How early should you organise and order LIGHT fittings for a home installation?

Organising the supply chain for any kind of build can be a complex and mystifying process, especially if you are managing it yourself. Leaving purchasing of lighting or any other item to the last minute can have massive impacts on your on-site progress, often resulting in cost blow-outs as trades overlap and missing elements prevent final completion. Ultimately, you want the electrician to be able to walk in and wire everything up on the day with no delays.

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Lighting Design in a Passive House - the future of Sustainable Housing

At MINT the key focus in our lighting design for a passive house - is to minimise energy consumption throughout the home….this is achieved by effective selection of LED luminaires [light fittings], and by avoiding downlights and recessed lighting - WHY’s that?…so as not to impact on the building envelope and reduce the thermal integrity of the home.

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Choosing LIGHT for your Dining Room

The temptation when designing a dining room (or more often these days, a dining zone within your open living space) is to make the lighting pendant the feature of the space, for your WOW piece - that amazing pendant that makes your heart sing! We're all for that of course - but the greater question is how to bring the flexibility in - without losing the delight of the dramatic.

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Lighting Effects made EASY

We've uncovered five easy ways to describe how light behaves in a room.  These five effect descriptions can be applied to any light fitting, and they form the core of the language we use to describe how light should behave in a room to craft the "right light"

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Letting light out of the cupboard

Building light into joinery can also create a levitating effect, and really lift the feel of a room.  Especially rooms with limited natural light.  A smaller room can be visually expanded by having light hidden away into joinery and behind mirrors.  A large room can actually be lit effectively by hiding light into the architecture and using the room as a luminaire.  Completely hidden source, but brilliant bright room.  Clever stuff indeed.

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Kitchen Lighting : How to light your kitchen

More than the heart of your home, your kitchen is the one space where every aspect of life happens.  Chatting with friends and family, kids doing homework, organising the details of your life – and of course, cooking your meals.  With the right lighting, your kitchen becomes more than just a functional area in your home, it becomes the central hub for your lifestyle.

Kitchen Lighting Tips….

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Understanding the Science of Light makes it possible to create beautiful HOME LIGHTING

Understanding the science of light makes it possible to create beautiful spaces quickly, effectively and inexpensively using the right lights in the right places.  The FUNdamentals covered here are the spring board for all lighting decisions, ensuring sustainability and quality are the key elements in creating great light at home.

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Creative ways to light your Stairs

It seems obvious really - stairs can be dangerous things, even for grown adults! But often very little thought goes into lighting them, and whilst there are many tried and true solutions, there's a few key things to keep in mind when thinking about lighting stairs to create the best result.

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Get the Industrial Lighting LOOK in your Home

Oversize pendants are fantastic for creating a human scale in a large space, and usually, industrial style is used in large spaces to break them up and give them personality.  So think BIG when choosing your pendants - and with all those hard surfaces, think fabric too - it'll help control the noise levels in your exposed brick/concrete room.

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Lighting a Walk-in Wardrobe or Closet

Lighting a walk-in robe or closet tips, advice and solutions - Imagine being able to turn on lighting in your walk-in wardrobe or closet and see everything perfectly - colours and textures in your clothes, and then walk over to the perfectly lit mirror and check out your outfit in perfect light, that throws no shadows.

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Tips and Trends to getting the Best Lighting Plan for your HOME

OK so, the first step is to get involved with the lighting selection and not leave it for the last minute so your only choice is cheap downlights....the next step is to review current trends and advances in lighting TECHNOLOGY and figure out if they add value to your life and your home.

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the DIFFERENCE between WARM and COOL Light...

Getting your head around what colour means in light can be tricky.  It's even more confusing with LED lighting than any previous technologies because the choices now are so diverse!  Unfortunately, even though there is a lot of good information available, it can be difficult to work out who's telling the right story.  Sadly, there are still some people who are experts in their field making blanket comments about the quality of light from energy efficient LED based on poor colour selection that can be very off putting when you're trying to figure out what the right light is for you.

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