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I don't know if I can really call this FAQ's or TIPS or if I should call it ramblings of a lighting and chandelier designer-maker. Here I share some information about the business Distinct Lighting, my views on lighting and styles, how to choose your light / chandelier and other interesting pieces of information. Happy to answer any questions you have. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org - Kim
1. How should I choose a light fitting?
You can always go with the latest designs, and this is changing all the time as our customers have different tastes and trends are constantly changing so one has to keep up with the fashion trends in lighting. Personally I prefer to make the trend myself. I always advise my customers to understand the various components of lighting selection, and choose each one to suit their space and their own style. That way you'll end up with a unique piece that is functional and complements the interior decor.
There are a few questions that you need to answer to help you decide what lighting to choose:
2. What is the first impression that you want to make?
You want to make a good first impression right? Typically, entrance halls are spaces without a lot of other furniture and sometimes not a lot of space for funishings so the only choice is to make your light fitting the thing that 'wows' everyone when they walk in the door.
Double volume and Triple volume spaces require that you place a statement piece in that sort of space. Anything small will be lost and it's won't be functional either.
This type of space means Go BIG !
Go for double or triple rows of light-bulbs to really draw attention to it
TIP: If you will be able to see the light fitting from above or the sides (eg going up stairs) then make sure your fitting is finished off nicely from all directions.
TIP: Don't forget to order matching wall lights to complement the space. This will add to the atmostphere you are trying to create. One step further is when you have a larger room you can order matching table or standing lamps which will really pull it all toegether.
3. Which types of lighting should I use, and for where?
There are four types of lighting effects so it depends on what you are trying to achieve:
Ambiant: To create a particular mood and match the style of the room
Dramatic: For making a statement. Use sparingly !
Accent: To accent artwork for example. also great to accent feature walls or special wall finishings
General (functional): Ussually close to ceiling fixtures
TIP: Use a mixture of type of lighting eg functional and ambiant. You don't need to hae only one effect in your room. Bedrooms and living areas look best when the style of the room is complemented by ambient lighting. Then choose Dramatic or Accent lighting where needed.
TIP: Hallways and stairs require lighting for safety.
4. How do I choose the appropriate size for my room?
i. Choose a fitting that doesn't extend beyond the table, both on length and width ii. Dining fittings are generally a little lower than what you would fit elsewhere as you are trying to create an ambiance
More to come ...
5. Which crystal-maker should I choose?
Great Question! There are so many companies making crystal and they will all try and tell you theirs is the best. The following is my opinion and I reserve the right to change my mind as quality is improving across the world.
i. Swarovski. They have a great name and have good processes to ensure the consistency of their product. You almost never find a 'bad' piece. Even with shipping their processes are finely tuned.They are big enough to ensure their product is manufactured to a high standard. Essentially they offer two ranges, with the Top-End range called 'Elements' (also known as Strass) which is fantastic and hugely expensive. I'd recommend using the standard range called Spectra which is also top notch. The only difference is that each crystal in the Elements range has a small 's' etched inside it. If you want the real deal, then this is the best you can get and it does cost quite a bit more, generally double the price.
ii. Other Austrian crystal-makers. 30% lead is a great product.
iii. Czech / Bohemian crystal
iv. Hungarian crystal
v. Italian Glass
vi. Egyptian crystal
vii. Chinese crystal
viii. Turkish crystal
These are all good options and within each of them you can get varying quality. It all depends on your budget.
You can also mix and match the crystals to achieve a better price and you will not be able to tell the difference.
6. What's the difference between Glass and Crystal?
Glass does not have the same reflective qualities that Crystal does. It is much easier to see the diference when you lay out a crystal and a pressed glass piece side by side. We'd be happy to show you the difference. Crystal is cut with a much sharper facet. The pressed glass facet will be a bit dull and 'rounded'. You will be able to look through the crystal component and see the other side of the room. You will not be able to see clearly through the pressed glass component. You are also generally paying for a hand-cut crystal versus being cut by machinery.
Why choose Distinct Lighting?
Because we love what we do and we know lighting! It's our passion and we want to share that knowledge with you. Sure we want to make sales but this is more of hobby - turned into a business for us. We're more interested in the beautiful creations we make and the wonderful impact this makes on the room it is installed into. I never tire of seeing this. Each one is breath-taking and can only be admired for the difference it makes. Now why would I share my knowledge on this page if I wasn't passionate about you getting the very best fitting for your space?
And we are the 'small guy'. We're not mass producing and we insist on our suppliers meeting our exacting standards. We know the players in the lighting industry as we have worked with them or for them. We can promise that we will do our very best for you because we're not happy if you're not happy.
How did Distinct Lighting get started?
Distinct Lighting was born out of a 'hobby'. I became familier with lighting as spectacular works of art as my partner had a lighting business and that's where I started with exposure to it. And I found it fascinating. I created Distinct Lighting to pursue a global market and have numerous partnerships set up with key players to ensure we can get what is needed and keep ourselves close to new developments.
Where does Distinct Lighting get its lighting from?
We source the items from all over the world and that's where are partnerships are great! Anything you want, even a picture is enough for us to go on. We will find it, or something as close as possible, or perhaps a few variations to give you some choice, or we are more than happy to make that one-of-a-kind fitting for you. Also see question 2 where I discuss the various companies who make crystal. We generally take high quality parts from Europe, like the crystal, and then make any other parts in South Africa, and assemble what we can before shipping them out to you. There is ussually some assempbly required at installation such as hanging of crystal strings as we try to ship these in boxes to minimise damage rather than shipping the entire made up fitting which can get damaged in transit.
More to come. Watch this space... !