Gallery: 15 Green Lamps to Light up Your Life

Kitchen Lighting Tips As for the kitchen, pendant lamps look great over counters/islands/peninsulas and provide good light for cooking. Just remember to mount your pendants about 32-34 inches from the top of the counter. If the island is very narrow or isn't

Kitchen Lighting Tips

As for the kitchen, pendant lamps look great over counters/islands/peninsulas and provide good light for cooking. Just remember to mount your pendants about 32-34 inches from the top of the counter. If the island is very narrow or isn't a sit-down island, around 36 inches is the sweet spot. Determining the light size is simple -- most pendants categorized as mini-pendants will do just fine for islands that are not very large. Just take into account how many pendants you would like, and space them out as symmetrically as possible for the best results.

Hanging a Dining Room Chandelier

The next part of lighting your kitchen or dining room that many people find frustrating is putting a chandelier over a table -- just how big should that chandelier be? Well, there is a simple formula that will fix the frustration -- take the shortest width of the table if it's rectangular (or if it's round then take the circumference), divide it by two, and then add a couple inches. For instance if you have a 48 inch table, you would use a 24-26 inch wide chandelier. The same rule for hanging pendants applies for for chandeliers as well -- mount it about 32-34 inches above the table, depending on the style of the chandelier. Take all these helpful tips and combine them with some of these green lighting options below to have your home look and function beautifully.

Different types of lighting

Directional Lighting

Directional lighting refers to light fixtures that focus illumination in a single direction. When set in a series, these fixtures provide dynamic focus to a room and can efficiently distribute light throughout a room. Directional lighting is commonly provided by bulbs affixed to a ceiling-mounted track, where individual lights can be angled and rotated on a pivot. Another popular choice comes in the form of recessed downward lighting, where the light is regulated by “can fixtures.”

Task Lighting

Task lighting is a specific type of directional lighting that is focuses illumination upon a specific area where a task needs to be performed. Task lighting should not be used to replace overall lighting needs, but rather to complement or fill the void of existing lighting. Task lighting typically comes in the form of table and desk lamps, clamp-type flexible arm lamps, book lights, and for the more adventurous, headlights.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is designed to illuminate an entire room in a uniform and low-key manner. Ambient lighting should never be harsh on the eyes — it should create a comfortable environment that accommodates basic lighting needs. Popular lighting solutions for achieving this type of illumination include floor lamps, chandeliers, hanging lamps with low-watt bulbs, or hanging lamps filtered by cylindrical shades.


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  1. youngjooroh February 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Yay~ LEDs!

  2. jimena February 21, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Great designs!!!! Are they for sale or still prototypes??? If they are being sold, it would be helpful to have a link to the point of sell. Tks

  3. electric38 February 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Lets get the cost down on those LEDS!!
    It appears that there is a “get the old ones off the shelves” attitude with regard to this money saving technology.
    Why are these bulbs still in the $20-$30 dollar range. This discourages sales and keeps them out of the hands of those who could use the break on their power bill.

    Use the example of the new auto plant in michigan that uses solar energy for manufacturing power. This plant also uses plenty of robotics (solar powered robots? who whudda thunk it). This is a tremendous way to compete with the Chinese labor cost and export our products.

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  5. Nadaman February 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    When you said circumference, I think you meant diameter. 1/2 the circumference (plus a few inches) of a round table would have the chandelier overpowering the table. Essentially you are recommending a chandelier of slightly more than half the radius, maybe 55% of the table width.

  6. Hazel Saunderson February 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Yves Béhar’s designs always manages to impress me & this leaf lamp is no exception, love the clean lines. (Although the traffic cone light is pretty awesome too!)

  7. Beth February 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Wow! That Bic Pen chandelier would shed some light on my writing endeavors! Great post- very illuminating!

  8. Andrew Michler February 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    The Lendino Table lamp is some funky stuff- I really am finding out how much I dislike overhead lighting.

  9. David Brodeur February 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    So many great options! I wouldn’t mind having that traffic cone one…

  10. Julie Knapp February 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I love that all of my apartment’s overhead lights are on dimmer switches, and the light in my vestibule has a motion sensor.

  11. Jasmin Malik Chua February 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I need some of these lamps in my life!

  12. Adam Schwartz February 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Recycled Coffee Stirrer Lamp by Studio Verissimo is pretty incredible. That must have been grueling work!

  13. Rebecca Paul February 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Awesome lights! I think people often forget how much lighting enhance the look and feel of any room!

  14. Yuka Yoneda February 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    The Bic Pen chandelier is my fave!

  15. Diane Pham February 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    love the lamp options!

  16. Jessica Dailey February 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I really love the etched yellow cylinder lights… they remind me of my favorite sculpture by Eva Hesse.

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