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HALLWAY: PENDANTS OR POTLIGHTS?

We spend a LOT of time at our Lighting and Design Center educating our clients on their options for lighting choices in their hallways. In most cases, the hallway lighting is overlooked. Why? Because it is commonly seen as a pass through rather than a focal point of the home. However, WE see it as an opportunity to be wowed!

OUT with the nipple shades and IN with creative styling! Our suggestions: Chose the newly designed LED slim pot lights OR a group of stunning pendants.

POTLIGHTS
There is a new movement on designing a modern, sleek style pot light and best of all its LED. We have brought in products that are affordable and offer a variety of options: Round, square, trim colours and the colour of light as well as the brightness you want to achieve. We suggest installing lights down the center of the hallway.

PENDANTS
We see the hallway as an opportunity for a design impact! Why not showcase your style choosing a grouping of pendants? From farmhouse to modern – it can be done! We suggest using a group of small to medium pendants, in odd numbers. Three is better than two if possible!

Does your hallway need a change? Come visit Munro’s Lighting and Design Showroom and Melissa or Joanne can help you make your statement!

MULTIPLICITY – PROVIDE A PENDANTS POWERFUL PUNCH

Grouping pendants in gathering spaces like the kitchen island or a bar area makes a powerful design statement while making them super functional. These spaces typically have a lot of activity going on so your lighting needs to do its job really well but not obstruct any views. Pendants are a great choice here because they provide crucial focused light, especially in groups of two or three.

Typically, pendants should be placed 28″ to 34″ above the countertop, or approximately 72″ from the floor. It is always a good idea to remember that if you’re lighting an area that people will stand around, the pendants should be high enough so that people can see each other, but not so high that they are blinded by the glare of the bulbs.

Since the kitchen or the bar is both a social atmosphere and a workspace, you want a mixture of ambient and task lighting. Ambient lights will set the mood with a soft, overhead glow while task lights will focus stronger light over the island. The key is to balance these two sources so the space is as warm and inviting as it is functional.

To achieve a more evenly distributed lighting effect, choose a fabric shade, glass or exposed bulb fixture. Direct task lighting allows for the option of fully opaque materials, like the wood fixture shown on the right