fireplaces made of brick or stone can be emphasized
with recessed downlights installed in the ceiling over
the mantle to create a dramatic grazing effect across the
surface. Wall sconces on each side of the fireplace are
another option that brings attention to the fireplace
area, while providing general lighting for the living room.
Reading requires task lighting that comes from behind
and to the side of the reader’s shoulder. This can be
accomplished by placing a floor lamp either at the
right or the left of the reading chair. The bottom of the
shade should be located at eye level to avoid glare.
Paintings can be highlighted with recessed adjustable
fixtures or with low-voltage, tungsten-halogen picture
lights. Work with your ALA lighting showroom to
determine the number of fixtures needed depending
on the size of the painting and the proper aiming angle.
House plants can be accented by aiming an uplight
portable fixture at the wall behind the plant, and
thereby creating a dramatic silhouette of the plant
against the wall.
Photo credit: Element Lighting
Bars can be lighted from above with recessed or track
fixtures, or with miniature, low-voltage pendants that
create an intimate scale and a sense of elegance.
Glass shelves and glassware can be accented with linear,
low-voltage systems mounted in the cabinet.
Miniature downlights mounted at the top of the
cabinet are another effective option. The use of low-voltage fixtures with tungsten-halogen bulbs or LEDs
will emit a bright white light that makes glassware