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The Home Lighting Effects Bible: Ideas and Know-How for Better Lighting in Every Part of Your Home


More than 200 solutions for home lighting challenges.

The Home Lighting Effects Bible shows how lighting can transform a home, increase the sense of space, provide practical lighting for working areas and bring warmth, ambience, highlights and drama.

The author provides information on the technical aspects ...

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More than 200 solutions for home lighting challenges.

The Home Lighting Effects Bible shows how lighting can transform a home, increase the sense of space, provide practical lighting for working areas and bring warmth, ambience, highlights and drama.

The author provides information on the technical aspects of lighting — sources, strength, direction, angle, color and control — for the interior designer and the home owner.

Design topics include:

  • Directional lighting, up-lighting, spotlighting
  • Moveable, recessed, stretch-wire and concealed mountings
  • How to give light depth and character
  • Purpose lighting, such as picture lighting, special effects, task lights and color washes
  • LED and fluorescent bulbs
  • Low-voltage and hard-wired power sources
  • Styles and functions of different types of lighting
  • Finding the right size
  • Working with light color
  • How to choose decorative lighting

The main section of the book is a comprehensive directory that examines, room-by-room, every kind of lighting requirement in a house and recommends the best solutions. With ideas for stairs (and under stairs), nooks and alcoves, wine cellars, media rooms and more, no corner is missed.

A valuable resource for professional and non-professional decorators alike, this practical book is published in a handy format with a concealed wiro-binding that lies flat for easy use.

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Editorial Reviews

The Now - Terry Peters
From wine cellars to master bedrooms, the special requirements of the whole house are discussed.
Winnipeg Free Press
Not sure where to begin? Grab The Home Lighting Effects Bible by Lucy Martin.
Arlington Heights Daily Herald - Deborah Donovan
The Home Lighting Effects Bible deals with all aspects of this important topic.
Calgary Herald - Lisa Kadane
Martin walks readers through the principles of good lighting, pointing out that different rooms have different lighting requirements. She explains the difference between task lighting and ambient lighting and, through colour illustrations, shows homeowners the abundance of choices available. If you get excited shopping for chandeliers, or pondering the merits of pendants versus track lighting, this is the book for you.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - Kim Yeager
This is one small handbook primed to make a very large impact on your decor. The Home Lighting Effects Bible packs a lot of knowledge into a wirebound guide of equal use to DIY-ers as design professionals. Lucy Martin demystifies the process of layering light to get the best and desired effect, including ideal choices in rooms from sun porches to showers. Straightforward explanations and tips with excellent illustrations and photos help the reader understand the importance of bulb choice to positioning. While many of the lighting configurations shown are modern and luxe, Martin devotes much of her subject to making the most of your space without calling in an electrician. One of the best bits: A full-page photo-graphic shows how lamps with three different colored shades look using five different bulbs. Seeing is believing.
Providence Journal - Paula Constantine
It's a useful book whether you are building or just looking for an illuminating read for the dark season.
Library Journal
Martin, design director for a UK lighting design firm, has created a comprehensive guide about lighting for interiors and exteriors. She explains the essentials of lighting design and details the variety of choices available, exemplified with color photos. Martin discusses how to achieve each desired lighting design, unlike Wim Pauwel's photographic showcase Light in Architecture. A list of lighting design firms and suppliers in the United States and Europe is included. The thorough explanations of lighting choices will enable amateurs to work knowledgeably with professionals or to handle lighting choices on their own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554077106
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,376,395
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Martin is a lighting design specialist whose work has been featured in national magazines. She has won awards for her lighting designs, which include top-end residential projects, stores, restaurants, bars, boats and spas.

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