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Having proper lighting really affects the way a home functions. Lighting helps to create a mood and feeling that influences the rest of the mood of the room. In each room of the house it is good to know the different tips and tricks to set the right mood in that particular room.
In living spaces it is good to have layered lighting effects. These spaces are one of the busiest and most used areas in the house. It is good to have adjustable lighting options to keep up with the amount of activity that happens here. To be able to dim or illuminate the lights are important. Also having lighter walls that help reflect the illumination of the lighting is good as well. Adding accent lighting will help keep the space intimate and warm. The key to living spaces is allowing the lighting to be versatiRead More
Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects and they provide impressive return on investment. While plenty of focus goes into selecting the perfect tile or ideal shower surround, there's one critical area that too often is overlooked: the lighting.
To make the most out of your remodel and ensure a space that is as functional as it is fashionable, it's important to understand the purpose of different types of lighting and how each influences the style and usefulness of the bathroom. A surprising number of bathrooms have critically poor lighting that not only detracts from their design, but makes it more difficult to do daily tasks
Whether you have a petite powder room or a grand master bath, there are four main types of lighting you should consider: ambRead More
Lamps and Shades opened for business on April 19, 1975. Jim and Cathy opened as a lamp and lamp shade store as they recognized the need for replacement lamp shades, lamp and repair with emphasis on customer service. They expanded into the lighting fixture business when builders and consumers were going out of Sioux Falls to purchase light fixtures.
Lighting adds beauty and drama to a room. It can make a small room look open and airy and a large room comfortable and inviting.
Fashion-conscious customers see both portable and fixed lighting as important accessories for the overall design scheme of their homes. Lighting needs to function in several ways within your home - as task, ambient, decorative and accent lighting.
In 2011, the most dominant trend focuses on cleaner, simpler ligRead More
Many homeowners grow weary of walking into that same old bathroom day after day. Before you spend your kid's college tuition on a full bathroom remodel, think about installing new lighting instead. Properly designed and installed bathroom lighting can make an old bathroom feel like new overnight.
Focus on the Important Areas
When it comes to bathroom lighting there's one thing you never want to forget: the bathroom is a place where things get done. Be it a morning shave, putting on make-up for a night on the town or just catching up on some important reading, almost every light in a bathroom serves a specific purpose. That being the case, focus initial efforts on the places that get used most.
Vanity, Vanity, Vanity
The first place to install new bathroom lightiRead More
There are so many ways to light up your house. Lighting can be simple or part of your design plan. Lighting can also support your goals of energy efficiency and saving money.
However, don't expect to simply install energy-efficient fixtures and save bundles in energy costs - the biggest energy savings come as part of an effort to improve the performance of the entire house, including increasing insulation, installing high-performance windows, sealing air leaks, sealing supply and return ductwork, and installing a high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner.
Benefits increase when all these improvements are considered together. For example, more efficient lighting reduces the air-conditioning load. Also, the Department of Energy groups appliances with lighting when looking at eneRead More
By Penny Klinedinst
In my experience helping people style their homes, I’ve found that lighting is more difficult – and more important – than one would expect.
Bright light has its place. In a hospital, for instance. But in our homes, we want lighting that is soft, comfortable and inviting.
Well-placed lighting can give any room a special feeling. Sometimes people don’t even realize that the reason they love a particular space is because of the lighting. The art of lighting is more subtle than other elements, such as color, texture or size. Yet it can make or break your style.
Lighting As Functional Art
A metal circular chandelier suggest a globe with elegant, inviting shapes. Uncovered light bulbs complement the bare-bones lighting structure to providRead More
Mahlander's is not just a store – it’s a gallery of inspiration.
Mahlander’s has the largest selection of lighting in the area with over 100 lighting manufacturers to choose from and more than 1,500 fixtures on display. The showroom will leave you in awe with the amount of beauty dangling above.
“We are very picky when choosing our vendors, selecting lighting from companies we trust and who carry reliable product lines. We maintain great relationships with our manufacturers so that we can offer the best prices to our customers. This also means that we are able to back up our products if something should go wrong,” says owner Steve Mahlstedt.
You can blend in with traditional pieces or you can make a statement with a unique piece to fit your individRead More
Home owners in the Sioux Falls area don't have to wait for a Parade of Homes to be inspired by the latest trends in appliance & lighting. We can stop by Mahlander's impressive showroom on the corner of 8th & Minnesota Avenue any time of year to enjoy the spectacular array of products in their lighting gallery and state-of-the-art appliance center. But rest assured, if you are planning to tour any of the 60+ homes featured in the 2014 Fall Parade of Homes, you'll add a trip to Mahlander's Appliance & Lighting to your list of things to do in the very near future.
We've all heard the saying, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!" Well those days may be gone for good. Our gas or conventional electric rRead More
By Cory Ann Ellis
With the flip of a switch, you have the power to alter the atmosphere and functionality of your home. The path to creating a properly lit home starts with a lighting plan.
Start your lighting planning by evaluating your space. Ask yourself the following questions to help you identify and set goals. What activities take place in that room? What tasks do you do? Do you have a desired focal point? Where are the electric outlets?
After you’ve evaluated and identified the areas of your home where you need lighting, it’s time to decide on the type for each section. The three types are ambient, task and accent. A good lighting plan utilizes layering of all three types of light.
The fun starts when you start selecting your fixtures. Lamps, chandeliers, pendaRead More
~~Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
Stunning kitchens. Spa-like baths. Beautiful lighting. When you re-imagine your home, your entire life gets a redesign. Creating a space designed around the way you live – a space that perfectly fits your lifestyle – is possible and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery can help make that dream a reality.
Step into Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the newly renovated 5,000-square-foot showroom in downtown Sioux Falls, and you’ll immediately be inspired by what you see – beautifully displayed lighting, and bath and kitchen products from today’s top brands. Their state-of-the-art showroom takes the experience even further and allows you to touch and feel the products in a welcomiRead More
It’s easy to instantly trim your energy consumption and boost the eco-friendliness of your home. The key to easy energy savings is lighting. Though for many homeowners and renters, knowing how and what to do to improve their home’s lighting energy efficiency can be confusing.
To alleviate that confusion, the American Lighting Association (ALA) offers eight easy energy-saving steps:
Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs). To make an immediate impact on your energy consumption - and your utility bill - swap out your most-used incandescent bulbs with CFLs. It’s the easiest way to start improving your energy efficiency. If you have not used any residential CFLs in your home, you might be surprised at their range and versatility. The newest CFLs do not fRead More
From the moment you step into Mahlander’s you will understand why they have been the leader in the lighting and appliance industry for 110 years. The owner, Steve Mahlstedt, has guided every aspect of the business and his attention to detail is second to none. What he has built within the lighting industry in the city of Sioux Falls cannot be duplicated.
Mahlander's is not just a store – it’s a gallery of inspiration. Mahlander’s has the largest selection of lighting in the area with over 100 lighting manufacturers to choose from and more than 1,500 fixtures on display.
"We are very picky when choosing our vendors, selecting lighting from companies we trust and who carry reliable product lines. We maintain great relationships with our manufacturRead More