Dominion Electric Lighting Blog

Friday, June 29, 2018

Find Your Comfort Zone




It’s true – stirring up the air will make you feel immediately cooler. But ceiling fans do more than just bring about breezes. Designed with the latest home decor trends in mind, these overhead fans move in fashionable circles.





Staying Chill – Ceiling fans not only provide that delightful breeze – drying your skin and cooling it at the same time – but they can also save you money. By keeping air circulating around your home, you move the cold air around and the air movement actually helps human bodies stay cooler. In winter, this effect is called the “wind chill,” and the same theory is at work during the summer – but it’s a lot more pleasant. Because of wind chill, homeowners can lower their energy costs by setting a higher A/C temperature – without loss of comfort.





Efficient and Design Forward – Today’s ceiling fans are more efficient than ever, and come in nearly unlimited choices of finish, width, blade count and light. Traditionalists can choose from hundreds of styles in Panama-style fans or cottage-inspired wooden finishes. Most ceiling fan manufacturers now offer a stunning selection of contemporary styles – ranging from nearly unrecognizable- as-fans designs to broadly sweeping designs with anywhere from one to ten blades.





Huggers and More – There are huggers for lower-ceiling rooms or finished basements and oversized fans (60”, 70” or even 84”) for high foyers and maximum air circulation. Keep your porch, patio or deck cool this summer with a wet- or damp-rated outdoor fan – also available in a broad selection of metal, resin or acrylic blades to stand up to wilting humidity.

Before deciding on a fan, be sure to talk to one of our ceiling fan experts. We can help you choose the right fan for indoors or out and help you sort through the often-confusing number of options including blade pitch, size, downrod length, light kit and speed.

Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Market Trends

As our buyers prepare to go to June Market, we asked them for a quick review of what is trending in the world of lighting. Lightovation, the Dallas Market Center lighting show each January and June, is a huge market with hundreds of manufacturers exhibiting their latest lighting product introductions. Here’s what captured our attention at the January Market:


Trend One – Finishes

Still GOLD. This color trend is sticking, what’s changing is the type of finish. Oscar Moreno, in our Design and Specification Department, says a satin finish seems to be the key this year and that extends to “looks like gold” brass as well. In general, lighter more neutral finishes rule – gold, white, silver – except for black. Black is in – especially paired with Brass and Gold.

Gigi Collection




Trend Two – Shapes

The Sphere lives on. Everyone said it was a fad, but it is still showing strong. Other popular shapes in the showrooms included all the geometric stuff – diamonds, squares and lines – oh my! Linear, angular, simple, yet strong.

Added elements were borrowed from classic design – think the Greek Key and classic materials - more interesting applications of crystal and glass.

Sphere shaped lighting like the Mara Collection from Quorum Lighting




Trend Three – Still Mid-Century Modern

Mid-century modern still continues to be big. However, it’s not your grandmother’s fixture! The aesthetic is young and fresh. The fixtures are almost minimalist. The simple structure is not only very practical – less maintenance: less to clean, less that could break – it is also visually appealing. The result is a fixture that suits a wide audience. Part of the movement continues to be the love of the Sputnik with manufacturers playing with different glass finishes.

Mid-century modern lighting like the Liki Collection from Robert Abbey




Trend Four – Still LED - But Cutting Edge Modern

LED continues to push all the limits. The fixtures being designed around this technology are so very modern. It is everywhere. Found in all shapes - linear to round. And in all applications – chandeliers to hidden undercabinet. And always improving in rendering – a softening if you will with a warmer color temperature.

Cutting edge modern lighting from Hubbardton Forge - Loves Me Collection




Trend Five – Something New - An Introduction to Color

Pale blues, reds and navy finishes notes Erin Schwartz, Residential Lighting Consultant and Dominion Buyer, are making an entry onto more “main stream” fixtures.

Introduction of color to lighting like the Pop Collection from Hubbardton Forge




Trend Six – Concern Over Light Pollution

As people continue to expand their living space outdoors, they are discovering the beauty of a night time sky. As a result, more manufacturers are introducing Dark Sky friendly fixtures. Dark Sky “compliant” fixtures are more environmentally friendly for evening enjoyment. Barn lights are increasingly popular as they push the light down and hide the source.

Concern over lighting pollution

Monday, May 7, 2018

$1500 Spring Lighting Spruce-Up

CONTEST RULES


**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.  Open to legal US residents, age 21+ at entry and who live in the Washington, DC and Baltimore Metro Areas.  Begins 8:00:01 AM ET on 5/5/2018; ends 5:00:00 PM ET on 5/19/18.  To enter, complete and submit entry form in one of the three Dominion Electric Supply Lighting Showrooms (5053 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA; 14605 Lee-Jackson Highway, Chantilly, VA; or 8610 Cherry Lane, Laurel, MD.)  Limit one (1) entry per person per day.  One (1) prize: $1500 to apply toward residential lighting product purchase. PRIZE HAS NO CASH VALUE. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.  Drawing to take place on or around May 31, 2018.  Sponsor: Dominion Electric Supply, Inc.



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Make a Bold Statement


Turn a simple space into an extraordinary space with a statement piece. A trained professional at Dominion Electric Supply Company can find the perfect style-defining fixture for your room.

Hubbardton Forge - LED Wave dining room pendant



Hubbardton Forge - Contemporary LED Chandeliers
TECH TWISTS: New shapes push the boundaries  

The myriad advancements in technology are making it easier for designers to create pendants, sconces and chandeliers that push horizontal and vertical boundaries.

Slim, flat fixtures evoke a contemporary attitude and showcase the versatility of LED technology. Geometric designs feature circles, squares, rectangles and hexagons with built-in or exposed bulbs that highlight each fixture’s graphic shape. And sputnik-style chandeliers embrace the eclecticism of mid-century, modern style.







LBL Lighting - Task Lighting
TASK MATTERS: Show your work 

When it comes to lighting design, spaces not typically seen by guests sometimes do not get the attention they deserve. Household jobs are easier to tackle in an organized, well-lit space. The laundry room, for example, requires adequate task lighting to be most functional. It is important to make sure the lighting in this room does not create distracting glare and shadows. Under-cabinet lighting may help illuminate darkened areas. An overhead light source is a must.








Hinkley Lighting - Kitchen Pendant Lighting
RIGHT LIGHT: Find your perfect light 

Find tips about all kinds of lighting for all kinds of spaces at DominionElectric.com. For example, shaded or hooded pendants and chandeliers above a kitchen island is a popular trend. Whether the island is used as prep space or seating, the shades provide glare control and reflect light down to the surface where it is needed most. Currently, the biggest trends in kitchen aesthetics fall into six style categories: rustic, new classic, industrial, geometric, glamorous and schoolhouse globes.








Feiss - Kitchen Island Pendant Lighting
EXPERT ADVICE: Ask a lighting professional 
How do you know how high to hang pendants over a kitchen island? - Ellie L. 

When hanging pendants or chandeliers above an island, having the right height is important for visual as well as physical comfort. In general, plan on about 30 inches from countertop to the bottom of your fixture. I can’t find anything on the shelves in my closet.

What is a good way to provide light to deep shelves? - Divina W. 

An easy way to illuminate spaces between shelves in a closet is with mini LED lights. The versatile, tiny lights, which are available in self-adhesive, flat strips, can be installed above and below shelves to add enough ilumination to help when picking out clothing. A lighting expert at our showroom can show you the most appropriate light for your particular closet.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Five Festive Decorating Tips

Five Festive Decorarting Tips

Tis the season to welcome guests and create a cozy ambiance in your home.

We’ve polled our staff and come up with FIVE SIMPLE WAYS to change the look of your home for the holidays.

Bring light to your gatherings
1. Bring light to your gatherings.

Whether it’s real candles or a beautiful candelabra style chandelier, the look of candlelight softens  edges and creates warmth.


Use mirrors to reflect your lighting.

2. Use mirrors to reflect your lighting.

Professionals know that well-placed mirrors can make small spaces feel larger, and can brighten a room just by reflecting ambient light.


Add throws and pillows to accent a room.

3. Add throws and pillows to accent a room.

Small items can be great punctuation marks, especially when they’re in a contrasting color or pattern.


Bring the outdoors in.

4. Bring the outdoors in.

Discover nature’s influence in lighting design with fixtures that feature leaves, pinecones and other natural elements. You won’t even have to sweep up pine needles!


Warm your welcome with entryway lighting and decor.

5. Warm your welcome with entryway lighting and decor.

When visitors arrive, be sure they can find their way safely to your door with well-placed lighting.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Discover e-lighting with our APP and CONSULTING SERVICE

Dominion Electric Supply Smart Phone Residential Lighting App
DOMINION RESIDENTIAL APP
The Dominion Residential App gives creative users the tools to customize and design their own space from the comfort of their smartphone or tablet.

Here’s How It Works
Take a photograph of a room, add products, scale them to the room’s dimensions, and arrange them for the perfect look. Simply tap a product to see prices, descriptions, and more. You can add products to your own personal portfolio, or save entire room designs.

Search “Dominion Electric Supply” in your App Store.

E-LIGHTING CONSULTING SERVICE*
If you need guidance with your lighting selections, our e-lighting Consulting Service is the thing for you! We can assist you in making your space shine.

Here’s How It Works
Simply email a photo of the room you need to light, along with dimensions, to: e-lightingdesign@dominionelectric.com. We will connect you with one of our Residential Lighting Consultants. Answer a few questions and they’ll do what they do best: select and layout lighting options that are just right for your space.

*The first hour of consultation is free; additional hours are billed at $100 per hour. Expect our consultant to review your room(s), prepare a couple of virtual lighting concept boards for review, and provide a quotation for fixtures featured. Additional costs apply to the purchase and delivery of fixtures. A licensed electrician is required for installation. 

If you are unable to fill out form please download the pdf form. For best results viewing this PDF use Acrobat.
E-LIGHTING CONSULTING SERVICE QuestionNaire


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lighting Tips From The Pros



Lighting Tips from the Pro's - Dominion Electric Supply
You’re ready to shop for new lighting, but you have some questions. We’re here to help! When it comes to lighting, our many years of experience means we can guide you in
selecting the right lighting for your space – whether you’re shopping for a new dining room chandelier or considering a whole room renovation.

Lighting is such an important element in the home, customers usually have a lot of questions as we plan their lighting. Here are some of the most common questions we hear and the lighting tips you can use before choosing the perfect lighting for your space.


What is the right type of fixture for my foyer - Lighting Tip
Image courtesy of Kichler Lighting
What is the right type of fixture for my foyer?

When determining the type of fixture for the foyer, scale is important. Many foyers have a higher ceiling height than other rooms, so a larger fixture is appropriate. The best rule of thumb is that the bottom of the fixture should be at least 7’ from the floor. If there is a window above the door in a 2-story foyer, center the fixture so it can be seen from the outside.



What is the correct table to ceiling ratio when choosing  a dining room chandelier?
Image courtesy of Elan Lighting
What is the correct table to ceiling ratio when choosing a dining room chandelier?

There are two dimensions to consider when selecting a dining room chandelier: the size of the chandelier, and the height placement above the table. Generally, a good chandelier size is calculated by adding the width and length of the room, and converting that size to inches. For example, a dining room measuring 18’ x 22’ would look best with a 40” diameter chandelier.

When placing the chandelier above the dining room table in a room with an 8’ ceiling, the bottom of the fixture should be approximately 32” to 34” above the tabletop. If the ceiling is higher than 8’, mount the chandelier an additional 3” higher for each foot above 8 feet.


Image courtesy of Hinkley Lighting
What is the best placement for bathroom vanity lights?

There are usually two types of bathroom lighting: wall sconces and bath bars, which are placed above the mirror. Sconces flanking the vanity or mirror should be mounted at eye level, approximately 36” to 40” apart. A good width for bath bar lights is 24” so there is even lighting across all surface. The fixture should be mounted 75” to 80” from the floor and centered in the vanity or mirror space.


What does transitional lighting mean - Lighting Tip
Image courtesy of Currey and Company
Is it okay to mix finishes together in a room or is it better to stick with the same finish?

In the past, decorators recommended using the same finish for all the fixtures in a room for consistency’s sake. Nowadays, mixing finishes is completely acceptable and actually brings a lot of character to a room. For instance, mixing and matching finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel looks spectacular. Brass and chrome also work well together. The only caveat is to keep the mix to two finishes per room – any more than that can make the room look disjointed.

What does transitional mean?

Transitional simply means the fixture is versatile. Feel free to mix a transitional chandelier with contemporary pendants – the looks play well together and results in an ornate and sleek look.

Friday, July 14, 2017

All You Need ARE FANS

54" Valby Ceiling Fan by Casablanca
In our lighting showrooms, we are thrilled to see ceiling fans become more than just functional appliances. Done right, today’s fans can be an important design element in a home and have an additional benefit of energy conservation year round. (see previous article on Using a Ceiling Fan Year Round)

When selecting a ceiling fan, consider the fan size (bigger rooms need bigger fans), ceiling height (optimal fan placement would be either 8 or 9 feet from the floor), blades (angle for optimal circulation and balance), motor (for quiet operation), other requirements like lights, and location (does it need to be damp rated?) and the fun part - style.

Irving Flores, Residential Lighting in our Arlington lighting showroom picked out a few of his current favorite fan styles and what he is selecting for customers today.

“The trend towards two and three blades gives the fans a wonderful sculptural feel.” 

Check out this great article in the Washington Post Home Section talking about ceiling fans and the new stylish options available in the market. Washington Post Link >  
30 " Orchid Casablanca Ceiling Fans30” Orchid - The expansive blades mimic the asymmetrical shape and flow of beautiful blooming orchid petals. The long downrod extends and expands from the ceiling like a fluid stem, placing focus entirely on the beautiful blades.
60" Aviation Minka Aire Ceiling Fan
60” Aviation - LED ceiling fan is a brushed nickel beauty that takes its inspiration from early propeller aircraft. The 60 inch blade span produces over 6500 cubic feet of airflow per minute with a whisper quiet DC fan motor.
 
13" Beckwith Fanimation Contemporary Ceiling Fan
13" Beckwith - Fanimation continues to elevate their designs with the Beckwith. Its ultramodern finish adds a contemporary style to any room giving your space a retro vibe with a sleek, contemporary edge. Offered in a brushed nickel finish with white frosted glass and an oil-rubbed bronze finish with white frosted glass.
52 Wisp Casablanca Ceiling Fan
52" Wisp - A contemporary design with retro flare, the Wisp brings a balance of finesse and joviality directly into your home. The unique curvature in the blades adds a touch of personality to an otherwise clean, elegant design. The result is a composition with a light, airy aura that will inspire joy and comfort throughout the entire room.


The Kellan Ceiling Fan by Fanimation
The Kellan design features a gearless direct drive motor, neoprene belting and sealed ball bearings. The Kellan can be tailored to fit any style. It comes in brushed nickel and dark bronze finishes with brushed nickel and reversible cherry/walnut blades.
52" Torto Ceiling Fan by Fanimation
52” Torto - The Torto’s three blades encircle the fan base and form a dynamic image that is impossible to ignore. The airflow pattern created by this fan is unique in that it pushes at an angle instead of straight down, like a traditional fan.


54" Link Ceiling Fan by Kichler54” Link - The unique look of this two-blade fan features a dramatic center focal point. The open-air, circular center draws the eye up and brings together the polished nickel finish and blades flawlessly. This 54-inch fan is comparable in air flow to a standard five-blade fan.
15" Terna Ceiling Fan by Kichler15” Terna - For the modernist, Kichler’s brushed nickel LED Terna pendant fan is a statement maker. Only 15-inches in diameter, the Terna is perfect for over kitchen islands, pool tables, cocktail tables, office desks, in small kitchens or dining nooks… the applications are endless.




56" Xety Ceiling Fan by Kichler
56” Xety - This 56” ceiling fan in brushed nickel from the Xety collection does more with less: the compact light fills a room with illumination while two slender blades deliver robust air movement.
52" Wave Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire52” Wave - A stylish and efficient design, this unique and contemporary ceiling fan features a three-blade style with a bold wave design to provide a special look and additional efficiency.