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Monica Kao

Monica Kao is a Lighting Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Monica is a certified ALA Associate and has a passion for lighting and interior design. She also is a huge Denver Broncos fan and loves spending time with her 2 daughters.

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Best LED Under Cabinet Lighting 2016 (Reviews/Ratings)

by Monica Kao

Under cabinet lighting along with recessed lighting is the most important lighting in your house. It provides functional task lighting for chopping veggies and other kitchen activities. Leave under cabinet lighting on by itself for safety lighting.

The picture above shows under cabinet lighting below the cabinets for a great effect in your kitchen or even bathroom. There are tons of under cabinet lighting systems available today. We will look at the four best, but first let’s look at LED lighting.

LED has evolved greatly over the years. Early LED products had a high Kelvin of 5,000, so they produced a fluorescent-like light. Like any new product, LED was also prohibitively expensive. Now, LED lighting is much approved and is the new standard for new construction homes. 

Although, it is still more expensive than halogen or Xenon based lights, your energy costs will be greatly reduced. You should be strongly considering LED lighting throughout your house.

We will look at the four best, but first let’s look at LED lighting.

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Topics: Under Cabinet Lighting

Craftsman Style Lighting for Dining Room

by Monica Kao

I absolutely admire the craftsman style. It embraces simplicity and natural materials. It honors the tradition of fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. It would make any space cozy.

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Topics: Lighting, Dining Room, Craftsman

Best Contemporary Outdoor Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Monica Kao

When talking about contemporary outdoor lighting you have much to consider. Architecture, effect, scale, appearance both nighttime and daytime, and also quality of the product.

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Topics: Outdoor Lighting, Contemporary

Lighting for Shaker Style Kitchens

by Monica Kao

The Shakers were a religious sect that emigrated from England to America after their founding in the late 1700’s. Their religious services would cause “Shaking” due to their intensity. We had some of the last Shaker settlements in New England.

They believed in a design philosophy of necessity and usefulness, and focused heavily on function. Many kitchens, especially German cabinets, emulate the Shaker style of old Germany.

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen, Shaker Style

Modern Style Lighting for the Dining Room

by Monica Kao

Modern Design came about as a reflection of the modern art movement, but for the interior of the home, and existed between the 1920’s and 1950’s. Modern Design was a push against the previous styles, like Victorian and Gothic, that used very detailed ornamentation, heavy textures, and deep wood tones throughout the home.

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Topics: Lighting, Modern, Dining Room

How to Light Your Toe Kick (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Monica Kao

What is a Toe kick? It is a recess at the bottom of a base cabinet. Generally it is the same color as the cabinet frame or floors.

No one would think to put lighting there. The benefits? You will never miss another dust bunny or crumbs while cleaning!

Toe kick lighting can provide dramatic accent lighting without much cost. We will look at the different types with plenty of pictures to help you with your project.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting

Best Bathroom Wall Sconces (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Monica Kao

Lighting seems pretty easy to plan, think about it. In living spaces, you are often turning down the lights to watch TV or play a game. If you want to read a book in the bedroom, you can always add a lamp on a nightstand.

For the kitchen and bathrooms, there is more planning required. These rooms have to be properly lit because of the activities that it entails like cooking and shaving, which can be dangerous in a poorly lit environment.

In this article, we will look at how to light a bathroom and then show you some inexpensive yet attractive wall sconces.

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Topics: Bathroom Lighting, Wall Sconces

How to Light a Country Style Kitchen (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Monica Kao

What does a country style kitchen look like? It can be warm and welcoming. When I think of country I think of Americana, it is comfortable and natural looking.

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen, Farmhouse

Northeast Lantern Onion Lights (Reviews/Ratings)

by Monica Kao

Your outdoor lights are probably pitted, rusted or discolored. Dont feel bad, your neighbors are as well.

New England is on the Atlantic, and the salty air corrodes outdoor decorative hardware and lighting fixtures. Unfortunately, most lighting is produced to be inexpensive rather than solid and weather tight. The average outdoor light will last 3-5 years before rusting.

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Topics: Northeast Lantern

5 Things You Should Consider Before Choosing Traditional Lighting

by Monica Kao

Lighting is a personal reflection of taste but can quickly change an environment. Picture your room with a natural iron forged chandelier with a twist basket bottom. It will look very different from an English brass, hand rubbed piece. Yet both areconsidered traditional.

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Topics: Lighting

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