I heard about new California lighting regulations, what is Title 24?
California passed new building regulations to protect the environment. You can find a summary HERE, otherwise you can read the entire document HERE. Residential permits released prior to January 2017 may have different (2013) T-24 requirements. Please consult with your contractor for specific regulatory situations. We will always be sure to supply compliant fixtures.
Can I dim LEDs?
Yes! With the manufacturer's recommended dimmers and transformers if applicable. Check their websites for "compatible dimmers"
How do I choose a color temperature?
Each person tends to prefer a different temperature, but it's important to note that which ever color temperature you choose, try and keep it consistent throughout open spaces in specific types of fixtures (recessed cans) where the variation from warm to cool will be visible. It is possible to have different types of LED s in portable and recessed lights that are different to be able to create different moods in the same space.
How do I know where to put my lights?
A fixture layout! Before you can produce this, it's essential to have a furniture layout as soon as possible so junction boxes and floor outlets can be located where desired. You will also want to consider the control of the lighting, space by space so that separate switch legs can be wired all prior to drywall installation.
How high should I hang my chandelier?
Over a table, 30-36" above to the bottom of the fixture is a good gauge to use. This will add intimacy and in many cases keep away glare. The ceiling height, size, and style of the fixture are also variables which may bring it higher or lower. Tip: have someone hold it from a ladder and make your decision sitting at the table, walking around it and from across the room.
At what height should I install wall sconces?
In rooms with 8' ceilings we like 72" to 74" for a decorative piece. For an up lighting sconce we usually go to 80" or 84".
What's a pancake box?
A junction box that is installed over the framing in a wall or ceiling inside and most often outside that is 1/2" deep. Pancake boxes are too shallow for many of today's LED powered light fixtures who come with a "driver" that normally fits inside a "standard" depth junction box. When selecting a fixture check if it has a driver that it is integrated into the fixture itself or if not, then be sure you have the right boxes for installation in place.
Should I use a lighting designer?
A meeting with a lighting designer can open up a world of possibilities and relevant technical information. Use one as early in your project and keep them in the loop as you move along to completion for the best results.