Increase Comfort by Changing Your Home’s Lighting as You Age

Is it getting harder for your eyes to focus on the television or magazine at night? People’s eyes start to change around 45, and you may be causing your eyes to strain by not having the proper lighting in your home. The American Lighting Association (ALA) supports changing the lighting in your home to increase comfort and reading ability.

When people turn 60, there is less light that reaches the eye. Lighting studies reveal that a 60 year-old needs double the amount of light that a 30-year-old needs. Here are some ways that you can improve the lighting in your home as you age:


What Type of Lighting Fixtures Will You Choose?

We recently discussed the different types of home lighting, but there are many types of fixtures that we offer in general, task, and accent lighting. Here are the main categories of our lighting fixtures:

  • Hall/Foyer Fixtures: This type of fixture will provide you with the general lighting that is needed for hallways, entranceways, and stairways. The fixtures include ceiling, close-to ceiling, or chain-hung.
  • Chandeliers: This type of fixture can add life to a dining room as well as look appropriate in a bedroom, foyer, living room, or near special features like a grand piano. Chandeliers can be set with a dimmer control that allows you to adjust the impact.
  • Pendants: This type of fixture can be use for both general and task lighting. Pendants are equipped with globes or shades and suspended over kitchen counters, dinette tables, or other areas of your home.
  • Ceiling Fixtures: This type of fixture are intended for general lighting and can be used in foyers, bedrooms, kitchens, hallways, laundry rooms, baths, playrooms, and living rooms. Fixtures can also be wall-0mounted to provide general, task, or accent lighting.
  • Portable Lamps: This type of fixture is offered in many styles to match any decor and provides general, task, and accent lighting. Lamps that are portable are useful because you can always move the lamp to where you most need light.


Quoizel’s Business Longevity Honored at Annual ARTS Conference

Quoizel recently attended the 22nd annual ARTS Conference 2011 at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California. ART stands for Accessories Resource Team and is a trade group of industry professionals in home furnishings. Members of ART are manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, among other professionals. Quoizel is a member of ART and enjoys attending brainstorming workshops and conferences to keep up with industry trends.

The theme of the ARTS Conference was “Living, Learning, Laughing, and Lasting.” Quoizel was honored with the Lasting Award that highlighted our business longevity as a lighting manufacturer involved with ART. We cannot believe it, but Quoizel is now 80 years old!


Kitchen Lighting Striking the Balance Between Function & Comfort

If you are looking for a fresh look in your kitchen, start with the lighting! The kitchen serves as a food preparation area, but is also the new gathering place for family and friends. Whatever your lighting choice, the balance needs to be met between functionality and comfort.

Most kitchens today only have general lighting, but there are additional lighting types like task and accent lighting that can make your kitchen more equipped for cooking and entertaining. For island counters, nooks, and dinettes, we recommend decorative pendants that can be used with a dimmer control. With the added dimmer control, the fixtures can be adjusted to the perfect amount of light for hobbies, a family business, or a special event.


Guide to Lighting Terms for Your Next Home Lighting Plan

If you are looking for a new home lighting plan for your recent home improvement project or new-build, it is helpful to know the proper lighting terms used by interior designers and lighting specialists. Here are the main lighting terms:

  • General lighting
    This is the overall, main lighting in a room. Florescent lights can fill up large areas well, but the white light makes the room look bland. Many homeowners are now using halogen lights that can be dimmed to give a more flattering glow to the room.
  • Accent lighting
    This type of lighting is used to draw attention to special artwork, collection, among other displays. Accent lighting, such as a spotlight create shadows of overlapping light.
  • Decorative lighting
    This is lighting that is use strictly for decorative purposes. Examples of decorative lighting include chandeliers, silk lanterns, or a wrought candle stand. These lighting objects do not put off that much light, but add to the decorative elements of the room
  • Task lighting
    This is lighting that is intended to help you fulfill a certain tasks whether it is reading, working, or sewing. An example of task lighting is a desk lamp that can be positioned for the best lighting. Task lighting is also beneficial in the kitchen to prevent accidents.