuber Jenny Mustard: “Ceiling lighting is where hygge goes to die.” To add a comfy, hygge-worthy glow to your home, follow these lighting tips:
• Limit the use of ceiling lights. If overhead lighting can’t be replaced with lamps, install a dimmer on the ceiling light to make the room glow with warm, low light.
• Select light bulbs with a low lumen number that are warm white or soft white in color. A bulb's lumen number determines
how bright it is. The higher the lumen number, the brighter the bulb. Try for a comfortable brightness that still gives good visibility.
• Use LED candles for a pleasant flickering glow. It is always wonderful to walk through rooms lit by the magical radiance of candlelight.
• Choose LED light bulbs that can be dimmed to a warm white color temperature to create a soft aura.
• Place darker shades on table lamps and floor lamps for a deep, soothing glow.
• Bring the outdoors in through lighting. Heavily influenced by nature, hygge style, much like Scandinavian style lighting, nods to natural phenomenon like the colors of sunsets and wood burn- ing in a fire. Organically shaped light fixtures, reminiscent of tree branches, and the use of natural fibers and fabrics epitomize the hygge style trend.
While cozy lighting is essential for dark winter nights, the long, light-filled summer days also harmonize with hygge. Light, in gen- eral, is critical to hygge, whatever the season.
In the summer, hygge capitalizes on outdoor living. As the sun sets, light outdoor spaces with twinkling rope lights and table lamps, pendants and chandeliers made specially to withstand outdoor conditions. Inside, use natural decorative elements and highlight them with fairy lights or electric lanterns. Take advan- tage of natural light flowing through the windows to create dra- matic dark and light contrasts.
CREATE A COZY HOME WITH HYGGE
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