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Interior lighting is an important element of every room in your house, helping to evoke a certain ambiance while also facilitating the function of the space. When it comes to making a home office a place where you can be both productive and comfortable, the lighting design can be key.

Designer home lighting can make life not only more beautiful but also easier. For example, a contemporary chandelier in the entryway will illuminate the area when you’re looking for your keys but can also fill the space with warmth that will be appreciated when you welcome guests. The right bath lighting can make it easier to put on your makeup or get a good shave, while also helping to create a soothing haven. 

If you already have a home office or if you are converting a space in your home for use as a home office during these unprecedented times, you should take the time to determine if the existing lighting design is going to facilitate your efforts or if, perhaps, you need to make some changes. 

Home Office Lighting Design

Whether you are working from home or are simply at home trying to work, the interior lighting of your workspace can play an important role in determining how much you get done on any given day. 

As Michael Desmond of The Spruce says, “Poor lighting can reduce your energy, dampen morale, produce eyestrain and headaches, and ultimately impair your ability to work effectively.” Boom!

“If you don’t have a lot of natural light, then artificial lights are even more important when considering workspace illumination,” he says. “Many home offices have ambient lighting that includes overhead or recessed lights, but it’s a mistake to think that those will suffice. Existing ambient lighting is not designed for functional lighting in the home office, and it’s necessary to add additional sources.”

Designer home lighting can be both attractive and functional and is worth investing in for the long-term. At this moment in time, when you may need to get your home office up and running quickly, you may need to focus your interior lighting needs on the functional. If we can help in anyway, contact us.

Once you have your lighting design set up appropriately for reading, ideally with designer home lighting positioned behind your favorite chair, it’s time to kick off your shoes and curl up with a good book.   

If you’re looking for something to read, we thought we’d share some suggestions. The following books may not be about the adventures of a lighting designer or revolve around contemporary light fixtures, but they do all have “light” in the title. And we hope that might brighten your day. 

Dying of the Light A Novel

1 – Dying of the Light: A Novel

by George R. R. Martin

If the author’s name sounds familiar, it could be because Martin wrote the Game of Thrones books that the wildly popular TV series was based on. This book is something entirely different. It’s billed as an “unforgettable space opera” that presents a chilling vision of eternal night. It’s set in a volatile world where cultures clash, codes of honor do not exist, and the hunter and the hunted are often interchangeable. (And, we might add, a world that sounds in desperate need of contemporary lighting fixtures and maybe even some designer exterior lighting, for good measure.)

Light a Penny Candle

2 – Light a Penny Candle

By Maeve Binchy

Irish novelist Maeve Binchy developed quite a following. She wrote 17 novels as well as a couple of short-story collections. This book was her first published novel. It is a coming of age tale and a story about the bonds of friendship set during the years of World War II, when young Elizabeth White is sent to a small Irish town to escape the chaos and danger of London. It is there, in the crowded, chaotic O’Connor household, that she meets Aisling—a girl who soon becomes her best friend. Aisling is bold, where Elizabeth is proper – at least initially. Through the years, the two friends come to believe they can overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship—as long as they have each other. That belief will be tested before the book is over! 

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

3 – The Light Between Oceans: A Novel 

by M.L. Stedman

This one was made into a movie, but you know what they say… the book is always better. And before it was filmed, this particular book spent weeks and weeks on the best-sellers’ list. It’s an historical novel set in Australia, where Tom Sherbourne returns after four years fighting on the Western Front to take up a job as a lighthouse keeper. He and his wife have about given up on having a child when a boat carrying a dead man and a living baby washes up on the remote island where the lighthouse sits.

 

If you’re still looking for a happy end to your interior lighting design challenges, we hope you will consider contemporary lighting solutions from Sculpt Designer Lighting

Decorative lighting can complement the décor of an interior space, perhaps even providing a distinctive focal point, while also serving a very practical function. That’s especially true here at Sculpta Lights, where many of our interior lighting designs are inspired by contemporary sculptures.

From contemporary chandeliers, like our Sputnik Contemporary Chandelier from Waverly, to designer lighting like our 46-inch LED Pendant Light from Pavi, or our https://sculptalights.com/shop/bedroom/63-inch Floor Lamp from Apex with its mod vibe, the modern interior lighting options we offer make a real statement.

Contemporary Sculpture Trends

Of course, when we talk about the sculptural influences on our designer home lighting fixtures, we are referring to styles like minimalism, pop and modernism. It would be hard to imagine how some of the Remarkable Recent Sculptures showcased by the editors at Artspace could inspire decorative lighting.

For example, MARCELO CIDADE’s Imóvel, 2004, which features 61 concrete breezeblocks stacked in a grocery store cart, made the list.  “As well as borrowing from the language of Minimalism, the sculpture evokes the Modernist tower blocks in the artist’s home city of São Paulo,” the editors at Artspace say. “As the work’s title suggests, the [grocery cart] has been rendered useless, made immobile (imóvel) by the sheer weight bearing down on it. Concrete is a recurring material in the young Brazilian artist’s work, alluding to the wave of utopian Modernist architecture that promised to transform so many Latin American cities, yet arguably failed to deliver.”

The work is compelling, but it might not translate well into contemporary lighting design.

The same could be said for JOANA VASCONCELOSLilicoptère, 2012. “For this sculpture, Vasconcelos adorned a Bell 47 helicopter with ostrich feathers and thousands of rhinestones. Its lavish interior is further bedecked with intricate woodwork, sumptuous gilding, and embroidered upholstery,” Artspace says. “Inspired by the opulent surroundings of the Palace of Versailles, France, where it was first exhibited, Vasconcelos’s work draws on the grand aesthetics of the Ancien Régime, speculating the type of motorized vehicle that Marie Antoinette might enjoy were she alive today. Such extravagant and witty projects are typical of the Lisbon-based artist, who de-contextualizes and subverts commonplace objects, investing them with new meanings.”

You may not have room in your home for a feather-bedecked helicopter, but you will find an extensive selection of contemporary light fixtures that will add an artistic flair to any interior here at Sculpta Lights.

You may have been too busy celebrating the holidays to pay much attention to the Winter Solstice when it rolled around on December 21. But you were probably marking the occasion even if you weren’t aware of it simply by relying much more heavily on your interior lighting.

Depending on where you live, you might be turning on not just your favorite reading lamp but all of your contemporary light fixtures at what seems to be an unreasonably early hour in the afternoon. In the summertime, you might not even use some of those fabulous lighting fixtures, aside from your bath lighting, on a regular basis.  But you have to pay a little more attention to your interior lighting on these long winter nights.

The Longest Night of the Year

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. As the experts at Time and Date explain, “December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.4 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun.”

But if you think you’ve got it bad, needing to turn on the lighting in and around your home halfway through the afternoon, think about the poor people living north of you. “North of the Arctic Circle towards the North Pole there is no direct sunlight at all during this time of the year,” Time and Date says.

With the enhanced need for interior lighting, it’s not unusual for people to pay more attention to the light fixtures in their home. Some may notice that the lighting design doesn’t banish all the shadows. Others may just notice that it really is time to hang a more contemporary chandelier in the dining room!

If you fall into either category, contact the designer home lighting experts at Sculpta Lights!

In the Spotlight: Our Veterans
At Sculpta Lights, our specialty is contemporary lighting, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a true appreciation for history – especially when it comes to the brave men and women who have served our nation. So, as Veterans Day approaches, we’d like to turn the glow of our designer home lighting on an important chapter in our nation’s history.

The History of Veterans Day
World War I still ranks as one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Prior to the rise of Adolph Hitler, it was referred to as the war to end all wars or simply as The Great War. By the time the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles, France, more than 18 million had died. Another 23 million were wounded.

If you remember reading “All Quiet on the Western Front” or any of the other books detailing the horrid conditions endured by the soldiers during World War I, you might just begin to understand the profound relief associated with the end of the fighting. Even fans of “Downtown Abbey” might have gotten a hint of the horrors of the war.

A treaty ceremony securing the peace took place on June 28, 1919, about seven months after an armistice had brought an end to the fighting between Germany and the Allied nations. The armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Almost 100 years later, we still pause to remember those who serve on November 11.

It’s Not that Kind of Holiday
In 1968, Congress signed the Uniform Holiday Bill. The idea was to ensure that a few federal holidays — Veterans Day included — would be celebrated on a Monday. According to U.S. Department of Defense, “Officials hoped it would spur travel and other family activities over a long weekend, which would stimulate the economy.”

Turns out, we care about our veterans more than we do our three-day weekends. “Within a few years, it became pretty apparent that most U.S. citizens wanted to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, since it was a matter of historic and patriotic significance. So on Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed another law (Public Law 94-97), which returned the annual observance to its original date starting in 1978,” the Dept. of Defense explains.

All of us at Sculpta Lights would like to thank our veterans for their service. We manufacture contemporary light fixtures inspired by art work and design elements from around the world and we know that without those willing to fight for our freedoms, our designer home lighting would never shine.

You’ll Need More Interior Lighting: Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, Nov. 3

If you’ve been wanting to update your interiors with stylish contemporary lighting, you couldn’t pick a better time than Sunday, Nov. 3, which marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. As we set the clocks back an hour, you’ll be relying even more on interior lighting to banish the darkness and fill your home with light and warmth.

Sculpta Lights, your source for designer home lighting for every room of your home, offers an exciting selection of contemporary chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps and pendant lights.

A Nation Divided

As we get ready to bid Daylight Saving Time farewell for another year, once again, the nation is divided. Every year as the first Sunday in November approaches, some people will be happily looking forward to gaining an extra hour of sleep, while others will be bemoaning what they perceive as the impending loss of daylight hours.

According to Live Science, “Daylight saving time has a rocky past. Established in the United States in 1918, daylight saving time was a contentious matter and was repealed in 1919. The standardized clock changes, however, were re-established nationally early in World War II and observed from Feb. 9, 1942 through Sept. 30, 1945.”

Live Science goes on to say that, “After the war, U.S. states were free to choose whether to observe daylight saving time, and if they did, the calendar start dates of the time change. The result was time confusion for travelers and newscasters. In 1966, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act, which stated that if any state observed daylight saving time, it had to follow a uniform protocol, beginning and ending on the same dates throughout the country.”

Which brings us to today. The folks who would prefer that Daylight Saving Time remain in effect permanently may be louder, but according to polls, they are in the minority.

On the Bright Side

Even while Daylight Saving Time still reigns, you may have noticed the fading light as you make your way home from work. With every day, we are moving closer and closer to the winter equinox, the shortest day of the year.  This year, the winter equinox falls on Saturday, Dec. 21.

In other words, you were going to be turning on the lights earlier anyway. Having beautiful contemporary lighting from Sculpta Lights will help you keep the darkness at bay.  Shop our full collection of designer home lighting now.