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The holiday festivities are just around the corner but there is still plenty of time to complete your list. Check out the gift ideas below for some inspiration that are sure to light up someones holiday this year:

1) TIFFANY LAMPS 

Tiffany Lamps from Quoizel are a holiday gift staple; they highlight the beauty of artisan work, and they are made with an abundance of Tiffany glass that provide a mosaic of colour. These particular Tiffany Lamps are shaped in adorable woodland creatures, perfect as a night light emitting a soft glow of light, or as a decorative element in any room for a touch of whimsy. We have a variety to choose from, more can be found in our showroom! (Featured are the flower frog, happy fish, piggy in a blanket, elephant, and ladybug).tiffany lamps

2) LED OUTDOOR LANTERNS WITH BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS

The Outdoor Lanterns from Kichler has been featured in past blogs, and make for a great gift for those that love to entertain, or simply love music. These Lanterns are great for indoor and outdoor use, dimmable, and can last up to 8 hours before it needs to be recharged. The volume can be controlled at up to 30 feet away, which provides optimal control of song choice.bluetooth portable lanterns

3) TABLE MIRROR

Table mirrors make perfect gifts for those that love cosmetics, makeup, and hair! This particular table mirror from Gatco has two-sided mirrors with magnifying options, ensuring there are no details missed. The sleek design is perfect over any contemporary dresser or vanity. vanity mirror

4) TOWEL WARMER 

For someone who loves to stay warm during the colder seasons, the SOLO 24 from Amba is the perfect gift. This particular towel warmer is lightweight and can easily be moved to any room. There is no installation required, and only needs to be plugged in for use. It also has a sleek aesthetic that makes it a perfect fit into any contemporary bathroom, laundry room, or pool room. towel warmer

5) WIFI SWITCHES

The Caséta kit from Lutron is an ideal gift for someone looking to enhance their home experience, or for the tech enthusiast. This particular set includes an in-wall light dimmer, wall plate, pico remote, and 2 tabletop pedestals, allowing a smooth transition from basic switches to wifi-ready switches. Transitioning to WiFi-Ready switches enhances the level of light control in any room, and reduces energy waste.
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For more information on any of the items mentioned above, or for more gift ideas, contact or visit our showroom. Our Specialist are always happy to help!

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With a change of season comes a change to the amount of daylight we are exposed to each day. The shorten sunlight exposure impacts our daily life and overall mood, which is why artificial sunlight is used in order to gain benefits that would normally be acquired from natural sunlight.

WHAT IS HAPPYLIGHT?

HappyLight is a portable light source that mimics light emitted by the sun. It delivers 10 000 lux light, which is the recommended intensity of light that helps improve overall mood.
This portable light source is designed with Flicker Elimination Technology which results to no buzzing and flickering, and is also ETL Listed which means it is safe for use. This portable lamp is designed for multiple surfaces such as walls, or on top of tables.

WHO SHOULD USE HAPPYLIGHT?

This product is best suited for individuals that are affected by reduced sunlight, those that experience winter blues, insomnia, and jet lag. In addition, the HappyLight is also beneficial for those that work in offices, or individuals that work in the evenings as they are exposed to less sunlight. It is also beneficial for individuals that are not able to be outdoors on a regular basis.

WHEN IS HAPPYLIGHT THE MOST BENEFICIAL?

HappyLight can be used at any time of day that is the most convenient for the user. During day time, the exposure to bright light helps in the production of serotonin which influences an individuals mood and happiness. During the evening, bright light regulates melatonin which aids in sleep.

HOW HAPPYLIGHT WORKS

Simply find a comfortable area to set the HappyLight. For effective results it is recommended to not directly stare into the light, but rather angle the light facing the eyes. In addition, it is recommended to make gradual increases to each session, starting with 10 minutes, and increasing to 30 minutes to 1 hour each day. The gradual increase of light therapy will help an individual identify the most convenient and effective daily exposure that meets their personal needs.

BENEFITS OF HAPPYLIGHT

HappyLight provides the benefits that would naturally be acquired from direct sunlight when there’s just not enough time to get outdoors, or if there are uncontrolled factors, such as weather, that limits the available sunlight. In addition to offering the same benefits as sunlight, the HappyLight does not emit harmful UV-rays. When used consistently, the HappyLight can improve energy, focus, sleeping patterns, and overall mood.

For more information on HappyLights contact or visit our showroom, our Lighting Specialist are always happy to help!

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exterior lighting tips

The season of summer has arrived which means more opportunities to be outdoors. We have a few tips to help you get your outdoor space ready for the long weekends and amazing weather ahead.

Why is Outdoor Lighting important?

Primarily, outdoor lighting is important because it provides safety and security for homeowners and guests. Exterior lighting safeguard homeowners from potential accidents and discourages trespassers. However, exterior lighting also allows homeowners to enjoy their outdoor space beyond day time, and also helps enhance the aesthetic appeal of a home.

Things to Keep in mind

With exterior lighting be mindful of light pollution that can potentially harm the environment or create energy waste, such as using an excessive amount of lighting. When an excessive amount of light is used it prevents specific features-rather any feature-from standing out, also contributing to a higher electrical bill. To avoid unnecessary wastage, consider the activities that take place in your outdoor space, and certain features that you would want to highlight. Also keep in mind individual needs that might influence the importance of certain exterior lighting options over others.

What to light?

Depending on personal preference and the features you want to address, exterior lighting may vary in application from person to person. Here are a few areas you can consider:

THE ENTRY

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One of the first aspect to consider is lighting the front entry since it is mandatory to have lighting at the entrance and exit of a residential home. In addition, they provide safety for the homeowners, as they can easily identify trespassers or unexpected guests.

THE STEPS & PATHWAY

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Another aspect to consider are the steps and pathway. Lighting the surface of each step is especially helpful for those with older eyes. Providing step lighting and/or path lighting enhances visibility which reduces the occurrence of accidents.

THE ENTERTAINMENT AREA

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The Patio or deck area is also a great space to consider lighting. This area is often a social area, which requires adequate lighting to ensure the comfort of guests and to ensure that the space is enjoyed beyond day time.

Like the interior of a home, layered lighting often creates a complete and robust look. Other exterior lighting techniques can be used to create a dramatic statement such as creating shadow effects or used to highlight unique features such as garden beds, statues, textured walls, pools, and courts.

Contact or visit our showroom to learn more about exterior lighting, our Lighting Specialist have the expertise to help transform the exterior of your home.

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bath and vanity lighting tips

Keep these tips in mind when you purchase bath or vanity lighting to help elevate the look of your bathroom.

SINGLE BOWL VANITY

For ideal lighting for grooming, or applying makeup, place sconces on either side of the mirror. This helps eliminate shadows on your face. Ideally, they will be placed 28”- 40” apart and roughly at eye level or centered 66” above the floor. This will vary depending on your mirror size.

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Image Source: Sketch from Progress Lighting

TWO BOWL VANITIES

If you don’t have enough space to mount sconces on each side of the mirrors; place vanity lights above each sink.

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Image Source: Ryker Pendant and Morrison Bath Bar from Tech Lighting

GENERAL LIGHTING

Include some recessed down lights in areas larger than 100 square feet. You can also use close to ceiling fixtures to supplement sconce lighting.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Don’t forget to have some fun with lighting too! If you don’t want to mount lighting on your mirror consider using pendants to add some visual interest while still being very functional.

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Image Source: Fino Small Pendant from Tech Lighting
(Photographer: Jim Bartsch  |   Build: Allen Construction)

 

You can also add some flair by adding pendants or chandelier above your tub.

Constellation Chandelier

Image Source: Constellation Chandelier and Mia Bath Bar from LBL Lighting
(Photographer: Joshua Lawrence)

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Image Source: Mia Bath Bar from LBL Lighting
(Photographer: Joshua Lawrence)

When you’re ready to take your bathroom design to the next level, be sure to visit Norburn Lighting & Bath Centre. Our expert staff will help you determine your lighting needs, finding you the right lighting for your bathroom. Don’t forget we have you covered on all your plumbing needs too! Stop in today and we will help you create your dream space.

 

4600 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC  V5C 2K5
604-299-0666

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We are counting down the days till Christmas with a few gift ideas that are sure to
brighten someones day.

Led Desk Lamps

1. THE MODERN DESK LAMP

Sleek, modern, and functional, these LED Desk lamps play with colour blocking and designed with a swift touch on/off button.

Tiffany Angel fish Lamp

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2. THE MINI TIFFANY’S

These Tiffany lamps are designed with coloured glass that bring a hint of whimsy, and make for a great conversation starter.

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3. THE CHANDELIER

The Minique is a glamorous fixture finished in antique white, and accented with amethyst
crystal jewels.

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4. THE NOVELTY FIND

For the hockey lover in everyone. This novelty hockey pendant will certainly draw a crowd!

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5. THE PERFECT VANITY

Backlit mirrors help eliminate shadows on the face when shaving or applying makeup. The minimalist design also makes it perfect for any home.

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6. THE SWINGARM MIRROR

Swingarm mirrors provide precision, especially when grooming and applying makeup. The swivel arm also allows the mirror to be tucked away when it is not in use.

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7. THE GIFT CARD

Gift cards are ultimately the ideal gift when you are not sure what someone would like, or if you are simply running out of time! Our gift cards work for any budget, and allows the person to make the final decision on what gift they want.

Contact our showroom for more gift ideas, and for product availability.

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Lighting for Over a Dining Table

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Thanksgiving has passed, and soon there will be many more holiday gatherings, which means you might be spending more time in the dining room. But the dining room is not only for the holidays, other activities, such as completing assignments, managing finances, or even playing card game may also take part in this room.

With various activities taking part in the dining room, it is important to choose the right fixture over a dining table to create ambient lighting and add a decorative element to the space.

Here are some tips when choosing the right fixture for over a dining table:

Height

The height of a ceiling is going to influence how high a fixture hangs above a dining table. To achieve the optimal lighting effect for an average height ceiling of 8 feet, a fixture should hang approximately 30 inches above a dining table.

If the ceiling is taller than 8 feet, an additional inch is added for every additional feet of height. Hence, if your ceiling is 9 feet, an inch would be added to the total space between the fixture and the table, making the space 31 inches. If the ceiling is 10 feet tall, the total space would be 32 inches, and so forth.

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Size

The most effective method of figuring out the right proportion for a fixture in relation to the room is to measure the length and width of the room (in feet). The length plus the width of the room (in feet) is equivalent to the fixture’s diameter (in inches).

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Another method is to look at the smallest side (the width) of the table and account for 12 inches of allowance space. The appropriate diameter for a fixture is the difference between the table width less the 12 inches of allowance space.

The 12 inches accounts for the 6 inches of space from each end length of the table to the fixture.

This 12 inch rule also applies to round tables, in which the diameter of the fixture should be 12 inches smaller than the diameter of the table.

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Styling

There are various methods to style lighting over a dining table. Here are a few options:

Use a single fixture over a dining table, such as a traditional chandelier or a linear fixture.

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Use down lighting at the two ends of the fixture to balance the distribution of light.

 

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Use more than one fixture, especially if you want to use smaller fixtures, or have a larger table to cover.

 

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You can also use multiple pendants for a more adventurous way of styling lighting over a dining table.

 

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Dimmable Option

Lastly, consider fixtures with a dimmable option. A dimmable feature provides flexibility in lighting output, and can set the appropriate mood for various occasions. 

When you are ready to spruce up your dining room, our showroom has a variety of lighting to choose from and ALA Certified Lighting consultants that can help you choose the perfect fixture for over your dining table.

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Captivating Foyer Lighting

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Underestimating the value of foyer lighting is like going on a date or an interview without
introducing yourself; you miss the opportunity of making a good first impression.

With Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, make the foyer of your home a place that
welcomes and captivates your guests the moment they walk through the door.

1) Low Ceiling Foyers

In foyers with low ceilings, a flush-mount or semi-flush mount is a great way to add a decorative piece while keeping in mind any height restrictions.

The Autumn, finished in chrome, captures the appearance of frost that coats the branches in the crisp Autumn air.

 

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2) High Ceiling Foyers

Taller ceilings allows for more grandiose scale fixtures that make a bold statement. The Glacier Ave Collection is more than twice the size of an average person, with a height of 156 inches or 13 feet.

LEDs are embedded in each crystal that cascades down to replicate the appearance of glacier ice.

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3) Open Concept Foyers

The design of the Double Cirque embraces open concept design that welcome the eyes to different avenues of the home. This opulent chandelier is 4 feet wide, and made with hand forged steel to create an orbital structure.

 

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4) Foyers with a Narrow Hallway

With a long narrow foyer, you can use multiple fixtures to create a visual echo effect. The Lombard Street pendant is a two tiered beauty that is perfect for a narrow foyer with high ceilings. The graphite framing highlights exposed bulbs that suspend from various heights.

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5) Lighting Foyers with Portables

Placing portable lamps on an entry table captures the eyes and adds visual interest. The Sochi is a stunning and trendy table lamp that plays with geometric shapes and faux marble pattern. The lamp is topped off with a grey faux silk shade to balance the look.

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For more selections, visit our showroom. Your foyer will be ready to make the best first impression!

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Pendant Lighting – Shop Norburn for the largest selection of Pendant Lighting in Vancouver – 100’s of styles  on display and in stock

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A pendant light is a fixture that is suspended from the ceiling by a cord, chain or metal rod. Pendant lights are used in two ways – in multiples hung in a series or as a single light fixture. They are available in a multitude of shapes and sizes and are perfect for placing directed, deliberate pinpoints of light wherever it may be needed.

Types of Pendants

Norburn Lighting has a huge selection of pendant lighting styles including; mini-pendants, LED pendants, line voltage Incandescent or low voltage halogen, down light pendants,
light pendants and drum pendants.

Mini Pendants

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Mini-Pendants are the smallest version of a pendant light fixture, commonly used to illuminate isolated work spaces such as kitchen islands, desk or work surface and anywhere additional task lighting is needed.

Mini-pendants are task lighting workhorses. They can define the mood of a room more because of their ability to create a focal point. Typically  low voltage halogen or  LED light sources that feature highly stylistic and elegant designs, mini-pendants command attention and fill a space with drama and beauty.

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Drum Pendants

DVI Drum Pendant dvp5306mo-swDrum Pendants are light fixtures that have a cylindrical drum shade, typically fabric. Drum Pendants can be used in every type of room from kitchen to bedroom, office to living room.

Simple white or natural linen shades are some of the  most popular  versions. Drum pendants with dark shades, crystal of metal accents, patterned fabrics and double or triple concentric shades are very popular.

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Multi Light Pendants

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Multi Light Pendants are fixtures with multiple sockets connected to one central canopy that provide a look similar to a series of  single pendants, but are more convenient  to install for rooms with only one overhead electrical opening. Multi light pendants are dramatic, eye-catching and versatile. They can be used over dining room tables, billiard tables, kitchen counters, or other work areas.

 

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Pendant Light Use & Placement

Pendant lights are ideal for general, task, mood, and decorative lighting. Typically placed over a kitchen island, dining room table, game surface like a billiard table. They are also used in hallways. Below, we elaborate on the placement and usage of pendant lights in common areas.

 

Pendant Light Use & Placement over a Kitchen Island

Hanging Pendant Height KitchenTask lighting is important in a working room such as the kitchen. Pendant lights are commonly hung over kitchen islands providing adequate task lighting while also providing an opportunity to enhance the kitchen design.

When hanging a pendant light over a kitchen island, the pendant should be hung 30 to 40 inches above the island surface. Because kitchen islands are where family and guests gather, you should consider their interactions at the island when deciding on how low to hang your pendant. If the island has a cooking area, the pendant should not be a nuisance to the person cooking. If the island is used for homework or other work, the pendant should be hung low enough to provide sufficient light for reading.

 

 

Pendant Light Use & Placement over a Dining Room Table
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Traditionally, a chandelier is used over a dining room table but you can change the  look and style by using a pendant fixture with dramatic results

Try hanging pendant lights so the bottom of the fixture is approximately 30 to 36 inches above the dining room table surface. This allows for maximum lighting without the fixture interfering with the area. If you have a smaller dining room table or are looking to create a more intimate setting, hang your pendant light lower. It is important to note that the fixture is not hanging so low that it creates a glare in your eyes or interferes with people conversing at the table.

Pendant Light Use & Placement over a Billiard (Pool) Table

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Multi-light pendants are common pool table lights. When playing pool, direct illumination in addition to ambient lighting is necessary. Downward multi light pendants are the best fixture type to use because they illuminate the playing surface, eliminate glare and shadows and provide excellent illumination. When being used over a billiard table, the pendant light fixture should hang approximately 32 to 36 inches over the playing surface.

 

 

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Norburn Lighting has been known as  the Authority on Lighting in Vancouver for over forty years.

Our FAQ and Tips section of our website is one of the most popular features. Link Here

The good folks at Hinkley Lighting also have put some time and thought into a very useful how to tip section on their website. One great component is this info-graphic on Lighting 101.

It doesn’t get easier than this! Hinkley takes all of the guesswork out of choosing the right lighting. Follow these simple tips for sizing and installing your new fixtures, inside and out.

 

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As people age, changes in vision occur that affect the ability to perceive and understand the world around them. For instance, there are normal age-related changes in the pupils (less light can enter the eye), the eyes’ accommodation speed decreases (it takes longer for eyes to transition to different light levels), and color perception weakens (yellowing of the lens makes it difficult to distinguish greens from blues).  Visit our FAQ of our website for more information and tips on lighting for the older adult, The Lighting Research Center (The LRC) a leading University based research center devoted to lighting research has created an excellent publication answering common questions about vision and lighting posed by older adults and offers practical solutions to help them, their families and care givers. It can be downloaded here

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